Hooray! Your infant is ready for toys. We hope you’ll find our service helpful in not only learning more about your child’s likes and dislikes when it comes to toys, but as a guide for how play can open up a whole new world of learning for your little one.
As you make this next step as a parent to search for new toys for your child, there’s only so much that can come from recommendations. Every child is different, but what remains the same are the certain skills and developmental milestones that set your child up for greater learning during play. Our experts have worked hard to create a curriculum and toy catalog that works with you to find the right toys for your child.
You have to start somewhere – and frankly, staring blankly at the overwhelming toy aisle isn’t the best place!
Here’s your guide to the kinds of toys that your 6-9 month old will learn from and play with.
Soft Building Blocks
Your child wants to reach, hold onto, and chew on things, but their movements aren’t always the most predictable. Give them items they can manipulate (ahem, and throw) that won’t hurt them or anyone else. Building blocks are perfect for little creators so they can understand basic concepts of gravity and balance. Here are some great examples of some soft blocks that your child will love:
Your baby is on the move, and if they aren't already, they are getting close! As your child begins to move around, your child will be more interested in brightly colored toys that do the same. Push toys are perfect for little movers to easily grab onto and push around the floor to help encourage mobility, balance, and hand-eye coordination. Some wonderful push toys to consider are:
Clutch and Shake toys
Little ones love to grab onto things, and by now, your child is grabbing hold of whatever is in front of them! Toys that have bright colors and different textures are stimulating to your child, and they will love the sounds they make when they shake, rattle, and bang (just be sure to stay out of the way!). Plus, they are great for soothing aching gums. Here are some great toys for your child to touch, grab, and play:
Babies love to be read to! Reading with your child allows them to interact with you and develop their language skills, which at this stage, are rapidly growing. The bright colored pictures in the book are also very stimulating to your baby, and these visual cues will enable them to start identifying whats in the pictures (even if they can't tell you just yet). These baby books are great to help your child begin using their imagination:
Cause and Effect Toys
Your little one is learning how things work, so every activity involving making something happen is exciting! From making sounds to playing Peekaboo, your baby is exploring the concepts of object permanence and self-discovery. Toys that are perfect to show your little one basic concepts of cause and effect are:
Have you and your little one played with any of these toys? Which is their favorite? Share in the comments!