These Top Toys for 6-Month-Olds Make Great Baby Gifts (2024)

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Babies are fickle creatures. Get them the wrong gift, and it'll be tossed aside to the corner of the room, never to be picked up again. Avoid that disappointment with one of these best toys and gifts for 6-month-olds. The following products — perfect for baby boy gifts or baby girl gifts — all come recommended by an expert, scores of Amazon reviews, or personal parenting experience. Before compiling the list, we wanted to consider where six-month-olds are at in their physical and mental growth, so we consulted a childhood development specialist.

"Six-month-olds are just starting to sit independently and get around by rolling or scooting on their bellies," Lisa Lohiser, Ed.D., Manager of Early Childhood Development Research at the Fisher-Price Play Lab tells Woman's Day. According to Lohiser, babies at this age are beginning to comprehend action and reaction, meaning toys that showcase cause-and-effect are great for their growing understanding of the world around them. She recommends toys for 6-month-olds with different textures (for touching and teething) as well as music and lights for a sensory experience. Overwhelmed? Don't be! Just pick one of the tried-and-true baby gifts ahead.

The best toys for 6-month-olds in 2024:

If you're searching for gifts and toys for kids of other ages, be sure to check out our complete list of toy gift guides for every age, at the end of the article.

Best Toys That Encourage Crawling

Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Learning Bot

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Best Toys That Encourage Crawling

Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Learning Bot

According to Lohiser, this Learning Bot touches on four different areas of growth: gross motor, cause and effect, fine motor, and early academics. Perhaps most valuable of all, though, is it encourages crawling by engaging with the baby and moving away. (I can personally attest that both my baby and my toddler were delighted by this toy.) Ages 6 months- 5 years

Best Car Toy for Baby

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Baby Crawl Around Car

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Best Car Toy for Baby

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Baby Crawl Around Car

How cute is this little car? It may be adorable, but it also fosters an understanding of cause and effect as baby interacts with the dashboard and all of its musical features. It will require a few minutes of assembly, but parents and grandparents rave that children love their new set of wheels. Ages 6 months- 3 years

Best Educational Toys for 6-Month-Olds

Cerbru Fun Dinosaur

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Best Educational Toys for 6-Month-Olds

Cerbru Fun Dinosaur

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Meet Spike, baby's new favorite Ankylosaurus. This toy not only helps with grasping ability, but the color scheme will also help them identify and sort colors blue, green, yellow, and orange. (I speak from personal experience; my son cannot get enough of this little spiked dome.) Ages 6 months+

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Best Books for 6-Month-Old Baby

'See, Touch, Feel: A First Sensory Book' by Roger Priddy

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Best Books for 6-Month-Old Baby

'See, Touch, Feel: A First Sensory Book' by Roger Priddy

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Books are one of the keys to a healthy bedtime routine, and this sensory board book encourages babies to touch and explore various textures, colors, and actions to build on their curiosity and interaction with the world. With over 11,ooo ratings and an average of 4.8/5 stars, we'd say it's a safe bet baby will like the book! Ages 0- 1 year

Sleep Sack for Baby

Little Planet Wearable Baby Blanket

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Sleep Sack for Baby

Little Planet Wearable Baby Blanket

Give baby (and parents) a good night's sleep with this breathable, wearable blanket that comes is four cute colors and patterns. The two-way zip is especially convenient for nighttime changes. Sizes range from S (0-6 months) to L (12-18 months).

'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' Activity Toy

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'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' Activity Toy

This popular book character from The Very Hungry Caterpillar comes to life in the form of an activity toy. Baby can pull, jiggle, squeeze, and chew. It's an easy toy to toss into a diaper bag and interactive enough to keep the little one busy for an entire car ride. Ages 0+

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Best Baby Walker

Bright Starts 4-in-1 Shop ‘n Cook Walker Shopping Cart

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Best Baby Walker

Bright Starts 4-in-1 Shop ‘n Cook Walker Shopping Cart

Parents rave about this interactive toy, which comes with a removable cart top. Even if the little one doesn't need their first pair of walking shoes yet, they can still play with the shopping cart elements like a busy board. Ages 6-36 months

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Trendy Baby Toy

Dancing Cactus Mimicking Toy

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Trendy Baby Toy

Dancing Cactus Mimicking Toy

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This viral baby toy has taken the internet by storm. It comes equipped with 120 songs to wiggle and dance to, or it can parrot baby's babbles back to them, which always elicits a funny reaction. Ages 6 months- 6 years

Best Baby Pool Toys

SwimSchool Baby Splash Play Mat

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Best Baby Pool Toys

SwimSchool Baby Splash Play Mat

For the baby just beginning to get comfortable with water, consider a splash mat with a built-in backrest. This option, from The Original SwimSchool, also comes with stacking rings and a tower to help build dexterity while lounging. The most important part, though, is the canopy for sun protection. Ages 6-24 months

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Best Sensory Toys for 6-Month-Old

Kiddopark My First Baby Tissue Box

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Best Sensory Toys for 6-Month-Old

Kiddopark My First Baby Tissue Box

Have you ever given a baby a tissue box? There goes four dollars. (Or, you know, whatever a box of tissues costs in your area.) This sensory toy gives them the same feeling of pulling tissue after tissue out of the box, only you can refill it with the included crinkle paper. This one comes with three crinkle papers and eight colorful cloths, so baby can get feel the different materials. Ages 6-12 months

Best Music Toys for 6-Month-Olds

Fisher-Price Mix & Learn DJ Table

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Best Music Toys for 6-Month-Olds

Fisher-Price Mix & Learn DJ Table

For a baby, musical instruments are the best thing since sliced bananas. This set comes with three piano modes, multi-colored lights, and 12 engaging activities. But perhaps best of all, the set comes with three learning levels to grow with your little one. Ages 6 months- 3 years

Best Blanket for 6-Month-Old Baby

Little Giraffe Chenille Baby Blanket with Satin Trim

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Best Blanket for 6-Month-Old Baby

Little Giraffe Chenille Baby Blanket with Satin Trim

If you didn't get one of these for your newborn, it's not too late. Little Giraffe blankets are on the expensive side, but that's why it's a gift, right? They are impossibly soft and ideal for babies, toddlers, and kids, depending on the size. (Your teen might even be caught sleeping with a scrap of it years from now.) No age listed

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Best Travel Toys for 6-Month-Old

iPlay, iLearn Plush Baby Rattle Toys

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Best Travel Toys for 6-Month-Old

iPlay, iLearn Plush Baby Rattle Toys

Four farm animals walk into a barn and…well, there's a joke in there somewhere. These animals double as rattles that will improve baby's fine motor skills. They just so happen to happily live in this portable plush barn! Ages 3 months- 12 years

Best Developmental Toys for 6-Month-Old Baby

VTech Busy Learners Activity Cube

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Best Developmental Toys for 6-Month-Old Baby

VTech Busy Learners Activity Cube

This activity cube has made it through both my children's grubby paws and come out impressively unscathed. The five sides all play to a different skill; some sides light up, others play music, and some do both. Ages 6 months- 3 years

Best Tummy Time Water Mat

Inflatable Tummy Time Mat

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Best Tummy Time Water Mat

Inflatable Tummy Time Mat

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Tummy Time is extremely important for babies to strengthen their core muscles. This inflatable mat will encourage them to do so while capturing their attention with floating sea creatures. Ages 3-24 months

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Best Teething Toys for Babies

Lil' Nibbles Textured Silicone Teether

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Best Teething Toys for Babies

Lil' Nibbles Textured Silicone Teether

Teeth are just beginning to emerge around six months, and babies will need one, two, or 10 teething toys. Infantino's highly reviewed silicone teether comes in a variety of "edible" shapes, including a carrot, apple, corn, pea pod, and fruit kabob. It's easy to clean and freezable for extra soothing. Ages 0+

Fine Motor Skills Toys for 6-Month-Old

Fisher-Price Rock-A-Stack Toy

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Fine Motor Skills Toys for 6-Month-Old

Fisher-Price Rock-A-Stack Toy

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Fisher-Price's version of this classic toy improves on the original by adding a wobbly base, so baby will practice grasping the rings and holding the tower steady. Over 45,000 Amazon reviewers have given it five stars, meaning your baby will likely be entertained . . . for as long as their attention span can manage. Ages 6 months- 4 years

Best Baby Doll for 6-Month-Old

Tikiri Baby Aria Doll

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Best Baby Doll for 6-Month-Old

Tikiri Baby Aria Doll

This editor is not a doll person, so an endorsem*nt of Tikiri dolls goes a long way. These handmade figures come in a variety of characters and outfits, but all of them are made of soft, organic cotton — so when baby drops her, she won't make a sound. Ages 0+

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Best Montessori Toys for 6-Month-Old

Adena Montessori Play Kit

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Best Montessori Toys for 6-Month-Old

Adena Montessori Play Kit

Montessori is all about discovery at a young age, and this three-item kit will help baby do just that. There's a spinning wheel that reveals new colors, a ball with fun-to-feel fabrics, and a mirror, so they can see their favorite person: themselves (aka the mysterious other baby in the room). Ages 6 months+

Best Shoes for 6-Month-Old

Ozzneck Shoes Kids' David Soles, Boots & Slip-Ons Convertible Shoe Set

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Best Shoes for 6-Month-Old

Ozzneck Shoes Kids' David Soles, Boots & Slip-Ons Convertible Shoe Set

What baby doesn't need more shoes? This versatile set includes two pairs of shoes and two pairs of removable soles, making it easier than ever to change baby's footwear. Sizes range from 5 (5-11 months) to 10 (46-56 months).

"These are such well made shoes and so cute too! Being able to easily transition from outdoor to indoor without having to completely take off the shoes is priceless with a toddler," writes one 5-star reviewer.

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