Whether it’s just around the block to get the milk or taking on a much longer family road trip with your tot, keeping your baby entertained in the back of the car while you drive is essential.
We have traveled by car extensively with our three kids and had easy-going through to incredibly rambunctious and difficult-to-please babies along the way!
There are important safety considerations to take into account, too, when you are giving a baby a toy that you cannot directly supervise – so look out for our top toy-choosing tips below!
Here are the baby road trip toys we love best – we hope they’ll help you get through those baby road trip years!
Got slightly older kids? Head over to the best road trip toys for toddlers
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Best Baby Toys for the Car
We recommend hanging toys for babies in the car if your infant is very young. The spiral design of the BeeSpring Hanging Rattle allows you to easily take it on and off without your bub being able to pull it down. Several eye-catching toys also dangle down within easy tugging distance for engaging play on the go.
The Yowell Sensory Silicone Toy has been one of our favorite infant car seat toys because it’s so simple yet provides hours of entertainment. Even my older children love to play with it! The frame contains five different sizes of silicone bubbles that push in and out. The whole toy is BPA-free and non-toxic, so your baby can gum it as much as he likes.
This sensory car toy packs a lot of entertainment value in a compact size. It’s perfect for when your bub is teething, as you can pop it in the fridge before traveling to provide soothing relief to sore gums. In addition, an interior rattle is loud enough to entertain your baby without distracting the driver.
The Spin & Learn Steering Wheel is one of the best baby toys for the car because it’s both interactive and educational to help your baby’s cognitive development. Once your bub is old enough to be able to grasp toys firmly, they’ll love “driving” along with you or learning about colors, shapes, and emotions. Since it is a hard toy, I recommend these silicone toy safety straps to prevent any unwanted drops.
Great minds start little. Colors, animals, lights and melodies are right at a baby’s fingertips during tummy time or sitting play. Toy bar lights up when baby touches the colorful sections or spins the rattle drum. Stimulate a baby’s sense of sound with three different modes including animal sounds, colors, and xylophone sounds. There are 3 language option settings for hours of engaging play.
The cuddly and colorful Mini Buster is perfect for older babies who are developing their fine motor skills. The travel-sized buckle toy displays both numbers and shakes and has several brightly colored buckles to help your bub learn problem-solving skills as well. We love that it’s small enough to take anywhere and provides hours of engaging play.
Usually, we wouldn’t suggest giving your baby toy cars to play with in the car because they’ll more than likely get chucked against the window. However, these K’s Kids vehicles are soft enough to prevent damage, and your older baby can play with them during stops along the way. In addition, the colorful pull-back vehicles are suitable for babies nine months and up and help them work on several developmental skills.
The adorable Infantino Hug and Tug musical bug is an ideal hanging toy for babies, and you can take it with you wherever you go. Your baby can pull down on the bug to hear stimulating music, and the bug also moves and offers several simple activities. Additionally, the songs only play for 90 seconds, which is tolerable for most car rides.
These hanging baby toys are jam-packed with eye-catching colours and patterns to instantly captivate your baby whilst riding in their car seat. The washable rattle toys have built-in jingles so that you’re not stuck listening to endless rounds of the same songs, and they also crinkle when squeezed to encourage hearing and touch.
Babies love to move and groove in their car seats, which is why this Penguin Play and Kick car toy is a perfect travelling companion. The soft kick mat is gentle on your bub’s feet as they move their legs, and the toy itself is compatible with both rear-and-front-facing car seats. You can also adjust the height of the mat with simple Velcro straps.
These simple ring link toys are ideal in-car toys for babies, especially because you can use them in many different ways. For example, connect several links to go across your child’s car seat or create hanging chains for your bub to tug on. They’re easy to clean and store, and you can attach them to strollers, cribs, or anywhere your baby needs some added entertainment.
The plush and oh-so-cute Peek and Play Baby Book is a favorite infant car seat toy because there are so many interactive features for your baby. The pages are filled with fabric lift-the-flaps, and there are also buttons and crinkly features as well. You can connect the book to your baby’s car seat so they’ll always have it within reach, and it has over 50 different songs and sounds that play with the push of a button.
Although we suggest that most baby toys for the car don’t have many separate parts, we couldn’t resist adding the Melissa & Doug Shape Sorter, especially since it’s so versatile. You could prevent a potentially messy situation by setting this on a car seat travel tray for your older baby to play on. The soft case has two different activity sides so that your bub can see what’s under the crinkle flaps or work on shape sorting.
Your baby will instantly fall in love with the goofy features of the Whoozit, a cute and cuddly baby car toy that engages multiple senses and offers hours of grasping, pulling, and hugging. Each of the Whoozit’s arms crinkles, rattles, or squeaks, so your baby will constantly be surprised. The big red nose also lifts up to reveal a surprise mirror.
We love the 3D design of this soft cloth activity book with baby’s first words. The washable pages are filled with various textures and designs, so your baby can find a new feature with each turn. You can also securely attach the book to a seatbelt or car seat handle to prevent it from getting misplaced.
The best baby car seat toys are ones that encourage your baby to develop different skills, which is why the Infantino Discovery Cube is an ideal choice. This squeezable square contains a soft toy ball inside, which helps babies work on their problem-solving skills to find it. A clacker ring and mirror are also attached for additional play opportunities.
Important Safety Features for Baby Car Toys
As you’re looking for the best baby toys for the car, make sure you keep a few safety features in mind. Whilst most toy manufacturers follow strict guidelines when it comes to child safety, it’s always smart to double-check before setting out on the road.
Avoid Toys With Small Parts
We all know how babies love to put EVERYTHING in their mouths! And if your bub’s not covering his toys in drool, he’s throwing them everywhere. So make sure all baby car toys are constructed well so that a few hits against the car window won’t dislodge any parts. Also, avoid toys with small removable pieces your bub can choke on.
Softer Toys are Best
One of the most nerve-wracking things for parents is hearing toys constantly being banged against the car window. It certainly competes for your attention, which is never a good thing while driving! Plush car seat toys for babies are a smart move, and they’ll also relieve your fears that your bub will bite down on sharp edges.
No Long Ropes or Strings
Have you ever looked away for 10 seconds, only to turn around and see one of your children wrapped up like Houdini in your bathrobe tie? Somehow little ones get themselves tangled in all kinds of things, so avoid baby car seat toys with loose ties and strings.
More Baby Travel Tools & Tips
- Check out all our best advice for traveling with babies and newborns by car.
- Traveling in the winter? Make sure your baby is warm in their car seat without overheating by layering them correctly.
- Feeding baby on the go, you might want to try these portable bottle warmers, ideal for road trips, along with our top tips for transporting pre-pumped breastmilk.
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