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The best my first electronic pet and robot toys

Our top picks of my first electronic pet and robot toys

Top 5 my first electronic pet and robot toys

Our favourite my first electronic pet and robot toys around now

Why buy one?

Electronic pets and robots are becoming increasingly popular and they’re now available to buy for even younger children and toddlers.  An electronic pet can be a great replacement for a real one if you’re not ready to make that commitment yet, and can still offer your child a certain level of companionship (but with less mess!)

What to spend

Electronic toys are always going to be more expensive than those without batteries. Robot toys for older children can easily top £100, but simplified versions for three-year-olds and under, ring in on average at about £30, so they are more affordable than you think.

What to look for

A variety of interactive features for your child to enjoy, that’s simple for them to play without your help. For furry pets, something that’s engaging and lifelike is a bonus, too.

Infantino Sensory Elasto Robot 2501. Sensory Elasto Robot, £13.99, Infantino

Perfect for very young babies from six months, this cute robot is the perfect introduction to electronic toys. He has engaging lights and sounds, interesting textures and movable legs and can respond to your child interaction with spinning eyes and changing expressions.

Robo Chameleon 2502. Robo Chameleon, £29.99, Amazon

With moving eyes, a robotic tongue that shoots out to catch its food, and an LED illuminated colour-changing body, the Robo Chameleon makes a great first robot for little ones. Suitable from three years old and up.

Pitter Patter Pets Teeny Weeny Bunny 2503. Pitter Patter Pets, £12

This adorable bunny can twitch its nose - just like the real thing! It can also hop along by itself and wiggle its ears. You can buy it in several colours including brown and cream and it requires 2 AA batteries that are not included.

Little Live Pets Rollie My Kissing Puppy 2504. Rollie My Kissing Puppy, £29.99, Little Live Pets

If your child is asking for a dog, but you’re just not ready for the real thing, this toy is a lovely alternative. Rollie acts just like a real puppy, and can sit up, roll over and wag his tail! Best of all, he likes giving kisses and has over 35 realistic puppy noises, plus an adoption certificate.

Think and Learn Teach-N-Tag Movi Activity 2505. Think & Learn Tag ‘n’ Teach Movi, £44.99, Fisher Price

Suitable for children aged 3-6 years old, this clever interactive robot aimed at younger children teaches them to follow instructions, get moving, and explore the world around them. Movi has six games to play, including ‘Red light, green light’ and ‘Movi says’ so will keep your little one entertained for hours.

The best my first electronic pet and robot toys