When you’re planning to buy some gifts for that new bundle of joy in the family, what normally comes to mind? Some people will say you should give them soft toys such as a teddy bear or any kind of stuffed animal pet. Others will advise toys that promote music and sound are the best first gifts for babies.
For most children, soft toys are their first exposure to the world of play. And why not? A soft toy (a.k.a stuffed toy or plush toy) is one of the safest toy for little bubs to play with – especially for newborns – given its soft and cuddly nature. Soft toys are also great nap time buddies that protect babes from bumping on the sides of their cribs.
Yet, musical toys have their benefits too – particularly for a baby’s growing mind. Musical toys help to stimulate an infant’s auditory perception, giving them their “first lessons” about sound recognition. In most cases, the music from these toys can pacify the child and help them to fall asleep.
Given these options, what then is the best toy that will delight and give the most benefits to your cute little bundle of joy? Why not a combination of both? Yes, there are a lot of soft toys that are also musical toys at the same time – and today we are taking a look at the hottest musical soft toys that are putting a huge smile on the faces of both babes and parents!
10. Clappy the Animated Monkey
Hello, Baby! Here comes Clappy, an enthusiastic monkey with 2 different play modes! Press the left foot to play an interactive clapping game, and the right to hear the song “If You’re Happy and You Know It” in a cute child’s voice. Arms move and clap during play. Clappy is surface-washable for easy cleaning and appropriate for all ages. Three AA-inch batteries are included upon purchase.
9. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Sis
Say hi to Sis! Sis is soft and cuddly, and she's ready to make sure the learning fun never ends! She responds to your baby's touch with exciting sing-along songs and phrases that introduce more than 100 first words, parts of the body, colours, shapes, and more! And because every baby develops at their own pace, Sis comes with Smart Stages technology, so you can choose the level that's best for your child. Sis' light-up multicoloured heart even twinkles along to the music!
8. VTech Swing & Sing Monkey
Sing and swing with the Monkey that has a squishy body, made of soft fabric and crinkly textures. Monkey‘s light up tummy button triggers responses and music, which includes 3 sing-along songs and 15 melodies. This musical soft toy has been specifically designed to promote sensory awareness and has a C-ring to enable it to attach easily to pushchair bars. The banana teether soothes sore gums and the apple shaped self-discovery mirror develops self awareness.
7. VTech Starlight Sounds Polar Bear
Soothe your baby to sleep with the Starlight Sounds Polar Bear! The cute, soft, and cuddly Polar Bear features 4 modes of play with a 15, 30, or 45 minute timer. The bear projects 4 different coloured lights with the option of 6 different light displays onto the ceiling, while playing calming nature sounds and lullabies in the Nature and Lullaby modes.
6. VTech Musical Cuddle Bug
This critter is a soft colourful fabric bug with many patterns! It’s leg buttons teach Do-Re-Mis, colours, and shapes. Fun features include day and night modes. Pressing the colour changing tummy star button plays even more fun responses, including sing-along songs, melodies, and more! During the melodies, press the leg buttons to play the melody note by note! Day mode plays fun and exciting melodies for day time play, while Night mode plays soothing and calming classical melodies for bedtime.
5. VTech Snooze & Soothe Elephant
This soft elephant toy is made up of various fabrics and has fun features like calming songs, melodies, nature sounds, loving phrases, and more. Elephant is a cuddly little friend that will comfort baby when it’s time to go to sleep. Cuddling the elephant and pressing the elephant’s light up button trigger responses. Squeeze the elephant’s glowing light up button to pause or play the current response. The electronic module is removable, allowing the elephant to be hand washed.
4. VTech Happy Hippo Teether
Lightweight Hippo Teether features 2 textured teethers and crinkle paper arms for tactile stimulation – with songs, phrases, and melodies! Hippo is soft and comforting, the perfect little friend for baby during teething. The 2 textured teethers are excellent at soothing baby’s sore gums and the lightweight design makes this hippo easy for baby to hold and play with. Press the light up heart button to hear the hippo sing, speak, and play music! Remove the plastic core, which contains all electronics, to surface-wash the hippo and keep it fresh and clean for baby.
3. Fisher-Price Soothe 'n Snuggle Otter
With its sweet face, super snuggly fabrics, and satiny tail, the Soothe 'n Snuggle Otter is a perfect cuddle friend for your baby. It’s a unique plush sound machine that helps comfort your baby just like you do. The soft belly moves up and down in a rhythmic motion that mimics breathing to help soothe your baby naturally, along with up to 30 minutes of calming music, sound effects, and soft lights.
2. Fisher-Price Calming Vibes Hedgehog
Your little snuggler will love this Hedgehog’s sweet face, cosy fabrics, gentle music, and vibrations! Plus, the hedgehog soother has 4 different settings, so you can customise the soothing to best fit your baby's ever-changing needs. Hedgehog’s soft textures, gentle music, and calming vibrations engage your baby's developing tactile and auditory senses. It helps keep your baby's bedtime routine consistent, whether they're at home or travelling. It’s the perfect pal to comfort your baby anytime, anywhere!
1. VTech Little Singing Cora
Cora is here to sing a lovely song for your baby! Press the 2 light-up pockets and slide the chunky zip to learn emotions, objects, colours and numbers with lots of fun encouraging phrases, 3 inviting sing-along songs, 15 popular melodies, and fun sound effects. She helps baby to develop fine motor skills, while your little bub’s senses will be stimulated by the flashing lights, fun sounds, and huggable textures. Cora can be attached to a cot, car seat, or pushchair using the useful strap for fun on the go. Her speaking voice promotes sound recognition and accelerates learning.