The 10 Best Toys to Buy 10-Month-Olds in 2018

Keep them entertained and learning with these top-picks

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At 10-months-old your little one might be crawling, pulling to stand, babbling, or just being a happy, smiley baby. Developmental milestones can vary greatly at this age, so it is best not compare your child to your friends—but if you do have any concerns you should check in with your pediatrician. 

Wherever your baby is on the developmental scale you'll want to get them toys that help them learn and grow. While they aren't quite a 1-year-old and they aren't quite a newborn—finding toys that are age-appropriate can be a challenge. Here, we share the top toys for 10-month-olds to help inspire them to grow. From toys that hone their fine motor skills to ones that help them explore some of their favorite things like music—these are the best toys for your baby. 

Best Overall: The First Years Stack Up Cups

It might surprise you that our pick for the best overall 10-month-old toy is nothing more than a stack of brightly colored cups, but the possibilities of play with this toy are endless. Bright colors engage your kid’s senses while grasping, turning them over, and moving them between hands all build on your baby’s fine motor skills. You can stack the cups into each other, put them on top of each other, or hide things under them—you can even bring them into the bath for water play.

This Amazon’s Choice product has kept kids (and parents) happy for years. And don't think your kid will tire of these once they enter toddlerhood—these cups have a long shelf life in every household. 

Best Bath Toy: Munchkin Wind Up Swimming Penguin Bath Toy

It really doesn’t take much to entertain a 10-month-old in the tub, which is why we wouldn’t recommend spending too much cash on bath toys. In fact, grab a couple of plastic cups and you’ll probably be good to go. Still, adding a few additional actual bath toys to your tub routine can be really fun, especially when they’re as whimsical as the Munchkin Wind Up Swimming Penguin bath toy. Pick from a pink or blue option (or grab both!), then wind them up and keep an eye on your baby as he watches the penguin swim around in the bath water. It’s bound to elicit some giggling.

Best Teether: Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether

A teether and training toothbrush in one, the Amazon’s Choice Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether is so fun and useful, both you and your baby will be happy to have it. The product is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, and you can stick it in the freezer to provide cooling relief to your baby’s aching gums. The banana “handles” are easy for tiny hands to hold, too. Plus the peels on the side prevent baby from choking on it! 

Best On-the-Go: Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy

Not only is Baby Einstein’s Take Along Tunes Musical Toy super easy to throw in a diaper bag or purse, but the toy itself will keep your kid plenty occupied while you’re out and about. This toy is an Amazon No. 1 best seller for good reason: Bright colors, fun music, and an easy-to-hold handle mean your baby will stay entertained for long periods of time, whether you’re in the comfort of your own home or taking on the town together. 

Best Gross Motor: Fisher-Price Learn with Me Zebra Walker

Whether your kid is walking, pulling to stand, crawling, or just content sitting—these walkers will keep them engaged for years to come. When they're less mobile they can sit and press all the buttons, which will play music, recite words, teach the ABCs, and more. Once they start taking their first steps they'll enjoy using this for a little support. And even past when they master walking or running they'll still love to push this thing around the house and inside, so this toy also has a long lifespan in the household. 

Best Shape Sorter: Tolo Toys Rolling Shape Sorter

Shape-sorting is a skill your child will start working on around now and continue to learn and improve on until kindergarten. At first, they'll just dump all the pieces out but soon they'll start understanding what goes where and why.

Encourage this fine motor, cognitive, and problem-solving skill with this pretty shape sorter. Its simple design lets you easily tote this toy on-the-go and its smooth edges ensure baby won't hurt themselves on it. The toy will also roll along on the floor so your little one can crawl or chase after it!

Parents agree that this well-designed product keeps the recipient very entertained, and many kids passed the 2-year-old mark are still playing with this.

Best Cognitive Development: Infantino Grow-with-me Activity Gym and Ball Pit

A play mat is pretty much a staple that any parent needs to provide a safe place for tummy time practice, among many other things, but picking the right mat can be difficult. We like Infantino’s Grow-with-me Activity Gym and Ball Pit—an Amazon’s Choice product—because it’s the perfect place to build those cognitive skills, but it’s also so multifunctional you’ll be able to get many uses out of it. Use this mat as a comfy spot that’s perfect for tummy time when your kid is young, or help build those cognitive skills with tons of entertaining elements like a mirror, teether, and rattles. You can also pull out the colored balls (which you can keep in a convenient storage area right inside the turtle’s head) and turn the traditional play mat into an action-packed ball pit.

Best Language Development: Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn First Words Smart Puppy

Your baby’s first words may or may not still be a little ways away, but the best thing you can do to help foster a love of words in your child is to talk and read as frequently as possibly to her. Outside of traditional books, though (which are obviously a great choice for building those language skills), we also like Fisher-Price’s Laugh & Learn First Words Smart Puppy for a toy option. Using additional features like songs and sounds, this smart pup will help your baby understand what many of the objects she sees around her every day are actually called. Additional features like blocks, lights, and music will keep your kid entertained while learning, as well.

Best Fine Motor: Follow Me Fred by Tiny Love

Foster your child’s love of dogs and help him work on those fine motor skills with Tiny Love’s Follow Me Fred crawling companion toy. We love that this toy will grow with your kid, encouraging him to interact with fun colors and sounds when he can’t yet move and then he'll get even more excited when he can chase this dog around.

Parents with crawlers say this is the perfect toy to keep them entertained while some say this doesn't work so well on carpet, so be aware. 

Best Musical Toy: NextX Musical Keyboard and Electronic Piano

Musical elements are fairly common when it comes to baby toys, but a good musical toy will allow you to switch things up so that your baby (or caregiver) isn’t listening to the same thing over and over again. We like NextX’s Musical Keyboard and Electronic Piano—an Amazon’s Choice product—because it comes in three sound modes (which means it’s easy to listen to something new when one mode gets a little tedious), and the light-up buttons help with visual stimulation, as well. 

Baby can work on their cause and effect skills as they learn that they'll get a different sound depending on what they hit. Parents will enjoy that this has sound control and an automatic shutoff so they won't have to replace the batteries weekly. 

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