noisy and flashy toys
Cause and effect is a brand new concept for your little one. They're starting to understand that they can affect the world around them, and don't they just love it? Toys that respond to their touch by making lots of noise and flashing brightly help them to work this out (and earplugs can help out mum and dad).
activity centres and push toys
Activity centres have lots of dangly, shiny and noisy bits to keep your little one entertained for hours. Some have shape sorters and bead mazes, too. They come in lots of different shapes and sizes. Some can be clipped onto the edge of a cot and others can be placed over a play mat. Some also double up as walkers, so your baby can lean on it as they take their first small steps.
bath and water toys
Colourful toys can make bathtimes a lot more fun. 6 to 12 month old babies love filling up beakers of water and pouring them out again. Your little one will be mesmerised by floating toys and they'll love having a good splash in the water. It's all in a good cause: they're learning about volume and how liquids behave.
Reading stories and rhymes to your baby helps them to develop language skills. As they get closer to 12 months they'll be able to turn pages themselves, so it's a good time to introduce them to board books that are perfect for little hands, as well as interactive pop-up and lift-the-flap stories. At this age they'll start to recognise pictures in the books, so look for colourful and exciting illustrations for extra fun.
- wash and check plastic toys for sharp or roughened edges
- always supervise your baby when playing
- make sure toys conform to British Standard BS EN71
- make sure all toys should be safe, non-toxic and durable
- keep fabric toys and costumes away from fire and heat sources
- remove labels, tags and ribbons before giving soft toys to your baby
- toys with long hair or fibres are not suitable for babies under 12 months