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Four Top Toys For 9 Month Old Babies

Updated on September 4, 2019
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As a mom to Chiqutito I have many years experience at choosing and buying the best toys, toys that will be loved and played with repeatedly.


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 personally tried and tested selection of my personal top toys for 9 month old babies will give you some ideas when you are buying presents for your own 9 - 12 month old child. These are toys that Chiquitito played with time and time again: his own personal top toys.

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 different viewpoint

Vtech Sit to Stand Walker

VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker (Frustration Free Packaging)
VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker (Frustration Free Packaging)
Expat Mamasita's Personal Review: 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. Trust me, this is a real bonus whether you are running around on Christmas Eve trying to get all the last minute jobs done, or quickly trying to assemble a gift on Christmas morning 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. He was a really inquisitive baby (he never grew out of this) and the walker enabled him to explore things that were normally out of reach. I did think wonder if 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 detaches 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.

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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 arou

Vtech Crawl and Learn Ball

VTech Move and Crawl Baby Ball, Orange (Frustration Free Packaging)
VTech Move and Crawl Baby Ball, Orange (Frustration Free Packaging)
Expat Mamasita's Personal Review: 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 ball is motorized and as it moves across the floor your little one will be tempted to follow it. It also has colorful ribbon tabs on the top, which will give your baby something to reach out and grab 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, and Chiquitito played with his ball long after he was walking. That's the beauty of well made and well designed baby rtoys - they actually grow with your baby and last them well into toddlerhood.

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Another area of development is spatial awareness, not just their own body, but how things fit together.

Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Rock-a-Stack

Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Rock-a-Stack
Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Rock-a-Stack
Expat Mamasita's Personal Review: 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 as he tried to make sure the rings didn't fall over before reaching their target. By the time he was 18 months of age the rolling games had stopped and he loved to stack use it was designed - 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.

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Learning to crawl and walk is a tiring business so ride on toys provide a chance for a welcome break

Radio Flyer 4 in 1 Trike

Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll 'N Trike
Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll 'N Trike
Expat Mamasita's Personal Review: 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 modes: stroller, steering trike, learning trike, and lastly a classic tricycle. This tricycle will save you money in the long term as you will be using it for around four to five years. Chiquitito had a regular tricycle for his second birthday but I really regret not buying him one of these for his first birthday. We got to try one out that belonged to a friend, but at the time we were living in Central America and it was super expensive to get one shipped in. At two he still needed help with steering and his little legs still got tired when we went to the mall. This would have been the perfect solution when he was not wanting to ride in the stroller but was still getting tired legs and needing a little help.

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Have you found the perfect toy for your 9 month old?

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    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice selection of toys for a nine months old baby.

      This article will be helpful for young moms for christmas gifts ideas.

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      Jeph Maystruck 

      6 years ago from Regina, SK

      I need to send this to my sister in law! Great find!

    • QualityKidsToys profile image


      6 years ago

      The 'Sit to Stand Walker' is probably the most important toy in this list list for a 9 month old. Anything to help them build the coordination and skills to begin walking. Thanks!

    • Mistl profile image


      7 years ago

      Having my first child in May and it sure can be daunting to pick out baby toys. Thank you for the guide! :)

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      7 years ago

      Really good selection of toys for 9 month old baby. I highly recommend the Activity Walker - my daughter had one and she did her first steps with 9 monts, with 10 months walking was a piace of cake:).

    • Thomo85 profile image


      7 years ago

      I want a grow busy ball popper for Adam


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