A Dads Guide to the 13 Best Baby Toys in the World

Don't miss a thing

Don't miss a thing

More from Dadsnet...

How To Help A Bullied Child

How To Help A Bullied Child

For parents, the specter of bullying looms as a persistent concern. Amidst the veil of secrecy shrouding our...


  1. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows

    Yes! Why is that? Ours knows the difference between a broken, old remote and the proper one too. His favourite is the keys and now he’s mobile and like to post things so leaving for work on a morning is a bit of an adventure.


  2. Luke Strickland

    We tried giving our kids a dummy remote control for the TV but they weren’t fooled. And what is it with stones?? I could relate to every item on this list! Thanks for sharing! #bigfatlinky

  3. Sarah Howe

    I bought 2 baby mobile phones…waste of time! She does play with them but if mine is around, I may as well forget it! They are too clever these little ones. I have lost a couple of pairs of sunnies too…always go cheap now xx Thanks for hosting Al x #bigfatlinky

  4. Kaye

    Haha, yep! A plays with toys for a grand total of 30 seconds before harassing me for whatever non-exciting product I’m holding and my handbag is his favourite. #bigfatlinky

  5. Elizabeth (Wander Mum)

    They really do know!! You’re so right. I can’t use my phone around her anymore. Big cardboard boxes are coming into their own now. Trip to the moon anyone? #bigfatlinky

  6. John Adams

    Yes, Al, your list is pretty accurate. In fact it applies up until school age in my experience….although it was me that broke my wife’s Dior sunglasses by sitting on them. Thanks for hosting #BigFatLinky

  7. Mummy Fever

    Oh gosh – glad it isn’t just our house. We even gave one of our children their own ‘spare’ sky remote. – identical the actual one yet he still wants the one with batteries in! #bigfatlinky

  8. Claire

    Great list… hilarious coz it’s true… However you missed ‘rubbish’ Empty crisp packs and juice cartons are a firm fav here!

  9. Cheryl @ Reimer and Ruby

    Totally agree 100% to these ones… makes you wonder why they’re more interested with things we got at home which you think they would be interested the least, meanwhile the expensive toys we bought were left being untouched and just collecting dust. Great post here! Made me giggle a lot… #bigfatlinky

  10. Alexandra Hurton

    baby will never be fooled! I remember buying toy keys and mobile phones and they remain untouched over a year later! #BigFatLinky

    • Al Ferguson

      Yep, best give up trying :)

  11. Musing Mumma

    So true! They’re clever little buggers. I even gave little miss an old smartphone. It’s a real phone! But even that didn’t work. How do they know?! I’ll add to that list magazines. Any magazines are a big hit in our household! #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson

      Even a real phone! how do they know? :)

  12. Helena Ashworth

    I read this late last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. My daughter loves keys and the remote but a firm favourite not on the list is a mirror.

    • Al Ferguson

      Oh, Ted hasn’t found those yet. Maybe that will be the next thing!

    • Al Ferguson

      Yep, keys and iPhone…ahhh

  13. Ali

    All the above and the toilet brush. I totally failed at convincing my bubs to play with a toy iphone, even though I bought the same colour as mine. #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson

      The dreaded toilet brush! Where can you hide it?!

  14. Nige

    Fantastic list and all so true thanks for hosting #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson

      Thank you for joining us :)

  15. Michelle

    HaHa! I remember when my youngest was just starting to get mobile and I had bought him two different toy phones so he would leave mine alone, I also did that with keys. I even bought the musical phone and the musical keys and he still only wanted my phone and my keys. It is uncanny and mind boggling how they can tell the difference at such a young age. The human mind is just that amazing! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from #thebigfatlinkyoftheweek

    • Al Ferguson

      Isn’t it just. No matter how good the replica is!

  16. Mrs Tubbs

    The variant for the box one is the box that whatever it is you bought them came in! There’s something about a box! Thank you for hosting and have a lovely week.

    • Al Ferguson

      Thank you. And you :)

  17. Hayley

    Your iphone.. why do they like it so much? If I hear my phone buzzing through an incorrect password one more time today, it may completely break. If hes not trying to get “hotwheels” on youtube like his brother, hes listening to my alarm tones as “music”..

    • Al Ferguson

      HA! ‘phone diasbled’!!

  18. Emma's Mamma

    Haha yes this is so true! Emma very quickly realised the TV remote with the batteries taken out didn’t work and it was therefore no fun to play with :) thanks for hosting #bigfatlinky

  19. Rob

    Great list Al! It’s like the old saying for Christmas: Buy your kids all the most expensive toys in the world and all they want to play with is the boxes. #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson

      Exactly that. When will we learn? :)

  20. Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    Ha! I completely agree with this list – babies love non-toys the best. Especially the expensive electronics! #bigfatlinky

  21. Anita Cleare

    I lived in Mongolia with my eldest son until he was nearly two and there were, literally, no toys. (Well, actually, there were some cheap Chinese ones that were clearly lethal and met no manufacturing standards whatever which the Chinese traders were offloading on unregulated Mongolia market stalls – but we chose not to purchase those!) Aside from the few bits we could fit in a suitcase, he played with junk. Empty Pringles packets (make a great noise if you put something in them!), a rice box instead of a sand pit, a sit-on blanket that we pulled along the wooden floors while he held on for dear life…. He has grown up to be an intelligent and well-rounded teenager. Toys are great if you want to buy them, but kids will find play in everything!

    • Al Ferguson

      A great lesson there Anita, thank you :)

  22. Alison

    Mine isn’t interested in keys, possibly because I’m trying to give him the keys to play with. maybe I should try keeping his toys away and then he might actually want to play with them. Also the fruit bowl is always a source of fascination to a 17 month old who is far too good at climbing for his own good. The melon is not a football.FFS. #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson

      Good idea! I’m off to hide the toys ;)

  23. The Breastest News

    Oh how very true. My 7 month old daughter has tons of lovely toys but the dogs water bowl is far more interesting apparently!

    • Al Ferguson

      HA! Same with the cat bowl! What a waste of money ;)

  24. Random Musings

    So true! And yes they do somehow know the difference :) Thanks for hosting #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson

      So annoying! Thank you for joining us :)

  25. Rebecca

    Our 6 month old can do things on the Ipad that I can’t! I’m note sure he knows what he’s doing, but I could be wrong! A cup of tea is a good one too, he’s far too interested in a hot cup of tea..

    • Al Ferguson

      YES! the tea, forgot that one!

  26. West Country Dad

    Yep, so often the scattered plastic detritus will be ignored in favour of any of the above. A wooden spoon and a saucepan is another fave in our house.

    • Al Ferguson

      Perfect DIY drum kit :)

Submit a Comment

Enjoying Dadsnet?

Become a member for FREE!

Simply enter your email below to receive exclusive updates and content.

Success! Check your inbox as you'll receive an email from us shortly.