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Top Toys For 9 Month Old Babies
The top toys for 9 - 12 month old babies
Choosing the best toys for 9 month old babies can be a daunting task, especially if this is your first child or you are buying a gift for someone else. Maybe you are planning for baby's 1st birthday or Christmas, or spending money that you received as a gift.
During the first year of life babies develop quickly, from a helpless and immobile baby to an ever increasingly confident and mobile infant, which can make choosing toys for a 9 month old all the more perplexing.
To help you to make the right choices when buying toys for a 9 month old baby I have included a recap of the developmental stages that babies go through between nine and twelve months of age.
I hope that my selection of top toys for toys for 9 month old babies will give you some ideas when you are buying presents for your own 9 - 12 month old child.
VTech Sit to Stand Learning Walker
9 - 12 Month Babies
Toys that aid mobility, such as baby walkers and push along toys will be very much welcomed by your baby, who will love to be able to stand and see the world from a very different perspective.
The VTech Baby First Steps Baby Walker, the same walker with a different name, is available for UK shoppers.
VTech Sit to Stand Walker
A baby walker and activity centre combined, this Sit To Stand Walker from VTech will provide hours of entertainment for your increasingly mobile baby.
This version of the walker is supplied with “Frustration Free Packaging” which means no excess packaging or fiddly ties and wires to cut through before you can assemble the walker.
Chiquitito had one of these for his first Christmas and it was an instant success. He walked about 6 weeks after getting this walker but I think he probably would have walked almost as quickly on his own as he was already a confident cruiser at eight and a half months.
I did think that maybe buying him a walker had been a mistake, and he wouldn't get his use out of it, espescially with him walking so soon after he got it. However, I was glad to be proved wrong. He loved the activity element that this sit to stand walker provides, and even after we gave it to a friend with a baby, when he was turned 2, he still loved to play with it whenever we visited.
The activity center is a fantastic idea, as it actually remnoves from the walking frame, which means it can be used by babies who are not yet mobile, by older toddlers who do not need the walking support - and on occasions when you do not want your baby to be mobile.
Whether you are looking for a baby walker or an activity centre I can thoroughly recommend this VTech walker, and am sure that your little one will be just as delighted with it as mine was.
Video Review of Vtech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker
Toys For 9 Month Old Babies
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VTech Crawl and Learn Ball
Vtech Crawl and Learn Ball
9 -12 Month Development
By 9 months of age most babies will be mobile, to some degree. Whether they can roll over, wriggle across the floor, shuffle on their bottom, crawl, cruise around the furniture or are already taking their first tentative steps, your baby is getting ready to become fully mobile over the next six to nine months.
Nine month old babies become more mobile as each day passes, and this
Move and Crawl Ball will encourage them to develop their crawling skills. The bawl is motorized and as it moves across the floor your little one will be tempted to follow it. It has ribbon tabs on the top, which will give your baby something to reach for as they follow it.
Made by top toy maker Vtech, the Crawl and Learn Ball is designed for babies up to the age of 2 years old, and has plenty of activities to keep your increasingly mobile baby occupied.
As well as teaching your baby about shapes and numbers, it also introduces popular animal names and sounds.
Fisher Price Rock and Stack
9-12 Month Development
Another area of development is spatial awareness, not just their own body, but how things fit together.
Toys like stacking cups that can go inside one another and on top of each other and balls that can be rolled will become firm favourites between 9 and 12 months of age.
Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Rock-a-Stack
The Brilliant Basics Rock-a-Stack from Fisher Price is a a true design classic that has delighted babies and toddlers for many years.
I bought it for Chiquitito's first Christmas, when he was 9 months old, and he was still happily playing with it two years later.
For a long time however, he didn't play with it as you would expect. He loved to take the rings off and play a game that involved sitting opposite someone else, at a distance of maybe ten feet, rolling the rings to each other.
This resulted in a lot of squealing and excitement.
By the time he was 18 months of age the rolling games had stopped and he loved to stack use it as a stacking toy.
Good old fashioned styled toys are the kind of toys that never go out of fashion, and can be past down from child to child.
Radio Flyer 4 in 1 Trike
Radio Flyer 4 in 1 Trike
9-12 Month Development
Babies at this age love to be on the move and they love to be able to see what's going on.
Learning to crawl and walk is a tiring business so ride on toys provide the perfect alternative.
With easy to grip dual handles, a weight capacity of 49 pounds (22.2 kgs) and a 3 point safety harness, the Radio Flyer 4 in 1 trike is suitable to be used from around 9 months to 5 years of age, and for younger children it could take the place of a stroller.
The trike easily converts to each of its four incarnations: stroller, steering trike, learning trike, and lastly a classic tricycle.
Chiquitito had a tricycle for his second birthday but I really regret not buying him one of these for his first birthday.
if you would like to read more reviews on trikes then. I can recommend reading The Top Toddler Trike Reviews.
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy
9-12 Month Development
Music is important for babies of this age and they love songs - espescially those with actions. They also love rhythm and will begin to respond to it by swaying to the rhythm and "singing" along.
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Babies love to hear sounds, whether it be speech or music. With seven classical tunes that have been chosen to appeal to babies, the Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes is an ideal first musical toy.
The fun and bright easy to grip handle is made to look like a caterpillar and has the added bonus of three moving colored rings.
When Chiqutito was around a year old he loved anything that made a noise (well, actually he still does at 3+) and his Take Along Tunes was a definite favorite. Not only did he love the music but he also loved to shake it like a rattle and it got very well chewed whilst he was teething.
From a parents point of view I loved that it had a volume control and an off switch - you would be amazed at how many babies toys don't - and used plastic linking rings on the handle to keep it attached to the stroller when we were out, which was much less stressful than trying to locate a dropped toy in the mall!