md_trex_unicorn_bbyI enjoy shopping for others however, shopping for babies and young children can be especially tough. Plus, all children learn differently and develop at different rates. This is why toys are never a one size fits all solution. Thankfully, Melissa & Doug has some fun and educational plush toys suitable for young children of all ages and learning levels. I’m so glad that offers a huge assortment, making my holiday shopping stress free.

As a new mom, I’m always scrambling to get anything done. Knowing the holidays are around the corner, trying to find the perfect gift for baby can be frustrating. For me, toys that can help with my baby’s development in an engaging way are always on the top of my list. Also, plush toys that are larger than life are usually a home run! Below, you will find my reviews on a few Melissa & Doug plush toys that cover a variety of developmental skills and are sure to make your little one smile.

Melissa & Doug Giant Plush Toys

I believe some toys help develop my baby’s imagination because they are magical or just plain cool. Besides all the amazing educational toys, Melissa & Doug also has some fun giant plush toys that will win the hearts of any child. As I unpacked the big boxes these giant plush toys arrived in, my son’s eyes widened with a bit of fear. He’s only 9 months old so the sight of a giant T-Rex and Unicorn plush toy seemed to be frightening for him. By day two, my son was smiling and reaching for them, giggling every time he touched their heads.

Both the Melissa & Doug T-Rex and Unicorn make great cuddle buddies. They can be quite scary to smaller children, as I discovered with my baby. It is suggested for children that are at least 3 years of age and older. Even though smaller infants may not be huge fans of the giant plush toys early on, they make great décor additions to any nursery. Both the T-Rex and the Unicorn are made with a sturdy wireframe to ensure they both stand tall.


T-Rex towers at almost 4 feet high and it’s almost as tall as me! It has some pretty cool markings and colors and the long tail makes for some fun huggable playtime. While the Unicorn stands at approximately 2 feet tall and 3.5 feet long, it has loads of shimmery details to discover. Please take note: Both the T-Rex and the Unicorn are not sturdy enough for your child to ride, so be safe when playing.


Melissa & Doug Turtle Ball Pit

The second I placed the Melissa & Doug Turtle Ball Pit on the floor, my 9-month-old son giggled with glee. He really enjoys the Turtle Ball Pit and probably because he recently figured out how to play throw and catch. The plush green turtle features a zipper and velcro closure and inside are 60 easy to handle multi-coloured balls. My son liked sitting inside. He climbs in and out of it while discovering all sorts of engaging features. The only thing I wish it had were perhaps some different textured balls, maybe made out of fabric or in a spiky shape.

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The balls come in 2 different sizes and 6 different colours and my son found them really easy to toss around. Other great features include silky fabric tags on the turtle’s head, teething ring on one end of the zipper, soft rattle ball on the other end, the turtle’s crinkly flippers, a squeaky button and a mirror. I prefer to place the turtle on the carpet but it has a skid-proof bottom that minimizes sliding if you decide to place it on a different type of surface. The turtle is a really good size to wrestle with, measuring approximately 3 feet long and 2 feet wide. I found that not only does it store all the balls it comes with; there is plenty of extra room for storing some of my son’s other toys.

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For an up close look at all the Melissa & Doug Turtle Ball Pit features, check out my video review below:

Melissa & Doug Choo-Choo Locomotive Plush Toy

My son’s motor skills have improved leaps and bounds since birth, but when he was littler I needed to find him toys that were easy to grasp and maneuver. The Melissa & Doug Choo Choo Locomotive plush toy is great for little babies and features an attached remote when pressed the train jiggles and shakes while making realistic choo-choo train sounds. My son gets a kick out of all the little sounds as I repeat them back to him while we play. Take note, for the train to work you need two AA batteries, which are not included. You can get a better idea on how it works in my video review below:

The choo-choo train is super soft and safe for babies ages 3 months old and up. It’s a small to mid-sized plush toy measuring approximately 19 cm wide, 23 cm high and 19 cm deep. On top of the train is a mirror, which is great for playing pick-a-boo and when I give the smokestack a squeeze and it squeaks. Not only is this little choo-choo train fun to play with, it helps develop grip strength, sensory and fine motor skills.

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You can check out for their huge selection of baby and toddler toys including other Melissa & Doug toys.

Sunny Shum
I am the founder of the lifestyle blog "Shut Up I Love This". I focus mainly on parenthood and everything else in between. I'm a minimalist mom at heart and I've appeared in numerous publications from Fashion Magazine to the Vancouver Sun. Follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter @theSunnyShum. I'm also currently an employee at Best Buy Canada!


  1. Thank you for sharing your blog as well as review with us all. Plush toys are perfect gift for baby. These kind of toys helps develop grip strength, sensory and fine motor skills and are super soft and safe for babies ages 3 months old and up. I really liked reading your blog.

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