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    25 Best Toys And Gifts To Keep 6-Month-Olds Happy

    These prezzies will have little ones cooing and gurgling with delight.

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    1. A bestselling Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy with catchy, classical melodies (by Mozart, Vivaldi, and other masters) and twinkling lights that any parent will tell you is their secret weapon to immediately calm down a fussy baby.

    reviewer's photo of the toy lit up
    reviewer's photo of their baby holding the toy

    Promising review: "Our son LOVES this toy! He received it as a gift when he was about 6 months old. He is two and a half now and still plays with it!!! I buy this toy as a gift to all my friends with babies. The music is really nice and it has two volume settings. The babies can press the big button in the middle to change the melody and the lights really fascinate babies. It really is the best toy all around!" —Lesina

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    2. A TikTok-famous crawling crab that'll clatter across the living room enticing little ones to chase after it. How can any baby be ~crabby~ interacting with this adorable Mr. Crabby?

    reviewer's photo of the crab lit up
    reviewer's photo of the crab

    Promising review: "We saw this on TikTok and decided to get one for our 6-month-old. She loves staring at it run around the room and laughs and giggles at it. She’s also trying to move to get it, which will hopefully be the start of crawling soon." —Lauren B.

    Promising review: "This lil' crab is awesome. I love the beats it plays; it's like having a lil' raver crab dance around the ground to get your baby's attention and attract them to crawl. I would definitely give this to a toddler as a gift. My 6-month-old son loves it." —Leann Soto

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping; non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in four colors).

    3. And a whale bath toy you may have seen on TikTok that lights up automatically and starts spouting water the minute it hits the water. Who wouldn't want to play with this ~whaley~ cute buddy during bath time? 

    reviewer's photo of the whale toy lit up and squirting water in the bath
    reviewer's gif of the whale bath toy in action

    Promising review: "Bought this for my 6-month-old and it's a complete hit! Only toy she cares to play with now." —Justin Loxterman

    Promising review: "Worth every penny! My little one loves bath time, and this makes it even more fun! The water spout is awesome and gets taller the longer it sits in the water. The lights are an extra bonus! If you're thinking about buying — do it! Your little one will love this." —Ahliilai

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89 (available in two colors).

    4. A VTech activity cube that teeny hands will love to tinker with because there's so much to explore and learn — from spinning the ABCs to pressing on the light-up buttons to hear animal sounds! It has 29,000 5-star reviews (!) for a reason.

    A baby playing with the activity cube
    reviewer's photo of their baby playing with the activity cube

    Promising review: "Where do I even begin...this toy is a MUST HAVE. Yes, the songs and voices are annoying, and you will find yourself singing the songs in your sleep, but it is worth it. My 6-month-old is obsessed with this toy. It is one of the few toys I can set her on the floor with and do housework without her getting bored and angry. The top side has four buttons (circle, triangle, star, square), each with an animal picture in them (circle-bird, triangle-cow, square-cat, star-dog). They have animal sounds, sing songs, play musical tunes, count to 3, play games, etc. My baby hits the buttons over and over again and loves the sound and lights. There is also a spinning cylinder on the top that rattles. There is a side with spinning letter blocks (A, B, C, D) and another side with spinning shapes. There is a side with musical instruments (shakers, drum, symbol) and a side with a spinning ladybug. The bottom is just blue with letters (not an exciting side). This toy is fun for my baby and is teaching her motor skills and cause and effect. I highly recommend it." —Christina

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping; non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two colors).

    5. A soft foam ball pit complete with 300 balls that'll basically pay for itself after you've used it for precious photoshoots with your posh tot. *Be still my heart.*

    The grey foam ball pit filled with balls
    What Makes Kids Happy / Etsy

    What Makes Kids Happy is a small biz based in Poland whose mission is make kids' rooms safe and fun.

    The ball pit is sewn in Poland, using certified high-quality Polish fabrics. The balls come from a domestic manufacturer that uses only nontoxic materials that are safe for children. PSA: Adults, please supervise your little ones in the ball pit at all times.

    Promising review: "Great Christmas gift for my two guys, both my 5 year old and my 6-month-old baby love it! Very good quality, delivered in the right time!" —Laurence Drapeau-Valois 

    Shipping Info: Ships 1-5 business days after ordering. 

    Get it from What Makes Kids Happy on Etsy for $112.52+ (available in two sizes).

    6. Fisher-Price kick and play piano that I can personally attest will keep any kiddo's attention for HOURS — whether they're kicking the light-up piano keys like a karate champ, playing with the toy arch, or rocking out to the music.

    a gif of a baby kicking the fisher price piano
    the fisher-price kick and play piano in pink
    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Promising review: "My daughter seriously loves this mat. First she was kicking the piano and lying down now she's 6 months and lives to sit up and play the piano. She smiles when the songs play and the songs will get stuck in your head. It has a nice variety of music that is not repetitive. She loves the hanging toys at first; she would try to grab at them, and now it's nice to remove them for her to play with. This toy is so versatile and brings so much joy each day; it's seriously a great deal. One of the best play gyms you'll buy. I had a pricey, less colorful play gym that got no love. Trust me your baby will live the colors and activity that this toy offers." —N. Ford

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping; non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $39.88 (available in two colors).

    7. And a cult status Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo because all that bouncing is guaranteed to get them tuckered out before bedtime. But let's be honest: This is ~actually~ a godsend for new parents, who can finally get stuff done around the house.

    Promising review: "I purchased this for my granddaughter. She is 6 months old and LOVES this. It is her favorite toy. She is what I refer to as a super bouncer... She bounces hard. LOL! To give a general idea of the strain, she puts on this toy; she is around the 95th percentile for her growth and puts all her force into the bounces. She has been bouncing away for two months now, and the toy shows no sign of loosening or breaking. The elastic straps are still very springy. The toys and lights keep her entertained. She was very pleased with herself the other day that she could finally reach one in particular to her mouth. All in all, very pleased with this product." —Adrienne L.

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping; non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in four styles).

    8. A pack of brightly colored stacking cups guaranteed to become any baby's fave open-ended toy. Just trust the 70,000+ 5-star (!!!) reviews and the many, many reviewers who have said "this is the best $4 I've spent on a toy."

    reviewer's photo showing the colorful cups stacked to form a tower
    reviewer's photo showing the colorful cups nested inside each other and held together with a star shaped holder

    Bonus: These have holes in the bottom for water play and come with a cute star ring to keep them together.

    Promising review: "Daycare said these were her favorite so I bought them when she was 6 months old. She is now a year and three months old, and this is still the first toy out in the morning, last toy put away at night. She has chewed on them, stacked them, knocked them over, smashed them together, nested them. They are the first toy she has helped pick up at night. These will be my go-to gift for the rest of whatever." —J. Jorgensen

    Promising review: "I got these as a shower gift and sort of ignored them until I was digging around looking for stuff for my 6-month-old to play with. He LOVES these things! I stack them, he knocks them over. He crawls around carrying one in his mouth to play with it in a different spot. He’s 9 months now and still obsessed. I got a second set to keep at my parents house so we’re never without them. Highly recommend!" —Bri

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $4.99.

    9. A Lamaze Peek-a-Boo Forest soft book because it'll keep little ones enthralled as they lifting the ~crinkly flaps~ to reveal colorful hidden animals. The best part? It'll hold up to teething babies chewing on it during story time.

    The forest book
    reviewer's photo of the pages

    Promising review: "Six-month-old loves this book. We've made it part of our night-time routine. He pretty quickly figured out how to grab the pieces that fold down to reveal the different animals. The flap pieces crinkle so attract attention and are fun for baby to chew on. Not that he knows or cares at the moment, but the words/story is simple but fun. Other similar-style cloth books seem to mostly just list single words on the pages of what they're depicting, but this one has cute rhyming questions about whose hiding behind the flap piece." —Sara Johnson

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping; non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in five styles).

    10. A magic cube to introduce kiddos to Mozart's classical music masterpieces. With a touch of a button they can play the harp, flute, French horn, piano, and violin instrument sounds from eight works by the musical maestro. They can also press the orchestra button to have them all play together.

    A model and child playing with the musical cube
    Amazon

    Promising Review: "This hands down is our 6-month-old son's favorite toy. I hate noisy toys. Lights, too, as they just scream cheap. This cube, however, is amazing. He plays with it for up to 15 minutes many times a day. I never get sick of the songs. Like another reviewer said, it's the perfect size for the baby to use as a counter balance while learning to sit up. Every baby/parent needs this toy. If they came out with another cube with new songs/instruments I would buy it in a heartbeat!" —Kevin

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping; non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    11. An easy-to-grasp bumpy ball boasting a combo of vibrant colors, bold patterns, textures, materials, and rattle sounds to provide a sensory experience that little ones will find oh-so-exciting.

    The bumpy ball
    reviewer's baby holding the toy

    Promising Review: “This toy has just come into its own at our house. After having it for about three months, my 6-month-old is now fascinated by its bumpy and rattly ways. It was great for staring at previously, but now he loves to bump it, toss it, and crawl after it. Easy to grip and light enough for little arms to toss, but weighty enough to not go too far or too fast, it's the perfect ball for babies. And older kids love to toss it too." —ezmerkat

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping; non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $9.07.

    12. snuggly koala that actually "breathes" and has a heartbeat sound to soothe little ones to sleep. Perfect for those looong, tiring nights when your arms ache from holding them against your chest.

    the koala
    baby sleeping with the koala
    Amazon

    Promising review: "If I could give this 10 stars, I would. The best purchase we have ever made!! I bought this for my son when he was 6 months old hoping it would help with calming him before bed time.... fast forward to today... he's now 1 and LOVES this thing. He looks for it when it's time for sleep and it instantly calms him and gets him ready for bed. He loves to snuggle with it and he even looks for it when he wakes. He learned how to turn it on himself and now puts himself back to sleep at night. If you want your child to sleep 12+ hours at night... BUY IT NOW!!!!!!" —Logan’s Mommy

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $21.68 (available in four styles).

    13. An oh-so-cute Smily Mia Penguin pacifier designed to mimic a boob that'll stay put on a baby's hand — so parents don't have to retrieve dropped pacis from the floor a gazillion times a day! 

    The purple penguin pacifier
    A baby sucking on the blue pacifier on their hand
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Well our son, who is now 6 months old, has never liked a pacifier. If you try to put a pacifier in his mouth he will spit it out or throw it. Yes we tried several different kinds but this little device is amazing. He absolutely loves this penguin. He doesn’t really use it as a pacifier but chews on it and will usually just hold it in his hand for hours at a time." —Neil Snyder

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    14. An InnyBin for a challenge that any curious tot will relish — to plunk chunky shapes through the elastic bands into the cube and then pull them back out (all while fine-tuning motor skills!)

    A child playing with the bin with elastic bands and colorful shapes
    Reviewer's child playing with the bin and shapes

    Promising review: "This is really enticing and well made. My 6-month-old grandson was intrigued right away as was his 3-year-old brother. The pieces that fit inside the cage are fairly hard, but light, and when they bump against each other inside the cage, the sound is enticing. It's easy enough to reach inside and grab a 'block' and pull it out, but there is enough challenge to make the toy more interesting. I thought maybe the cage would be too big for the infant but nope! he was able to grasp it with one hand and move it back and forth easily enough. it's a perfect size to sit between his legs when he gets old enough to sit up by himself." —drinking tea with mittens on

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $25.95.

    15. A rainbow abacus to add a little dose of cuteness to a toy shelf and help strengthen motor skills at playtime. Win-win.

    The rainbow abacus in a variety of colors
    Ev And Potique / Etsy

    Ev and Potique is a small biz based in Nelliston, New York, owned by a momma of three, that specializes in handmade baby and toddler items.

    To customize the colors, add your preferences in the personalization box before adding to cart.

    Promising review: "Wonderful craftsmanship! Love it so much. I bought this for my 6-month-old nieces for Christmas. They are twins. This is perfect. —Kelly Hall

    Shipping Info: Ships eight business days after ordering. Shipping fee of $12.60. 

    Get it from Ev and Potique on Etsy for $31+ (available in six color combos or in custom colors).

    16. A huggable Gund animated elephant stuffie that flaps its ears, sings, and plays peek-a-boo to make any baby coo, laugh, and gurgle with pleasure all day long.

    Promising review: "I seriously ordered three of these suckers in the past month for gifts — yes, I’m at that cute age where everyone around me is popping out babies. I got tired of giving the same boring baby gifts — how many monogrammed onesies does a kid need — so I started gifting this elephant. BEST NEWS? Every parent I’ve given it to absolutely loves it…and so do their babies! It’s great to use at the changing table to occupy a wiggly baby and I've witnessed the power of this toy transforming a terrifying screeching baby into a giggly little toot. I typically like to gift this toy around 4-6 months and have found that most babies enjoy it until age 18 months and beyond. The voice on the toy is tolerable and the volume level is just right. The material is good quality and feels silky soft. Comes with the batteries already installed so no need to add those to your cart, too! Great price, great gift!" —Caitlin S Bella

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $38.70 (available in six styles).

    17. A set of safe-to-chew-on pastel silicone stacking blocks to encourage shape and number recognition in little ones. These will make any playroom look Pinterest-worthy.

    reviewer's baby playing with the stacked pastel blocks
    The pastel blocks inside the packaging

    Promising review: "Bought these cute soft chewable blocks for my granddaughter. She loves them! At 6 months old, she likes to feel things and of course, put things in her mouth. Teething is an issue at this age, so it feels good against her gums. They are very easy to keep clean. She can learn from them also when she gets a little older. Numbers, shapes, letters. They come in a cute sturdy box as a bonus!" —Sunnybrook

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $19.99.

    18. An ultra plush personalized name minky blanket perfect for pictures *and* naptime snuggles.

    The personalized name blankets in seven different colors
    Sugar House Swaddles / Etsy

    Sugar House Swaddles is a small biz based in Salt Lake, Utah that specializes in personalized baby blankets, muslin swaddles, and more.

    You can personalize the name and font. Just add your notes in the personalization box or comment section when placing your order.

    Promising review: "I’ve ordered several blankets as baby gifts and loved all of them. Super soft, great colors, and I love getting the small one because it’s perfect for the car seat/diaper bag!" —cassidyriden

    Shipping Info: Ships 7 business days after ordering. Shipping fee of $4.90. 

    Get it from Sugar House Swaddles on Etsy for $19.25+ (available in 49 colors and in two sizes).

    19. The Dimpl aka a portable sensory toy designed for babies and toddlers. It simply has five vibrant silicone bubbles — yet if the 15,000 5-star (!!!) reviews are to be believed it'll hold your munchkin's attention for a while.

    A child holding the fidget toy
    Reviewer's video showing the popping toy in action

    Promising review: "One of our daughter's favorites. This has been on my wishlist for a long time and I'm glad I finally got it for my baby girl. She can hold onto it easily and really likes to look at it and I am sure she will figure out how to 'pop' the bubbles backwards and forwards on purpose soon, though right now it happens just on accident. It keeps her entertained for minutes at a time, which for a 6-month old is a lot...lol. I have pulled and pushed the silicone 'bubbles' to test out this Dimpl for both  and durability and am confident with it as my daughter plays." —A Beut

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in two styles).