A guide to the best toys for babies six months and older to add variety to your daily play, or adorable toys you’ll definitely want for your newborn 🙂
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My baby used to love playing at “The Farm”, swatting at Mirror Cow and kicking Jingle Pig, until one day, almost all of the sudden, she was more likely to crawl away from “The Farm” than to spend even a few minutes exploring its all-too-familiar sights and sounds. At six months old, she was over her fascination with her farm-themed activity gym, and she needed new toys that would stimulate her senses, build her reasoning abilities, help develop her motor skills, and keep her (relatively) occupied.
Let’s be honest: I was starting to get a little bored myself. I knew buying a few new toys was a good idea. Now I have tons of time-tested toy recommendations that are perfect for babies and toddlers!
I’ve divided my toy recommendations into several categories: Sensory, Teethers, Clutching, Rattles, Stacking, Music, Balls, Books, and Activity Center. When you select one toy from each category, your baby will have a nice variety of toys that will encourage healthy development. I have personally used these toys across several months, and recommend them after many happy hours of baby play.
Sensory Baby Play
These interactive toys often feature different textures, sounds, and colors to stimulate the senses. These are great transitional toys!
My baby liked to pull on the tags and I used it to introduce her to colors. I liked to name the color of each tag as she pulled it.
I’ve spent a lot of time getting to know Freddy! You’ll find Freddie on many lists of the top infant toys because he has a lot going on: bright colors, lots of textures, a few different sounds.
I usually opened this nursery novel up so my baby could look at all the “pages” at once. (She loved the mirror!)
A favorite toy at Grandma’s house, this one offers many different textures for babies to explore.
An extremely simple toy that makes a satisfying crinkle. I liked this one for the diaper bag and car rides.
It’s fun to toss this cube around and to talk about the pictures on each side.
When my baby started gnawing on board books, I offered her teethers to help manage the discomfort. (Sometimes I’m still offering her teethers. I offered her a teether today!) Teethers come in a huge variety of styles and materials, so there’s something for everyone.
Little Sapling Toys makes several clever wooden teethers. I thought this popsicle teether was perfect for summer!
These are hands-down my favorite teethers. We own FOUR!
Though it makes a sound, I’m tempted to classify it as a ball.
I don’t love it as an actual toothbrush, but this is a novel (and extremely popular teether).
Clutching toys help baby practice grasping. These toys will be easy for baby to pick up and engage them with bright colors and moveable pieces.
This is a beautiful wooden toy and my toddler is still fascinated by it.
We call this one “Mr. Golden Sun” and I often sing the aforementioned song while spinning it around like The Wheel of Fortune.
A classic baby gift! I prefer soft rattles for babies under 6 months, but once they’re sitting up and have better arm control, I’m comfortable introducing wooden or plastic rattles.
I remember this classic toy from my childhood.
I like this as a toy, but I also really like it as a decor item. (If only I could get California to stand up without a prop!)
For the baby that’s always trying to steal your keys. (Sometimes my baby makes it to the door with my keys, though luckily she can’t reach the lock!)
I loved showing my baby how to stack blocks and then knocking them over to her delight. Blocks and stacking cups have longevity. My toddler still pulls these toys out on a regular basis.
Modern wooden alphabet blocks that will instantly elevate your Instagram feed. Plus, Little Sapling Toys plants a tree for every toy sold.
We play with these colorful blocks almost every day. In the beginning it was all about stacking, but now my child likes to look at the numbers and pictures on the blocks.
These are fun for the tub but we play with them outside the tub too!
Cultivate early music appreciation! It’s fun to create a kid-friendly playlist and encourage them to play along with these simple first instruments.
I was honestly afraid to leave the house without this toy!
My child’s first musical instrument, which she enjoys hitting like a drum.
This shaker is super adorable. There are several different animals available.
If you’re looking for even more ideas, read Amanda’s post about entertaining toys for baby.
An open-ended toy with lots of possibilities. These balls have different shapes, sizes, and textures. We toss them in the air and roll the back and forth, but also talk about their colors and line them up by size. Great indoor/outdoor toys!
Smaller scale balls in lots of fun shapes and textures.
Larger balls that are more fun to toss, throw, and pass.
Can you ever have too many books? I read board books to my baby from the beginning, but I loved introducing touch and feel books around six months. These are just a few of our favorites.
This is part of a whole series by Jellycat. If you want to be extra fancy, you can buy the matching Jellycat animal.
You’ll find many different textures and breeds in this book. Babies love dogs!
Maybe the most classic touch and feel book you can find, with simple retro illustrations.
The finger puppet makes this book delightfully interactive.
This activity center provided lots of baby play while I prepared simple meals. If you buy this toy you’ll get more done around the house, period.
Your baby will have such a blast spinning the owl and playing peekaboo with the squirrel . Worth every penny.
I have seen this activity center on display at a couple of baby boutiques, and it’s pretty darling. Plus, I trust Skip Hop.
Now Go Have Fun!
We’re still stacking colorful blocks, shaking the tambourine, and gnawing on our favorite teethers. Though I put “The Farm” away long ago, Jingle Pig and Mirror Cow escaped. They too must have been a little bored. They found a new home in the toy bin, mixed in with all the shiny new things.
My name is Kate and I live in a California beach town with my husband & baby girl. At High Low Baby, I review baby products at high and low price points.