At this age, babies are so curious about the world around them. They will be opening doors, drawers, boxes, toilet lids, garbage cans, etc. You name it, they will be into it!
Their exploration has reached an all-time high as they are understanding and making sense of so many new concepts. They’re figuring out how to play and creating new opportunities to explore each and everyday.
As parents, we want to promote our children’s development the best that we can. Although our babies are learning everyday through play and experience, there are still many things we can do to help them along the way.
When teaching new motor skills, there are a variety of ways that we can aid in our baby’s learning. Offering age-appropriate, developmentally-based toys and objects is one of the first step to giving them maximum exposure to learning.
Common household objects can also make great toys for babies. From formula cans and milk jugs to egg cartons and cardboard boxes, your baby will be entertained by so many simple things at this age.
Top Toys for 9-12-Month-Old Babies to Maximize Stimulation and Development
As an occupational therapist, I am fascinated by child development. Their brain is growing so rapidly at this age as they explore all that is around them.
That’s why I love these toys that offer so much exposure to practicing new motor skills and learning.
Your baby will love dropping the coins in the slot and watching them reappear behind the door. They may need some help positioning it properly above the hole, but the rest will be simple for them to learn and discover.
This Klickity Baby Toy is pretty simple, but very stimulating for this age group. Pushing the knobs in-and-out develops cause-and-effect and encourages sensory exploration.
Fine motor skills and coordination are strengthened with pushing and pulling and sounds, movements, and bright colors stimulate the eyes and ears.
Start your baby’s love of reading early on with these lift-the-flap board books. Turning pages, while you read to them, is a great skill for your baby to master, but they will get even more thrill from seeing the surprise that’s waiting behind the flap.
This Light-Up Stacker displays sparkly lights and music to stimulate your baby’s sense of sight and sound. Little hands have no problem grasping and manipulating these large rings.
It will encourage hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as your baby learns how to position the rings correctly to drop on the post.
These nesting cups are great for little hands to grab and play with and your child will get use out of these for years!
Sometimes you don’t need music and flashing lights to keep a child happy. These are one of those simple, perfect toys that will last a long time and encourage imaginative play.
Light and sturdy, these cups can be used in so many ways by your baby. They will nest them, stack them into a tower, knock them down, chew them, bang them, roll them, rattle them, float them in the tub, and pour water in and out.
As your baby becomes a toddler, they will love playing pretend with them. They will turn them into cars, drink out of them like teacups, and take a spoon and mix their ‘soup’ in them. Definitely a must-have and for $4, you can’t beat it!
Hearing themselves make noise will make your baby so excited. Watch them shake, rattle, and roll with all of these musical instruments as they create their own tunes and learn the cause-and-effect of their actions.
There’s so much for your baby to explore on this Wooden Activity Cube. It will develop your child’s imaginative play and cause-and-effect as they drive the tractor around, zig zag the beads up and down, and spin the spinners.
It’s also the perfect height to get your baby pulling up to stand! This was the first place my daughter pulled herself up to and took her first cruising steps to get to the other side of the block while holding on to the top.
9. Push Walker
This age is the start of your baby’s constant movement and exploration. Give them the means to start getting around on their own with this Sit-to-Stand Walker.
They will love playing with all the push-button features that play music and light up, while also being able to push it around the house. It will help to develop their leg and trunk muscles in preparation for walking.
10. Cube blocks
These Melissa & Doug wooden blocks are a great educational tool for learning and development at this age. Their little hands can hold on to them easily as they grasp these blocks.
They will practice transferring hand-to-hand as they pass them back and forth. Pair them with the stacking cups or any container and they can drop them into the cup.
They may be too young to build a tower at this age, however they will love to knock down the ones that you make. Endless possibilities with these blocks now and as they get older, they can practice learning letters and colors.
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If you’re on a budget or if musical, over-stimulating toys aren’t your thing, have no fear! As I stated above, babies are intrigued by literally anything at this age!
Common household objects make some of the best tools for your little one and can provide very similar benefits that these toys do.