The 10 Best Toys for 10-Month-Olds of 2021

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.
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.
This pick will teach your little one empathy, whether it becomes their cuddle buddy or is tucked in at night.
This modern designed teether will safely provide relief to your teething babe, and its rings are perfect for little hands.
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 Cube

A true hub of activity, this cube is chock full of developmentally appropriate puzzles and games. The 100% wood, 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

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

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 Shape Sorter: Fat Brain Toys InnyBin

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

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 Nurturing: Manhattan Toy Snuggle Pod Bug First Baby Doll

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 Teether: Sawyer XL Teething Rattle

Sawyer XL Teething Rattle

Handmade in Utah and safe for babies 3 months old and up, this modern designed teether will safely provide relief to your teething babe. Made by a Black-owned business, these rings are designed specifically for little hands to grasp. The soft silicone and natural Beachwood beads and rings massage sore gums while holding up to lots of use (and drool) and can easily be washed with soap and water. 

Best Fine Motor Skills: Melissa & Doug Pets Jumbo Knob 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

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

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.

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, 7-year-old son, and 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.

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