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My Fave Toys/Materials for 6-9 Month Olds

Updated: Sep 25

There are so many exciting things happening developmentally around the six-nine month mark: your little one is starting to sit up unassisted, perhaps he/she is starting to crawl! He/she is likely babbling and experiencing tons of fine motor growth. There are many materials to help support and foster these exciting milestones. You asked, so here it is!

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1. Mushie Stacking/Nesting Cups

Stacking cups are an excellent way to support your little one’s fine motor development. Stacking is not likely a skill that your little one will have before 8 months, but that doesn’t mean you can’t introduce these sooner! These are BPA free, lightweight, and easy to clean!


2. Infantino Sensory Blocks, Balls, and Animal Friends

I love the various textures and shapes in this set, which provide tons of sensory and tactile stimulation. The items are lightweight and a favorite for soothing during teething.


3. Edushape Sensory Balls

Another great sensory ball option that’s a fave in Jillybeans classes!


4. PlanToys Wooden Car

I like introducing toy cars around this age. They’re great for fostering cause/effect. I like that the wood pieces on this one move back and forth with your child’s touch. PlanToys products are sustainably crafted from chemical free rubberwood trees, formaldehyde-free glues, organic pigments, and water-based dyes.


5. O-Ball Car

Another great car option that is light-weight and easy to push. This set includes an O-Ball rattle too, which is another favorite of mine.


6. PlanToys Tumblers

These are adorable and another favorite for fine motor skill honing.


7. Manhattan Toy Snuggle Pod Sweet Pea

I love this option for a first doll. It’s soft and light, and a toy that can grow with your child for years to come.


8. Baby Instruments

There are lots of great options when it comes to baby instruments, but I am partial to this set. They’re easy to grip and I like the variety of shapes and sounds.

9. HABA Clutching Toy

I recently completed the RIE foundations course and saw many clutch toys like this featured in the videos we watched for observation. I like that the pieces can be moved freely around to create different shapes.


10. Non-Toys

This really deserves its own post, which I’ve been working on, but for purposes of this post, I will highlight a few of my favorite non-toys for babies 6-9 months old. The open-endedness of non-conventional materials can lead to tons of creative exploration for babies and toddlers. Children find possibilities with materials that adults may not be able to imagine at first glance. Many times, to set up an engaging play experience, you need look no further than materials you already have at home! Think Tupperware, measuring cups, lightweight bowls, etc. I particularly like silicone for this age since everything is getting mouthed. Here are a few of my favorites:

Re-Play Bowls


Silicone Measuring Cups and Spoons


Silicone Colanders


And of course.....


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