Between 6 and 9 months babies are starting to want to get into everything. Most babies start crawling around age 6 months, although some never crawl on their hands and knees and this is nothing to worry about. They may find other ways to get around or they may go straight to walking.
But for most babies, you’ll find they’re able to move surprisingly far and fast at this age when your back is turned! They’re very interested in discovering more about their world and like to interact with everything. They haven’t yet learned about danger so you’ll need to keep a close watch on them.
They will appreciate their toys much more now and are likely to start experimenting to see what the toys can do. The right toy or game can provoke an amazing display of delight!
So what are the toys and games that work best for babies between 6 and 9 months? Let’s take a look.
Baby Toys 6 Months
After the 6 month milestone, babies are understanding the concept of cause and effect much better. This means they start to understand that if they do a certain thing, it’s likely to cause a certain result. They love repetitive games where the same thing happens over and over, like “peek-a-boo”.
What quickly seems boringly predictable to an adult is fascinating to a baby of this age because they’re only just discovering that events follow a pattern. So it’s very easy to keep them entertained for hours with games like this – if you have the patience!
They will start enjoying active toys like the Fisher Price Piano Gym at this age. They’ll also start to enjoy toys that offer action and movement, like balls, or toys that have moving parts. They’ll be attracted by the vibrant colors of most baby toys and they’ll love music and songs, especially if you join in.
Baby Toys 7-8 Months
When they are over 7 months old, most babies will begin making sounds that are the first steps in speech development. They may begin to show that they understand a few of your words, and relate those words to things in their world.
You may want to start buying larger toys for your child at this age. Toys that they can push or drag around while they crawl will be popular. They may start showing an interest in baby walker toys, but don’t worry if they can’t stand up by themselves yet. The leg muscles will develop soon.
They’ll love interactive toys that make noises, light up or play music when the baby takes some action like pressing a button or hitting the toy.
On the down side, your baby can probably now pick up almost anything and put it in his mouth, so you’ll need to make sure there’s nothing dangerous lying around.
Baby Toys 9 Months
At 9 months, some babies can stand up with support. They’ll start pulling themselves up by grabbing onto furniture or anything else that’s handy. Their legs will not be very strong at first but they’ll be getting stronger every time they try this. They’ll enjoy toys that involve movement like the pictured baby swing.
They’ll probably enjoy putting building blocks on top of each other and they’ll certainly enjoy knocking them down!
Their understanding of language will be growing and you can encourage this with toys that teach color, shape and object recognition.
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Published May 21st, 2013