Follow Me Fred can move on his own in circles or straight lines, so baby can follow along behind. Lots of movement is perfect for this active age. When baby pushes his buttons, Fred makes barking sounds and plays music. The soft ears and face, and the waggly tail, make this toy extra fun for baby to play with.
This is a great age for hide and seek games, and this adorable birdhouse toy from Manhattan Toy provides a perfect peekaboo spot for the four included soft birds. You and baby can take turns hiding the birds inside the birdhouse and peeking them back out again, plus the birds themselves rattle and crinkle, so they're fun to hold. The top of the birdhouse opens up, in addition to the door, so there are plenty of places for baby to practice putting things in and taking them back out, or even more fun, turning the birdhouse over and dumping them.
A colorful stage is the perfect place to arrange these cool magnetic acrobat toys from Kushies' Zolo line. Baby can see how many ways he or she can stack the five soft fabric acrobats. Three soft magnetic balls can be stacked, too. When it's time to take a nap, the stage becomes part of the zippered storage bag, and the acrobats all fit inside.
These soft blocks are fun to play with individually, or your baby can stack them to create a little barn. Of course, half the fun for babies at this age is knocking the barn over again. Each of the barn blocks has animal pictures on the sides, so you can help baby practice animal sounds while looking at the pictures, and there are lots of textures built in, such as crinkly or fuzzy fabrics. Some of the blocks also jingle or rattle.
This bright and colorful circus toy set incorporates learning with playtime for baby. When your baby puts the animals in the top of the circus tent, he or she hears the correct animal sound. When the animal is removed, baby hears the name of the animal. The Big Top Sounds set comes with a plush monkey, lion, seal and elephant. Babies of this age love to watch things hide and reappear, and the circus tent with its flap-front makes a great place for the animals to play peek-a-boo.
Babies at this age are either crawling around everywhere and getting into everything, or they're getting ready to. Bumble Bells are pretty, adjustable ankle bracelets made for babies, and they have tiny bells attached so you can hear when your baby is trying to escape the room or rumbling around in the crib. There are several styles available, and the ankle bracelets come in sizes for 0-9 months, 9 months-4 years and 5-9 years, so older siblings could have a matching ankle bracelet, too.
If you're looking for a baby toy that will be used for a long time, the Learning Home from Fisher Price's Laugh & Learn toy series is perfect. Baby can sit near the house-shaped toy and put the plastic balls down the rain spout, fit shapes in the door's built-in sorter, put mail in the mailbox and listen to music on the radio. Older babies and toddlers can get into pretend play, especially with friends, as this is a great toy for more than one child to share. We have one of these toys in our play room, and elementary school age kids still play with it!
Infantino's Big Mouth Basket Toss is a toy that will be enjoyed for many months. When baby is small, he or she can just put the beanbags into the critters' mouths and take them out again - a classic baby game for this age. Then, as baby grows and begins to develop hand-eye coordination, the toy becomes an actual beanbag toss. The safari-themed critters live up to their big mouth name, and babies will love the silliness of throwing beanbags inside.
The classic sock monkey is making a huge comeback, and even baby can enjoy the retro fun with this plush toy from Schylling. This sock monkey measures about 20 inches tall and has the familiar wide mouth with a big red smile, big black eyes and a festive red tassel on his head. Your baby may not appreciate the old-fashioned sentiment, but he or she will love squeezing this soft toy.