Toys, toys, toys. So many options, how to choose? Well as with lots of baby related things, a lot depends on your little one’s preference. As a follow up to our toy suggestions for newborn to six months today we are featuring some great toys for the older, six to twelve month set. These toys are all interactive and encourage some form of development while still being fun. At this stage you still run the risk of all toys going in the mouth so make sure they are safe and easy to clean. Also start to look out for stable toys in the sense that if your little one would try to push or pull up the toy is sturdy (like our activity cube below). These are just some of the great infant toys for six to twelve month olds – does your little one have a favorite we should have included on the list?
Fisher Price Rolling Stack cups - these cups are sure to be a hit and not just for their stacking. They are also great as musical instruments when banged together and great for setting a little trail to encourage crawling and reaching/grabbing. To top it off they are inexpensive, colorful and are labeled with numbers. These are a definite must in my book.
Fisher Price Remote - if your little one doesn’t already love your actual remote there is a good chance they will at some point. This replica is not only safe to play with (and chew on) but it is also easy to clean. An added bonus is that this remote is interactive and has responses when buttons are pressed (numbers, greetings, colors, etc).
Bright Starts Activity ball - this activity ball is great for babies as they are learning to grasp and hold things. Its varying textures are appealing and promote tactile development while the interactive mirror, beads and rings provide entertainment. The ball also rolls which is a great motivator for those almost crawlers.
Fisher PRice Brillant Basics baby blocks - Blocks are loved by almost all children at some point in their live and this little set is usually a hit among the 7 – 12 month set. The blocks can be sorted and stacked and are great to encourage and develop core strength as they are likely most enjoyable from an upright position. The shape sorting lid helps to build identifications skills and all the blocks are nicely stored inside the handy carrying case.
Hohner Kids xylophone - what child doesn’t love to make noise?!? A xylophone is not only a super fun toy but it also helps with development in sounds and patterns. This particular model has a pleasant (not ear piercing) sound with a soft mallet just in case your little one misses the xylophone or accidentally hits themselves.
LeapFrog Peek-a-Shoe talking octopus - this little guy is load of fun! You drop a ball into the top and it makes its way down to one of the eight brightly colored, numbered shoes the friendly octopus is wearing. Your child will definitely get endless hours of entertainment while learning shapes, colors and numbers. There is also an option to add music to the mix.
Leap Frog Animal Adventure Learning table – This learning table is full of fun, educational and interactive activities. The legs are easily detachable so the “fun” top can actually be set on the ground for the younger ones. The learning table encourage everything from find monitor development with the opening/closing of doors to language development with the various sounds, shapes and colors the table makes. This table is definitely a favorite among parents and at around $30-$40 it is well priced for all the fun to be had!
Fisher Price Barn - a classic favorite, this fun barn is full of little people and fun farm noises. They can also play peek-a-boo with the barn doors and move the farm characters about. The farm characters are fun not only in the barn but as toys themselves.
B. Toys Zany Zoo Wooden activity cube - This fun cube is full or LOTS of activities, from the alphabet to mazes to friendly animals this is a one stop shop-o-entertainment. Not only is it entertaining and interactive but also education. Another huge bonus is the fact that the cube is sturdy which is great for the little ones that are getting ready to pull up or are already walking and using objects to assist them to their feet.
Melissa & Doug Rattle Rumble push toy – this fun toy is great for those walkers. Three canisters full of colorful toys rumble along as your little one pushes it – just be careful as there is no telling where they will be off to!
Books – these are some of our favorites and as always, books are great any age!
Does your 6 – 12 month old have a favorite toys we should have included on the list?