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Choosing the Right Toys for the Right Age: 9 - 12mo.

Topic: Choosing the Right Toys for the Right Age: 9 - 12mo.


What are the best toys at this age?

Well the first questions is what is your baby doing at this age? At this point your babies abilities can really vary. Most likely your 9 month old is crawling and getting into, that is common. This means your baby really has the ability to play more! They have some coordination skills and may even be able to clap! 

I absolutely LOVED this age. I have so many videos of my daughter when she first started crawling, and getting into cupboards, and pots & pans. It's just so cute, enjoy it while you can.

Because babies at this age are becoming so interested in their surroundings, toys that encourage interaction and reaction are great. For example a toy with buttons that plays music, or makes a funny sound will be appealing, and encourage your little one to hit the button again. 

Toys that encourage your baby to crawl or “power crawl” are also a great option. For example a battery powered robot dog or cat is fun. Especially ones that light up or sing songs to get your little one chasing it around the room. If you don’t want to buy such an obnoxious toy there is a second option to encourage the power crawl. At this age you’ll know your baby's favorite toy. What I would do is get your little one's attention with their favorite toy, then move to the other side of the room so they have to chase you. Have fun with it, but be careful not to annoy your baby. 

Baby instruments can be a huge enjoyment for your little one as well. It may get a little loud, but the stimulation is great!

Lastly I would suggest getting into learning toys. The 9 - 12 month range is a great time to start learning colors, shapes, noises, animals, feels, you name it! There is so much to learn, and you mom are here to help them.

So no matter what toy you have interaction and playtime with mom is the most beneficial thing you can give your child.