Toys that allow babies who are 7 months old to strengthen their fine motor skills while also encouraging them to explore the world around them are the best toys for this age group. Toys that are soft, teether toys, toys that promote sensory development, stacking rings, and rattles are among the most popular.
By the time they are 7 months old, babies have mastered the developmental milestones that they achieved the month before, such as sitting up on their own and reaching for toys. 1 Even though every infant develops at their own unique rate, it’s safe to say that babies of this age are much busier than they were earlier. If you want your child to continue developing new milestones or you just want to have some good old-fashioned fun with them, now is a great time to introduce your child to some fun new toys.
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The Fisher Price Rock-a-Stack and Baby’s First Blocks Bundle is a set that comes with two different toys, stacking rings and a shape sorter, all at an affordable price. If you want to splurge, we suggest the Lily & River Little Climber.
When looking for toys that are appropriate for 7-month-olds, keep in mind that these babies enjoy discovering their world through their mouths, which means that any toy with small parts poses a risk of suffocation. When conducting our product reviews, we gave careful consideration to aspects such as the ease of cleaning, the developmental milestones, the value, and the design of the toys.
TOYS FOR 7–8-MONTH-OLDS
- Best Development Toy for 7- and 8-Month-Olds : VTech Wiggle and Crawl Ball
- Best Stacking Cups for 7- and 8-Year-Olds : Green Toys Stacking Cups
- Best Sensory Toy for 7- and 8-Month-Olds : Fat Brain Toys Tobbles Neo
- Best Blocks for 7- and 8-Month-Olds : Fisher-Price Baby’s First Blocks
- Best Learning Toy for 7- and 8-Month-Olds : LeapFrog Scout’s Learning Lights Remote Deluxe
- Best Truck Toy for 7- and 8-Month-Olds : VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck
- Best Music Toy for 7- and 8-Month-Olds : Baby Einstein Discovering Music Activity Table
Your 7- or 8-month-old, who might be beginning to crawl, is all about exploring. “Babies this age are curious about the world them,” says Sarah Lytle, Ph.D., director of Outreach and Education division at the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington. The best toys for this age group will encourage that — in a safe way, of course.
What to consider when buying toys for a 7- or 8-month-old
Before you purchase toys for a 7- or 8-month-old, take these factors into consideration:
- Reciprocal play. Games where you take turns, like rolling a ball back and forth are excellent, says Lori Caplan-Colon, a leading speech language pathologist and founder of Montclair Speech Therapy. “These are similar to language where you say something then I say something, etc.,” she says.
- Push/pull toys. At this stage, babies are continuing to develop large and fine motor skills, learning cause and effect and exploring what happens when they do things in the world, Dr. Lytle.
- Adaptability. Your baby goes through many different stages of development, which is why it’s important to choose toys that your baby won’t get bored with after only playing with it for a brief period of time, advises Steven Abelowitz, M.D., F.A.A.P., regional medical director of Coastal Kids Pediatrics.
- Age-appropriateness. At this stage, your little one loves to play with toys that she can chew on, hold and generally help her work on her hand-eye coordination. Mirrors, books, balls and other simple toys that can be used in lots of ways are also winners, as are toys that make sounds (with things like rattles as bells), so long as they’re not choking hazards.
- Safety. If you haven’t thoroughly baby-proofed yet, now is the time to do it, because if your little one isn’t crawling yet, she will be soon. You’ll want to take the same precautions when selecting toys as you did when baby was even younger: no loose or small parts that could pose a choking hazard.
How we picked the best toys for 7- and 8-month-olds
We asked the experts mentioned above (a pediatrician, speech therapist and children’s development researcher) what to consider when shopping for toys for 7- and 8-month olds, plus any of their favorites. We also scoured the What to Expect community of millions of moms for what toys their little ones actually loved playing with and learning from. Finally, we paid close attention to online product reviews to make sure these toys were great picks for babies and their parents.
Below, check out the best toys for 7- and 8-month olds.
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Best Development Toy for 7- and 8-Month-Olds
VTech Wiggle and Crawl Ball
Bed Bath & Beyond$19
Pros: Allows for lots of different sensory experiences
Cons: Requires batteries
Why We Love It
“What is great about this ball is the different textures that allow the baby to feel different sensory experiences,” says Caplan-Colon. In addition to playing a variety of songs and lights, the ball wiggles and wobbles on its own, giving your baby something to chase after as she’s starting to crawl. You can also roll the ball back and forth with baby for that all-important reciprocal play.
“They can begin to develop an understanding that different words result in different actions such as, ‘ready set,’ ‘bounce ball,’ ‘roll ball,’ ‘throw,’” says Caplan-Colon.
Weight: 1.4 pounds
Dimensions: 6.46 x 6.46 x 6.97 inches
“We got our son the VTech Wiggle and Crawl Ball to promote some crawling action.”
Best Stacking Cups for 7- and 8-Year-Olds
Green Toys Stacking Cups
Pros: Made from 100 percent recycled plastic milk containers
Cons: Some say they’re challenging to stack in a tower shape
Why We Love It
Nesting cups are a favorite toy of Dr. Lytle. “They are an open-ended toy, meaning there’s more than one way for a child to play with them,” she explains. Babies can stack them, build a tower with them then knock them down to start over again, nestle them together and put a smaller toy or ball inside one to take it out again, she says.
This set of six cups is labeled with numbers and is volumetrically accurate (so the number six cup is exactly six times bigger than the number one cup). These are made of 100 percent recycled plastic milk containers, meet the FDA food contact standards and are dishwasher safe.
Weight: 6.3 ounces
Dimensions: 5.75 x 5 x 8.25 inches
Best Sensory Toy for 7- and 8-Month-Olds
Fat Brain Toys Tobbles Neo
Bed Bath & Beyond$29
Pros: Helps build hand eye coordination, thoughtful design
Cons: Some say their babies became bored quickly while playing with this
Why We Love It
“Seven to 8-month-olds are beginning to explore, and that includes banging things together and transfering items from one hand to the other,” says Caplan-Colon. This unique stacking toy is perfect for both of those activities … and then some.
The pieces look like a cracked open egg shell, yet are weighted so they can perfectly balance just about any way your little one wants to play with them. She can build a tower to topple, spin or watch them wobble. The soft texture feels inviting in baby’s hand and encourages exploration. The Tobbles are made of safe-for-baby ABS plastic.
Weight: 1.5 pounds
Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.1 x 11 inches
“[This toy has] been a knockout and keep[s] him entertained much longer than others.”
Best Blocks for 7- and 8-Month-Olds
Fisher-Price Baby’s First Blocks
Pros: Comes with an interactive storage bucket, easy to clean, not too many pieces to keep track of
Cons: Some say the bucket lid comes off too easy
Why We Love It
At this age, your little one probably won’t be able to construct a huge tower of blocks or sort shapes on her own — but she’ll learn a lot just by holding them and watching you stack them up. These blocks from Fisher-Price are a parent-approved pick for lots of reasons. Their bright colors and varying shapes help make playtime more engaging, since you can narrate what color and shape each block possesses to help develop your child’s language skills. They also come with a bucket and lid that’s specially designed for the blocks to be dropped in them, helping your 7- or 8-month-old learn shapes and exercise her hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills. (The bucket also makes it easy to tote the blocks to Grandma’s house!) Plus, parents say these blocks are super easy to clean.
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.3 x 5.5 inches
“My daughter LOVES the Baby’s First Blocks. She will play with the little bucket for 15-20 minutes straight. It’s so simple.”
Best Learning Toy for 7- and 8-Month-Olds
LeapFrog Scout’s Learning Lights Remote Deluxe
Bed Bath & Beyond$15
Pros: Durable, lots of different functions in one small toy
Cons: Some wish there were more volume options
Why We Love It
Have some quality caregiver-child interaction time using this pretend remote, which helps introduce your baby to numbers, shapes and first words with bright colors lights. The best learning happens when you speak, sing and interact with your little one, but this remote can help supplement playtime.
When baby presses the music button, she’ll hear a counting song, a numbers song or fun tunes (there are 65 songs total). Plus, it’s small and light enough to take in your diaper bag. It comes in pink, too!
Weight: 0.41 pounds
Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.6 x 3.1 inches
Best Truck Toy for 7- and 8-Month-Olds
VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck
Pros: Durable, helps teach cause and effect
Why We Love It
“Rolling a ball back and forth between you and your baby mimics how we take turns in language interactions,” says Dr. Lytle. You and your little one can have a literal ball playing with this dump truck pit that’s filled with three colorful balls.
In addition to rolling them, you can have baby pass the ball from hand to hand or chase one as encouragement to crawl. As for the truck, she can make the balls pop or place them in and out of the back. It also plays 30-plus songs, melodies and phrases, but she’ll be having so much fun, she might not even notice that feature.
Weight: 1.3 pounds
Dimensions: 5.43 x 10 x 7.5 inches
“Currently one of our favorite toys in the home is the VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck. My twins got one as a gift for their first birthday last month. Two different people each gifted one of them, so they are each able to have their own. The people who gifted it said they did because their kids enjoyed playing with it a lot. I love it because my twins actually play with it the way it’s meant to be played with.”
Best Music Toy for 7- and 8-Month-Olds
Baby Einstein Discovering Music Activity Table
Bed Bath & Beyond$46
Pros: Can be used as a floor or standing toy
Cons: Some say the pictures on the buttons rubbed off over time
Why We Love It
This is the perfect age to introduce an activity table. If baby’s trying to stand or is able to stand while holding onto something, go ahead and use it with the legs on. If she’s not quite there yet, take them off and let your little one play with it as a floor table.
It has a host of activities for your baby to discover: piano keys to tap to hear music, a guitar to strum, a drum to beat and a French horn to spin. A highlight for baby is the music book in the center with pages she can flip. When she does, she’s rewarded with melodies and twinkling lights.
Just remember that as always, this toy shouldn’t replace the time that caregivers interact with their little ones one-on-one, but rather, add to it.
Weight: 5.6 pounds
Dimensions: 15 x 16.5 x 16.5 inches
Best Classic Toy for 7- and 8-Month-Olds
Edushape Sensory Ball
Bed Bath & Beyond$22
Pros: Washable, helps little ones build coordination
Cons: Some say they don’t stay inflated well
Why We Love It
One of the reasons balls make such great toys is that there are a multitude of ways you and your baby can play with them, says Dr. Lytle.
In addition to rolling and passing one back and forth, you can make a 7- or 8-month-old baby happy by giving her a box she can place the balls in (and take them out of). These balls have soft sensory spikes that make them easier for your little one to pick up and try to throw. Plus, they’re washable, won’t crush easily and come with a non-removable inflation/deflation receptacle.
Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 4 inches
“My coworkers gave me these balls and I just started using them. [My little one] is pretty into them.”
Best Travel Toy for 7- and 8-Month-Olds
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy
Bed Bath & Beyond$10
Pros: Small size, volume control, easy to wipe down
Cons: Needs batteries
Why We Love It
This Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes is a great pick to have on hand. The 10 gentle melodies that the toy plays will help captivate your child while helping her work on grasping skills. Plus, its small size and light weight means it can be tossed into your diaper bag for when you’re on-the-go. The toy also has soft lights that accompany the music. You can narrate what colors the light shows, or sing along to the music to your little one.
Dimensions: 5.13 x 1.08 x 5.13 inches
Weight: 0.35 pounds
“I bought a baby Einstein take along tunes the other day and he loves it. He loves watching the colors flash. He will smile and laugh so much with it.”
Best Interactive Toy for 7- and 8-Month-Olds
Little Tikes Activity Garden Playhouse
Pros: Lots of bells and whistles to entertain your baby, has a removable panel for on-the-go play
Cons: Assembly and batteries required, expensive, takes up a lot of space
Why We Love It
This Little Tikes Activity Garden Playhouse contains approximately a million toys in one product. It converts from a closed play center to a longer, open space. It has a door, windows and mailbox that opens and closes, along with a movable telescope that little ones can actually look out of. One panel (which is adorned with a mirror spinner, bead tumble, clicking bugs and more) can be removed for take-along play, or to sit in your baby’s lap and play horizontally. Your little one can interact with different features at different stages, making it an investment that will truly grow with your child.
Dimensions (open): 48.4 x 28 x 24.7 inches
Dimensions (closed with all four walls together): 32.7 x 28 x 24.7 inches
Weight: 15.9 pounds
“[My little one] has a Little Tikes Activity Garden — she loves opening and closing the doors, and sitting in there throwing her balls and bunny around, peekaboo through the window.”
Best Activity Cube for 7- and 8-Month-Olds
B. Toys Activity Cube
Pros: Lots of educational and entertaining features in one toy, lasts for years
Cons: Bigger size may make storage more difficult, expensive
Why We Love It
This sturdy, wooden activity cube is another toy guaranteed to provide hours of learning and fun for your 7- or 8-month-old. Peekaboo doors labeled with animals and spinnable tiles labeled with the alphabet to help your little one learn while practicing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. A squiggly track with colorful beads on the top and other movable features will be a hit with your child, too. What’s more, reviewers love that it helps little ones practice standing and getting their balance. Plus, the corners are rounded out to help prevent any accidents.
Note that while it’s recommended for kids age 12 months and up, several parents in the What to Expect community report that their little ones still enjoy playing with the toy in other ways. (“We have the Zany Zoo cube and my 6-month-old loves batting the beads around,” reports one parent.)
Dimensions: 18 x 14 x 14 inches
Weight: 14.9 pounds
“My son loves the Zany Zoo.”
Best Bath Toy for 7- and 8-Month-Olds
Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles Bath Toy
Pros: Also work as a dry toy, more affordable than other products
Cons: Some reviewers say their kids lost interest over time
Why We Love It
These adorable floating balls are a great addition to bathtime. Your baby will work on her hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as she grabs and splashes with the toys, which feature adorable animals and shapes that rattle and shake. Plus, she can learn cause and effect as she watches the balls float away in the water. Parents also like that each ball has no holes, helping to prevent water from entertaining and mold from forming.
Weight: 4.9 ounces
Dimensions: 3.5 x 3.25 x 2.5 inches
Best Teething Toy for 7- and 8-Month-Olds
Sophie la Girafe
Pros: Easy to wash, adorable
Cons: More expensive than other teething toys
Why We Love It
Sophie the Giraffe has a cult following for a reason. “[It’s] easy to chew on for teething babies, makes noise when squeezed, rubbery and soft to the touch,” says Dr. Abelowitz. “All of which are great for sensory development for babies.”
Babies love chewing and holding on to this soft, natural rubber teething toy, and parents love that it’s BPA-free, phthalate-free and easy to wash. This toy giraffe’s long legs and neck make it easy for little hands to hold, and each box comes with a special QR code to authenticate your own Sophie.
Weight: 2.4 ounces
Dimensions: 3.5 x 1.2 x 7 inches
Best Toys For 7 Month-Old Development
The best toys for 7-month-old babies are ones that encourage them to explore the world around them while strengthening their fine motor skills. Some of the most popular include rattles, soft toys, teether toys, sensory toys, and stacking rings.
Here are the best toys for 7-month-olds on the market.
Our Top Picks
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Fisher Price Rock-a-Stack and Baby’s First Blocks Bundle
The Fisher Price Rock-a-Stack and Baby’s First Blocks Bundle ranks high on our list because it comes with two toys that can be used for years of fun. With this bundle, babies get two classic toys that are safe for little ones between 6 months and 3 years old. It includes a stacking tower that features five plastic rings as well as a shape sorter with 10 blocks in various colors and shapes.
Both of these toys are great for helping kids work on motor skills, further their cognitive development, and get familiar with colors, shapes, and cause and effect.
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Toy
Courtesy of Walmart
Babies love this little portable music player, which features seven classical melodies, bright colors, and fun lights. It’s made for babies as young as 3 months old and designed so that it’s easy for little hands to grab and tap on.
The toy also features little beads along the side for sensory play and some extra fun.
Lucy Darling Toy Teethers
Courtesy of Lucy Darling
Made from BPA-free silicone, these teethers feature fun colors and shapes. The two-pack includes an elephant that offers different curves to help the baby reach different areas of its mouth, as well as a raised texture for massaging sore gums. The binocular teether is larger and also serves as a fun toy with little beads to play with.
Both teethers are safe for babies of all ages and are handwash only.
Manhattan Toy Cactus Garden
These soft cacti are safe for babies from birth to 4 years old and feature magnets for fun stacking. It comes with three groups of three stackers which can be mixed and matched into various combinations. The stackers are made from soft fabrics, high-quality embroidery, and each range from 4 to 6 inches in height when stacked.
Bright Starts Oball
This Oball is wonderful for babies of all ages and toddlers up to 3 years old. It’s designed to be easy for little hands to grab onto and features three little rattles to add some shaking fun. What makes it even better is that it’s free of lights and noises and allows for various types of play.
Sassy Tummy Time Floor Mirror
Courtesy of Amazon
Tummy time will be a lot more fun with this floor mirror that features a soft, plush frame and black and white patterns, which are great for developing eyes. Built to stand on its own, the mirror includes two attachments, one flower, and one bumblebee, adding pops of color and different textures for even more fun.
Infantino Pat and Play Water Mat
Courtesy of Infantino
Babies as young as 3 months old can enjoy this cute sensory mat. Just fill it with water and let your little one pat it and move the little toy animals inside around. This toy lays flat, so it can be used on the floor, a table, and is especially great for high chairs.
Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether
Courtesy of Amazon
This toy is a classic because its unique design is perfect for developing babies as young as three months old. It features wooden beads in various colors that are strung together with rods and elastic string. Babies can grab onto it, twist it this way and that, and safely chew on it.
One important note—this toy needs to be spot cleaned, as submerging it in water can damage the wooden beads.
Evergreen Baby Wood & Silicone Rattle
Courtesy of Evergreen
This little rattle is made from wood and features BPA-free silicone beads that are great for massaging sore gums. Babies can enjoy some sensory play with this rattle, too, thanks to the grained wood and smooth feel of the beads.
This rattle is made from high-quality materials, is durable, and needs to be hand-washed.
Lily & River Little Climber
Courtesy of Lily & River
Babies as young as 6 months old can use this climbing tower to strengthen their gross motor skills, use it as support when pulling up, and do some fun exploring with adult supervision, of course. It’s made from bamboo wood so it’s durable enough to last for years.
As your baby gets older, you can invest in accessories, too, like a slide and rock climber to pump up the fun.
Skip Hop Explore & More Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Center
Courtesy of Amazon
This activity center is designed for babies as young as 4 months old and has three different stages—sit, swivel, and bounce and play—so it grows with the baby as they develop and master new skills. Each stage offers fun features that are designed specifically to aid in babies’ development.
Since the activity center is made to grow with your baby, they can play with it well into their toddler years so it is a worthwhile investment.
Melissa & Doug Seaside Sidekicks Squirters Water Toys
Melissa & Doug
With this pack, you get four squirt bath toys shaped like different underwater animals including a turtle, octopus, crab, and fish. These toys are able to squirt water with a little squeeze making them ideal for babies mastering their raking grasp, The lightweight plastic allows the toys to float so they can be played with in multiple ways.
Each squirt toy is made from safe, high-quality materials, is shaped to fit little hands, and is safe for babies as young as 6 months old.
Miniland Sensory Balls
Courtesy of Miniland
Sensory play is the best because babies genuinely enjoy it and it’s great for their development. This sensory set comes with six balls, each with its own shape, color, and texture. They are made from natural rubber, which is soft, safe for babies to put in their mouths, and easy to grip.
What’s really great about this toy set is that as they continue to grow and develop, kids can find new ways to play with them beyond sensory exploration.
Sassy Discover the Senses Gift Set
Each of the toys in this four-piece set is perfect for babies from birth up to 3 years old. It comes with a ring of hoops in varying colors and textures, a butterfly teething ring, a bumpy ball, and a “fishy fascination station.”
The toys offer babies multiple ways to play and explore with their hands and mouths. Seriously, you can’t go wrong with this set.
HABA Rainbow Ring Wooden Clutching Toy
Perfect for babies who are working on their grasps, this wooden toy is specifically designed for small hands to grab hold of. It’s safe for little ones 6 months old and up and features several brightly colored blocks that are held together with elastic bands, allowing kids to twist and turn the toy to create different shapes and move their hands in new ways.
This toy is made from beech wood and is safe for babies to chew on.
Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle & Sensory Teether Toy
Courtesy of Amazon
The Winkel should be a staple in a home with babies because it offers so many ways to play and can be enjoyed from birth and beyond. It features several little plastic loops that attach to a cinder block that rattles when it’s shaken.
It’s great for babies learning to grasp, shake, and/or are working on hand-eye coordination. As a plus, it also works great as a teether and can even be put in the freezer to make it extra soothing.
Litand Soft Stacking Blocks
Babies as young as 6 months old can safely play with these soft stacking blocks. The set comes with 12 blocks that feature different colors, shapes, designs, and textures, so they’re ideal for play as well as for exploration.
They’re made from soft, durable silicone that babies can squeeze (and squeak), shake, and chew on. These blocks are BPA-free, non-toxic, and can be enjoyed well into the toddler and preschool years.
Mushie Stacking Rings Toy
Courtesy of Mushie
This stacking toy comes with seven rings and a round topper that are made from soft, squeezable BPA and PVC-free plastic. Each ring is a different size and color, allowing for exploration.
This classic toy is simple and safe for babies of all ages.
Skip Hop Explore & More 3-Stage Follow-Me Bee
This cute little bee offers three stages of play and is safe for babies starting at 5 months old. Each stage encourages sensory play, motor skill development, and general exploration. The toy lights up, makes sounds, and ultimately encourages babies to start crawling by rolling around for them to chase.
It also features beads to play with (and chew on), moving parts, and a sensor to help it avoid obstacles when it’s buzzing around on the floor.
Any toy from this list would be a great pick for a 7-month-old, but the Baby Einstein Take Along Songs (view at Amazon) toy ranks highest for us for its portability, functions, and age appropriateness.
What to Look for in Toys for 7-Month-Olds
Safety should be a key consideration when purchasing toys for kids of any age, but it’s especially important for a baby since they don’t know their limits, don’t have full control of their bodies, and aren’t able to communicate beyond crying if something is wrong. When shopping for toys for 7-month-olds, keep in mind that they love to explore using their mouths, which means any small part poses a choking risk.
Additionally, while many babies can roll over by this age, there may still be a risk of suffocation. In general, toys for babies should have smooth edges, be free of small parts that can come loose or pinch little fingers, and be made from nontoxic material that’s safe to chew on.
During the first year of life, babies develop at incredible rates and are working on mastering multiple milestones simultaneously. While every baby develops at their own pace, toys offer a fun way to practice and strengthen skills. Some common milestones for 7-month-olds include:
- Transfers objects from hand to hand:2 The Oball (view on Amazon) is a great toy for this milestone.
- Uses raking grasp: This is when a baby grabs an object using their whole hand, often holding or shaking it once they’ve successfully grasped it. The Manhattan Toys Winkel (view on Amazon) is designed for grabbing, holding, and shaking.
- Explores with hands and mouth: Babies use their mouths to explore different textures and shapes, and they might start teething at around 6 months old, so the Lucy Darling Toy Teethers (view on Anthropologie) are a perfect choice for this age.
Types of Play
While a toy that flashes lights or plays music may grab a baby’s attention, there are a lot of other ways for a baby to engage and play with their toys. Any toy that allows the baby to explore in some way is a great pick for a 7-month-old.
“Seven-month-olds learn best by actively engaging with and watching others,” says pediatrician Whitney Casares, MD, MPH. She suggests caregivers “spend time reading [the baby] simple picture books with one to two words [per page] to develop their communication and social skills, allow them to explore their physical environments by offering plenty of time for floor play with soft toys, and give them opportunities to practice their fine motor skills by providing chew toys they can pick up and manipulate themselves.”
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