Best Toys for 8 month Old Baby
What Are Good Toys for an 8 Month Old Baby?
My baby is 8 months old and this article gives lots of ideas and suggestions of the best toys for 8 month old babies based on those my son plays with.
Great toys for 8 month old babies include toys that help hone fine motor skills. Babies of 8 months will spend a lot of time handling toys and passing them from hand to hand. They will just be developing the pincer grasp and will enjoy nesting toys too. My son also puts everything in his mouth. His teeth are coming through so anything that he can knaw on is always popular. He loves toys with rattles you can push, beads you can move, buttons you can press and things you can pull.
Many 8 month old babies are crawling or on the move or about to get there. Toys that encourage them to move and get things just out of their reach are good toys for development at this age. Balls and ball pits make appropriate toys for 8 month old babies. My own baby started crawling last month so toys that he can crawl after are popular and fun.
Any toys that stimulate the senses are good. Toys with flashing lights and music attract my baby and he will play with them for quite a while.
Read on for lots of suggestions of the best toys for an 8 month old baby.
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Stacking Toys for 8 Month Old Babies
Stacking toys are one of my top choice of toys an for 8 month old baby.
Stacking cups are so inexpensive yet will keep 8 month old babies occupied for ages and will last into the toddler years too. 8 month olds will enjoy nesting the cups but these cups are also great for stacking and knocking down towers, they make great water toys for the bath. My own baby enjoys banging them together and passing them from hand to hand too.
This staking toy has lights and music to attract babies attention.
Babies will love to watch you put the rings onto the toy and for it to light up.
8 month olds like my son like to bang the rings together, try to eat the rings and watch the lights.
As they get older they will enjoy putting the rings on the toy and watch the toy light up too.
11 textured pieces to stack, roll, nest and explore
Enhances problem-solving skills with stacking and sorting
Helps baby learn to identify and sort colors, sizes and numbers
Comes with a jingle ball to place inside one of the balls baby makes
Educational Toys for an 8 Month Old Baby
Many toys have educational value for 8 month old babies.
A lot of toys have buttons to press which light up and make sounds. This is great for teaching babies about cause and effect and developing their fine motor skills.
There are toys which expose babies to lots of different vocabulary and they'll learn new words through songs and rhymes.
There are also toys which teach colors, numbers, shapes, letters and more. Check out some ideas including the activity table and baby laptop below.
VTech Magic Star Learning Table
This toy features lots of music, number and color activities for kids from babies until 3 years of age on this table. There are also some fun activities to encourage imaginative and role play. The toy also develops baby's fine motor skills.
At 8 months old the legs can be taken off the table and it can be laid on the floor for babies. As they get older you can put the legs back on and it's the perfect height for toddlers. It's great value for money as it will last 8 month old babies until they toddling about.
There are tons of activities on the table. One of the favorites is a steering wheel on the table that kids will enjoy using. Flip the electronic book to hear nursery rhymes. Press the light-up music buttons on the gear toy to play music and learn about colors, different songs and animal activities.
My baby loves it and will play with it for quite a while.
Many toys have educational value for 8 month old babies but the Leapfrog Learn and Groove Music Table is particularly educational.
There are lots of music, counting and color activities for kids from babies until 3 years of age. It sings the alphabet song. There are shapes and when your press them it tells you their names (square, circle etc). There is a keyboard with different color keys. When these are pressed it tells you the color. It sings all the numbers up to 10. There are lots of activities to help improve fine motor skills, including a rattle to spin, buttons to press, a slider to slide, a book page to turn and lots more. It is also bilingual. It comes with either French or Spanish as a second language so babies can learn their first words in another language too.
My baby loves it and will play with it for quite a while. I also use it to teach my older son some French words too (ours has French as the second language - although I think many have Spanish).
At 8 months old the legs can be taken off and it can be laid on the floor for babies to with. As they get older you can put the legs on. Its great value for money as it will last 8 month old babies until they are almost 3.
This is such a great toy becasue it can really grow with your baby.
There are 3 different modes of play which suit babies and toddlers at different ages. At 8 months old babies will enjoy playing with the toy in floor play mode where there are lots of different activities. Press the buttons on the keyboard and hear numbers. Play with the letter blocks and look at the book. Drop the letter blocks through a drop-space for sending the blocks from the train to the carriage.
As babies get older the front part of the train can be used as a walker to encourage them to walk.
And toddlers will love using the train as a ride on.
Balls and Ball Pools
An 8 month old baby will love ball, tossing them, rolling them, trying to crawl after them and examining them.
This is why ball small pools make great toys for babies of this age. They will love sitting in a ball pit, tossing balls out and back in again.
If you're looking to buy a ball pit, you should also check out this article on ball pits for babies, which gives advice on buying a ball pit and the kinds of balls you should look for too.
This is such a cool ball pit for this age that is also a plush toy and is very well designed.
The ball pit is actually a plush dino with a tappered back that is soft to touch and explore.
Unzip the dino and you will find 60 balls that baby can sit in and play with. Babies will love sitting in the balls.
Once finished playing with, just throw the balls back in the dino and zip right up.
Unfortunately only the pink version is available at the moment but I would consider getting this for both boys and girls as they won't be bothered by the color!
Another option is to get a play tent and fill it with balls.
The play tent opposite is one option and comes with 100 balls but any play tent will work.
If you get a play tent that will shade your baby from the sun, you could put it outside and have it as a sunshade in the summer too.
Walkers for 8 Month Old Babies
The Vtech walker is a great choice of walker for an 8 month old baby. This has been another top toy with my son. There is an activity table on the top which he can be detached from the walker and played with on the floor. He loves this activity toy. There is also one at a baby group I go to and the other babies seem to love this activity toy just as much.
As the baby gets older and is able to pull themselves up, they can use the walker to push around so the toy has a couple of good uses and quite a good lifespan.
This is such a cool toy that should last into the toddler years.
It's a discovery house. Babies can sit in the house and crawl through it.
There is a little window that you can use for peek a boo play. My eldest son used to love opening and closing windows as a toddlers so he would've loved this.
There's a shape sorter on the side.
You can put balls down the shoot or down the ball tracks. There's buttons that play music and lots more.
This is great for a crawling baby and there's lots of activities that baby's can grow into.
Outdoor Toys for 8 Month Olds
I love taking my kids outside during the summer months but sometimes it's hard to know what to do with babies. They like to discover and explore but you need to give them a safe environment in which to do it.
My son is crawling at 8 months, so I also need something to keep him occupied so he's not exploring things that he shouldn't.
There are a great range of outdoor toys and here are a few options.
This is such a great baby pool. I like the fact it comes with an umbrella so you can shade baby from the Sun when it gets too strong.
It also features 2 molded in seats, 3 funnel cups and a fun spinning water wheel that attach easily to the umbrella post for added play.
My son loves to watch bubbles. We blow them for him and he will sit for ages watching them.
You can also get bubble machines like the one opposite that will do all of the hard work for you.
A play tent with tunnel makes a great outdoor toy although there isn't anything to stop you putting it up indoors as well.
We have a play tent for my kids. It's a great instant shade when the Sun gets too hot. We enjoy picnics, reading books and playing with toys in the tent. The kids love crawling through the tunnel. If you have balls the love to roll balls down the tunnel too.
As they get older it's also great for imaginative play.
Musical Toys for 8 Month Old
There are lots of music toys available for babies of 8 months to encourage music appreciation.
This has got to be the toy that holds my 8 month old son's attention for the longest at the moment.
Its basically an MP3 player just for babies. They can press the large buttons to toggle through the 7 classical music tunes. As the music plays, there is a screen with lights to attract babies attention. I'm not sure why buy my baby loves it and will play with it for ages.
There is large handle makes it easy for babies to hold and take along with them. Its another great toy for taking with you to entertain baby when you're out and about. I take it everywhere to friend's house, cafes, restaurants, in the car etc.
Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Toys
Fisher Price do a very good range of toys for 8 year old babies called Laugh and Learn toys to help babies development and early learning.
This is such a cool toy and has got to be the best laugh and learn toy at the moment.
The car features an interactive dashboard where you turn the key, honk the horn, turn the steering wheel or shift the gear to activate lights, learning phrases and songs.
It features a shapesorter and three balls which you can play with on the built in ramp.
Open and close the door, move the windscreen wiper and learn with the 75+ sing-along songs, tunes & phrases.
My eldest son had a mailbox which he loved. Unfortunately we gave it away before we had our youngest son but it's definitely another toy to consider.
This toy is not just a mailbox. It teaches letters, numbers, opposites, colors, greetings and more.
It ncludes three letters and a package for slotting. At 8 month old babies my son enjoyed banging the letters together. As he got older, he used to spend ages putting the letters in the slot and taking them out again.
On this version you can slide the address roller to learn all about numbers - great for fine motor skills development.
You can also lift the mail flag to learn about opposites through music and phrases.
My 8 month old son love remotes and he's not alone! To stop babies getting their hands on your remote you get them a remote of their own.
This is like a real remote but also teaches about numbers, opposites, colors, greetings and first words too.
Babies of this age spend quite a lot of time in their highchair. So why not get them a highchair toy, like the suction wheel below.
Winner of the 2011 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award.
Spin the wheel to learn about cause and effect. Bat at the wheel to spin it and watch the cascading beads.
The base has a suction cup to hold it in place.
Excellent price too!
8 months is a good age to get a baby ball.
If they are already on the move then they can crawl after them. If not they are perfect to encourage crawling.
Look for one which is easy to grab and hold like the Baby Einstein one.
Another option is the Vtech crawl ball. They used to have this toy at a baby group I went to and I remember from about 7 months my son was fascinated with it. It lights up, plays songs and moves. My son loved to watch the ball move around and touch it to activate the lights and sounds.