What are the best toys for 8 to 11-month-old babies?

support walking toy

Much of the play during this period focuses on developing motor skills and become increasingly mobile. They can crawl forward and backward, pull themselves into a standing position, walk with support (for example, along furniture), stand momentarily without support, and complete a couple of unassisted steps.

They also begin to climb. Be careful about what they can have access to by climbing. These children explore objects in many different ways such as through grasping, shaking, squeezing, throwing, dropping, passing from hand to hand, and banging. They begin to develop a pincer grasp, which is used to pick up small objects between the thumb and fingers.

When a toy is hidden or not within view, these children know the toy still exists and did not simply disappear. Infants of this age can understand simple words related to their immediate context, and need repetition and reinforcement of the words they hear like they would start reacting to word NO.

Many of them begin to use items in typical relational patterns; for example, dumping items out of a container, putting them back in, and then repeating the process. They repeat pleasurable actions often, and start to show an interest in marking on paper.

Sensory toys

Sensory toys are highly appealing because these children are beginning to understand simple cause-and-effect relationships. Bright colors, especially yellows and reds, continue their appeal for this age group, as do high contrasts and complex patterns. Pictures that represent familiar objects are also highly appealing. Suitable toys are soft, sturdy, have rounded edges, and are easily grasped or manipulated by the child.

Once they can crawl, “cruise” (walk while holding furniture) and walk, they enjoy things that move along with them like Push and pull toys.

What to Avoid:

  • Toys that have batteries or loose magnets (can be swallowed)
  • Stuffed animals with loosely sewn-on parts that can be easily removed
  • Sharp-edged toys