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Thanks to having an abundance of nieces and nephews, as well as my own two little girls, I’ve been buying baby toys for almost 10 years now. And I have to tell you, I think buying for infants is the hardest! They don’t need all that much to entertain them, especially when they are newborns (mama will pretty much do!). But I do think that the needs of babies get a little more complex for the second half of their first year. With a bit of digging, you can actually find some pretty cool baby toys for ages 6-12 months. And to save you some time, I’ve done the digging for you so you can have a curated list of some of the top toys for babies in this age range.
You may be surprised by how babies can become interested in drawing at an early age. This sketch pad has a magnetic pencil and animal shaped stamps. Such a great way to work on grasping!
This is one of those classic toys that is great for little ones just learning to stand. And because it’s Baby Einstein, the music it plays is classical, and is more tolerable than what you will find with most other similar offerings. Trust me…the music matters, because you will be hearing A LOT of it!
This toy gets high praise for being entertaining to multiple ages. Little ones will have a good time exploring the objects, themselves, and toddlers will be able to use these as they begin to engage in pretend play.
Time to start learning some dance moves! Your baby will bob along to the beats played by this toy, and they can even record themselves singing or making noises. Super fun!
This toy is on the higher end, price-wise (which makes it a perfect group gift or grandparent gift!) but the fun factor here is HUGE. This item was in the room of the baby gym class I took my oldest to when she was a tiny thing, and it was by far her favorite thing. You will obviously need to assist younger ones with this, but once they are able to walk on their own, they can probably ride on their own! And this toy will last for a few years before being outgrown, too.
Another classic toys that entertains for a surprisingly long time. It’s so great to watch those babies get better at stacking as they get older! My youngest played with this from the time she was about 6 months old until she was 2 1/2.
There’s a lot of debate out there about how old kids should be when they get their first phone. I’m voting for before age 1, for sure! Babies notice how attached their parents are to their phones, so they want one, too. This is a MUCH more cost effective way to give your little one his/her first phone. 🙂
I can still here the squeals of delight. This toys was a HUGE hit with both of my girls. You put balls in and a few second later they pop back out, causing little ones to crawl and toddle after them. It also makes fun sounds the delight.
14. Hohner Baby Band
These music toys are simple enough for babies to play with, and they make fun sounds for toddlers to shake along to as they start further exploring dance and movement.