Looking for the best toy for a 6-month-old to 12-month-old? Now your baby can reach and grab for things, it's a great time to treat them to some fun toys that they can play with while developing those gross motor skills even further in the run-up to their first birthday.
Unlucky for us parents, this is a great age to allow your baby to explore the noisier toys such as instruments or electronic toys, so make sure you have your earplugs at the ready.
Best toys for 6 months to 12 months old
VTech First Steps Baby Walker
Walkers are great at encouraging babies to move. If you've noticed your tot is making attempts to walk, the bright flashing lights and colours in this walker will keep your little ones entertained with the range of activities to play with, as well as being easy to store away when you're not using it. It was also shortlisted for a 2020 Mother&Baby Award.
Mum Paige said: "This product is fab for a range of ages. The activity panel is removable which meant I could lie it on the floor to let my 7-month-old play with it while my 3-year-old enjoyed zooming around pushing the walker. I love that it can entertain both my children which frees up my hands so I am able to complete a few tasks around the house. Plus it is easily wiped clean when sticky fingers inevitably get all over it."
Taf Toys Sensory Wonder Tissue Box
Babies will be delighted by this fascinating peek-a-boo box where they can hide and pull out an assortment of sensory delights. Complete with 8 colourful organza squares and two crinkle blankies with fluffy textures, the Taf Toys Tissue Wonder Box is ideal for babies who are starting to sit up, to aid them in developing their motor skills and understanding. This toy was shortlisted for the Mother&Baby Awards 2022.
Mum Bina said: "The wonder tissue box was fantastic for my 9 month old as it kept her entertained much longer than a lot of her other toys making life easier as a mummy as she wasn't bored within 2 minutes then me having to give her another toy allowing me to do a little tidying around bubbas play. There is a lot of versatility as it is used as a tissue box but also for peek-a-boo games with the organza tissues, learning colours, counting and the concept of open and close, in and out. One toy serves a multitude of learning purposes and play, rather than needing 5 different toys to teach the above, saving space in the toy box."
Seaside Spinning Top
With three sing-along songs and 10 cheerful melodies, your tot will have hours of fun with this seaside themed spinner, great for encouraging babies to play. It will also allow them to discover ocean animals, colours and numbers. This toy was also shortlisted in our 2019 Mother&Baby Awards.
Mum Katherine said: "The Seaside Spinning Top is a great toy for entertaining little ones. My seven-month-old loved watching the animals spin and attempting to do this himself. At seven months, he generally needed help and supervision to play with this effectively."
Fisher-Price Smart Stages Puppy
With over 75 different songs, phrases, jingles and tunes, this entertaining puppy dog is brilliant for helping develop your baby's language and speech with their first 100 words being taught with the puppy. This product was also shortlisted in our Mother&Baby 2016 Awards.
Mum Stephanie said: "My daughter was immediately drawn to this toy. She has started to hug and kiss the puppy, which she hasn't done before with any other soft toy. I like the 3 different levels of learning which correspond to different ages. It's easy to use and I like the various different songs."
HERSITY Musical Learning Activity Table
There are loads of fun sounds on this entertaining activity table, from animal noises to catchy tunes to help develop their fine motor skills. With a range of bright colours, there is plenty to stimulate your baby's senses and is the perfect toy from 6 months up to their toddler years.
Grandma Sharon said: "Gave this to my 6month old granddaughter for Christmas. When she can sit on her own it will be brilliant but even now she sits and touches it and loves the different colours and music. Also nice that the volume has two levels, really happy with it"
Skip Hop Explore & More Follow Bee Crawl Toy
Designed to grow with your baby through three stages, this interactive crawl toy challenges and encourages little ones to learn to crawl with colourful lights, energetic tunes and sweet buzzing sounds. It also features moveable beads to help with teething. This toy was also shortlisted for a Mother&Baby Award in 2019.
Mum Louise said: "This product makes my life easier as a mum as it provides entertainment for my little girl, giving her stimulation and giving me five minutes peace. My child was at the last stage of play for the product but I can see this being a fabulous toy for a baby on the verge of crawling. It is a very stimulating toy and I'd say perfect for ages six months plus."
Little Senses Glowing Stacking Rings
Enjoy hours of fun stacking these brightly coloured rings, bursting with tickly textures and tactile finishes. This fun game helps your baby develop their problem-solving skills and hand-eye coordination. This was also shortlisted for a Mother&Baby Award in 2019.
Mum Jasmine said: "The glow rings were easy to use and straightforward. Each ring was different to look at and feel. My baby enjoyed chewing and sucking on the rings but other than the one with the beads in she didn't really play with the others. When the head came off she liked to play with the tags on top. I'm unsure whether I would recommend it or not, it is nice to look at and is a great visual sensory toy but I am not sure there is enough for the child to play with."
LeapFrog Learn & Groove Rainbow Lights Piano
This preschool learning piano can help little ones become familiar with colours and numbers in English or French! They can explore different instrument sounds, learn to play two popular songs, and designed for sensory play, they can press the melody button to hear 17 delightful melodies to play and sing along with.
Parent Gerry said: "Ordered this for my son! Nice quality! My son loves it! easy to use! Nice size! Nice musical toy! Nice and sturdy! Good value for money."
VTech Crawl 'n' Learn Bright Lights Ball
With a built-in motor that'll get your baby to crawl after it, this ball is full of development opportunities from motor skills to sensory development, discovery to exploration. They can twist, slide and spin the features with fun music and animal sound effects.
One parent said: "Great toy that my 10-month-old plays with. She likes the colours and sound and tries to grab it when spinning. My 4-year-old plays together (she also likes it)."
Little Tikes 3-in-1 Activity Walker
Designed to inspire and motivate your baby to get moving and walking, the walker features over 70 activities, songs, and sounds to help get your baby on their feet and help them walk until they're confident little walkers. This product was shortlisted in the 2018 Mother&Baby Awards.
Mum Georgia said: "I’d recommend this product for its strength and stability. My daughter is quite heavy-handed, and yet even after she had pushed this walker into tables, chairs and climbed all over it, there were no signs of breaking. I would also recommend it for the disco ball at the front, which reflects onto the floor and had my daughter dancing and singing to the melody."
Fat Brain Dimpl
Shortlisted for the Mother&Baby Awards 2022, little fingers can't resist the beautiful buttons of Fat Brain Toys' Dimpl. Built safely into the sturdy ABS plastic frame are five vibrant silicone bubbles in varying sizes and colours. It's so simple yet satisfying. Push them all the way in to pop them through to the other side and encourage fine motor skills.
Mum Nicole said: "The toy seems to really engage baby whilst they are playing with it, the bright colours and perfect size for tiny hands allows them to fully be immersed by the toy for a good few minutes. It doesn’t have any horrible plastic smell when first arrived and seems well built to withstand the day to day play of toddlers. I would mostly recommend for smaller younger babies which seems more the target, as I found my toddler quickly got bored with it."
TOMY Toomies Hide and Squeak Eggs
This learning toy suits your baby's needs as they grow and provides plenty of ways for them to play. With each of the six eggs that crack open to reveal different faces and colours, they can play hide and seek, shape sort, colour match, and more.
Parent Liang said: "Probably one of my best investments in toys! My son has been playing with them from 6 months and he's still playing with them now at nearly 26 months, in very different ways."
VTech Peek-a-Boo Bear Soft Toy
With this interactive honey pot, your little one can enjoy four sing-along songs and 15 happy melodies as they play peek-a-boo with the cute soft, fabric bear. There are two learning buttons and a bumble bee that will make the bees on the front spin when pushed down.
Auntie Cara said: "My niece loves playing peek a boo and loves this toy! Laughs at it every time she plays with it! Great for little ones."