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28 Best Toys for 6-Month-Olds in 2020

Updated 13 May 2020

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When a baby reaches 6-months-old we begin to see their unique personalities shine through, showing signs of what he or she likes and doesn’t like. At this age, brain development is crucial as they start to recognize numbers, letters, and sounds. So which toys best foster that development while allowing them to explore their personality and individuality?

Using real parent’s reviews and recommendations we’ve highlighted our best picks for babies of six months. We’ve analyzed each one for signs of review manipulation to make sure we only recommend the best toys for any 6-month-old.

1Itsy Bitsy Spider Finger Puppet Board Book

The classic nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” has been transformed into a stimulating and exciting finger puppet board book. This book allows you to read the traditional rhyme while bringing to life the cute (and soft) spider character. Your 6-month-old will light up with excitement as they learn the words to the popular song.

What we love

  • The soft velvet spider offers tactile stimulation
  • Cute illustrations

We dont like this as much

  • Book is smaller than we thought it would be

2LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table

This musical table is designed with bright colors to help stimulate your child’s mind. It even provides bilingual play options where you can choose to have the words spoken by the table in English or Spanish. It has a wide variety of 70 songs, tunes, and learning responses, all perfectly suited to aid in brain development.

What we love

  • Plenty of interactive buttons to keep children busy
  • Each of the 70 songs is fun and stimulating

We dont like this as much

  • It requires 3 AA batteries that are not included

3BleuZoo Soft Alphabet Cards

This collection of soft alphabet cards includes all 26 letters. Each card has a single letter on the front of the card and back and includes a picture of an animal that starts with the same letter. Each card is made from high-quality materials and they are washable, which makes them hygienic for 6-month-olds. It also comes in a nice soft carrying bag to help keep all of the cards together.

What we love

  • Each card is made washable and made out of non-toxic materials
  • Featured animal pictures are cute and well-drawn

We dont like this as much

  • Could be a little bigger in size

4Taggies Sherbet Lamb Lovey Toy

The Sherbert lamb toy is 12-inches of soft snugglable material and it is designed with various soothing tags that babies can explore at their leisure. It is designed to be soft to the touch, and babies can curl up with this lamb toy. It can also be coordinated with other blankets, toys, and baby mats to give a centralized shower or party theme.

What we love

  • The lamb is made from a soft washable material
  • The soothing tags are bright and colorful

We dont like this as much

  • The animal is stuffed with beans so isn’t as soft as it could be

5Wild Republic Giraffe Plus

This is a beautiful stuffed giraffe that is designed for cuddling. It comes in two sizes and each giraffe is made from a soft high-quality material. This stuffed animal can be used to snuggle up with or for basic safari decor in your baby’s bedroom. Regardless, this will make an excellent and safe toy for any 6-month-old child.

What we love

  • Made from washable and hypoallergenic material
  • It has an authentic giraffe look

We dont like this as much

  • It is difficult to make the giraffe stand up

6Infantino Wrist Rattles

These cute rattles are made from a soft material, and they are designed to strap directly to your baby’s wrist so they can’t lose it. It uses baby-soft velcro minimizing the risk of scratching their skin. If your baby enjoys kicking their feet, this rattle can also fit on most baby’s ankles. Plus, each pack comes with two rattles with different cute characters.

What we love

  • The rattle’s sound is at a reasonable volume
  • Safe for chewing and gnawing

We dont like this as much

  • You can’t choose which character you will receive

7Mini Tudou Baby Blocks Soft Building Blocks

These blocks are made from a non-toxic food grade silicone material that is excellent for teething babies. Each set comes with a total of 12 blocks that are designed with fun colors and shapes imprinted on them that help with a baby’s recognition skills. These blocks can also be used as an exciting matching game, and they even make a fun squeaking noise when they are squeezed.

What we love

  • Blocks are safe for babies to put in their mouth
  • Aides in overall brain development

We dont like this as much

  • The set doesn't come with any sort of storing case

8Fisher-Price Rock-A-Star

This is a classic toy that is designed to help babies with their motor skills while providing fun and colorful stacking rings. Each set comes with a total of five rings, and the top ring has a shiny surface that has rattle beads inside providing babies with sound and fun at the same time. It is something that they can continuously complete and then redo.

What we love

  • Helps babies improve their fine motor skills
  • The rings are unique in color and design providing addition tactile stimulation

We dont like this as much

  • The toy could use some sort of lighting feature for more interaction

9Itzy Ritzy Teething Ball

This is a teething ball that is shaped like a lemon, and you can choose between the traditional yellow lemon or pink lemonade. It is made from non-toxic food-grade silicone that makes it safe for your baby to chew on to help dull the pain when they are teething. A unique aspect of this ball is that it is also capable of acting as a training toothbrush.

What we love

  • Has multiple spaces for easy grasping
  • Has various unique functions including teething and toothbrush training

We dont like this as much

  • Could use a wider variety of designs and colors

10Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

This Jumperoo is designed to allow your baby to have fun in a safe environment. It has various toy sets connected to it to help keep their attention. This Jumperoo also has 3 adjustable height positions that make it possible for your baby to continue to enjoy it as they grow.

What we love

  • Babies can swivel 360 degrees in the Jumperoo
  • Fun toys attached to keep little fingers and minds busy

We dont like this as much

  • The Jumperoo requires assembly

11Edushape Halilit HL6600 4 Piece Mini Orchestra

This is a fun gift that is suitable for your baby. It comes with a total of four different musical pieces that make different sounds. Each one is designed with bright colors, and they are designed to help build your child’s motor skills while enjoying fun noises and bright colors. They are also visually stimulating, which is good to help with color recognition skills.

What we love

  • It doesn't require batteries to work
  • Colors are strikingly vivid

We dont like this as much

  • It could use some sort of storage case

12That's Not My Monster... (Usborne Touchy-Feely Books)

This is one book in a series of board books that are designed specifically for babies and young children. It contains bright pictures, and different pages have patches of different textures that will intrigue babies and children. These pages are meant to help develop sensory and language awareness at the same time. Plus, the books are made from a thick board which makes it safe for the babies to play with and learn to turn the pages without worrying about ripping paper.

What we love

  • Perfect for tactile stimulation
  • Extremely durable and can be passed down from sibling to sibling

We dont like this as much

  • Books are sold separately

13Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Owl

This cute plushie is designed to provide your baby with a soft cuddle friend. It has a soft glowing stomach, and your baby can activate different sounds and music by squeezing and playing with this plushie. Plus, the feet are designed from a soft material that is suitable for your teething babies to help provide relief to their gums.

What we love

  • Owl is incredibly adorable
  • The teether feet are very convenient

We dont like this as much

  • Requires 2 AA batteries that are not included

14Manhattan Toy Baby Whoozit

This Whoozit baby toy is a classic toy that is made from a soft material that is full of various textures, bright colors, and many patterns. The top loop is designed to attach easily to car seats, cribs, and strollers, which means that you can easily take this toy with you and your baby anywhere. It has a variety of different toys all wrapped into one. For instance, it has rattles, crinkle paper, grasping loops, and a squeaker that will keep your child’s attention.

What we love

  • Loop is very convenient as it can attach to just about anything
  • Very good at keeping babies entertained for hours

We dont like this as much

  • It doesn't have a teether section on the toy

15Oball Activity Toy

This ball is made out of a flexible patented material that is designed to allow babies to tug and pull on the ball without it breaking. You can choose between a variety of color patterns. The ball has small sections that have beads inside the enclosed area to give the ball a fun rattle noise that most babies enjoy.

What we love

  • Durable and well-made so beads cannot escape
  • Holes are made large for easy gripping

We dont like this as much

  • The ball could use some sort of lighting feature

16Fisher-Price Musical Lion Walker

This musical walker toy is designed to provide your infant with the tools necessary to help them learn to walk. Plus, it comes with various sound effects and toys on the front of the walker that can provide your infant with hours of playtime.

What we love

  • Has a sturdy four-wheel base
  • Sound effects are fun and silly

We dont like this as much

  • Requires a bit of assembly

17SmartNoggin NogginSeek Peek & Seek Rattle Baby Toy

This SmartNoggin rattle is designed to give babies the ultimate fine motor skill workout while also providing visual stimulation. This is a very unique rattle that captures your child’s attention and sparks curiosity. The clear ball on top of the rattle has vividly colored beads that rattle and shake with each flick of the wrist. The candy striped rod inside moves up and down in response to your little one’s movements. The bonus ring at the bottom is wonderfully textured for tactile stimulation. In all, your baby will have an exciting time reaching those important milestones.

What we love

  • Perfect size to fit comfortably in little hands
  • Beads hide in striped tube until the rattle is turned, helping to develop cause and effect awareness

We dont like this as much

  • Can only be wiped clean as it cannot be submerged in water

18VTech Turn and Learn Driver

This toy is designed to provide your infant with all kinds of fun. It has a turning wheel that provides honking sounds, and there are several colorful buttons at the top that each produces a different type of car sound. It has a fun stop light section on the side that will switch between the three different stoplight colors. It also comes with 60+ songs, phrases, melodies, and sounds.

What we love

  • Has fun lights to help with visual stimulation
  • Has cute toy version of car parts like side mirror and gear shifters

We dont like this as much

  • The included batteries have a short life-span

19Manhattan Toy Snuggle Pod Lil' Peanut

This toy is designed to be a soothing toy. They make the perfect first dolls for babies, and they are made from soft material, which makes them excellent for cuddling. Each doll is a different character that has a unique look. The doll comes with a peanut cover that keeps the doll snug and safe making it excellent for cuddling.

What we love

  • The material is remarkably soft
  • Is well-made and can last years

We dont like this as much

  • They can be surface washed but not machine washed

20Black, White & Red Activity 3D Playmat & Gym

This is a fun play mat that is designed to provide your baby with a comfortable place to play and relax on the floor. It comes with five different developmental hanging baby toys that are designed to help your baby with different skills as they grow up. The playmat is 3×3, which gives plenty of room to let your baby roll around as desired in a safe environment.

What we love

  • Vivid contrasting colors to stimulate vision
  • Padded for baby comfort and safety

We dont like this as much

  • The mat can only be washed in cold water on a gentle cycle

21Kidsthrill Baby Stacking Cups Toy

These stacking cups are a traditional toy that is designed to help infants learn about stacking while developing motor skills. The 10 cups are a variety of colors, which makes them fun to look at. They are also made out of a non-toxic plastic material that is safe for your baby to chew on.

What we love

  • Improves motor skills and hand-eye coordination
  • Very versatile as it works for stacking, imaginative play, and much more

We dont like this as much

  • Set doesn’t include a storage case

22Baby Teething Mitten Panda Shape

These small teething mittens are designed to fit over your baby’s hands snuggly. They are made from a soft and durable material that is excellent for teething. Each set comes with 2 mittens and a carry bag to help ensure that the mittens remain clean between uses. It is safe to wash these mittens on the top rack of a dishwasher, which helps with convenience.

What we love

  • Come with their own carrying case
  • Dishwasher safe

We dont like this as much

  • The mittens only come in one large size

23Lamaze Clip & Go Rusty the Robot

Rusty the Robot is a fun character that is designed to provide your baby with hours of fun. It has colorful teething beads and a self-discovery mirror that helps with hand-eye coordination. Plus, it has a Lamaze clip connected to the top of his head that will allow you to attach him to just about any sort of stroller, carrier, or diaper bag for traveling.

What we love

  • Has two interchangeable sides for double the play
  • Incredibly convenient as it can clip to almost anything and anywhere

We dont like this as much

  • Not washing machine safe

24Manhattan Toy Artful Rattle and Teether Grasping Activity Toy

This is a unique looking teether that is designed to provide an excellent grasping activity. Each piece is made from quality material that is safe for babies to put in their mouths, and it is designed to be easy for babies to hold in their hands. So, it can act as a classic baby rattle and helps with motor skill development while soothing sore gums.

What we love

  • The toy has a natural wood look
  • Each piece is large to make holding it easier

We dont like this as much

  • The wood on this toy can be difficult to clean regularly

25Jellycat Bashful Lamb Baby Security Blanket

Every baby deserves their security blanket, and this one is a soft and fun blanket that features a small bashful lamb connected to the blanket. This allows the baby to not only have the warmth of their security blanket but also the comfort of a snuggle friend to sleep with. The blanket is made from 100% polyester.

What we love

  • The polyester used for the blanket is soft
  • The attached lamb is the perfect size for cuddling

We dont like this as much

  • The pale versions can pick up dirt quickly

26Chewbeads - Brooklyn Teether Baby Teething Toy

Every baby needs something to help reduce the pain of the teething process. These teething beads are designed to provide relief to a baby who is teething. The circle of beads also comes with a cute elephant figure that is also safe for your baby to chew on as desired.

What we love

  • This teether is dishwasher safe
  • The teether has a surprisingly simple design

We dont like this as much

  • Not very colorful

27Infantino Hug and Tug Musical Giraffe

This is a fun tug toy that provides musical stimulation for your baby. It is shaped like a fun giraffe, and it has a loop at the head that allows you to connect the giraffe to most carrying devices, like strollers or car seats. For the toy to make music, the baby just has to pull the rings on the bottom of the giraffe and it will play for a solid 90 seconds.

What we love

  • The loop is made from a soft Velcro
  • Very easy for baby to pull rings in order to play music

We dont like this as much

  • This toy is not easily washed

28Bright Starts Sesame Street ABC Fun with Elmo On-The-Go Take-Along Toy

Every baby loves Sesame Street, and this is a fun Elmo toy that your baby can take with them everywhere. The base of the toy is a fuzzy Elmo and it comes with various cards with different pictures, letters, and numbers on each one. It has a sturdy plastic ring for connecting the toy to strollers or car seats.

What we love

  • Made of very soft plush material
  • Flashcards are a vivid color

We dont like this as much

  • Attachment ring can be yanked down by older babies