The Best Musical Toys for Babies


My sweet baby boy is about to turn one at the end of February! He had a scary entrance into the world, but is a happy. healthy little guy now. He isn’t walking yet (his big brother walked before his 1st birthday) but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t like to move! In fact, he is always “dancing!” It’s so cute. 🙂

He really loves music of any kind and will wave, shake and bop to almost any sound! I have to get my little music lover the perfect first birthday present, so I went on a search for the best musical toys for babies!

I have rounded up my favorite musical toys for babies and toddlers – some we already own and some are on my wishlist. There’s something here for every budget – check it out!

best musical toys for babies

Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube

Munchkin Mozart Music Cube

I have heard rave reviews about this one! Recommended for “budding young composers” the Mozart Magic Cube is an educational toy that teaches how different sounds combine to create musical masterpieces. The cube features bright colors, lights that flash to the tempo of the music, and harp, piano, French horn, flute and violin sounds.

Fisher-Price Rattle and Rock Maracas

Fisher Price Rattle and Roll Maracas

I love these! Traditional wooden maracas might be too heavy or too hard for your baby’s current stage. The Fisher Price Rattle and Rock Maracas have soft “pom pom” ends that are perfect for little hands. My baby is still very much teething so those soft pom poms would be great for chewing too. These are also the perfect size for tossing in a diaper bag for musical fun on the go.

Green Tones Shakers & Drum

Green Tones Elephant Shaker

Sometimes the best toys are the simplest, do you agree? This Green Tones Elephant Shaker is an adorable rattle that baby R already owns and enjoys. He not only loves making music by shaking it, but it’s also a perfect teether!

Green Tones is an eco-friendly toy company with lot’s of great options. I also love this Green Tones Endangered Animals Shaker set. Wouldn’t that be a perfect baby shower gift for an animal lover?

Green Tones Endangered Animals Shaker Set

The Green Tones Mama Bear Drum is very high on the list of possible birthday gifts for baby R.

Green Tones Mama Bear Drum

He loves slapping his hands on any flat surface so this drum would be so much fun, and since we already own the Elephant Shaker, I know the Mama Bear Drum will be a great quality toy. Plus, I can’t get over the cuteness!

Baby Einstein Discovering Music Activity Table

Baby Einstein Discover Music Activity Table

A musical activity table is a great option for babies who are standing and cruising. Baby R isn’t quite ready for this one, but his big brother had a similar table at this age and loved it! If you have a baby who is just starting to pull up, I’d wait on this one, as they are easy to pull over.

Baby Einstein Musical Activity Table on the Floor

There is a “on the floor” option (just leave the legs off) to this Baby Einstein activity table, making it good for multiple stages of development.

Velcro Wrist Shake Bells

best musical toys for babies

Do you remember playing with jingle bells in music class when you were a kid? I do! These wrist straps are fully adjustable (with velrco) so they will fit baby and kids up to age 7! I love the sound of jingle bells and this would be a simple, fun, inexpensive toy.

Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone

best musical toys for babies

I can picture my toddler stealing this toy from the baby, especially because of the “pounding.” A rainbow colored xylophone is such a classic kids instrument, I’d love to add one to our toy collection. I also thought the Hape Pound & Tap Bench was a really unique take on a xylophone, since babies can pound the balls with a mallet and hear the sounds they make when they hit the keys. If that’s not enough fun, the xylophone slides out to be used on it’s own. So it’s really multiple toys in one!

Hape Maracas and Clappers

Hape, a German toy company, is one of the largest producers of eco-friendly toys (made from sustainable materials) in the world. I love their design aesthetic and have tons of Hape items on my Amazon wishlist.

best musical toys for babies

The Hape Mini Maracas are such a unique shape, perfect for chubby little baby hands. And the Hape Clickety-Clack Clappers are another fun option for noise making toys (although better for toddlers age 3 and up).

best musical toys for babies

Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo

best musical toys for babies

For the tech-savvy babies – a dancing robot! Dance & Move BeatBo dances to music (nods his head and shakes his hips), lights up, and has educational features for teaching colors, counting and ABC’s. BeatBo looks pretty cute, but I’m a little hesitant because we have a talking/dancing Minion and baby R is afraid of it! Also, add BeatBo to the list of “toys stolen by big brother!”

LeapFrog Poppin’ Play Piano

best musical toys for babies

We own this one and it is very popular in our house! Not only does the LeapFrog Poppin Play Piano play sounds/music, it also has modes for teaching both colors and numbers. Colored balls pop up when you hit the keys on the piano. It’s very lightweight and easy for kids to carry around. The Poppin Play Piano was actual my first son’s first birthday gift! He still plays with it at almost three years old.

Skip Hop 3 Piece Explore and More Egg Shaker Set

best musical toys for babies

Egg shakers are a pretty popular option for baby and toddler musical instruments, but they can be a little boring! I loved discovering this set of whimsical Skip Hop egg shakers. They are different shapes (owl, hedgehog and fox), feature different textures for baby to touch, and each one makes a unique sound. Out of all the toys on my list, these are my #2 choice for baby R’s birthday, I know he would really love them!

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How’d I do? Is there an amazing musical toy for babies not on my list? Let me know about it in the comments!

Which musical baby toy would you choose?

musical toys for babies

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  1. Love this! So many great ideas. My son loves anything noisy/musical (greeeaaattt) so he would love any of these!
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  2. Ooh these are all so fun looking. We don’t have any of those, but we have others that are musical, like the vtech grow along music center (with a microphone). Baby H really loves things that make sounds 🙂

    • We have a Vtech walker that both boys LOVE! And it’s still in great condition after almost 3 years! A microphone sounds fun! We don’t have anything like that.

  3. I love the rattles! They are so cute and look like they’d last forever…plastic toys just don’t seem to have the same durability, although the bright colors are appealing.
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  4. Great blog post! As a music teacher this makes me happy – it’s SO important to let even the youngest explore and experiment with “music” even if it’s just interesting sounds to them. All these simple instruments and toys are really great, way to go!
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  5. I think the Hape toys are so cute!!!! My kids love musical toys.
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  6. I always loved the musical activity toys for my boys. You have a great collection here. Thanks for linkng at #overthemoon! I hope to see you at ThursdyFavorite Things.

  7. My 4 year old is an infant developmentally. The Baby Einstein Table is his favorite toy. I’ll have to put the Leap Frog piano on his birthday list.
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  8. Our daughter is turning one in April and she loves musical toys. This is perfect!

  9. There’s some lovely bits in the collection you’ve put together. I’m sure any baby would love these. Such fun for them

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  10. My kids loved the Baby Einstein videos, anything that this company makes is just brilliant! They would watch them over and over. We had several in the series, loved them. And they weren’t too horrible to watch 2000 times! LOL I had music to do my chores by.

    These are the best toys, they stimulate the brain and instill a love of music. Great choices for a wonderful gift for the child as well as the parents!
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  11. Former music teacher here…I think it’s obvious that musical toys are the best kind! 😉 These are great! I hadn’t heard of some of them before. I really like the simple wooden ones (because I agree that the simplest ones really are the best a lot of the time).
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  12. Great little selection of toys here! Love it!

    The Fisher Price rattles are a firm favourite of mine in 2016!

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  13. They can enjoy well. These colors, shapes and the music they attract. This is a great gift idea list! I love this egg shaker.

  14. Such a great list. My boys love music too. So far they only have toy instruments but they love playing them and singing too! Always singing,, Glad I have found this nice article before the gift-giving season.

  15. Wow, great toys indeed! My baby loved colourful toys and I guess I should add some for my baby’s toy collections. This is really an interesting tips! Thanks


  16. Thanks for the information. My son loves dancing toys, so I’m going to get him the Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance and Move BeatBo.

  17. Thanks for the beautiful post .

  18. Since the weather is turning a little cooler, I have begun some preliminary thinking about holiday gifts and I came across this post. Great suggestions! I especially love the wooden toys. I have never been one to shy away from noisy, musical gadgets for little ones because I feel that they are so developmentally important. Thank you for the great list. I would like to invite you to stop by to check out some of my own articles and product reviews of baby and toddler necessities.

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