A stroller toy is one of the easiest ways to keep kids occupied during a walk. But not all stroller toys are created equal, so it’s important to find one that your kids will actually play with. After putting in more than 100 hours of research and testing over the past seven years, we’ve chosen 11 stroller toys that are engaging, well-made, and easy to use. Most of them also pack easily into a diaper bag or stroller chassis.
|1||BeeSpring Kid Baby Crib Cot||9.7|
|2||SMAUTOLIFE Toy Safety Straps 4PK||9.7|
|3||Kookamunga Kids Baby Doll Stroller||9.4|
|4||Fisher-Price Baby Stroller Toy||9.1|
|5||Lamaze Freddie The Firefly||8.3|
How We Tested
After a long day of traveling with our kid, we sat down to play with the toys. We tested the quality of the materials, the sturdiness of the construction, and how easy it was for a child to use. And we noted how easy the toy was to take on and off the stroller (or how easy it was to take off the stroller and keep around for future use).
We also considered how many times we had to reattach or reposition the toy during the course of a single stroll.
We also took into account any additional materials that came with the toy (like instructions or assembly instructions).
For any stroller toys that came in pairs, we tested both pieces to see which one our kids gravitated toward and interacted with more.
We took note of any music/noise makers, too. We made sure to test them at a decibel level that would be realistic in an urban environment.
BeeSpring Kid Baby Crib Cot
This cute little bee makes a great stroller toy. It’s made of cloth, so it’s soft and lightweight. And like most of our stroller toys, it’s simple enough that it won’t distract a baby from the task of learning to focus on her surroundings.
In addition to the bee’s wings and antennae, it has two wheels and a wheel cover, so it’s visually appealing and should be interesting for a baby to look at for a little while.
The toy is a little more basic than some of the others, but it’s a great choice for someone looking for something simple and inexpensive.
SMAUTOLIFE Toy Safety Straps 4PK
The SMAVIO Smaute Life Toy Strap (4-Pack) is our favorite strap because it’s made with strong and flexible heat-treated food-grade silicone, which we found to be more durable than the rubber straps we tested.
The secure button buckle is also more child-proof than other designs, and unlike other rubber-nub straps we tested, it’s unlikely to break or be bitten off. Lastly, the soft silicone will never damage your child’s toys.
Kookamunga Kids Baby Doll Stroller
The Kookamunga Kids 2 in 1 Baby Doll Stroller (it shipped within one day of our order) is sturdy enough to support a real baby and is built to last through years of rough play. The pink-unicorn-patterned fabric and tall canopy will please little princesses.
The stroller’s easy-to-grip handle is comfortable for little hands to push, and the removable doll carriage is a nice touch. We found that this toy stroller was easier to maneuver than other models, and it felt especially sturdy, with a solid frame and large wheels.
It’s a little more expensive than some of the other strollers we tested, but we think it’s worth it—this 2 in 1 baby stroller is one of the most durable we’ve ever tested, and it’s backed by an excellent warranty.
Fisher-Price Baby Stroller Toy
The Fisher-Price Sloth Stroller Toy is an adorable stroller toy that your baby can enjoy from birth. It has eight sensory discoveries, including a sun-shaped mirror that makes a crinkle sound and a plush leaf that attaches to the stroll handle.
The centerpiece is a plush sloth with a dangling hand that you can pull down to make the sloth slowly “climb” back up to the tree branch. The toy’s two hanging toys—a flower and a ball—are easily accessible to a baby seated in a stroller.
The toy comes with an easy-to-attach link so you can take it with you on stroller trips.
Lamaze Freddie The Firefly
The Lamaze Freddie the Firefly Stroller Toy is a plush, soft, sensory-rich toy that’s designed to appeal to babies’ visual, tactile, and auditory development.
Its soft velour body has multiple textures for baby to discover, and it makes sounds when the baby squeezes it. The toy’s color-changing eyes and rotating nose help baby learn to focus, track images, and explore the face of the toy.
Additionally, its playful songs, phrases, and sounds keep baby engaged and amused for hours. We found the Lamaze to be the longest-lasting of the stroller toys we tested; we still heard great reviews of the toy’s cuteness and quality nearly three years after we first tested.
The Lamaze is also one of the easiest stroller toys to attach and detach—thanks to a sturdy clip that fits on almost anything.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying
We considered a wide variety of toys for this guide, including plush toys, squeaky toys, musical toys, toy cars and trucks, toy vacuums (because toddlers love cleaning!), stuffed animals, and more. We looked for the following features in each toy we considered:
We looked for toys that could withstand the demands of being thrown into diaper bags and bounced around in strollers. Toys with squeakers or other easily destroyed parts were automatically disqualified.
Fun And Engaging
Long-term play value is what really matters with any toy for a toddler. That means a toy should be engaging enough to hold your child’s interest over an extended period of time—even if that means playing with it when no one is watching!
Multiple Play Modes And Learning Abilities
A good toy should offer multiple ways to play—like different buttons on a piano or different modes on a robot—and encourage learning skills like cause and effect or sequencing.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the best toys for a stroller?
Some of the best toys for a stroller are rattles, teething toys, and soft plush toys.
2. What toys do babies look at longest?
Babies look at mobiles and rattles the longest.
3. What is the best toy to keep a baby busy?
There is no one answer to this question as different babies prefer different toys. Some babies might enjoy playing with brightly colored balls, while others might prefer soft, plush toys. Ultimately, it is up to the parents to experiment and find out what toys their baby enjoys the most.
4. Is it OK to let baby play with phone?
There is no evidence that playing with a phone is harmful to a baby. However, it is probably best not to let a baby play with a phone for an extended period of time, as the phone could be a distraction from other activities that are important for baby’s development.
5. Are toys for strollers worth it?
It depends on what you are looking for in a toy for your stroller. If you are looking for a toy that will keep your child entertained, then a toy for the stroller may be worth it. If you are looking for a toy that will help your child stay safe while in the stroller, then a toy for the stroller may not be worth it.