Gifts & Toys for Babies 6 – 12 Months – Tot Gift Guide

Around six months of age, babies begin to babble, bat and sit-up. By 12 months, they may be waving, standing and thinking about taking those first steps. To help the 6 – 12 month old baby in your life continue to think, grow and explore – here’s our list of gift ideas that we absolutely love.

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Wondering what to get that special baby in your life? While we know it’s tempting to go for tiny costumes, sneakers or hats, in reality – babies need things that hit the trifecta: fun, fashionable and most importantly – functional.

The milestones a baby hits between 6 and 12 months enable to them to start interacting with the world around them. To help show you how to provide support, encouragement and the right kind of toys & gifts, we’ll go over:

  • Child development at 6 to 12 months
  • Chemicals to avoid in baby toys
  • The best toys and gifts for 6 to 12 month olds

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Child Development at 6 – 12 months

Stronger vision means a 6 – 12 month old baby is able to do things like recognize faces, reach for toys and track pictures in a book. When a baby begins to recognize faces, they’ll often start showing affection, babbling and understanding what different facial expressions mean. Books are a great gift idea because they help develop a baby’s vocabulary, portray emotions and provide a nice bonding experience.

Stronger neck and back muscles enable babies to master sitting-up, crawling and eventually walking. While babies often hit these milestones in different ways and at different times, there are things you can do to aid and encourage them. Gifts like standing play centers, play mats and walkers can be safe spaces for them to strengthen leg, back and core muscles. Gifts like rattles and teethers are also useful because they can be placed in front or nearby for babies to reach for.

Stronger muscles also means better hand-eye coordination. Providing toys like stackers and sorters are a fun way for babies to learn shapes and colors, while honing their motor skills. When babies learn to do them correctly, it can also build their confidence. Another fun activity is getting a baby to simply clap their hands, wave bye-bye or blow a kiss.

Perhaps the most exciting thing to happen between 6 and 12 months is the introduction of solid food! While some may do baby lead weaning and others purées, all parents should encourage feeding independence and provide non-toxic dinnerware like silicone mats, bamboo bowls and cups that are free of BPA, PVC, phthalates and other endocrine disrupting chemicals.

 

 

Chemicals to Avoid in Baby Products

One of the issues with baby toys is that most of the toys end up in your baby’s mouth….which is fantastic because it’s how babies explore their world.

BUT this is why you must be aware of WHAT the toy is made of.

At The Tot, we never use or recommended anything that hasn’t passed The Tot Safety Test. This means we’ve reviewed third-party testing, examined ingredients lists and asked in-depth questions about a product’s composition to ensure it doesn’t contain any of the ingredients we avoid.

When it comes to toys for babies, we always avoid the following chemicals because they have been suspected to cause a variety of health concerns such as cancer, endocrine disruption, allergic reactions, brain damage and behavioral issues.

  • Bisphenols (BPA + BPS)
  • PVC
  • Harmful Phthalates
  • Added formaldehyde
  • Pesticides + Herbicides
  • Carcinogenic and allergy-inducing dyes
  • Heavy metals

Click here for the full list of ingredients we avoid and why.

 

 

The Best Toys and Gifts for 6 to 12 month olds

Whether you’re shopping for the holidays, looking for a ‘just because’ present or need a first birthday gift, here are gift recommendations we know every 6 – 12 month old will love.

  • Play & Learn Set
  • Baby walker
  • Indoor ball pit
  • Wooden music toys
  • Ball tap game
  • Baby/Toddler Swing
  • Pima cotton footed bodysuit PJ
  • Crochet rattles
  • Costume
  • Soft book
  • Play mat
  • Play tent
  • Stacking cups
  • Sensory blocks
  • Custom wooden name blocks
  • Ride on toy
  • Feeding Set
  • Stocking stuffer gift set

Scroll down to see the options we’ve pulled for each of these gift ideas and shop below!

 

 

The Tot Play & Learn Set 6 – 12 Months

 

The Tot Play & Learn Set features a booklet full of teacher-recommended activities as well as six toys to help your baby reach important developmental milestones.

 

The Tot Play & Learn Set 6-12 months

The Tot Play & Learn Set (6-12 Months)

 

$120

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Asweets Baby Activity Walker

 

The engaging baby walker from Asweets helps babies find their feet while helping them learn shapes, numbers, animals and more!

 

Asweets Baby Activity Walker

 

Asweets Baby Activity Walker

 

$89

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Balu Organics Medium Premium Ball Pit w/ 300 Balls – Grey

 

a little girl playing in a balu organics ball pit

 

The thing we love about the Balu Organics Ball Pit is that your baby will love playing in it well into toddlerhood!

From 6 to 12 months, the pit can be used as a mat for tummy time, playtime or a soft place to learn to sit up. As they get older, they’ll love jumping, throwing, collecting and diving into the balls!

 

Balu Organics Large Ball Pit Grey

 

Balu Organics Medium Premium Ball Pit w/ 300 Balls – Grey

 

$229

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Petit Collage Wooden Percussion Set

 

Petit Collage Wooden Musical Percussion Set

 

Fantastic for encouraging musical play, hand-eye coordination and rhythm, the Petit Collage playful wooden music set includes s a monkey tambourine, bunny guiro, and bear shaker!

Petit Collage Wooden Musical Percussion Set

Petit Collage Wooden Percussion Set

 

$20

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Janod Toys Pure Tap Tap Xylophone

 

A must-have for honing hand-eye coordination and demonstrating cause and effect, the Janod Toys Pure Tap Tap Xylophone adds an element of musical play for more sensory fun!

 

Janod Pure Tap Tap Xylophone

 

Janod Toys Pure Tap Tap Xylophone

 

$27.99

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Solvej Baby/Toddler Swing

 

Solvej baby swing in White hanging in doorway

 

Made with child-safe materials such as hemp, which does not require the use of herbicides or sprays to cultivate, the Solvej Baby & Toddler Swing offers both a fun and calming way to engage your baby! The best part: it can be used both indoors and out.

 

 

 

Solvej Swing Light Grey

 

Solvej Baby & Toddler Swing

 

$220

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HART + LAND Bay/Toddler Pima Cotton Footed Bodysuit PJs

 

Hart + Land PJs Banana Leaf

 

Made from pima cotton that’s free of flame retardant chemicals, pesticides and harmful dyes, the ultra soft HART + LAND bodysuit PJs are cute enough for play dates, but also cozy enough for when sleep time calls!

 

hart + land baby/toddler pima cotton footed bodysuit pj - bugs

 

HART + LAND Pima Cotton Footed Bodysuit PJ – Bugs

 

$40

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Hart + Land baby/toddler pima cotton footed bodysuit - watermelons

 

HART + LAND Pima Cotton Footed Bodysuit PJ – Watermelon

 

$40

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hart + land baby/toddler pima cotton footed bodysuit pj - banana leaves

 

HART + LAND Pima Cotton Footed Bodysuit PJ – Banana Leaves

 

$40

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Cheengoo Veggie Rattle Set in Market Bag

 

Made from pesticide-free 100% bamboo viscose yarn and non-toxic dyes, the Cheengoo Veggie Rattle Set is safe & soothing to teeth on as well as fun to play with!

Fun for both babies and toddlers, they’re a great way to help expand vocabularies, hone hand-eye coordination and encourage healthy eating habits.

 

 

Cheengoo Rattle Veggie Bag

 

Cheengoo Veggie Rattle Set in Market Bag

 

$40

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Aeromax Baby/Toddler/Big Kid Jr Flight Suit

 

Aeromax Toddler/Big Kid Jr. Fighter Pilot Suit with Embroidered Cap

 

Imaginative play just got a whole lot cuter thanks to Aeromax! It doesn’t matter if you need a Halloween costume or simply want to indulge your tot’s love of space, this Jr Flight suit is exactly what they need!

 

 

Aeromax Toddler/Big Kid Jr. Fighter Pilot Suit with Embroidered Cap

 

Aeromax Baby/Toddler/Big Kid Jr Flight Suit 

 

Ranging from $29.95 to $52.95

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Wee Gallery Friendly Faces In The Wild Book

 

Wee Gallery Friendly Faces in The Wild

 

Easy for little hands to hold, the Wee Gallery Friendly Faces In The Wild book is strategically designed with high contrast illustrations to help strengthen a baby’s eyesight and ability to focus.

 

Wee Gallery Friendly Faces In the Wild Soft Book

Wee Gallery Friendly Faces In The Wild Book

 

$16.95

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Toki Mats Lunar Phases Play Mat

 

Toki Mats Lunar Phases Playmat

 

The Toki Mats Play Mat will be a much loved soft space for your baby to lay and play! This adorable Lunar Phases print is just one of many original prints to choose from!

 

Toki Mats Lunar Phases Playmat

 

Toki Mats Lunar Phases – Organic Insert

 

Ranging from $195 to $305

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Babai Play Tent

 

Babai Play Tent Beige

 

The Babai Play Tent is fun for babies and toddlers to play in, read in, rest in and best of all – imagine in! Available in three colors, it adds style and functionality to any space.

 

Babai Play Tent Terra

 

Babai Play Tent

 

$129.99

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Mushie Stacking Cups

 

Mushie Stacking Cups

 

Mushie Stacking Cups are a new take on a classic toy. Featuring cut outs and shapes on the bottom, they can be used for stacking, water play, sand play, dough play and more!

 

 

Mushie Stacking Cups

 

Mushie Stacking Cups

 

$14.99

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Mushie Stacking Cups - Retro

 

Mushie Stacking Cups – Retro

 

$14.99

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PlanToys Sensory Blocks

 

PlanToys Sensory Blocks

 

The PlanToys Sensory Blocks set is a fun way for babies to work on their cognitive development by letting them touch and explore 2 visual blocks, 2 auditory blocks and 2 texture blocks.

PlanToys Sensory Blocks

PlanToys Sensory Blocks

 

$20

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Modern Blocks Custom Name Blocks

 

Modern Blocks Non Toxic name and number blocks

 

A toy that does triple time as decor and a family heirloom? Yes, please!

Gift giving is extra special when you can add a personal touch which is why we love these personalized name blocks from Modern Blocks!

 

Modern Blocks Name Blocks

 

Modern Blocks Custom Name Blocks – Natural

 

Ranging from $8 to $72

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Baghera Twister Ride On Toy

 

Ride on toys are a must-have for gaining important gross motor skills and coordination. The Baghera Twister is great because it can be used inside and out!

 

Baghera Twister Ride On Toy

Baghera Twister

 

$120

Available in more colors

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The Tot Feeding Sets

 

If you’re looking for a non-toy gift, we highly recommend one of our feeding sets. Together with a childhood nutrition expert, we put together age based feeding sets that include a detailed booklet of advice, feeding tips and recipes as well as the best non-toxic feeding products.

It doesn’t matter if you’re doing Baby-led Weaning or mastering stage 3 solids, there’s a set for every tot!

 

 

The Tot Feeding Sets: Baby-led Weaning (6m +)

 

The Tot Feeding Sets: Baby-led Weaning (6m +)

 

$89

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The Tot Feeding Sets: Starting Solids: Stage 1 & 2 (6 - 9m)

 

The Tot Feeding Sets: Starting Solids Stage 1 & 2 (6 – 9 Months)

 

$139

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The Tot Feeding Sets: Stage 3 Solids - Self-feeding (9 - 12m)

The Tot Feeding Sets: Self-Feeding (9 – 12 Months)

 

$109

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THE TOT STOCKING STUFFER GIFT SETS

 

If you’re looking for stocking stuffers, you’re going to want to know about our stocking stuffer gift sets! Designed with age, interests and price points in mind, there are loads to choose from!

 

Stocking Stuffers Infant Unisex $50

 

THE TOT STOCKING STUFFER GIFT SET 0 – 2 Years

 

$50

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Stocking Stuffers Infant Girl $100

 

THE TOT STOCKING STUFFER GIFT SET 0 – 2 Years

 

$50

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Stocking Stuffers Infant Boy $100

 

THE TOT STOCKING STUFFER GIFT SET 0 – 2 Years

 

$100

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Stocking Stuffers Infant Unisex $200

 

THE TOT STOCKING STUFFER GIFT SET 0 – 2 Years

 

$200

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