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The Johnson & Johnson name is all about soaps, powders and lotions today, but in the 80s they also put out THE coolest baby toys ever! A see-through rattle with moving parts inside; a dumbbell-shaped toy filled with water and a little red ball that moved thru the water from the squeaky end to the jingle bell end; a freaky vinyl fold-out book with all sorts of strange cartoon and photographic images printed on it. My sister and I used to go to our next-door-neighbor's house in the summer and play with all their J & J toys under the guise of "visiting" their new baby.
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Nicole - March 25, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember those toys. My friend next door had a little brother and sister and they had those toys when they were babies.
Gloria Henderson - July 13, 2008 - Report this comment
My daughter born in 82. Everyone looked forward to the deliveries of the monthly toys. I would buy them now. you have to watch children wtih any toy. They weren't toxic
Katherine - October 18, 2008 - Report this comment
My son was born in late 1984. I think I purchased all of the J&J Child Development toys. They were expensive and it was a sacrafice, but I still have those toys todays. I would like to pass them along to any future grandchildren.
Peggy Terhune - October 24, 2008 - Report this comment
These were the best toys ever! I so wish they were still made. My favorite (and the favorite of my three children,born 78, 79, and 81) was a see through plastic bowl (sort of like a goldfish bowl) with three smaller plastic balls that went in it. The smaller balls had colored inserts that spun when you moved them. This was absolutely our kid's favorite. They could play with these for hours. Too big to fit in their mouths, but small enough to fit comfortably in their hands. I'm a grandmother now, and went to purchase them. Imagine my dismay when I learned they were no longer made. It was funny to see the look on the face of the salesclerk as I tried to explain what I was looking for. Please bring these back!
SZA - October 24, 2008 - Report this comment
Peggy, the 'Clear Rattle' toy (not the one you were talking about, but another cool one) is up for bid on Ebay right now ... for a cool $30!!!!
Debbie - October 27, 2008 - Report this comment
My handicapped son loves that Clear Rattle toy. It is so hard to find toys for him that he likes. I would love to get a couple of the clear rattles. If anyone knows where I could get one, could you let me know?
Kathryn - December 03, 2008 - Report this comment
My daughter just had our first granddaughter. Yesterday she asked me what toys she played with when she was a baby. I thought and remembered. I told her the best were the Johnson & Johnson toys. I'm so sad that we didn't keep them. We passed them on to friends when our kids had outgrown them. I wasn't thinking grandchildren at the time! How I wish I had. I guess I have to go on e-bay to try to find our favorites. There was one my husband called the "solar system toy" I'd probably pay an outlandish price for it, or for the rattle or the truck, or I could go on and on. Why did they stop making them?
Lynn - February 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I LOVED these toys - was in the club and would receive them in the mail. I think we had all of them. I have twin grandaughters now and really wish I had kept them. They were so cool! I wonder why they don't make them anymore.....
Ginny - February 23, 2009 - Report this comment
These toys are fantastic!! My daughters were born in the 80's and loved each and everyone. I was always so excited when they arrived. I still have them all today and have a new grandbaby boy who will continue to enjoy them!
Granny Rose - March 03, 2009 - Report this comment
We really need these toys to come back on the market. There is nothing comparable on the market today. I wish I'd kept our toys as I now have grandbabies that would loooove them!
Kimberly - March 12, 2009 - Report this comment
Does anyone know anyone who has the Johnson & Johnson clear rattle in good condition that they are willing to sell? I have three sisters and my dad bought all of us one of these rattles when we were born. My little sister is having her first child. I thought it would be a cool gift to give her.
SZA - March 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Look on Ebay, Kimberly - they are occasionally posted for bids there. Use search terms 'Playpath' and/or 'Clear Rattle' ... beware, however, as they come at a high cost in 2009! Good luck!
Beth dlP - March 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I am so sentimental, I practically cried reading all the positive comments surrounding these toys! I cant think of any other toys that were so highly regarded. Of course we gave all of them away to worthy youger advisaries as more baby cousins came along. Never thinking I would not be able to buy them for grandkids. Does anyone know where to get these toys today? I'm thinking about contacting J&J directly..
Holly - May 12, 2009 - Report this comment
My mom had gotten these toys for myself and my brother in the 80's. She gave them to my daughter when she was born, and now my son is playing with them and loves the clear rattle.
CHRISTINA - May 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I Don't know if anyone can help son was born 7 months ago with Down syndrome and his therapist brought forth a bag of Johnson and Johnson toys from the 80s that my son is able to hold in his hands and that promote his fine motor development...but I can't find them anywhere. Does anyone have any idea? My son was able to hold the rattle so easily. I hate that toys today are so gimicky and not practical like they were then. Thank you for your help!
SZA - May 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Scout Ebay, CHRISTINA. You won't always find them but you can count on at least a couple of toys appearing up for bid every month or so. There are two rattles up right now. Follow this link:
Tammy - May 25, 2009 - Report this comment
My daughter was born in 1982. My husband and I received an offer to have Johnson and Johnson toys sent directly to the house. Knowing the reputation of the company we joined. Approximately every 6 weeks a package arrived woth 2 new toys, age appropriate of course, along with suggestions for their use at different ages. These toys GREW with her, and later our son. We are hoping to find somewhere to get some for the next generation.
Liz - June 07, 2009 - Report this comment
I just picked up about 20 different J&J toys all with the original booklets!!! If your interested please e-mail me at I will be putting these on e-bay soon if nobody responds here in a few days. Thanks
Anita - June 18, 2009 - Report this comment
We are looking for the rattle shown in the picture on this page at the link:
Anita - June 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Sorry, last comment got cut off! Our son absolutely loves this toy at his daycare but he's sadly moving to a new location and the toy can't come along. He'll move every other toy out of the way to get to this rattle. It's amazing! Even similar rattles don't do the trick. I'm not sure what it is, but it's good stuff! Please contact turbo740 at comcast dot net (replace the spaces and 'at' with @ and dot with .) Thank you!
Donna - July 30, 2009 - Report this comment
I am looking for the J&J toys from the late 80's especially the red rings teething toy. My daughter loved them and now she is pregnant I would love to find replacement toys for my grandchild Email me at
Kristy - August 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I just listed a lot of 5 of these toys on eBay. They are great!
SZA - August 05, 2009 - Report this comment
Fun to look at your toys up for bid, Kristy! I remember the yellow dumbbell-shaped water rattle - the baby girl who lived next to us when I was little had one, and I was SO jealous of it!!
Kathleen - August 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I bought all the Johnson & Johnson infant toys for my daughter when she was born in 1984. My other children played with them also. I refused to give them away and put them in the attic in a rubbermaid tub. I went into the attic this past weekend and found that tub of toys, brought them down and my Grand-daughter is in love with them. Her favorite is the Red Rings (great for a teething ring). I'm so glad I kept them all.
Connie - August 25, 2009 - Report this comment
I, too, loved these toys. They were the best. I also belonged to the club and loved getting them. My kid's favorite was the pictures on the vinyl pictured above. I could make the two pieces into a box and play peek a boo with them. They loved it! The rattle with the beads was also a favorite, however, it was so big, the babies almost always smacked themselves in the head with it. I wish these were still made!!!
Shaina Herrmann - August 28, 2009 - Report this comment
I still have nearly all of these! I saved them and now my daughter plays with them.
Jackie - September 20, 2009 - Report this comment
My mom still has these. My kids played with them when they were babies!
Mike - September 27, 2009 - Report this comment
We just gave four of these to our first biological granddaughter; Rhythm Rollers (0 to 36 mos), Balls in a Bowl (6 to 30 mos), Stack & Dump Truck (12 to 48 mos), and Peek-a-Boo Ball (birth to 18 mos), all with the original boxes and books. I was just checking eBay and the Internet in general to see if we should hang on to the boxes and books (the toys are staying!).
Pam - October 25, 2009 - Report this comment
My daughter' favorite toy was Backpack Bear. He had a book about potty training in his backpack. She lost it in a Target when she was and we had to buy another since she couldn't sleep. I repaired that bear a few times. When she was in college I found one on ebay and bought it for her. She is 24 now and it is her favorite.
Anne - October 29, 2009 - Report this comment
My kids (1988 & 1992) LOVED these toys! I liked the later ones we received as my oldest got older: the peg village, the green house, the truck, the farm puzzle, the soft books with the little bear, and the building set (we called the "H" blocks). My husband threw many of these out a number of years ago in a "too many little pieces of toys" purge without checking with me first. I was just sick about it. I used to see the toys sold under the "Parents' Magazine" toy series at Target, but it sounds like they discontinued them So sad - they were great toys!
Gail - November 11, 2009 - Report this comment
I came to this site hoping to find a list with detailed descriptions of these wonderful educational toys and was shocked to see they're no longer made. My son was born in Dec. of '84 and we adopted him the following month. As an elementary school teacher I could see the value of these toys and joined the "club", even though it was quite a sacrifice to pay what, for us, was a high price. But our dear baby was worth it! I believe I purchased the entire collection, but don't see pics of them all here. I still have all of them and my son's daughter, our only grandchild, is now enjoying the same toys her daddy played with. I also have the booklets that came with each toy. They were wonderful manipulatives and great for eye/hand coordination. It's sad that J&J no longer produces them!
kellee - December 02, 2009 - Report this comment
These toys are all great... I am in desprate need of the balls in a bowl toy... We have infant twins that recieve inhome therpy and they brought this out to us... We are so germ worried with having high risk twin... We run all our toys in the dishwasher... My husband the other day put this in there and melted it... I am so worried to tell our therapist about this as it was one of her personal toys for her children... Does anyone have one they are getting rid of??? Or know where I can find one??? Please help
Luanne - December 20, 2009 - Report this comment
I too bought these toys when my girls were little. My oldest one loved the "My First Doll" but unfortunately it had gotten thrown out. My daughter to this day stills misses her doll. Does anyone know where I can find one?
Debbie - December 22, 2009 - Report this comment
OMG, I've been searching high and low for these toys for my new grand-nephew and I am so sad to hear they're no longer made. They were my two son's favorite toys as well, especially the infant toys such as Red Rings and Wiggle Worm. Of course they were long ago given away with all the baby things and now I'm so sorry I didn't save them. I just wrote to J&J asking if they might bring them back on the market. Let's hope so! In the meantime, I'll be scouting ebay and online. They were just the BEST toys.
d humphries - January 02, 2010 - Report this comment
One of these toys is on ebay right now! 1-03-10. It has a phone dial on one end and a crank on the other with spinners in the center!
diocelina - January 19, 2010 - Report this comment
im trying to find the red rings to buy. can you help me find a place to buy them. My daughter is handicapped and this is her fav. toy
CONNIE - February 26, 2010 - Report this comment
Kimber - March 09, 2010 - Report this comment
Oh. My. Gosh!!! I remember every single one of these!! My brother and I played with them incessantly! Why did they stop making these!!?? Simple, fun, safe, and unique! The baby toys now are awful hard plastic with lights and batteries and ugh!
Sherron Langley - March 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I just Googled Johnson & Johnson toys and found this blog - I had purchased these when our son Ryan was born in 1979 - I absolutely loved all of them - I'm hoping I can locate them in a rubbermaid tub in the garage for his new daughter Lilla. If anyone knows how to contact Johnson & Johnson to request they make them again, please let me know.
betsy - March 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I am trying to find a tracking tube for infants. I had them for my daughters (born in 1979 & 1983). It had yellow balls on each end with clear liquid in a tube running between. There was a red ball in teh tube the swam back and forth for the child to foolow and enhance visual development.
Carole - June 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I got this toys passed down from my older sister when I had my son in 1986, Beleive it or not, I just had my eighth baby this year , Fe. 2010, and she is , at this very moment playing with that little wiggle worm!!! I don't have many others but I always pick them up as I see them at yard sales, thrifts shops etc, usually never pay more then a dollar. :) Feel free to email me if some of you are still searching and I'll let you know when I pick up a double. :)
SZA - July 04, 2010 - Report this comment
CLEAR RATTLE FOR SALE ON EBAY AS OF 7-4-10: $13 plus shipping.
SZA - July 19, 2010 - Report this comment
Another "barber pole"/Clear Rattle is for sale on Ebay at Cost is $25 (Cough, cough.)
Peggy T - August 10, 2010 - Report this comment
I had my husband on the ladder to the attic this morning trying to find them for our 3 month old (first) grandson. Can't find the cool flat vinyl thing that folded into a triangle with B/W pattern, mirror, etc. He's just the right age. Found fold up man and fold up dog, though!
Cynthia - August 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I saved my sons Johnson and Johnson toys from the early 80's and now my grandchildren are playing with them. Some of the parts are missing but they like them the same;
Kathleen - October 14, 2010 - Report this comment
I am looking to purchase the Johnson-Johnson red ring development toy with the blue ball in the middle for my disabled child. Please e-mail me if you have one to sell.
Catherine - October 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I've been looking for that toy as well, for my granddaughter. I didn't realize that Johnson & Johnson no longer made these toys. Is any other company making them now? I loved the toy of the month that they had.
SZA - October 20, 2010 - Report this comment
RED RINGS TOY up for bid right now on Ebay! (Bidding is up to $31, wow!!) Four and a half days left. Copy & paste the following link to view/bid:
WBailey - November 04, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm looking for the Balls in a Bowl toy. My children LOVED that toy, and I have a friend with a new baby with Down's Syndrome. I think this would be a great toy for her. But is it not made anymore?
Rose - November 22, 2010 - Report this comment
I have a 17 yr old son that i used to get them for.. Thank god that i saved them because i have a 7 yr old that loved them ,& now my 6 month old baby girl loves them too. They all had the same reaction to them
Donna M. - November 23, 2010 - Report this comment
I am looking for the red rings by J & J. My two older sons had the great pleasure of playing with these. My husband spent many hours playing with the boys and those rings. I am now looking for a set for my granddaughter.
Stefanie - November 24, 2010 - Report this comment
Just found our "stand up man" toy at my next door neighbor's yard sale. We must have given it away. I have a photo of my Airman at age one with that great toy. They were such good toys.
Ginny - November 28, 2010 - Report this comment
They were the absolute BEST daughters' favorites by far! I wish they still made them...I have a nephew on the way and wanted to get Wiggle Worm for him!
Carol - January 14, 2011 - Report this comment
would love it!!! if you would bring them all back,have randchildren now and they are still the best made toys.
kathie - January 16, 2011 - Report this comment
I had these toys for my daughter and was looking for them for my grand kids--how could you not sell something that was obviously so popular--we want them
nancy m - February 27, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm going to be a grandma for the first time - my husband was telling me about these toys and when he googled J&J, found this site. We're both sad and would very much like to get some of these toys - if anyone is interested in selling them at a reasonable price....let us know -
algor - March 20, 2011 - Report this comment
ebay almost every single one of these toys, go to
Amanda - March 23, 2011 - Report this comment
I vaguely remember having almost all of these when I was little. Searched *everywhere* for these when I had my son in 2005 and was bummed I couldn't find them. Now I know to check out ebay lol :) If anyone happens to still have these around their house (and they're still in decent shape after 30 years)but you're looking to get rid of them PLEASE contact me:
Alia - June 02, 2011 - Report this comment
My son was born in 94 and 98, I had the club for both of them, we just had a new baby and really wish J&J stll made them! Bummer. Any good substitutes?
Lisa - June 08, 2011 - Report this comment
I too had joined the Johnson and Johnson Club when my daughter was born in 1985. The toys were safe and educational, not to mention the immense joy she got from playing with them. When my grandbabies were born in 2008 I started looking and couldn't find these toys. I was so dissapointed, I wanted to give my grandkids educational toys like I gave my kids.
Max - July 06, 2011 - Report this comment
I've been googling trying to find the company and ended up here. Is there another company that's comparable to what we got from J&J back in the 80s?
SZA - July 07, 2011 - Report this comment
MAX, I think Parents Magazine brand toys (widely available at Target) are the "offspring' of the 80s J&J brand.
ian - July 09, 2011 - Report this comment
hello. this is funny i am the boy on the box cover of J&J balls in a bowl. i was also on the instructions in the harbor village playset. my grpa & gma saved a bunch of these unopened toys for me which i got several years ago, i have a 8mo old daughter and i am actually waiting for her to get here so i can open one and let her play with them. i think i have 4 unopened sets of B&B and one of HV. i keep a B&B on my mantle for fun, and have one in my office im going to open tonight, im not gonna open the HV and ill prob keep it forever. but out of curiosity how much could i get for my other extra B&B? does anybody know? thanks! if anyones interested shoot me an email. anythng1once at yawhoo. funny reading yalls comments! :D
pjehw - July 18, 2011 - Report this comment
My daughter was born in 83 and I subscribed to the Johnson & Johnson baby toys program.I LOVED every single one and so did my daughter.Remember the little pull-up boy? We took him everywhere and just stuck it to her tray to entertain her in restaurants.T wo years ago I found one at a Mommy Market!Somewhere I have a picture of her on her tummy looking at the plastic panels w/the mommy face,etc.She also loved the little red, white and blue boys that I strung across her crib.Would love to have all of them again for my daughter's 1 week old daughter.
SZA - July 19, 2011 - Report this comment
PJEHW, look on EBAY under 'Johnson & Johnson baby toys' or 'Playpath.' They are ALL up for bid right now, I'm telling you! :)
K - August 14, 2011 - Report this comment
I was just now starting to look for the toys we had gotten. I thought they were from Discovery Toys, but turns out they were the Johnson & Johnson toys which I got bi-monthly through the mail. Yes, they were expensive, but so nice to have. I did hand them down to my nephews, and now I am searching for these toys again for my new niece and will have to be Discovery Toys for now...maybe my brother still has the other J&J toys to pass along to our sister.
Karen - August 26, 2011 - Report this comment
BRING THEM BACK!!!!!! I would love to find the rattle and the bowl and ball set for my new grandson!!!!
KEH - September 07, 2011 - Report this comment
I bought these for my daughter. It was a true sacrifice because it was during the recession (1982) my only income was unemployment and temporary work, but they just were so special and so well designed, I scraped together the money and bought them. I gave away or sold many of them, but still have some of them (Peg People Village, Sleepy Bunny, Baby Bear, and Backpack Bear, some cars that the peg people fit into, and a boat with a blue clad captain and a yellow slicker clad sailor). My daughter loved them. I only wish I had kept them all. I wonder if Johnson and Johnson would make them again.
dEB - December 22, 2011 - Report this comment
I sure hope that Johnson & Johnson is listening. I just did a search to find out if i could re-join the club for our grandson. My son had all of these toys when he was a baby. My favorite memory is of the vinyl book that had a mirror in it and i could hang it in his crib so he could look at his reflection. There were so many wonderful toys they sent every month. I think i sold them all in my first garage sale when he was older.
Joanne C - December 26, 2011 - Report this comment
I also had them sent to the house from J&J. They were based on research with children of each age level.Every one of them was a hit. My children were born in '87 and '90 and every time someone has a new baby I try to find them but can't. They loved the simple red rings with the blue ball and spend so much time with it. We used the book with the mirror and named each face for someone in the family. It helped them learn to talk. The suction cup rattle kept each happy in the high chair as dinner was being made. I forgot about the others until I read the comments. I would buy these for every new baby I know if they where still available. Expensive but some much better than the junk out there.
Sharon S. - January 04, 2012 - Report this comment
I also bought these toys for my kids through the mail. We really looked forward to see what was coming next. Now i have a 5 month old grandson and wanted to get them for him. I had seen them sold at CVS drugstores a few years ago, but didn't think to start buying them again for the future. I guess i just thought that they would always be around because they were such awesome toys. Now i guess i will have to dig through the storage room and see if we still have them. J & J should take note to all these comments. They have a large base of consumers here who loved their products and are willing to spend good, hard earned money to continue the tradition.
Elaine N. - January 29, 2012 - Report this comment
Can anyone scan and upload the booklets? It'd be greatly appreciated.
Daniel - February 06, 2012 - Report this comment
Ladies and gentlemen! I'm searching for the yellow teething rattle/dumbbell and the auction cup rattle globe toy. If you're selling, I'm at I lost my toys as a kid in a flood and I'm trying to replace my collection for my daughter.
katie - February 26, 2012 - Report this comment
My daughter recieved a playpath rattle when she was born in 1977, I still have it...all my children and grandchildren have played with it...still going strong...have a 7month old granddaughter that loves it now!
Morris - March 05, 2012 - Report this comment
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Janis - March 08, 2012 - Report this comment
The best toys ever. Both of my kids enjoyed them so much. I love the concentric red rings: easy for little fingers to hold. Sure wish I'd saved more for my new grandbaby.
Marcy Griffiths - April 21, 2012 - Report this comment
I am looking for the Red Ring toy with the blue ball in the center from the eighties. My neice is special needs and lost this toy which was my nephews when he was a baby in the eighties.
Mary - April 29, 2012 - Report this comment
These toys were the best. I have them all but wish they were still available to buy as the club. It was great as a Mom to get something New for my children periodically. We have three new babies in our family this year and I wish I could give them all a club membership like I had.
Jeannie - June 02, 2012 - Report this comment
I had my kids in 83 and 86, bought them all and my kids LOVED them. I ordered them because they were based on research and they proved to be the most interesting, interactive (without noise, windups or electronics), and extremely durable. The only one I have left is the clear rattle, it was the first one and now I'm giving it to my newborn granddaughter. SO disappointed I can't sign up for the monthly toys for her : - (
barbara kaufman - June 03, 2012 - Report this comment
Please contact me! Want to buy and all Johnson and Johnson educational toys from the 80's - June 06, 2012 - Report this comment
I have 10 of the Johnson and johnson educational toys I would like to sell!!! I will sell to highest bidder. I have the toys and the original instructional booklet for each. All of these toys were gently used by my one child. This includes - the Clear Rattle, the Red Rings, the Baby Bear Book, the Sleepy Bunny Book, the Stand Up Man, the Balls in a Bowl, the Fitting FOrms, the Stack and Fit School, the Puzzle Post, the Rhythm Rollers. Email Plz! You can pay via Paypal.
carrie - July 09, 2012 - Report this comment
i have 3 of the Johnson & Johnson development toys. they are the Ship Shape Village, Stand up man and the other i am not sure what it is called but they all three still have the books with them and all the parts. Contact me if you are interested in buying them. my email is
Susan - July 21, 2012 - Report this comment
I would love to find out how to order these toys or buy all of them from somebody1 My email is My two boys grew up on these toys in 1979 through 1980 and beyond. Now I have two grandchildren!
SZA - July 22, 2012 - Report this comment
Look on ebay, Susan - the toys are on there all the time! Look under search terms 'Johnson & Johnson baby toy' and 'Playpath'. Most of the times the stuff that's posted is waaaaaay overpriced (people are realizing how coveted these toys are) but sometimes you can get lucky. While I was waiting for my baby to arrive, I managed to get the Red Rings, Clear Rattle, Rolling Circus, Click-Clack, Tracking Tube and two additional rattles, all in separate auctions, all for reasonable prices (and a little luck due to no competing bids!). I'm glad I made the effort - my now 10-month-old son LOVES these toys!!
Stephanie - July 29, 2012 - Report this comment
I am selling the stand up man and rattle on ebay :) Here is the link if you are interested!
Anne - August 14, 2012 - Report this comment
I loved these toys for my boys in the 80's. I'm looking for them now for my grandchildren. I'm especially looking for the Red Rings, the 2 piece vinyl book that had a mirror on one side, and the boat with a sea captain (attached to boat I believe) with a sailor in a yellow slicker (detached). I'd also love the BackPack Bear. We had many of the PlayPath toys but I believe they were "permanently borrowed". Thank you!
Rosanna Knudsen - September 16, 2012 - Report this comment
I have several of the Johnson and Johnson baby toys that I am looking to get rid of. They all come with the original books and are very good condition. I loved these toys as a kid, but since there are no children in my future, I need to part with them. If anyone is interested please email me at
Cheryl Len - September 26, 2012 - Report this comment
I had thesae toys delivered for own kids during the 80's. I want to order them now for my first grandchild!!!! Where are they now? Nothing's like them _ and I am a developmental psychologist!
Kim lopotko - September 28, 2012 - Report this comment
These were the best toys. Bought them for my daughter now have granddaughter and would love to order them again.
Joanne - December 16, 2012 - Report this comment
I purchased those toys for my daughter and couldn't wait to see what would arrive every month. Now she is expecting and I would love to buy these for my grandchild. Why would a company stop making such a successful product? Does anyone know where to purchase something similar or if they are still making them?
Amy - January 09, 2013 - Report this comment
Fun fact...I was the baby in the instructional booklet for this toy.
Amy - January 09, 2013 - Report this comment
Sorry, more specifically the red rings toy.
Paula - February 23, 2013 - Report this comment
I just pulled out a bag of these toys and washed them all off for my {{{GULP}}} GREAT Grandson! Talk about a trip down memory lane!
Lisa - March 05, 2013 - Report this comment
I am trying to find the blue star rattle that has the red and yellow spinner in the middle of it. I work with a young man with severe developmental disabilities. This is the ONLY toy/item that he has ever had any interest in (he is 21 years old now) and I would like to find more. He has had three of them throughout his life, and they have all broken now. He is now recovering from his 29th surgery. This is the only thing that comforts him, or upsets him if he doesn't have it. He holds the star in his mouth (oral motor deficiencies) and spins the inside part................for HOURS! We've tried many other "similar" toys/items..............but this is all he wants. Please email me at if you have any that you would be willing to part with for a reasonable price. I can't pay the $30+ vintage prices on ebay...........but I would sure like to help him. Seems like such a small thing.............but would make a HUGE difference! Thanks!
m.p. - March 21, 2013 - Report this comment
As a first time mom, I bought these toys and my daughter loved them. I saved the ones that weren't destroyed and now my grandson enjoys them. At the time they did cost more than other toys, but they proved to be timeless and durable--definately worth every dollar!!
gail - March 23, 2013 - Report this comment
I agree they were great! I would love to buy some for my grandbaby
Lee - April 30, 2013 - Report this comment
My children loved these toys and now my grandchildren are too. Great educational toys. Unfortunately I had lent them to someone and didn't check when returned and the books are lost.
Annette - June 25, 2013 - Report this comment
I also purchased these for my kids (back in the 80's) and now I wish I had saved them as well. They were well made and my kids enjoyed playing with them. Thanks for the wonderful comments and the trip down memory lane!!
Ruth - November 05, 2013 - Report this comment
I have the yellow dumbbell with the water and the red bead. I found it at the flea market. My grandma has my original one and a few of the other J&J toys. I really should get them from her house. They bring back good childhood memories. Now I use my dumbbell as a prop for my Cabbage Patch Kid collection. I would be interested if anyone is selling any of these toys. I love looking at them even today.
Charlene - March 10, 2014 - Report this comment
I would love to find the clear bowl with the small balls with spinning objects insie of them as well as the clear ?dumbell toy with ? water that beads floated back and forth 30 year old son just had a baby and i would love to get these for them
Olympianbabe - March 26, 2014 - Report this comment
Are you interested in buying coin operated horses or spring rocking horses??? They are sold on Ebay. Most spring horses are made by Blazon, Wonder, Flexible Flyer, and Radio Flyer. Feel free to buy as many as you like. Good luck!!! :) Ebay account required.
nancy - April 02, 2014 - Report this comment
Is there any company that does something like this? I too am having my first grandson in June and would like to find something similar. These were great toys and the anticipation for the delivery was awesome...
Laura - May 07, 2014 - Report this comment
I bought the toys and one of my favorite was the bath book "Happy Kitty" with the removable flat plastic Kitty. My husband lost the Kitty on a plane while watching our daughter, and buying a new one was his very first ebay purchase. Boy was he relieved. Our children LOVED the book!
Annette - July 08, 2014 - Report this comment
Wow! My mom and I bought some through garage sales for my first son in 1987. They have been used for many more children since then, including my 2nd son's children. I have since bought a 2nd stand up man because when I babysit there seems to be a fight on who gets to use it. I have parents looking for one to use at home. Love the toys!
Debbie - July 15, 2014 - Report this comment
They were great! I wish I could find them for my grandchildren. I believe they were a great aid in the cognitive developement of my daughters.
Grandma Dawn - July 29, 2014 - Report this comment
Our children were born in 1980 and 1983. We belonged to the J & J Playpath toy club. We kept all the toys and their booklets during our club membership (12 of them). Our daughter (now 31) had her first baby 10 months ago. She specifically requested I retrieve these Playpath toys from the tubs so HER daughter can play with them. I washed up a couple so far and our granddaughter is happily playing with the Box & Blocks and Fitting Forms right now. Sorry, I don't want to sell them; we are expecting more grandchildren. I'm happy J & J made these and that of the few toys we kept when our children outgrew them, the Playpath ones won retention.
Susan Rogers - October 18, 2014 - Report this comment
In 1996, we subscribed to the "Parent's Magazine" Child development Toy program and got all the asme toys in the mail. Loved getting those monthly boxes! Those toys were the most popular toys in the house!
pattyanne hanson - November 02, 2014 - Report this comment
My daughter was born in 1984, I started the Johnson and Johnson toyo program with her and we both learned so much and she loved the toys, Today she is a lawyer, I credit these learning programs in making her who she today. Iam to be a grandmother soon, and I want so much to give her this gift again for my future grandson, how could I get a program like it, it was so good.
Mary G - December 27, 2014 - Report this comment
I would love to find a Johnson & Johnson Stack and Dump Truckwith the squares and circles that came with it. My son had one and I would so very much love to find one for my grandson. If anyone has one you would sell, please e mail me thanks so much
Teresa - April 02, 2015 - Report this comment
Has anyone found a source for the Red Rings teether? It was a favorite with BOTH my kids...
Sharon L. - July 13, 2015 - Report this comment
I had forgotten until I read above, how we loved to get the J&J toys in the mail. The toys made it through three children. The one that lasted longest was a suction toy that was intended to be fun (of course!) and teach cause and effect. It had a green base and a handle on a string. The suction attached to a table or a tray top and the man, in three pieces, collapsed, until you pulled the string and make him stand up. I don't remember what J&J named it, but we called him "Stand-up Man". Boy would I love to find one or two for my twin grandsons!
Sandi H. - August 02, 2015 - Report this comment
I was also sent these toys when my girls were babies and I recently pulled them out for my first grandson and he LOVES them! Especially the red ring toy that was my now 19 year olds favorite. I saved several of these monthly sent toys and look forward to my grand children now enjoying them too. It's a shame that they no longer make these items.
Julie S. - October 28, 2015 - Report this comment
I had a 3 balls in a bowl set, that I purchased for my daughters in the early 80's. It was a favorite toy! The bowl was a fishbowl shaped clear orange acrylic, there were 3 different colored balls with spinners inside. One of my kids played with it while eating birthday cake, and the bowl forever after smelled like chocolate frosting, no matter how many times it was washed! I would love to buy this toy for my granddaughters now, but I can't even find it on e-bay or anywhere else! I wish they would make this simple toy again!
charlie j - November 18, 2015 - Report this comment
it is so lovely to read about these toys again. All of my four children were brought up on these toys. I loved receiving the packages and reading the booklets...all the toys were so well designed and engaging - I loved the rattle with the clear bulb and read and white stripy middle with a what ring on the other end...there were blue beads in the rattle that you could spin in all much fun... and the rattle could be tied to the high chair so that it could be thrown over the edge and fished backup..endless fun!!...I am recently a grandmother and my daughter and I were remembering some of the toys..I could have used the vinyl trifold with the mirror panel today!!! amazing this blog stretches so far back in time...I wonder if J&J know the impact that their developmental program had...and that it continues on today... wished I had kept the toys for my grandchildren.......might scan ebay!
Heidi H. - June 12, 2016 - Report this comment
I kept all of the toys I bought back in 1992. I didn't realize that they were made already way back in 1978. I can't understand why they would stop making them. My children didn't play with anything else like they did these early development toys. I was always excited to see my new shipment. They were expensive and yet I kept letting them come every month. My niece is now using them with her children. I was wondering if anyone would like to sell theirs???? Im not having a lot or luck finding them on eBay. Hopefully J &J will start making them again.
Nancy - August 16, 2016 - Report this comment
Does anyone know if the RED Rings have the chemical BPA? I would have to guess that they do - given their texture, flexibility and the era in which they were made. They are a wonderful design but I hesitate passing them on to the next generation without knowing for sure.
Kantbegoing - September 02, 2016 - Report this comment
I have 3 of these brand new in the package that I found in my grandmothers attic. I will listing them on eBay. eBay id Kantbegoing, I have over 1000 feedback :) I have the tracking tube!!! Sealed!! Also the tubes and rings and imagin-it building system sealed.
marlena M - October 06, 2016 - Report this comment
Does any know of or remember the soft Lovies doll, yellow face green hat and blue body, almost clown like. It was made of a terry cloth?? Have one they willing to part with?
Judy - October 31, 2016 - Report this comment
My daughter just had a baby and I wanted to pass on the J & J toys to her.I thought I gave them away, but when I went into my attic I found the clear rattle.I was so happy! She had the red rings as well, but I haven't found it yet. I wish I had kept the booklets. Does anyone have them?
Tracey - April 04, 2017 - Report this comment
I saved all the Johnson and Johnson toys that I had purchased for my daughter when she was born in 1981. They were great toys. My daughter just had a son of her own and I got all the toys out of a box, they were like new. The blue and red rings, the clear rattle, the blue rattle with the yellow twirly man inside.The plastic book with images on them that you could put together in different ways. My grandson LOVED them. So glad that I saved them! J & J should make them again!
HitesMites - April 21, 2017 - Report this comment
Wiggle Worm was my daughter's fav. I was in their subscription club and would get a new toy delivered. All their toys were specific for baby development, but kids don't know! it's just good, fun play. My daughter was born in 1986 and now pregnant with her first baby. If I want Wiggle Worm now for my grandson, I'll have to pay $30+ on ebay! NVM!
Diane - April 27, 2017 - Report this comment
I came to this site looking for the booklets that go with the toys. I belonged to the "club" and purchased many of these toys when my twins were born in 1986. I had my grandsons the last few days and a few of these toys are still in the toybox and of course, the pieces are all mixed up. I thought I still had the books to go with the toys that would help me but can't find them. Loved the toys and would love to find the books to help put the parts back together. Can anyone help?
Sandrus - December 26, 2017 - Report this comment
Thank you J&J. My son was born in 1981 and is an engineer. J & J was the first toy company to introduce monthly STEM toys! As a retired educator and a Mom, I think J&J had a lot of influence on my son’s choice of profession and many children born during the J&J monthly toys!
Iris - June 07, 2018 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember the building toy that had ladders that you could insert a long square tube into? It was my son's first manipulative/building toy. He was obsessed. WE lost it when he moved. I really want to find it but can't remember what they were called.
Alicia - July 29, 2019 - Report this comment
My daughter was born in 1988,a son in 1991 and my youngest son in 1993. All three of my children enjoyed the collection of Johnson-Johnson toys. I just brought them down from my attic and Thoroughly washed and sterilized them for my four month old granddaughter. I’m sure she will enjoy them as much as her 31-year-old mother died and her two uncles. I’m so glad I held onto them.
Sharon - June 03, 2021 - Report this comment
Do these J and J toys have harmful chemicals in them? Does it depend what year they were made?
Diane M Moore - February 05, 2022 - Report this comment
My daughter was born an 1982. I looked forward to our monthly J & J delivery more than she did. I’m so excited to be finding boxes full of old toys in the attic as we clean out. So many memories that can now be passed on to my smallest grandchildren.

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