The 10 Best Crib Toys

video play icon

This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in March of 2018. Whether they serve to provide a comforting presence at bedtime or to keep little ones happily occupied when they're awake, crib toys can be a welcome addition to a busy household. Our selections include everything from mobiles and pull-down toys to plush friends who can safely soothe or entertain little ones with lights, calming lullabies, and other reassuring sounds. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Baby Einstein Sea Dreams

2. Lamaze Freddie the Firefly

3. Cloud B Sound Soother

Editor's Notes

June 01, 2020:

For this update we made significant revisions to reflect the safety standards for the youngest babies who sleep in cribs. While some children aren't adventurous enough to try and escape their cribs and can sleep in them until they are three, the primary time nearly all babies use a crib is for the first 12 months. Because of concerns about SIDS, experts recommend that babies up to 12 months have nothing in the crib that could obstruct the airway.

With this in mind we only included toys that secure to the rails, and have no strings longer than six inches. Plush friends and other loveys can be introduced later with older babies. Hanging mobiles are also soothing and stimulating, but they must be removed as soon as baby can push up to hands and knees. Our selection of crib toys can be used into the toddler years.

A popular crib toy for the youngest infants is the aquarium like the Baby Einstein Sea Dreams and the Fisher Price Settle and Sleep. There is no real water, but the ocean themes include calming water noises that are perfect for sending babies to dreamland. While the Fisher Price Settle and Sleep includes overhead projection that the Baby Einstein does not, we placed the Baby Einstein in the top spot because it features a remote control, which is vital for turning the unit back on undetected if your baby sometimes needs longer than 25 minutes to fall asleep.

The Cloud B Sound Soother and the Fisher Price Twinkle and Cuddle are plush toys that secure to the crib and play songs to young babies and then can transition to cuddly transitional object when the child is older.

Many babies become quite mobile by 12 months, so the fun toys that will visually stimulate a newborn like the Lamaze Freddie the Firefly become a useful way keep babies occupied for a few minutes after waking.

4. Fisher Price Twinkle and Cuddle

5. Fisher Price Settle and Sleep

7. Kiddo Lab Lira the Caterpillar

8. Infantino Spiral

9. Infantino Hug and Tug Musical Bug

10. Tumama Sensory

Tina Morna Freitas
Last updated by Tina Morna Freitas

Tina Morna Freitas is a writer who lives in Chicago with her family and three cats. She has a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in English, and has built a freelance career over the years in writing and digital marketing. Her passions for cooking, decorating and home improvement contribute to her extensive knowledge of all things kitchen and home goods. In addition, her 20 years as a parent inform her expertise in the endless stream of toys and equipment that inevitably takes over the homes of most parents. She also enjoys gardening, making and sipping margaritas, and aspires to be a crazy cat lady once all the children are grown.

Thanks for reading the fine print. About the Wiki: We don't accept sponsorships, free goods, samples, promotional products, or other benefits from any of the product brands featured on this page, except in cases where those brands are manufactured by the retailer to which we are linking. For more information on our rankings, please read about us, linked below. The Wiki is a participant in associate programs from Amazon, Walmart, Ebay, Target, and others, and may earn advertising fees when you use our links to these websites. These fees will not increase your purchase price, which will be the same as any direct visitor to the merchant’s website. If you believe that your product should be included in this review, you may contact us, but we cannot guarantee a response, even if you send us flowers.