The 9 Best Toys for 10-Month-Olds of 2022

Keep them entertained and learning with these top-picks

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As your little one approaches their first birthday, there’s likely lots of activity and progress towards new milestones. Babies at 10 months old may begin standing, cruising, stacking items, and showing more interest in feeding themselves. Look for age-appropriate toys that can aid in the development and are sure to be fun for your growing baby.

Here are the best toys for your 10-month-old.

Our Top Picks
Easy to assemble and full of puzzles and games, the wood toy assists children in building their motor skills and logic skills.
Eight brightly colored nesting cups are fun for kids to fit together, stack up, or turn over to hide things underneath.
The interactive cube has five sides of play and four light up buttons, and will introduce animal names and shapes to your child.
This pick will teach your little one empathy, whether it becomes their cuddle buddy or is tucked in at night.
Growing babies will love exploring the fun textures of the six chunky blocks that are sized just right for little hands.
The toy will get your little one moving, whether they're scooting, crawling, walking, or playing with the toy balls.
Babies will love matching the pictures underneath each piece and will simultaneously develop their hand-eye coordination.
The chair activates one of 50 plus songs, tunes, and phrases when the baby sits on or stands up from the chair.
Hands-on learning comes to life with a sweet tower of books, with each one featuring classic nursery rhymes.

Best Overall: Hape Country Critters Wooden Activity Play Cube

Hape Country Critters Wooden Activity Play Cube
Pros
  • Durable

  • Non-toxic, water-based paint

  • Five different sides for play

Cons
  • Takes up more space due to large size

  • Costly

A true hub of activity, this cube is chock full of developmentally-appropriate puzzles and games. The 100% wood, the award-winning toy is recommended for kids from 12 months to 6 years old and assists children in building their motor skills, logic skills, and perseverance. Parents praise both the simple assembly and the longevity of this toy. While it’s big, it’ll be played with for many years to come. 

Best Bath Toy: The First Years Stack Up Cup Toys

The First Years Stack Up Cups
Pros
  • Affordable

  • Numbers on bottom of cups

  • Easy to clean

Cons
  • May be too small in size for some

  • Cannot hold any liquid (holes in bottom of cups)

It’s amazing how such a simple toy can occupy so much time. Safe for babies 6 months old and up, these eight brightly colored cups can be fun for stacking, pouring, and early number and color recognition. Each cup has different variations of holes in the bottom, so your bathing beauty will love filling them up and watching the water trickle out of the bottom. Easy to keep clean, stacking cups are versatile toys that can be used in and out of the bath.

Best Interactive: VTech Busy Learners Activity Cube

VTech Busy Learners Activity Cube
Pros
  • Five sides of play

  • Adjustable volume

Cons
  • Batteries required

Designed for kids from 6 months to 3 years old, this interactive cube has five sides of play to encourage discovery and exploration. With four light-up buttons, the activity cube will introduce animal names, sounds, and shapes to your child.

Parents praise this toy and find that it truly engages young kids and can be considered a must-have for their kiddo. While some reviewers don’t love the songs, their kids do and the parents appreciate the two-level volume and auto-off feature.

Best Nurturing: Manhattan Toy Snuggle Pod Bug First Baby Doll

Manhattan Toy Snuggle Pod First Baby Doll
Pros
  • Soft

  • Lasts a long time

Cons
  • Surface washable only

  • Company must be contacted to purchase other types of Snuggle Pods

Babies will love to snuggle and cuddle their very first doll, while toddlers will enjoy tucking in, toting along, and nurturing their very own baby. These super cute dolls are incredibly soft and made with ultra-plush fabric. Each one comes with a satin-lined sleeping pod so your kiddo can tuck in their baby before bedtime.

Parent reviewers highly recommend this doll and praise it for its longevity, as many kids will love it for years to come. It’s a thoughtful gift for a new or soon-to-be older sibling.

Best Shape Sorter: Fat Brain Toys InnyBin

Fat Brain Toys InnyBin
Pros
  • Encourages fine motor skills

  • Versatile

Cons
  • May be too costly for toy's design

Great for ages 6 months and up, growing babies will love exploring the fun textures of the six chunky blocks that are sized just right for little hands. Children are challenged to push the different shapes through the elastic bands of the cube, encouraging fine motor skills, tactile exploration, and experimentation.

Parents appreciate the versatility, since kids can put other toys in the bin and how it’s all self-contained. It’s easy to store in a toy room and there’s not lots of clean-up involved. 

Best Gross Motor Skills: Playskool Elefun Busy Ball Popper

Playskool Elefun Busy Ball Popper
Pros
  • Elephant's trunk is adjustable

  • Plays music and sounds

  • Promotes physical activity

Cons
  • Only four balls included

  • Volume may be too loud for some

A vibrant and interactive toy, this cute elephant will keep your little one moving, whether they are scooting, crawling, or walking. Safe for babies 9 months old and up, the elephant stores four colorful plastic balls in its body.

Simply turn the toy on for the balls to start flying out of the elephant’s trunk. It’s easy to spin the direction of the trunk to point to where the balls fly. As the balls pop into the air, there’s fun music and sound effects to complete the experience. 

Best Fine Motor Skills: Melissa & Doug Pets Jumbo Knob Puzzle

Melissa & Doug Pets Jumbo Knob Puzzle
Pros
  • Jumbo knobs for easy grasp

  • Promotes hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills

Cons
  • Only three animals on puzzle

Made with extra-thick wood, these jumbo knob puzzles are crafted for easy grasping. A perfect first puzzle, the bright colors and cute illustrations of familiar objects will delight little kids.

Recommended for kids 12 months old and up, babies will love matching the pictures underneath each piece. Puzzles encourage hand-eye coordination, visual perception skills, and provide a sense of accomplishment. 

Best Learning: Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair
Pros
  • 50+ songs, phrases, and more

  • Seat lifts for small storage area

Cons
  • Batteries required

  • Costly for some

Your kiddo will likely love this toy that doubles as a seat. The chair activates one of 50 plus songs, tunes, and phrases when the baby sits on or stands up from the chair. Recommended for kids 12 months old and up, this toy is praised for how enjoyable it is and the longevity of its use.

The sturdy seat has multiple learning levels, so kids can learn at the right age and stage (and parents won’t get sick of repetitive sounds and songs).

Best Cognitive: Melissa & Doug Natural Play Book Tower: Little Nursery Books

Melissa & Doug Natural Play Book Tower Little Nursery Books
Pros
  • 10 books included

  • Books contained inside box with handle

Cons
  • Books can be hard to put back in box

  • Pages of books are not glossy

Hands-on learning comes to life with a sweet tower of books. Outfitted with ten chunky books, each one features favorite classic nursery rhymes. Perfectly sized for little fingers, your kiddo will love reading the rhymes together.

When storytime is done, use the books like building blocks and put them in and out of their convenient and portable cardboard carrying case. Safe for kids 8 months old and up, parent reviewers praise the budget-friendly price tag and versatility of this toy, making it a go-to gift.

What to Look for When Shopping for Toys for 10 Month Olds

Interests

At this age, babies are getting closer to the transition into toddlerhood, so they’re behaving more and more like those little sneaks every day. “10-month-old infants are curious and eager to play,” occupational therapist Lauren Quinn, OTD, OTR/L, CN, tells Verywell Family, so they’re going to find interest in a lot of different toys (which is good for you as the shopper).

Given their curious nature, look for toys that allow them to explore and try different ways to play. Also, since they’re getting closer to being more independent, toys that mimic real-life activities will be a big hit and they provide a learning opportunity.

It’s especially good to look for toys that allow caregivers to engage and interact with their baby as they play with them as “demonstration of the activity by a parent or caregiver will likely produce imitation and learning of new skills,” according to Quinn. 

Milestones

While they’re getting closer to the finish line of the first year and the many, many milestones that come with it (they start to slow down after 12 months), there are still a few more major developments that they’re either working towards or practicing to master at 10 months. Toys that are designed to specifically support their development are always a good idea. Here are a few ideas:

  • Quinn says that some good “10-month-old play activities can include container play, stacking of objects, or sorting,” and The First Years Stack Up Cups (view on Amazon) are perfect for all of these activities. 
  • Babies around 10 months old will also be regularly pulling up into a standing position, or at least working toward that skill if they haven’t already mastered it. They’re also able to sit independently and may be showing interest in climbing, so the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair (view on Walmart) is a good choice for supporting this development. 
  • Toddlers are notoriously curious, so it’s not a surprise that around 10 months old babies are showing more curiosity and exploring how things work. The Hape Country Critters Wooden Activity Cube (view on Amazon) is an excellent toy for this stage because there are so many different activities and reactions to explore and study.  

Entertainment

One of the best things about this age is how excited babies are, and the sweet giggles that come when they’re adequately entertained, so obviously the goal is to find a toy that will spark this kind of reaction. Thankfully, they’re pretty easy to entertain, especially when you play into their natural desire to learn and explore.

For example, Quinn says, “Peek-a-boo is [...] an interactive game used to promote the infant’s learning of object permanence, in other words, the understanding that if a person or object is out of sight, it can still exist,” so toys that allow for similar learning will certainly be a hit.

Also, sensory play is still really important at this age and it will help keep them engaged, so be on the hunt for toys with different textures and shapes that are safe for babies to touch and chew (since everything goes into their mouth at this age).

Why Trust Verywell Family

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s also the mom of a 10-year-old son, a 7-year-old son, and a 3-year-old daughter. Her favorite toys for younger kids are simple toys that have longevity and might be enjoyed by older siblings too. Stacking toys and book sets are always big favorites.

Additional reporting by Ashley Ziegler.

Ashley Ziegler is a full-time parenting writer, mom to a 1 and a 4-year-old, and she has personal experience in researching and using infant carriers, strollers, and travel systems. Key considerations she focused on when selecting these products include personal experience, safety features, ease of use, and user reviews.

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