Recommended Products

We all know that children spell love T-I-M-E. They need our presence much more than our presents. But parents often ask me for recommendations for toys for their child, or for a list of items they'll need for their new baby. So I've started this section to recommend products that I think are terrific.

You'll find ideas that make it easier to meet your child’s needs, and your own. You'll also find my favorite toys that can be used in open-ended ways to support imaginative play for toddlers and preschoolers. I hope to include more of them, over time, as a small vote for the creative play that all children need for optimal development.

I hope the information here helps you make more informed choices about how to spend your hard-earned money. Enjoy browsing through these products I love. Once you decide on your purchases, you'll complete the transaction on the Amazon website, which handles payment and delivery. Aha! Parenting gets a small commission (which helps defray the costs of the website and my free newsletter), but you won't pay any more than if you had gone directly to Amazon.

Every product in this store is something I personally believe in. In each section, I'll also be compiling recommendations on books I recommend for that age and stage. I would love to hear any feedback you have about these items, positive or negative, and any ideas you have on items I should recommend. If there's a toy you love that isn't included, please let me know so I can add it.

Dr. Laura Markham



Today I say thank you, tears streaming from my face, so proud of my little boy and all he will become. Thank you. - Jennifer B.


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