Best Baby Toys for 6- to 9-Month-Olds

Best Toys for 6- to 9-Month-Olds

September 28, 2018

Best Toys for 6- to 9-Month-Olds

Best Toys for 6- to 9-Month-Olds

Although all ages and phases of a baby’s development are amazing, six to nine months old just might be one of the best.

Gone are the marathon feeding sessions and the seemingly endless stream of dirty diapers of those first few months. The fog of those early newborn days has lifted, and in its place is an alert and curious little babe who loves to smile, babble and, most of all, play!

Playing with your child is important at any age, but especially as your baby transitions from a tiny newborn to a slightly older baby. Babies around this age love nothing more than interacting with the world around them—it’s how they learn, reach milestones and develop their senses. Playing with them is not only fun but good for building physical and cognitive skills as well as social and emotional intelligence.

There are so many developmental leaps to look forward to between six and nine months. Here are some of the milestones to keep an eye out for, according to the CDC, and how to incorporate play along the way. (And remember that all babies develop at their own individual pace, so this is only a broad guideline. If you ever have any questions about your child’s development, don’t hesitate to ask your pediatrician.)

Social and Emotional Milestones

Right around six months, your baby will begin to recognize familiar faces (and unfamiliar ones!), will enjoy playing with others and will respond to other people’s emotions.

Try this:

  • Use a baby-safe mirror to show your little one their face—and yours. Smile, make funny faces and be silly!
  • Read to your baby, especially simple board books that focus on faces and emotions.

Language and Communication Milestones

Babies at this age love to “talk”! Your baby will start responding to sounds by making sounds, stringing vowels together while babbling, making sounds to show joy and displeasure and responding to their name.

Try this:

  • Talk and sing with your baby throughout the day. Use musical toys to sing together, and practice reciprocal play by encouraging your little one to “sing back” to you.
  • Point at objects and talk about them. Use books with common first words and household objects in them to encourage communication.

Cognitive Milestones

Six months is around the time your baby will start to show curiosity about the world, try to grab things that are out of reach, pass things from one hand to another and chew on just about anything.

Try this:

  • Let your baby play with—and then drop or knock over—soft balls, toys and stacking cups, then pick them up and give them back; it’s a great way to start teaching the concept of cause and effect.
  • Give your little one a teether and watch them go to town!

Movement and Physical Development Milestones

This is the age where babies will start rolling in both directions, supporting their weight when standing, sit without support and start rocking back and forth in preparation for crawling.

Try this:

  • Use an activity gym to encourage your baby to move and explore. Practice reaching for objects and sitting up.
  • Position a soft ball just out of reach to encourage your little one to move toward it. You can even start rolling it back and forth to each other.

Here are 10 toys that are not only fun, but will help your little one achieve developmental milestones through play. And if you’re looking for a curated book or toy collection on the regular, be sure to check out these subscription boxes that you can sign up for that are specially designed by age and developmental stage.

A Classical Classic

This baby-controlled music player makes it easy to take your favorite classical tunes wherever the day may lead. You’ll love the seven classical melodies (and the volume control button!), while your little one will love the soothing music, flashing lights, and perfectly sized easy-grip handle. A longstanding parent fave—we’ve yet to meet a kiddo who isn’t mesmerized by this toy—it will quickly become your “it toy” for baby entertainment on the go.

Additional Specs
Age Range 3-36 months

Modern Fun

Babies love all there is to do with this activity center—there’s a musical, light-up piano, a peek-a-boo owl that pops out and hoots, a cloud with colorful beads, swaying trees and hedgehog bead chaser with spinner. Parents love its streamlined, modern look. Babies from 6 to 9 months will delight in playing the piano with their toes, and once they get older, you unclip the toys from the top and the center transforms into a small table for your toddler to play at.

Additional Specs
Age Range 4 months-4 years (as a table)

Build It Up, Knock It Down

It may look like a work of modern art, but it’s actually a super innovative toy packed with creative potential. Each uniquely weighted piece balances and nests on itself. Your little one—and you!—will love the endless stacking, topping, spinning and wobbling. Not only fun, this unique yet simple stacking toy is also teaching complex concepts like sensory exploration, spatial skills, coordination and more along the way.

Additional Specs
Age Range 6-24 months

A First Friend

Your little one will love snuggling up with this extra-soft, super-cuddly doll—and you’ll love that it’s 100 percent machine washable to keep it looking (and smelling!) clean no matter what. With no small parts sewn on to worry about, this doll is the perfect first play partner for even the littlest of littles.

Additional Specs
Age Range 0+ months

Stack, Sort and Play

Blocks are a timeless toy for a reason—they inspire imagination, encourage open-ended play and teach everything from physical skills to sophisticated cognitive concepts. Your little one will love the bright colors and chunky shapes in this first set that also doubles as a shape sorter. And everything fits neatly in the easy-carry bucket for quick cleanup and play on the go.

Additional Specs
Age Range 6 months-4 years

Eco-Friendly Fun

Stacking cups are great for teaching things like fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and cause and effect. This set of six goes the extra mile as they’re made from plant-based resin, making them sturdy and eco-friendly. Each cup has a different hole pattern in the bottom, so they can be used on their own or with sand or water for extra fun.

Additional Specs
Age Range 6+ months

A Safer Teether

Six-month-olds love putting anything and everything into their mouths—so why not make sure it’s something natural and completely safe? This organic wooden teether is not only adorable, but is made from hard maple wood, which is non-splintering and naturally resistant to bacteria. The teether is easy to hold, and can even be personalized with your little one’s name plus a ring of silicone chew beads or a linen lovey.

Additional Specs
Age Range 3-24 months

Budding Bookworms

It’s never too early to start reading with your little one, and six months is the perfect time to start introducing books into your routine during naptime, bedtime, or any time. This four-book boxed set, starring everyone’s favorite little llama, uses simple rhymes and vivid, lively illustrations to engage even the tiniest of budding bookworms.

Additional Specs
Age Range Newborn-5 years

Set Sail for Bath Time

Ahoy, tiny sailor! Liven up bath time with this tug boat, made from 100 percent recycled plastic milk containers (how cool is that?), that’s just as fun as it is eco-friendly. It features an easy-grip handle, a wide mouth spout perfect for scooping and pouring water (and for washing hair) and can even be tossed in the dishwasher when it starts looking a little grimy.

Additional Specs
Age Range 6 months-3 years

Rolling into Playtime

Shake it, rattle it or roll it—there are so many ways to play with this brightly colored bumpy ball. With vibrant patterns to encourage visual stimulation, varied textures for tactile development and a rattling sound when shaken, this toy takes the basic ball up a few notches.

Additional Specs
Age Range 3 months-3 years
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