Making sure your baby is meeting his or her developmental milestones can be anxiety-inducing for parents — which is why it’s super important to remember that all babies grow and develop at their own pace. Some can’t wait to get moving and others are content to just chill out a while — and hey, there’s really no rush! But if your little one is experimenting with getting up on her hands and knees, it might be time to add a crawl toy to the mix to offer a bit of encouragement.
Designed to move on their own or roll and rattle away as your budding crawler reaches for them, crawl toys inspire babies to “chase” after them — or at least wiggle and squirm toward them and start developing and strengthening the muscles they need to get moving. With colorful designs, flashing lights, and attention-grabbing sounds and songs, your baby will be fascinated about what crawl toys are going to do next.
We’ve rounded up the best crawl toys to grab your baby’s attention and encourage them to interact and move. From silly monkeys to adorable dinosaurs and rattling balls to air-filled rollers, these crawl toys will help make learning to crawl a blast for both you and your baby.
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1. VTech Wiggle and Crawl Ball
This interactive ball wiggles and wobbles on its own, encouraging your little one to chase after it while also helping language development and fine motor skills. Press the six animal buttons to hear more than 45 songs, melodies, sounds, and phrases. Five flashing lights attract your baby’s attention while spinning and twisting animals encourage interaction. Intended for ages 6 months to 3 years, the toy requires three AA batteries (not included).
2. TINOTEEN Dinosaur Musical Crawl Toy
This crawling dinosaur toy sings songs, makes vivid sounds and flashes, and displays body language movements to attract your child’s attention, stimulate hand-eye coordination, and promote early learning. Available in Tyrannosaurus Rex, Pterosaur, and Stegosaurus, your little one can touch the back of the dinosaur to change melodies. Plus, the dinos are omnidirectional and can change direction without help if they encounter an obstacle. Intended for tots 18 months and up.
3. Fisher-Price 1-2-3 Crawl Along Monkey
This musical monkey with a friendly light-up face and silly sounds offers three ways to play as your baby grows. For infants, the large discovery mirror is perfect for peek-a-boo during tummy time. When little ones are ready to sit up and play, every rock of the roly-poly base gets the musical party started. Then the monkey is ready for crawl-and-chase fun when your little crawler gets moving; he can push the monkey to get him rolling with fun sounds and lights — a great intro to cause & effect! For ages 3 months to 4 years.