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    21 Toys And Gifts That'll Hold A 9-Month-Old's Attention

    Because 9-month-olds aren't easy to impress.

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    1. A vibrant stacking toy with a ~spin~ — literally! Is it splurgy? Yes. Will it keep little ones mesmerized as they drop the discs onto the threaded corkscrew pole and watch them spiral down? Absolutely.

    Child playing with colorful ring toy
    small toddler playing with spinning stackable toy
    Amazon, Amazon

    Promising review: "Very cool toy. I like the new twist on old toy. Bought for our 9- month-old daughter. Her older siblings think it's cool too, ages 3, 5, 7. She can't stack it yet but likes watching it spin, holding the gears, and using the pole. This is her favorite part at this stage" —AllisonP

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    2. A sophisticated wooden xylophone with lights that plays real tunes (aka not annoying) when mini Mozarts tap on the intuitive keys. Especially great for encouraging development of fine motor skills.

    A child playing with the wooden xylophone
    The wooden xylophone
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Wow!!! I absolutely love this xylophone! My almost 9-month-old daughter truly enjoys the music and the lights! Such an amazing price for such an engaging and quality learning toy! My special needs child truly enjoys it as well. I honestly am so tempted to purchase a couple more to put away for later and for gifting! I highly recommend this xylophone!" —Kindle Customer

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $23.27.

    3. A 3-in-1 tent, tunnel and ball pit to transform any home into an ~exciting play zone,~ where little ones can crawl, explore and fling balls (don't ask!) for hours on end, while the grownups kick back with a glass of wine.

    product image of all the components
    reviewer photo of tent, tunnel, and ballpit in family room

    Promising review: "I got this for my 9-month-old for Christmas. He was a little scared of it at first until I got in it with him. Now he loves it!! I’m so glad I bought it. Even my older kids (10 and 8) like to play in it with the baby. So easy to assemble! The ball pit and tunnel fold away quickly as well. I have not tried to put away the rocket ship yet." —Tabitha G

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99 (available in two shapes).

    4. A VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker because it'll help little ones transition from their wobbly first steps to zooming across the living room gleefully. Plus, I can personally attest they'll play ~nonstop~  with the barn door, phone, and piano keys on the front.

    a baby plating with the sit to stand toy
    reviewer's photo of the walker

    Promising review: "A must purchase! My son learned to pull up and walk with this contraption. He is 3 years old and still requests to walk around our neighborhood with it. He loves it!!! My 9-month-old daughter is pulling up on this thing as well and is about to start pushing it to walk. She loves using the phone and opening and closing the barn door. This whole product is just such a well-thought-through thing. Thank you to the team that created it! It really works and has been recommended by my sister, whose two boys learned to walk with it. It’s a hit. We love it! Highly recommended!!!!!" —Meet The Jacksons

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in four colors)

    5. Or a handcrafted wooden lawnmower push toy with brightly colored balls that tumble in a sturdy wooden cage when spirited little walkers push it along — whether pretending to vacuum indoors or mow outside.

    small toddler pushing the lawnmower toy
    reviewer photo of lawnmower propped up in a corner
    Heirloom Kids / Etsy

    This durable rolling tumbler is made with nontoxic paints and oils.

    Heirloom Kids is a small biz based in West Point, Georgia that specializes in handcrafted wooden toys for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

    Promising review: "This is the PERFECT little gift for the newest little one, as she is learning to walk! LOVE IT!" —Sharon Douglas

    Shipping Info: Ships 8-12 business days after ordering.

    Get it from Heirloom Kids on Etsy for $49.

    6. A Fisher Price 4-in-1 robot boasting 120+ songs, sounds, and phrases to teach little ones their ABCs, counting, and colors. The best part? It'll grow with them from infant to toddler to preschooler stages. 

    The robot
    reviewer's photo of the robot

    Promising review: "I love that this toy came with batteries already installed! My 8-month-old is learning to crawl and sit up. She LOVES this robot. She’s so entertained by the lights and enjoys the songs. Not much to it, but it’s enough to be her favorite toy. I think it was well worth it!" —Amazon Customer

    Promising review: "It's a hit in my house. My boys (9-month-old and 2-year-old) absolutely love this toy. It's nice and sturdy." —Freedom35

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    7. And a classic Fisher Price shape sorting bucket that'll challenge their dexterity and problem-solving skills as they dunk the vibrant blocks through the matching slots in the bucket lid. It has 23,000 5-star (!!!) reviews for a reason.

    The bucket and shapes
    A baby playing with the shape sorting bucket
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this for my daughter and it became a favorite toy ... in the 1980s! Now I bought it for her 9-month-old daughter. She loves playing with the shapes and enjoys dropping them in the basket without the cover (too challenging for right now). But it will eventually be added, as she grows into it and continues using it. Perfect for developing fine motor skills!" —Bookworm

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    8. A Leap Frog alphabet spin toy because little ones will become obsessed with spinning the wheel, watching it light up, and hearing it play the ABCs, animal names, and sounds.

    The alphabet spin toy
    reviewer's photo of their baby playing with the toy

    Promising review: "My baby absolutely loves it. She is 9 months old and after a week, she would sit and spin the wheel for several minutes at a time during the day. We had to take a break from it when my partner and I started absentmindedly singing the songs." —SBMc

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in two colors).

    9. And a LeapFrog 100 Words Book that'll interact with budding scholars and help build their vocabulary in English and Spanish.

    reviewer's photo of the 100 Words Book for kids
    reviewer's gif demonstrating how the book works

    Promising review: "Adorable and smart little book! My 9-month-old immediately fell in love with this book. She quickly learned to turn the pages and touch the pictures. The touch pictures with audio is an amazing feature!." —Robin B

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $10.49 (available in seven styles). 

    10. A cult fave Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? board book because you'll read it over and over again until you have it memorized. Trust me, it brings an exponential amount of joy to babies.

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? board book
    Henry Holt & Company

    Get it from Amazon for $4.55 or from Bookshop for $8.36 to support local bookstores. 

    Amazon Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Bookshop Shipping Info: The last days to place an order to receive it in time for the holidays are: Hanukkah: Dec. 4 (standard); Dec. 9 (expedited) Christmas and Kwanzaa: Dec. 11 (standard); Dec. 18 (expedited).

    11. 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 melodies 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: "A wonderful musical toy. This is one of my 9-month-old grandson's favorite toys. At first I had to push the panels but he can now do it himself. I love how you can have all the instruments playing or select just one or two. There is a nice selection of music and my grandson rocks back and forth when it plays. He has dropped it and it is very durable. He watches the lights flash as the instrument plays. I highly recommend." —M.A.

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-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.

    12. 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: "Ordered this ball pit at the beginning of December, completely expecting it would take a while to come in. To my surprise, it arrived on New Year’s Day. My 7-month-old loves playing in the ball pit, and it’s a huge hit for play dates with his 9-month-old cousin. The foam is soft and durable. The balls are the perfect size for my son to hold in his hands and the colors are very vibrant. —Kirsti Regan 

    Shipping Info: Ships 1–5 business days after ordering. Shipping fee of $51.53. 

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

    13. 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: "Best toy ever. We gave this to my 9-month-old granddaughter, and it quickly became her best friend. She was and still is enthralled by the moving ears and is learning to clap to the musical tune. She even giggles every time the elephant does. The toy is very soft and is a good size. Quality and fun!" —Sari

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-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).

    14. 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: "Best toy I've bought — and so inexpensive! My 9-month-old has been playing with these for the past month and a half since receiving them and loving it. She enjoys banging them together or just flipping them around. We can stack them for her and she loves knocking the tower over. I love that there are elements targeted for as she gets older (each cup is numbered from smallest to largest and has the same number of shaped holes in the bottom). They seem so basic, but truly — that's the beauty of them. I can see her playing with, using these, and learning from these for years to come. Baby gifts I give from this day forward will contain a set of these cups." —Staynegative

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-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.

    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, NY, 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: "These are so cute and well made! The beads are so soft and easy for tiny fingers to play with." —Lindsay Ault

    Shipping Info: Ships 8 business days after ordering. 

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

    16. 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 ordered this toy for our son after seeing multiple videos about it on Instagram. We do not regret it at all! Although our 9-month-old was a little nervous about playing with it at first, he soon realized how much fun it was. Now he chases it both crawling on the floor and in his walker (where he has the tactical advantage). Definitely recommend as a gift for the baby in your life." —Krissa

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-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).

    17. 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: "My 9-month-old baby girl loves it and now she wants to bathe every day with his new toy. I’m impressed with the suction power and the sensors work really great." —Omark Reyes

    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 2-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).

    18. A VTech activity cube perfect for teeny hands 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: "I got this when my baby was almost 9 months old. When he began to crawl and started sitting up, he really began to like this cube. Now he is 9 months plus and this is his favorite toy. I think it's the only toy that keeps him busy for a while. My baby hasn't learned how to use the musical instruments to play sounds but nonetheless he touches them randomly and the music keeps playing. Same goes for the shape buttons with animals. What he loves the most about the cube right now are the spinners and the alphabets that spin too. He also enjoys rolling the cube, banging on it, and using it to stand on his feet. I think the cube is a winner, and I'm very glad that I purchased it." —Tabby

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $18.88+ (available in two colors).

    19. A machine-washable Tiny Twinkle rainbow apron bib with possibly the cutest ruffles to make messy eating fashionable.

    The apron bib with rainbows on it
    A child wearing the apron bib and coloring
    Amazon

    Tiny Twinkle is a small biz based in Phoenix, Arizona that prides itself on creating high quality, safe products for babies, children and parents. 

    Promising review: "I was given a few apron style bibs as a baby shower gift and was excited for those, but found that they were difficult to clean and stained easily. Plus, they were too large at the neck. This bib is amazing. I purchased this as a back up and am so impressed with it. It cleans easily by just rinsing it off. The ruffle shoulders add an unexpected flair and a bit of coverage against food. The print is adorable and I am excited to try more by Tiny Twinkle!" —Trixie L

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-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 (available in sizes 6 months-4 years and in 27 styles).

    20. 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 Pinterestworthy.

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

    Promising review: "This is the first review I’ve ever written. Watching my nephew enjoy these blocks has been too much fun to not share. He was about 9-months-old when I gifted them and the blocks have quickly become his (and his parents’) favorite toy to have nearby. The tactile quality, teething friendly factor, and stackable shapes are great for early development explorations. And I can’t wait to see how the set grows with him when shapes, animals, and numbers become meaningful to the next stages of his development. An excellent, modest investment for the enjoyment that comes from this simple blocks set." —