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Best Toys for a 6 Month Old Baby
What Toys to Buy for a 6 Month Old Baby?
When my son was six months old he had lots of toys. However there were some he hardly touched and others he loved and would play with everyday.
In this article I have tried to highlight the toys I would recommend for a six month old baby based on the toys my son loved and played with. I think when buying for a sixth month old it's good to choose toys that have lots of different play options so they are likely to play with them everyday without getting bored. It's also good to choose toys that will last for a little while and grow with the child. I have tried to recommend toys for different price ranges. I hope you find some inspiration on what to buy a six month old baby in the suggestions below.
Update: Since writing this article, I have had another baby and a lot of the toys suggested have been tried and tested on my second son when he was 6 months old too!
Vtech Baby Walker
This was one of my son's favorite toys at 6 months. You can detach the activity table from the walker and lay it on the floor for babies who aren't yet able to use the walker. Six month old babies will love to press the big buttons, listen to the music and watch the lights.
There are lots of activities on the toys including parts that spin and move round, light up shape sorters and a barn door that open and closes.
As they get older they can use the walker to push around. It is a great toy that grows with babies. There is also a pretend phone for imaginative play.
Stacking Toys and Cups
Stacking cups are a simple, inexpensive toy but babies love them and they encourage all kinds of creative and constructive play. They can hide things under them, bang them together, knock down towers and when they get a bit older build towers themselves and teaching counting and colors. Both of my boys and my niece both loved stacking cups.
There are lots of different types of stacking toys such the two featured below.
These stacking cups can be made into balls too.
There's a jingle ball you can place inside the "balls" to attract babies attention.
Toys for Little Hands
At 6 months old my son was not yet crawling but he loved tummy time and rocking on his hands and knees. He was also just sitting up on his own and he loved to grab at toys and handle them. The next 6 months (between 6 and 12 months) saw my son exploring his toys a lot with his hands and toys that allowed him to do this were always very popular.
The great thing about toys that they can enjoy and explore with their hands is that it also keeps them still for a while. Although at 6 months you want to encourage them to move, once they are on the move it's hard work. Therefore toys like the Little Tikes kitchen featured below are great for encouraging them to sit in the same place for a while.
My son had the Fisher Price Laugh and Learn baby kitchen. It as one of my son's favorite toys and he played with it lots.
There is lots to do with the kichen. There are lots of lights and sounds to engage and entertain baby. But there are also lots of objects to handle and explore. There is a shape sorter on the fridge. My son loved opening the fridge and oven doors and he loved handling the kitchen tools as well. Switching on and off the light switch was another fun activity. As baby gets older it's also great for imaginative play too.
There are lots of balls suitable for babies of this age and it makes a great toy. They can feel the ball, start to move/crawl after it, roll it to somebody and have it rolled back to them. You can also get sensory balls with different textures which babies will enjoy touching and exploring.
The Bright Starts Activity ball is a good choice - it's easy for babies to grip and hold. There is lots for them to look at and do including a mirror, roller ball with rattle beads, bead chaser, spinning paddle, squeaker and clacking rings.
There are lots of activity tables for babies of six months and older. The best ones are those that offer lots of activities which will help them learn too. It's best to get one that will grow with your child so it offers activities and games they can still enjoy as they get older. It's also good to get ones which offer a wide variety of songs. This means your child (and you!) won't get bored of the same tunes.
I like the Fisher Price table below and have this one at home for my baby.
The Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Puppy and Friends Learning table is a great choice. You can take the legs off and place it on the floor so 6 month old babies will be able to lie and play with it on the floor. As they get older and are standing you can add the legs. There are lots of educational activities and the table can be used for children up to 36 months.
My youngest son was a big fan of toys he could take to bed with him and he would have loved the Fisher Price soothe and glow searhorse.
This is a great soothing toy for bed and naptimes.
When the toy is cuddled it's belly gently glows and plays 5 minutes of lullabies and ocean sounds.
After 5 minutes the music and sounds gently fade so as not to disturb baby as they fall gently asleep.
It comes in blue or pink and there are 8 different lullabies as well as a volume control.
Books and Educational Toys for 6 Month Old
Many toys featured in this lens have educational value but here are some more ideas or educational toys for 6 month old babies. The Fisher Price laugh and learn range does some good toys for young babies - check out the learning puppy below.
And don't forget books. It's never too early to introduce 6 month old babies to books.
Choose ones which are bright and colorful to attract babies attention.
There are lots of books with touch and feel sections with different fabrics and textures to explore. Babies of this age also like looking at pictures of faces. There are also some great books with mirrors and squeakers.
This play puppy features 50 sing along songs, tunes and phrases.
Baby can press different body parts (foot, hand, tummy, ear and heart) and each part responds to baby's touch through lights, sounds and phrases.
Baby can learn ABCs, parts of the body and sing along to different songs and games.
This cute book has 6 popular nursery rhymes that sing aloud for you.
What I like about the book is the 3 light up character buttons on the sides of the pages. This makes it easy for babies and toddlers to turn the pages on their own without any help meaning they can look at the book independently.
There's lots of lights and sounds to engage baby. There's also 2 volumes on the toy.
It's also great because it's easy to wipe down and clean too.
Best Toys for 6 Month Old Boy
Now, I actually think that both 6 month old girls and boys can play with the following toys but I know people specifically look for toys for 6 month old boys so here are a few examples of some "boy toys" for babies.
This looks like a super fun toy that you will get months of play out of.
It features 75+ sing-along songs, tunes & phrases.
There's an interactive dashboard with lights and sounds. Turn the key, honk the horn, turn the steering wheel or shift the gear to activate lights, learning phrases and songs. Open and close the door, and move the windshield wiper to learn about weather. There's balls and a shape sorter too.
My Mom has this toy for when my children come around to play and my son has played with this lots since 6 months old. He is now 2 and he still plays with it!
The bright colors and lively music are really attractive to 6 month old babies. It's fantastic as they grow older to toddlers as well.
Drop a colorful rock into the top of this cheerful dump truck toy and watch it tumble into the bucket to learn numbers.
Babies will love pushing and pulling the toy along to see the rocks rumble around inside.
Unload the rocks and start again.
Press the 3 colorful buttons that play melodies, phrases and teach tools and colors.
The toy means using the hands a lot which is great for developing fine motor skills.
Soft blocks are a great toy for 6 month olds as they often have different textures which they can feel and explore. You can stack them up for baby and they can knock them down.They're good for developing motor skills as baby can start to pick them up, they can squeeze them and drop them. They can be gently thrown and put just out of baby's reach to help encourage crawling and movement. It's quite good to get brightly colored blocks to attract the baby's attention. Also, some soft blocks have flaps, make noises when rattled and other different features to help encourage touch and encourage play. Here are some good suggestions below:
There are 14 soft blocks which include 10 soft cubes and four felt-covered triangles.
Some blocks have before-and-after flaps that tell mini stories and help kids learn to make predictions. There’s even a way to arrange the blocks so they complete a picture puzzle.
They are great for building towers, grabbing, throwing, knocking down towers, handling, exploring and lots more. As baby gets older there are activities that you can do with the blocks including matching, pairing numerals and quantities, animal halves and everyday shapes. They are washable too.
As well as the Baby Einstein take along toy featured above there are lots of other musical toys perfect for this age too. Ideas include:
A drum : I was given a drum for my second baby when he was 6 months and it is one of his favorite toys. He loves banging on it with his hands. I have also shown him how to use the sticks to drum on it which he now does. He also enjoys eating the drum sticks. As babies get older they love drums and banging on them - it's a toy that will last a while.
Musical shakers - babies of this age love to shake and listen to the sounds. They love eating shakers too!
Other ideas include baby pianos, maracas and bells.
Check out a couple of ideas below.
This features 4 different shakers that are perfect for 6 month olds who will probably want to eat them, shake them and look at them.
They will last into the toddler years as they start to learn about making rhythm.
Great for learning about hand and eye co-ordination and cause and effect.
They are also great playing along to nursery rhymes.
This is another toy we have at home and my son who is now 2 still plays with this toy.
This toy features lots of buttons. When you press the button the screen lights up, music is played and depending on what mode the laptop is in a word of a shape, object or a phrase is said.
There is lots of lights and music. There is also a mouse which can be moved around.
My son really enjoyed pressing all the buttons over and over. He loved opening and closing the laptop lid. He was fascinated by the lights and sounds. As he got older he calls it his "work" and uses it imaginatively. He calls it his work because when I'm on my laptop, I'm doing "work" so he copies me.
There are lots of activity centres that are popular with babies from 6 months and can be used as they grow up to toddle around.
Check out the activity garden treehouse which is one of the most popular.
Best Toys for 6 Month Old Babies in the UK
More Classic Toys for 6 Month Old Babies
Here are some more great toys - perfect for 6 month old babies.
Teething toys - there lots of teething toys for this age. Both my children loved Manhattan Toy Skwich classic toy at 6 months. They love knawing on it - and enjoyed using it as a teether. It is really easy to hold and put in their mouth. Babies also love watching the round balls that move. Lots of bright interesting colors to attract attention to.
Toys that move - Babies of 6 months love to watch the parts and toys that move. There are colorful moving beads in wheels which they enjoy watching. As they get older they will love to crawl after moving toys too.
Toys with buttons - anybody with a baby knows how much they like remote controls, phones or any other toy with buttons to press which are easy to hold.
Babies love remote controls. We actually gave our son an old remote control to play with but if you haven't got an old one you can buy a toy one instead.
Unlike an adult remote control this one teaches numbers, ABCs, colors, opposites, greetings and more
My son was fascinated by this toy at around 6 or 7 months plus.
It used to be at a playgroup we went to. There are lights, buttons to press and music. It teaches animal names, their sounds, numbers and shapes.
The ball moved on it's own. It doesn't roll away but kind of moves around which in my opinion is good as if it rolled away baby wouldn't be able to crawl after it at first.
My son used to be fascinated just to watch it move and press the buttons.
6 months old is the first age which many babies are in a highchair so a could toy for them is a highchair toy.
The Sassy developmental wonderwheel suction toy is designed for highchair use.
It won the 2011 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award
The cascading beads capture baby's attention. The spinning wheel engages the concept of cause and effect. The suction cup is great for easy tray attachment and the large wheel spins easily as baby bats at it.
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