Here’s the thing… most stroller toys are cheap, plastic pieces of junk. Sorry, it’s true! The good news? There are also some diamonds in the rough. We’ve cherry-picked a selection your baby will love (and these won’t embarrass you when you attach them to your stroller.)

The best stroller toys will help a baby stay entertained and calm. They’ll also look adorable and will be made from eco-friendly, non-toxic materials.

Enough spiel, let’s do this!

Our Top Picks

How to Pick the Best Stroller Toy for your Baby

1. Recommended Age

The first important feature you’ll want to think about when selecting a stroller toy is the recommended age. You want to make sure you don’t select something that is targeted for babies much younger or older than your child is now. You’ll also want to select a toy that is likely to grow with your child and keep their interest as they get older.

2. Style

There are various styles of stroller toys that are on the market. Some are simply small toys that clip to the handle or canopy of the stroller using a link. Some styles are larger, plastic arches that clip to both sides of the stroller and go over your baby’s head. Additionally, there are also mobiles that you can find that will attach to a stroller or baby carrier. Finally, there are also cloth spirals that wrap around the handle of an infant carrier or front bar of a stroller that have some toys hanging off of them to entertain your child. If you decide on a few styles of stroller toys that you prefer over others, this will definitely help you to narrow down your choices.

3. Versatility

Another feature to consider when selecting a stroller toy is versatility. Do you care if the toy you purchase is only designed to be used in the stroller? Or, do you want to find a toy that can come out of the stroller into your house or wherever your final destination may be to provide your child something to play with there? The mobile and arch styles discussed above and really designed more to just be used with a stroller. They wouldn’t work well to be taken off the stroller so your baby could play with them on the floor. The spiral toys and toys that attach to the stroller with links would be more suited to being taken off the stroller and brought somewhere else where they could be played with.

4. Materials

Next, you’ll want to consider the materials you want your stroller toy to be made out of. Most stroller toys are either cloth, plastic, or some combination of the two. Do you want a softer toy for your baby? Or do you prefer a plastic mobile for them to watch? If you’re considering buying a stroller toy that will also be attached to an infant carrier when you are driving, you’ll want to be extra-selective. Most experts don’t recommend attaching or using anything in a car seat that could become a projectile and cause your baby harm in the event of a crash. 

The Car Seat Lady discusses how to select a toy that is safe to use in a car seat. She says that if you hit yourself in the head with the object and say “ouch,” then the toy is not safe for use in a car.

5. Colors

Colors are another feature you’ll want to think about when selecting a stroller toy. Do you want lots of bold and vibrant colors or more subdued colors? What colors does your baby seem drawn to? When thinking about the toys you’ll purchase, keep in mind that babies (especially very young babies) prefer looking at colors that have high contrast. This article by HuggaMind explains the science behind why infants prefer these high contrast colors. Consider these factors when finding the perfect toy for your baby’s stroller!

6. Sounds

Finally, you need to decide if you want the stroller toy to make sounds. Do you want something electronic that plays music for your baby? Or, are you looking for something quieter that might just make some crinkling sounds when your baby plays with it? Making a decision about this feature will also help you to narrow down your search and eliminate some options.

The Winners

#1

Freddy the Firefly is an extremely popular toy by Lamaze (and for good reason). It’s a soft, colorful firefly which you can attach to a link on a stroller or car seat.

Recommended Age: 0 months and up
Style: Hanging toy to clip to a stroller/car seat
Versatility: Very versatile and easy to bring from one location to another
Materials: Cloth and plastic
Colors: Multi-color
Sounds: Crinkle sounds

#2

The Tiny Love Take-Along Arch Toy was designed to grow with your baby and adapt to their needs. This arch toy features a large beaver, frog, and flower as well as 3 small hanging toys to engage your baby. This toy was given the Upgrade Choice Award.

Recommended Age: 0 months and up
Style: Arch that clips to the sides of a stroller or car seat
Versatility: The arch would need to be clipped somewhere else like a bouncer for your baby to be able to enjoy it
Materials: Plastic and cloth
Colors: Multi-color
Sounds: Crinkle sounds

#3

The Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Mobile is designed using high-contrast colors to keep the interest and attention of even the youngest babies. The mobile include a clamp so it can be attached to most strollers and infant carrier car seats. This car seat toy was given the Best Budget Buy Award

Recommended Age: 0 to 5 months
Style: Mobile
Versatility: You could use it in other places, but you would need somewhere to clip it
Materials: Polypropylene plastic sheets
Colors: Black, white, red, and blue
Sounds: No

#4

The O Ball Flex ‘n Go Activity Arch is a fun and colorful arch that is designed to attach to your stroller. There are three hanging toys (an elephant, a ball, and a lion) that will attract and amuse your baby.

Recommended Age: 0 months and up
Style: Arch that clips to sides of stroller or car seat
Versatility: The toys on the arch are removable and can be used elsewhere
Materials: Flexible O Ball Plastic
Colors: Bright blue, yellow, red, and green
Sounds: No

#5

The Infantimo Hug and Tug Musical Giraffe is designed to keep your baby entertained when he or she is sitting in the stroller. It features a pull-down design, so when the giraffe’s body is pulled down, music will play as it slowly goes back up.

Recommended Age: 0 to 5 months
Style: Mobile
Versatility: You could use it in other places, but you would need somewhere to clip it
Materials: Polypropylene plastic sheets
Colors: Black, white, red, and blue
Sounds: No

#6

The TOYMYTOY Spiral Mobile features a spiral design so it can be wrapped around the handle of a car seat or bar of a stroller. Hanging off of the spiral are a monkey, giraffe, and elephant designed to entertain your baby.

Recommended Age: 0 months and up
Style: Spiral Toy
Versatility: This toy can be brought to others spaces for play
Materials: Cloth and Plastic
Colors: Brown, blue, red, green and yellow
Sounds: Squeaking sounds and music

#7

The Infantimo Tag Along Travel Pals are a set of 3 fun animals that can be attached to a stroller or car seat. The set features a monkey, elephant, and giraffe plush toy.

Recommended Age: 0 months and up
Style: Hanging toys to clip to a stroller/car seat
Versatility: This toy can be brought to others spaces for play
Materials: Cloth and Plastic
Colors: Multi-color
Sounds: Crinkle and clicking sounds

#8

The Skip Hop Buddy Dino is a fun blue and green dinosaur who is designed to keep your baby entertained wherever you go. The dino is wearing a yellow textured bandana and holding a teether for your baby.

Recommended Age: 3 months and up
Style: Hanging toy to clip to a stroller/car seat
Versatility: Very versatile and easy to bring from one location to another
Materials: Cloth and plastic
Colors: Blue, red, and brown
Sounds: Rattle and crinkle sounds

#9

Mortimer The Moose by Lamaze is a colorful toy that is designed to be hung from a stroller or car seat. Mortimer is a cute moose with colorful crinkle paws, yellow teether antlers, and a squeaking belly

Recommended Age: 3 months and up
Style: Hanging toy to clip to a stroller/car seat
Versatility: Very versatile and easy to bring from one location to another
Materials: Cloth and plastic
Colors: Brown moose with multi-color accents
Sounds: Squeaking and crinkle sounds

#10

The Tiny Love Take Along Mobile is designed to be clipped above your stroller. It features a hanging bird, bee, and frog that will captivate your baby’s attention.

Recommended Age: 0 to 6 months
Style: Mobile
Versatility: Can be clipped above other surfaces in addition to the stroller
Materials: Plastic and cloth
Colors: Blue, green, and orange
Sounds: Musical Sounds

#11

The Skip Hop Silver Lining cloud stroller toy is a charming and simple toy designed to clip onto a stroller or car seat. They toy is designed to look like a cloud with a star and raindrop hanging down. There is a handle to pull the cloud down and make it shake as it moves back up.

Recommended Age: 0 months and up
Style: Hanging toy to clip to a stroller/car seat
Versatility: Very versatile and easy to bring from one location to another
Materials: Cloth and plastic
Colors: White, gray, blue, and yellow
Sounds: Squeaking and crinkle sounds

DIY and Craft Stroller Toys Ideas

DIY Stroller Toy Bar

By just sewing a bright colored fabric and adding some ribbon loops as a space to hook linked toys, you can make a simple toy bar. You can then attach your baby’s favorite toys and they’ll be able to stay entertained while in their stroller. You can find more details and instructions here.

DIY Crochet Stroller Mobile

If you love to crochet (or know someone who does), why not make a crochet mobile for the stroller for your baby. You can personalize the mobile by incorporating their favorite colors and animals! Check out this link to see how to make this cute mobile!

DIY Paint Chip Stroller Toy

With just a few paint color samples, some laminating sheets, and a few links, you can create a toy that will engage your child without spending much money at all. Check out this link to see how you can quickly and easily put together this colorful toy to hook to your stroller.

DIY Stroller Toy Leash

A DIY leash for one of your child’s toy is an easy way to turn almost any toy into a stroller toy. This website gives you directions to make a least to attach Sophie the Giraffe to the stroller, but you could easily modify it to make it work for other toys.
DIY Sophie Leash

DIY Crinkle Toy

We all know babies love crinkle sounds! Almost all of the stroller toys we recommended above had something that crinkled to keep your baby engaged. Why not make your own crinkle toy and then attach it to your stroller using links or the toy leash linked above. This page shows how you can make your own crinkle toy using just a few fabric squares, some ribbon, and a recycled cereal bag!
DIY Crinkle Taggie toy

Quick Decision

Lamaze Freddie The Firefly – Best Overall
A captivating toy full of color and crinkle.

Tiny Love Take-Along Arch – Upgrade Choice
The customizability of the arch and the different features it has to engage both young babies and older babies are impressive added features that make this a great buy!

Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Travel Toy – Best Budget Buy
A simple, yet appealing, design at a very reasonable price.

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Hannah H.

Hannah H.

Hannah is both a parent and a freelance journalist and author. You go, girl! She is an impeccable wordsmith and her warm and witty outlook on life makes her pieces a joy to read.

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