12th January 2022

The six best baby toys for 6+ months

From stacking cups to baby walkers, these are the best toys for babies aged six to 12 months – tried and tested by parents.

At six months old, it’s likely that your baby will start looking out for more things to play with and you might find you need a little inspiration for ways you can keep them occupied in between the endless cycle of sleep, eat, change, repeat.

It can be hard to keep thinking of new activities and games to play with your baby, so a few simple toys can really come in handy.

But there’s no need to spend hundreds of pounds on high-tech toys (the thing your baby will most want to play with is you), but it can be helpful to have a few things to aid you as your baby begins to explore more of the world around them.

We’ve asked parents to share their tried and tested toys and scoured the Mumsnet forums to bring you this list of the best baby toys as tested by parents.

1. Tomy Toomies Hide and Squeak Eggs

Price: £8 | Buy now from Amazon

Don’t be fooled by their slightly mundane appearance, these clever little creations from Tomy will provide hours of amusement for babies and toddlers.

What parents say:

Hide and squeak eggs are by far the best toy we have ever owned. They have been played with from the first moment my daughter could grip something, and my four-year-old still sometimes plays with them now. They‘ve been everywhere with us and they pack up neatly so it’s great travel toy too. This is the toy I buy for every friend who has a first baby.”

“Yes! Hide and squeak eggs! How could I not mention these? My first daughter had them as a present way back and initially I thought ‘Hmm not sure about these’, but now my third is playing with those original eggs and are usually the first thing she pulls out of the toy box.”

“I’d definitely recommend squeaky eggs. I didn’t realise my daughter loved them until she was 18 months old and stupidly thought she would outgrow them too quickly. She’s three now and still makes a beeline for them at playgroup.”

2. Galt Pop-Up People

Price: £9 | Buy now from Amazon

These little wooden creations provide hours of laughter for small babies and toddlers, and, well, they’re actually quite fun for adults too.

What Mumsnet users say:

“The people are just little poles with faces on, but the toy is very compelling for no immediately obvious reason. Even older children and adults are drawn in by it.”

“Pop-up People are little wooden blocks with four different coloured men that fit into them. There’s is a kind of spring at the bottom which makes them ping out – so simple but so fun.”

3. Stack and pour buckets

Price: £7 | Buy now from Amazon

Stack and pour buckets are great fun in all sorts of scenarios – from bathtime in the evening to outdoor play in the summer.

What Mumsnet users say:

“My daughter’s favourite toy from that age, which she still plays with, is the Fisher-Price buckets. They’re an ideal size for first walkers to toddle around with. She spent hours walking up and down the garden with them and now she uses them in the bath.”

4. Stacking cups

Price: £5 | Buy now from Amazon

It’s a simple toy, there’s no doubt about it. But when it comes to entertaining six- to 12-month-old babies, it’s a classic. At six months, your baby won’t notice the difference between the £2.75 set from IKEA or a pricier one from John Lewis, so it’s really down to you to decide which one you’d like to be stacking and re-stacking.

Look out for bright colours and lightweight designs so that little hands can pick them up easily. These toys tend to be plastic, so you might want to double-check that they’re BPA-free too.

What Mumsnet users say:

“Stacking cups are fantastic from six months!”

“Stacking cups again – we have a set of bright and cheap ones from IKEA”

5. Baby walkers and brick trolleys

Price: £42 | Buy now from Amazon

Baby walkers or brick trolleys are great for babies who haven’t quite mastered the art of walking and lots of fun for toddlers as well. Look out for one that’s sturdy and easy to clean. If it plays sounds or noises, check that it has an ‘off’ switch, just in case….

What Mumsnet users say:

“My son is 12 months and has loved his VTech walker since he was four months. It does make noise but you can switch it off and he doesn’t seem to mind! He loves pushing it around – it means he can walk earlier, i.e before he learns to do it unaided. We even take it to the park so he can run around pushing it and it knackers him out nicely.”

“A push-along wooden brick trolley is a must – we bought one for our son’s first birthday and he still plays with it four years later.”

“We had a simple wooden trolley-type walker. We never had a problem with tipping and they used it for ages after they were walking confidently, even at five and six it was used as a doll’s pram and a shopping trolley.”

Baby walkers or brick trolleys are great for babies who haven’t quite mastered the art of walking and lots of fun for toddlers as well. Look out for one that’s sturdy and easy to clean. If it plays sounds or noises, check that it has an ‘off’ switch, just in case….

6. A cardboard box

If you’re getting a little overwhelmed with the sheer number of options available to your child, then let this be a little reminder that you really don’t need to splash out on high-end toys if you’d rather not.

Even if you do spend hundreds on a top of the range baby bouncer, you might still find that your child is more interested in the box than the toys. Embrace it while it lasts as before long they’ll be begging you for a PlayStation and the latest iPhone.

What Mumsnet users say:

“The toy my daughter plays with the most right now is a large cardboard box. I’ve cut in a door shape on two sides and several small holes in the other sides. It’s got a cushion on the inside and an open top. For the last four months she has spent at least an hour a day in there. It’s great for peekaboo or posting games. The best thing is, we have about 15 more boxes in the cellar so, when it gets damaged, another one gets brought out.”

“Don’t forget boxes, wrapping paper and ribbons. Best presents ever for a six-month-old baby.”

Why you should trust us

Mumsnet has been helping parents make their lives easier since 2000 and, in those years, we’ve seen, tried and reviewed thousands of products.

We work hard to provide honest and independent advice you can trust and we spend hours scouring the Mumsnet forums and online bestseller lists to find products that real parents rate.

Transparency is really important to us and that’s why we’re always upfront about where we find our recommendations. We write about products that we feel offer the best value to most parents – the ones that our users would recommend to their own friends and family.

If you decided to buy something that we recommended as a result of our research, we usually (not always) get paid affiliate commission from the retailer where you make a purchase. But if you weren’t impressed with the product and decided to return it, we wouldn’t make a penny.

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