The 10 Best Toys for a 5-Month Old of 2021

Your baby will fall in love with these toys

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Manhattan Toy 3-in-1 Triangle Play Activity Mat at Amazon

"This reversible, multi-sensory activity mat encourages tummy time and can be played with at home, on the floor, or on-the-go."

Best Bath: The First Years Stack Up Cup Toys at Amazon

"Eight brightly colored nesting cups are fun for kids to fit together, stack up, or turn over to hide things underneath."

Best Active: Skip Hop Explore and More 3-Stage Activity Center at Amazon

"The 360-degree rotating seat enables the baby to spin around while playing with the more than 25 features on the seat."

Best Teether: Nuby Ice Gel Teether Keys at Amazon

"A tried and tested teether toy that's safe to chew, it provides gentle cooling on your baby’s gums."

Best for Fine Motor Skills: Sassy Wonder Wheel Activity Center at Amazon

"Baby will stay entertained by the beads and bright colors while the toy helps develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination."

Best Travel: Bright Starts Lots of Links Take-Along Toys at Amazon

"They can be used to string, attach, loop, and hang other toys on the car seat, stroller, play mat, and more."

Best Musical: Baby Einstein Take-Along Tunes Musical Toy at Amazon

"Ideal for small hands to hold, baby can easily grasp the toy with the caterpillar bead handle and listen to the various songs."

Best for Gross Motor Skills: Lovevery The Play Gym at Amazon

"Made with five developmental zones, this 2-in-1 toy is both a play mat and a gym that features removable accessories."

Best Mobile: Tiny Love Meadow Days Take Along Mobile at Amazon

"No matter your mode of transportation, you can keep your little one entertained on-the-go with this portable mobile."

Best Book: Jellycat Soft Cloth Jungly Tails Baby Book at Amazon

"As you build your baby's library, start off a soft cloth book, complete with different animal tails that little hands can grab."

The 5-month-old stage is a time of transition for a new baby. They are leaving the early newborn phase and entering a wonderful world of exploration and discovery. Some babies this age can sit up alone or while assisted, may begin to roll, and are starting to purposely grasp toys. As your baby becomes more aware and more mobile, choose toys that will stimulate and entertain.

We've rounded up the most entertaining and stimulating toy for your growing baby.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Manhattan Toy 3-in-1 Triangle Play Activity Mat

This versatile and easy-to-use toy is a reversible, multi-sensory activity mat that can either be placed flat or in a triangle position (using magnets), so it’s easily used to encourage tummy time play. The simple graphics spark visual development while the hidden mirror is fun for peek-a-boo. A teether, a squeaker, and crinkle paper engage the littlest babies in multiple ways. Parents love that this multi-purpose toy can be played with at home, on the floor, or on-the-go and grows with your child.

Best Bath: The First Years Stack Up Cup Toys

Fun for the bath, beach, water table, or anywhere else that involves splashing around, this budget-friendly toy showcases how simple toys can be so fun. The eight brightly colored cups can be used for stacking, pouring, and more. Each cup has unique holes in the bottom for water play and is printed with a large number to practice counting and number identification later on. Safe for ages 6 months and up, your baby will grow into this toy and love it for years to come. 

Best Active: Skip Hop Explore and More Baby’s Activity Center

A modern activity center, this one boasts that it’ll captivate babies from head to toe. The 360-degree rotating seat enables the baby to spin around while playing with the more than 25 features on the seat. On the footrest, there’s a piano that’s powered by the baby's feet and a discovery window that lets your little one see where the music is coming from. Safe for babies 4 months old and up, the seat easily converts to a sturdy table that’s useful for older kids. 

Best Teether: Nuby Ice Gel Teether Keys

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This teether is a parent-favorite for good reason. The multi-surface teether is perfect for easing the discomfort of the eruption of the front, middle, and back teeth. Place the teether in the fridge and the specially crafted teether provides gentle cooling on your baby’s gums. Made for small hands with an easy grip design, your kiddo will love having their very own colorful set of keys once teething is done.

Best for Fine Motor Skills: Sassy Wonder Wheel Activity Center

Capture a little one’s attention with this spinning wheel toy. As baby bats at the wheel, they will be delighted with the cascading beads and bright colors. Along with fine motor skills, this toy will encourage babies to reach, tug, and grasp, strengthening hand-eye coordination. The suction cup base attaches to flat surfaces like tables or highchairs. Appropriate for babies 6 months and up, the wonder wheel will provide some table-top fun. 

Best Travel: Bright Starts Lots of Links Take-Along Toys

Lots of Links

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Twenty-four flexible bendable links are a versatile toy that is perfect for any age. They are fun on their own or can be used to attach other toys to your car seat, stroller, diaper bag, or anything else. Great for life on-the-go, throw a few links in a bag and you’ll have an easy way to entertain a fussy baby. The strong, durable plastic is easy to wipe clean with a wet wipe or a quick dip in soapy water.

Best Musical: Baby Einstein Take-Along Tunes Musical Toy

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This best-selling favorite is a musical toy but not too painful for parents. Suitable for babies from 3 months old, this toy has a large, easy to press button that helps your baby toggle between seven high-quality and enjoyable classical melodies. The large caterpillar shaped handle is sized just right for small hands. 

Best for Gross Motor Skills: Lovevery The Play Gym

A play mat with endless possibilities, this mat was designed by child development experts and claims to have everything parents and babies need for a full year of play. Crafted with five different developmental zones, each area can be concealed or revealed to promote development and discourage overstimulation. This playmat comes with interchangeable cards ranging from black and white images for newborns to faces and mirrors for older babies. Parents appreciate the two-minute setup and the included play guide lists some age-appropriate activities. While expensive, many parents find it’s like no other play mat and well worth the cost for the longevity of use. 

Best Mobile: Tiny Love Meadow Days Take Along Mobile

Engage and delight your little babe with this portable mobile. Big enough to entertain, the musical mobile plays 30 minutes of continuous tunes and can easily attach to cribs, carriers, strollers, or more. Parent reviewers appreciate the option that allows the mobile to spin without the music and how budget-friendly this model is.

Best Book: Jellycat Soft Cloth Jungly Tails Baby Book

While most 5-month-old babies may not love reading just yet, they can still gain lots of tactile pleasure from a book, especially this cloth one. The quirky pages of the soft fabric book crinkle with sound and feature bright colors and interesting textures for little hands to explore. There’s even a fabric velcro loop, so this book can easily be attached to a stroller or car seat to “read” on the go. 

Why Trust Verywell Family

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s a mom of a 10-year old son, 7-year old son, and 3-year old daughter. Her favorite toys for 5-month olds are something that’ll get used for a long time. Stacking blocks or bath toys are fun for babies (and any older siblings can play along too).

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