The Tot Gift Guide: Babies 6-12 Months
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 are 15 gift ideas that we absolutely love.
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. In an effort to provide as much support and encouragement, we’ve found 15 gift ideas that tick all the right boxes.
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, playmats 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.
Best Toys and Gifts for 6 – 12 months
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.
- Food toys
- Baby swing
- Baby walker
- Shaper sorter or stacker
- Stacking cups
- Wooden teether
- Squeaking toy
- High chair
- Sippy cup
- Play center
- Soft sole shoe
- Onesie with fold over feet
Scroll down to see the options we’ve pulled for each of these gift ideas and shop below!
Best Toys and Gifts for 6 – 12 Month Olds
Food toys are a must for every play kitchen or farmer’s market basket. Hand crocheted from GOTS certified organic cotton, this non-toxic set includes all the basics for a healthy diet!
Swinging can be both a fun and calming way for your baby to spend their time. Easy to hang, this safe swing can be hung inside or out!
Made from FSC certified wood and non-toxic paints, this baby walker safely encourages babies to stand and take those first precious steps. The best part: it converts to a wagon once tots are stable on their feet!
This genius shape sorting stacking cube is made from USDA certified bio-based plastic. Yes, that means plants!
Designed with high contrast illustrations that are easy for little eyes to focus on, this organic cotton playmat is a safe and soft space for tummy time, playtime and story time!
Made from 100% recycled milk jugs and wonderful for honing hand-eye coordination, these stacking cups can be played with in the living room, bath and even sandbox.
Wooden teethers are one of our favorite gifts because they do wonders for sore gums, but can also be played with as a role-playing toy later on.
Looking for a stocking stuffer? Look no further! Easy for little hands to hold, this cute reindeer has a soft squeaking noise when squeezed.
We love the Clikk high chair because it has a removable dishwasher-safe food tray, an adjustable foot rest to provide the best ergonomic position and is also super easy to wipe down.
Available in two color schemes and made from bamboo fibers and veggie starch, this handy travel set has a suction silicone cup to keep the bowl in place as well as a storage bag.
Available in five colors, these 100% food grade silicone mats do double time as your tot’s plate, making meal time fun, clean and safe.
Designed with two handles and available in two colors, this BPA-free sippy cup is a great first step in encouraging independent hydrating.
Babies will go bananas for these clever onesies by Little Sleepies. Designed with a two way zipper and fold-over hands and feet, it’s cozy enough for nap time, but also cute enough for mid-morning kitchen zoomies.
Available in navy and dusty rose, this sweet shoes provide a safe, warm, comfortable and stylish place for little feet to develop and practice walking.
The Nutcracker is a classic Christmas story that would make a super special first Christmas gift or stocking stuffer! The best part: for every Tiny Bee Gift Co. book sold, another is donated to a child in need.
Finally – a baby swing that can double as decor! Stylish, safe and exciting for babies, this macrame option is handmade in India by local artisans.
A toy that literally grows with your baby? Yes, please! This play center goes from standing toy to toddler table, making it the versatile and stylish option you’ve been looking for.
- Need to finish your holiday shopping? Check out The Tot Holiday Gift Guide (for the whole family) here.
- Is your baby babbling yet? Find out 5 Ways to Encourage Language Development in Young Children.