Want to make your baby’s first holiday season extra special? Toy Insider’s Chief Toy Officer Laurie Schacht stopped by Fox 4 in Ft. Myers to show off some of the year’s best baby toys. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for the complete rundown of the best toys of the holiday season, be sure to check our complete Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide.


  • The new Dolce Afghan Hound, from MAGFORMERS LLC, is designed specifically with newborns and young children in mind to awaken auditory and tactile senses, and provide Baby with a new best friend!
  • The soft plush dog is designed with beautiful multi-colored velour fabric, a bead rattle in its tummy ,and a squeaker in its nose. The crinkled feet and mirror in the Afghan Hound’s feet will help improve hand-eye coordination as well.
  • Dolce stands for Develop, Observe, Learn, Create, Educate—and this plush collection will surely support child development in a fun and entertaining way.
  • Ages: All ages
  • MSRP: $29.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, JCPenny, Specialty


  • Meet Hudson, our adorable motion-activated rattle that responds to the way your baby shakes it.
  • Lean the 4-inch puppy’s green legs down to see him glow green; lean his red legs down and watch the spots glow red.
  • Hudson’s textured legs are just right for teething babies, and the soft rattling sound will both entertain and stimulate the senses.
  • Ages: 6 MOS.+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: playmonster.com, Google Express


  • This toy has a classic play pattern with a modern twist. Mix, match, stack, build, and animate!
  • Flappee Stackees is an amazing new system of favorite characters from the Toomies line that move as you build and stack them.
  • Stack them into the car, press down, and watch as they zoom across the floor.
  • Place them into the safari car for a wild adventure!
  • Ages: 18 MOS.+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: tomy.com



  • From floor play to first steps, the Stroll & Discover Activity Walker grows with your little one.
  • The easy-to-remove activity panel is great for floor play and is packed with features.
  • Five light-up piano keys introduce colors and numbers, while spinning gears and a removable cell phone help develop fine motor skills.
  • Meet six friendly animals by inserting the three shape sorter pieces, pressing the puppy button, sliding the mouse, or batting the bird to hear their unique voices and sounds.
  • Attach the panel to the adjustable two-speed walker as little ones grow, and watch them go!
  • The legs fold for easy storage.
  • Ages: 9 MOS.+
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart, Target