Oh 9-12 months, I remember this stage like it was yesterday, when my little girl was army crawling everywhere at speed, trying to climb every set of stairs she could find, and every part of our house felt like a hazzard. I think the age 9-12 months gives you your first glimpse of what active toddlerhood might be like, and it's daunting!
You can find that between 9-12 months little ones don't have as much interest in toys as they are working hard on their gross motor skills of crawling, cruising and if you're really unlucky ;) walking, so it's important to have toys which they can really try hard to master, and they can easily transport.
Some tips for purchasing toys for your little ones at 9-12 months:
Anything that stacks, they will love trying to stack toys, or use their hands to put objects inside other objects
Music, your little one will still love to hear different sounds, even more so when they make the sounds themself, so anything musical will be a hit
Toys that they can explore independently and have no right or wrong way to play will capture their attention & will create more independent play time than flashy, noisy toys which will capture their attention for a short amount of time before they want to move on
Our Top 3 Toy Picks for Babies 9-12 months old
Great for practicing coordination and motor skills Help encourage problem solving and stimulating the senses Use to stack, chew and explore Soft and comfortable for little hands
Great for practicing coordination and motor skills Help encourage problem solving and stimulating the senses
Your little ones will start to recognise some of the animals so now is a good time to introduce animals to them.
These realistic animal cards can be taken with you when you go to the farm & you can use them to help your little one recognise the animals and the noises they make.
How best to play with your 6-9 month old
Your little one will love to hear different noises so sing to them or help them make music with musical instruments
Sit back and watch them try and stack objects or put objects inside of toys, don't interfere as they love to problem solve at this stage. If they are really struggling then show them how to do the activity (make sure they are watching) and then let them have a go, cheering them on when they succeed.
Peek-a-boo is a great game to help them understand object permanence (knowing that an object still exists even when they can’t see it).
Talking through different animal names and the noises they make, they will really pick up on this and start making animal noises as they begin to recognise the different animals
Thank you for reading.