12 of the best baby toys for 6 to 12-month-olds

Our pick of the top toys for boy and girl babies between the ages of 6 months and 1 year, as tested by babies and rated by parents

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Now that your baby can grab and hold things and bang them together, you can give him or her toys that ‘do’ more. He or she will particularly love toys that spin or move or make a noise when they’e touched or pressed (or banged).

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This is also the age when toys can get pretty noisy – as things that make a sound, from clever electronic toys to simple very first musical instruments, are endlessly fascinating to the under-1 ear.

Here are the best toys for 6 to 12 months, as tested by babies and their parents…

1. Ragtales Baby Plush Toy Rattle, £14.99

Age: From birth

What it is: A 23cm rabbit rattle made from fluffy, super-soft velour. Choose from Fifi (in her pink knitted jumper) and Alfie (in his corduroy dungarees).

Why we love it: This rattle is just so cute and soft. Jessica, mum to our baby tester Sophie, was very impressed by the toy’s quality. “The rabbit is made of lovely material, is really pleasing to the eye and the attention to detail is great,” she says. “It got a great reaction from Sophie – lots of cuddles, cooing and kisses.” We made this lovely rattle one of our Top Xmas Toys 2020.

Available at: Toy Street (Fifi and Alfie) and Amazon

2. Tobbles Neo, £25.50

Age: 6 months+

What it is: A set of 6 brightly coloured, weighted, broken-egg-shaped pieces of differing sizes that wobble and spin and nest inside each other. Comes with a stacking base. Wipe-clean only.

Why we love it: We like the soft, rubbery coating of the bottom half of each piece which makes them ‘grippy’ and offers a nice sensory contrast to the smoother tops. Our baby testers loved watching the spinning shapes and knocking over a parent-built stack; some of them did a bit of stacking of their own – the pieces will (sort of) stack in the wrong order, too.

Available at: Amazon and The Sensory Touch

 3. Skip Hop Explore & More Follow Bee Crawl Toy, £30

Age: 5 months+

What it is: A whizzy little 14cm x 14cm cloud, with nestling bee rattle, that zooms around with rainbow lights flashing and (actually quite nice) music playing, encouraging your baby to crawl after it and grab the bee. It spins around in circles when the bee is removed. Requires 3 x AA batteries (included).

Why we love it: We like its 2 whizz-around modes – a circular one for sit-and-reachers and a more random one for can-go-anywhere-crawlers. Our tester parents were impressed by the in-built sensor that stops it bashing into furniture (although a couple did also mention that stray hairs on the floor can get tangled in the wheels and become quite tricky to remove). The bee rattle has moveable beads and teeth-friendly rubbery stripes which our baby testers enjoyed when taking a crawling time out.

Available from: John LewisArgos and Precious Little One

4. Edushape Textured Pop Blocks, £12.99

Age: From birth

What it is: A set of 10 colourful, soft, chewable BPA-free rubber cubes with tactile 3D animals, shapes and numbers on the surfaces. The cubes can also interlock, so they’re ideal for sorting and stacking.

Why we love it: They are soft and squidgy and bright and have a fantastic array of textures to explore. And we like the clever way they interlock. Nicola, mum of our baby tester Keira, 8 months, says, “They are really easy for small hands to grasp and great for talking about numbers, colours, shapes and animals.”

Available from: Halilit, Hamleys and John Lewis

5. Green Toys Tugboat, £11.49

Age: 6 months+

What it is: A colourful 22cm-long boat bath toy made from BPA-free recycled plastic. Available in yellow (above), red and blue. It has a spout at the front for scooping and pouring.

Why we love it: We love its big chunky handle that makes it easier for little hands to grab. Our baby testers had fun tipping water out of the spout (which, actually, is great for hair washing, too). It also comes apart easily for cleaning – and, for some of our baby testers, for using as a raft for other bath toys to float on top!

Available at: Green Toys, Uber Kids and Amazon

6. VTech Turn and Learn Cube, £25

Age: 6 months+

What it is: A 16.5cm cube featuring oh-so-pushable light-up buttons, sliding pieces, sound effects, sing-a-long songs and animal characters. Requires 2 x AAA batteries (included).

Why we love it: There’s never a dull moment with this toy, that’s for sure! All the different features are designed for motor-skill development, language development and imaginative play. But basically it’s a fun toy that does lots of good stuff when you bash, press and spin it – it kept all our baby testers happily busy for ages. It’s nice and robust, too.

Available from:  The Toy Shop, Amazon and ELC

7. Tomy Hide N Squeak Eggs, £9.99

Age: 6 months+

What it is: A 16.5cm yellow plastic box of 6 ‘eggs’ with different faces, which each split open to reveal a brightly coloured chick that peeps when you press it.

Why we love it: These toy eggs are an absolute baby magnet. Although the toy is designed as a shape sorter (each egg has a differently shaped base that fits into a particular hole in the egg box), our under-1 baby testers generally just had a fine old time grabbing the eggs out of the box and bashing them together. Later on, your child will progress to making the chicks peep and fitting the halves together. We’ve seen this toy transfix all ages from 6 months to 3 years.

Available from: Argos, Ocado and John Lewis

8. Fisher Price Rock-a-Stack, £11

Age: 6 months+

What is it: A set of 5 brightly coloured rings that fit over a 24cm-high stacking cone base, from big to small. The top ring is see-through and has coloured beads inside.

Why we love it: It’s a brightly coloured, no-frills baby pleaser, as all our baby testers’ parents agreed. The rings are nice and grabbable and the top one is filled with lovely, shiny, rattle-y stuff. The base rocks if you tap it, and you can tell yourself that your baby is learning all about size and sequence as you (endlessly) stack the rings back on the base once your baby has grabbed them all off.

Available from: Argos, Amazon and  Boots

9. Green Toys Elephant on Wheels, £12.40

Age: 6 months+

What it is: A 17cm-long elephant-shaped push toy, with a handle, made from BPA-free recycled plastic milk containers. Also comes as a pink pig and a green turtle.

Why we love it: It’s lightweight and very easy to manoeuvre and has a big curved graspable handle. It’s also very robust, as the parent of 1 of our baby testers– who’s going through a throwing things phase – can testify! Nice and easy to wipe-clean, too.

Available at: Green Toys, Bebeco and Amazon

10. Skip Hop Farmstand Rock-A-Mole Guitar, £16

Age: 6 months+

What it is: A 28cm-long avocado guitar with a spinning ‘pit’ that plays 4 riffs and press-button coloured lights that play more riffs and songs. Requires 3 x AAA batteries (included).

Why we love it: Our baby testers found it easy to get their guitars to play and enjoyed bobbing along to the tunes. Len, dad of Thea, 7 months, says, “She loves the music and the avocado stone that you roll, like strumming a guitar, is a brilliant idea!” Do be warned that the music is quite loud, though, and there’s no volume control.

Available at: Argos, Uber Kids and Amazon

11. Mamas and Papas Offspring Tummy Time Toy, £19

Age: From birth

What it is: A soft, but not too squishy, 42cm-wide cushion that’s designed to encourage your baby to play on their tummy (to help build muscle strength and generally stimulate physical development). Covered with things to grab, pull, crinkle, rattle and chew.

Why we love it: The brightly coloured hanging toys are really well chosen (and look sweet). Our baby tester Andy, 6 months, isn’t very fond of tummy time (some babies take longer to get used it than others) but is so fascinated by the mirror and the little silky ribbons just above it that his mum Oana says he’s hanging out on his tummy way more than he used to.

Available from: Mamas and Papas

12. Jellycat Jungle Tails Boing Ball, £10

Age: From birth

What is it: A soft 13cm ball, covered in bright animal pictures, that makes a cute ‘boing’ sound when it hits the floor. Sponge-clean only.

Why we love it: It’s a good-sized ball for baby hands (and feet) and it’s lovely and bright with lots of really engaging animal characters to point and look at.  Our baby testers really liked its soft squidginess and, of course, the ‘boing!’ sound.

 Available fromJellycat

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