Whether your eye is already on the holidays or you're shopping for a toddler or baby's birthday, honing in on the most
popular toys kids want isn't as easy a feat as you might think. From singing dolls and LED robots to musical dinosaurs and Play-Doh dentist sets, there's a lot from which to choose. But that also means there's a great toy for every kind of kid out there.
I remember the days as a kid when I would circle every single product from the Toys "R" Us Big Toy Book. Sure, I didn't get everything on my list, but it was always fun to check out the hot new toys and gadgets, even if I wasn't promised it. This year, with so many toys on the market, it's hard to configure which ones are worth spending money on and which ones just
appear to have all the bells and whistles. Because of that, I did some digging and rounded up the hottest new toys, as well as the classic options that still top the toy lists year after year.
Even if the event you're shopping for is months away, from experience, it's best to start brainstorming gift ideas early. That way, you're less stressed when that holiday season or birthday party weekend actually gets here. You'll thank me later.
1 An Egg That Hatches Into An Animal Hatchimals Hatching Egg, $60, Amazon Hatchimals offer the closest thing kids might get to a real egg hatching experience. A cute bird waits to be hatched while kids play and interact with the egg. The kids can feel the the bird's heartbeat, before the toy comes out of the egg when it's time to hatch. And the fun's not over yet — the kids will be able to teach their new Hatchimal to walk, talk, and dance. 2 A Singing 'Elena Of Avalor' Doll 3 An Adorable Fire-Breathing Dragon FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon, $69, Amazon
Torch has made it to many gift lists, and for many good reasons. For one, the
My Blazin' dragon is absolutely adorable. This little guy has over 50 sound and motion combinations activated with touch. For another, Torch also breathes flame colored mist when you fill his tank with water. He even comes with a marshmallow treat that changes colors when you feed it to him. 4 Elmo Playskool Sesame Street Love2Learn Elmo, $54, Amazon
Leave it to this furry red muppet to top every toy list this year
. This high-tech Elmo doll sings, dances, and can even say your child's name. But what's really cool about this Elmo is that parents can personalize their kid's playtime by using him with the learn2love Elmo app. There, parents can input their kids' names along with interests and activities to make Elmo part of the fun. 5 An Interactive Bugbot Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo, $40, Amazon
robot toy knows how to shake it. Featuring an LED multicolored tummy, this baby toy loves to dance by shaking its hips and head, encouraging your baby to move around, as well. BeatBo also provides a learning experience by playing games about coloring, counting, and more. 6 A Caterpillar That Teaches Kids to Code Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar, $40, Amazon
It's never too early to start coding. This
caterpillar toy teaches babies the fundamentals of coding by allowing them to connect the segments, in order to make it move. The caterpillar lights up when the proper segments are connected, and there's no wrong sequence. Each combination directs the caterpillar which way to go. 7 Pikachu Pokémon My Friend Pikachu, $30, Amazon
The Pokémon craze made huge comeback this year, so I'm not surprised that this
Pikachu plush made many toy lists this year. With more than 10 sounds and phrases, including his signature ones, and light up features, this toy will top any Pokémon fan's holiday list. He also looks super cuddly. 8 A Zoo-Themed Activity Cube B. Zany Zoo Wooden Activity Cube, $73, Amazon
Every toy your tot is obsessed with packed into this
activity cube. This toy features a fun bead maze, peak-a-boo doors, and other fun games. It also sticks to its zoo theme with painted animals found all over the cube. Your child will never get bored. 9 A Jungle-Themed Activity Walker Little Tikes Light 'n Go 3-in-1 Activity Walker, $35, Amazon
activity walker turns into a table and panel for endless play. Among the 70-plus sounds and games that this walker offers, there is also a monkey slider, peek-a-boo lion, and spinning toucan ball to keep your baby entertained and smiling all day. The walker also projects lights to encourage babies to take their first steps. 10 An Adorable Troll Doll DreamWorks Trolls Hug Time Poppy, $50, Amazon
The DreamWorks movie
Trolls is a widely popular choice for kids this year, so it's no wonder this doll was featured on a number of must-have lists. At 14 inches tall, Hug Time Poppy sings and speaks 25 different phrases from the movie. Brush her hair to watch it light up and use her light-up bracelet to interact with the doll. 12 A Bumpy Developmental Ball Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball, $12, Amazon
Babies can up their developmental skills with the
bumpy ball. The bumps make it easy for babies to grab, so they learn how to throw and catch. There's also a rattle that helps with babies' hearing, and the bright colors help them associate colors. A great gift for any new baby. 13 An Old-School Preschool Toy 14 A Ball-Popping Musical Dino Fisher-Price Go Baby Go Poppity-Pop Musical Dino, $20, Amazon
musical dinosaur is a best seller because babies find it so much fun. They'll be so entertained catching the balls as they exit the dinosaur's mouth, or popping from its back as the dinosaur plays music. It's a great toy for babies to develop their motor skills and learn cause and effect. In other words, they'll have a ball (pun totally intended). 15 An Enchanting Smart Castle 17 A Kid-Friendly Drum Set VTech KidiBeats Kids Drum Set, $20, Amazon
Surprise your future rockstar this holiday season with this
VTech drum set. It features four modes of play, including free play, letters, numbers, and follow along, and nine different melodies for your kid to learn. Your toddler will be a musician in no time. 19 A Potato Head Who Isn't Afraid of No Ghost 20 A Musical Tea Set LeapFrog Musical Rainbow Tea Set, $16, Amazon
Basically Mrs. Pott's long lost cousin, this
LeapFrog tea set plays seven songs that teach kids about socialization and manners, while they also learn counting and colors. It comes with 10 play pieces including tea cups and cake pieces. 21 A Smartphone For Tots VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone, $13, Amazon
Tired of your kid demanding to use your smartphone? Buy them their own, instead. This
baby phone from VTech has the same features of a smartphone, except one, it's obviously for babies and two, it features 12 pretend apps that respond when touched. So yeah, it's basically a smartphone. Also, it saves your home phone numbers so your baby can pretend to make a call. 22 This Happy-Go-Lucky Soccer Ball 23 A Mini Gotham City/Metropolis Complex 25 A Super Fun Activity Walker VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker, $30, Amazon
VTech walker is a best seller for a reason. It has so many features that encourage creativity and motor skill development. From farm-animal piano keys to a phone, your baby will spend hours exploring the different sounds and music that this walker plays. 26 A Classic Toy Fisher-Price Little People See n' Say Farmer Eddie Says, $14, Amazon
Little People toy is a classic and a best selling toy for a reason. Pull the level to activate different farm animal noises and songs. Your baby will love the surprise element of this toy because you never know which animal is going to speak next. Romper may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently from Romper's editorial and sales departments.