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Featured Toy
Automoblox

A well-made toy with endless play possibilities. We bought one not even knowing that it comes apart the way it does. Even though we spend part of each day retrieving the wheels from under the furniture, these cars are a family favorite.

There are fourteen different original models including-- sportscar (shown), sedan, pickup, compact, sportsvan and sport utility. So far we have collected 11 of them!

Retail for about $36.

The mini versions are also great fun to roll and mix and match. You can buy them individually or in 3-packs. They retail for about $10 to $14 individually and $30 to $38 for a 3-pack.

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Other essential toys

This list will just include some great basics since there are so many toys to choose from and there is no way this could be a comprehensive list. There's room to grow so feel free to recommend your favorites.

More Vehicles
Streamliners from Playsam

Each block contains a different sensory activity like a mirror, rattle or bell.
Retail for about $27. Click to buy.

Vehicles from Green Toys

The Recycling Truck, Fire Truck, Flatbed, Race Car, School Bus and Dump Truck from Green Toys are made from recycled milk containers.
Retail for about $25. Click to buy.

E-Racers from Hape

Environmentally friendly bamboo vehicles with rubber coated wheels and water-based paint.
Retail for about $19. Click to buy.

Blocks

Colored Wooden Building Blocks from Brio

Building blocks are a classic must-have toy and I like these smooth and shiny blocks from Brio.
Retail for about $45. Click to buy

Discovery Blocks from Haba

Each block contains a different sensory activity like a mirror, rattle or bell.
Retail for about $27. Click to buy.

Water Blocks from Plan Toys

Six blocks in 2 different shapes are filled with water and are fun to look at and shake. Later these can be added as windows to other block sets.
Retail for about $40. Click to buy.

Dado Cubes from Fat Brain Toys

No collection of toys would be complete without some stacking/nesting blocks. These of course take the possibilities to the next level.
Retail for about $25. Click to buy

Eames House Blocks from House Industries

Set of 36 Alphabet Blocks: 20 build the house and 16 form the studio of Case Study #8. Works of art as much as they are playthings.
Retail for about $150.

Tegu

Sets of 26 or 52 beautiful wooden blocks with magnets inside.
Retail for $55 to $125. Click to buy.

Organeco from Hape

Set of big, bamboo blocks that are lightweight and hollow.
Retail for $100. Click to buy.

Playshapes from Miller Goodman

Set of 74 wooden playshapes.
Retail for $150. Click to buy.

Stuffed

Ugly Dolls

I have read that this is the accessory for every modern nursery so that is either a reason to get one or not to. I think they're cool and there are a couple on our shelf.
Retail for about $20. Click to buy

Jellycat

They have a great variety of soft and absolutely adorable stuffed animals. Collect them or pick one special doll as a lovey.
Retail for about $20. Click to buy.

BlaBla Dolls

Series of dolls hand-knit in Peru.
Retails for about $44 for 18-22" size and $34 for 12" size. Click to buy.

Monster Factory

A fabulous and fun collection of plush monsters. I almost bought one of these for myself once.
Retail for about $22 to $50. Click to buy.

Dreamlets

Called "designer" plush toys. There are currently six different characters to choose from, each with their individual personalities.
Retail for about $25. Click to buy.

Zid Zid

Series of modern handmade stuffed toys. Lots of cute animals to choose from.
Retail for about $30 to $45. Click to buy.

bholu

Shown is Mavis the Monkey. Check out the entire whimsical collection of handmade felt animals including Felix Frog, Frederick Elephant and Marjorie Duck.
Retail for about $30 to $85.

Muddy Cloud

The orange one shown is called tada and there are also red, blue, purple and green Muddy Cloud dolls.
Retail for about $18.

Rattles, Rings and Teethers

Haba Rattles and Teething rings

We had three different ones. One for home, one for the car and one in the diaper bag. Highly recommended.
Retail for about $12. Click to buy

Rattles from Bajo

Flexible squeeking toy for babies to chew on. Made of 100% natural rubber.
Retails for about $20. Click to buy.

Sophie the Giraffe from Vulli

Flexible squeeking toy for babies to chew on. Made of 100% natural rubber.
Retails for about $20. Click to buy

Teething Rattles and Rings from Plan Toys

We had three different ones. One for home, one for the car and one in the diaper bag. Highly recommended.
Retail for about $12. Click to buy.

Dollhouses

Chalet Dollhouse from PlanToys

Includes furniture and comes in two pieces that can be rearranged.
Retails for about $230. Click to buy

Bamboo Sunshine Dollhouse from Hape

This house features eco-friendly materials, modern design and fun technology like LED lights that are charged with solar panels. Dolls and furniture are sold separately.
Retails for about $230. Click to buy.

MobileHome by Kidsonroof

Folding cardboard house for plenty of play time followed by guilt-free disposal when they're tired of it. There is also a child size play house.
Retails for about $32. Click to buy.

Dollhouse from Playsam

Ultimate simplicity designed by Eva Schildt. The house is 12" high
Retails for about $110.

Villa Sibi by Sirch

Toy or art piece?
Retails for about $960. Click to buy.

A Frame from Our Children's Gorilla

A frame dollhouse made of sturdy fibre board. Couldn't be much simpler.
Retails for about $250.

Emerson House from Brinca Dada

Beautiful home designed by an architect features fireplaces, solar panels and recessed LED lights.
Retails for about $300.

Dylan House from Brinca Dada

Minimal house with 5 living spaces on 3 levels. Furniture is sold separately.
Retails for about $150.

Rayray from momoll

Large collapsible house has a generous amount of space to play and can be easily taken apart for storage and transport .
Retails for about $330.

Riding

PlasmaCar

Made of durable plastic and requires no batteries. This is the ride-on to have.
Retails for about $70. Click to buy

Like-a-Bike

This is the top brand of balance bikes. Skip right over training wheels as your kids will learn to balance on this bike without pedals. Many styles and colors are available
Retail for about $270-$330. Click to buy.

Svan Scooter

Made of bench birch wood this rider can be whatever they imagine from a motorcycle to a caterpillar and anything in between.
Retails for about $120. Click to buy.

Rocking

Olga Rocker from Sirch

Nice and simple with a woven seat.
Retails for about $310. Click to buy.

Rocker from Plan Toys

Plan Toys makes several different styles of rocking horses that retail from $70 to about $280. Click to buy.

Pippocampus Rocking Horse

Available in several different colors. Made of polypropylene.
Retails for about $190.

Rocking Horse from Playsam

Clean and simple horse design. Very Scandinavian.
Retails for about $225. Click to buy.

Rufus Polar Bear Rocker from Maclaren

His name is Rufus.
Retails for about $295.

ABC Chocolate Rocking Horse from Italtrike

Classic but simple design.
Retails for about $120.

Rocking Zebra from Micki

Unique rocking toy illustrated by Thomas Fröhling and designed by Elisabeth Årbrandt.
Retails for about $100 (plus $88 shipping from Sweden).

Keith Haring Rocker from Vilac

Art piece / toy.
Retails for about $250.

J.I.P. Rocking Bench

Simple and open for the imagination. Comes in red and white.
Retails for about $120. Click to buy.

Hut-Hut Rocker from Kalon Studios

A new reinterpretation of the rocking horse.
Retails for about $125 for resin versions and $995 for wood.

Kits Rocking Horse from NinetoNine

Like a log with ears it's cute and simple. Comes in grey and white.
Retails for about $335.

Prince Lionheart Woody Rocking Horse

Woody Rocking Horse from Prince Lionheart

Like a log with ears it's cute and simple. Comes in grey and white.
Retails for about $80. Click to buy.

Rocking Moose from Ikea

You can't go wrong with a rocking moose.
Retails for about $40.

Rusig Rocker from Ikea

The most inexpansive rocker on the list.
Retails for about $10.

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