The 9 Best Toys to Buy for 7-Month-Olds in 2018

Encourage development with the right picks for this age

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Your baby is now 7-months-old and you’re probably in awe at how fast time really does fly. Naturally, babies hit milestones at different ages, and yours may be extra-interested in his or her surroundings by gazing intently at everything. They may continue to grasp things with their tiny hands, drool often, sit up unassisted, recognize familiar faces, and continue to belly laugh and smile. They may even sprout a tooth or two by now! It’s a really fun age, and at this stage you want toys for your infant that encourage sensory processing.

By introducing certain toys to your child at 7-months-old, you’re helping her develop some very important skills, like hand-eye coordination, cognitive development, fine motor development, gross motor skills, and more. There are many toys on the market with an educational aspect you'll wish to instill in your infant. Don’t feel overwhelmed. Most baby toys out there are fantastic, but here’s our roundup of the top baby toys for 7-month-olds. 

Best Overall: Baby Einstein Discovering Music Activity Table

Looking for a toy that can do a lot? This favorite activity table will not only help a baby learn to sit up with the removable tabletop that can be placed on the floor, it will also help encourage standing when it is placed on the legs. Your baby can make their own music with the keyboard and "drum," and listen to words in three languages (English, Spanish, and French).

This toy is suitable for children 6 to 36 months, so it will be in your household for years. Little and big kids will be delighted by touching, pushing, and spinning all of the different buttons that give off lots of different noises. 

Reviewers love this toy for the music, learning, and gross motor development, though a few note that it can be lightweight (it may slide) for babies learning to stand. As with all toys, you should only let them play with this while supervised.

Best Cause and Effect: Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy’s Piano

This toy piano for infants and toddlers is colorful and educational. Besides playing music, it teaches numbers, colors, shapes, and the alphabet. In order to toggle between Learning Mode and Music Mode, just turn the sturdy plastic pages of the interactive mini-book attached to the keyboard.

In Learning Mode, all a baby needs to do is touch one of the five oversized light-up keys to hear phrases and songs about colors, numbers, and shapes. Switch to Music Mode and your 7-month-old can play his own tune, or play along to kid-happy songs like If You’re Happy and You Know It. There are 30 sing-along songs, tunes, and phrases included in this product. Comes with a handle for easy transport. 

Best for Tummy Time: Sassy Crib and Floor Mirror

Tummy time is essential for babies' development, so why not keep the baby distracted while they're doing their daily workout with this floor mirror? Manufactured by Sassy with the sharpening of a baby’s sensory skills in mind, this little blue mirror encourages baby to focus on a human face—their own. The attached butterfly enhances your 7-month-old’s vision and encourages tactile exploration. The high contrast ladybug and tracker ball, which are also attached to the mirror, aid in the development of a baby’s visual perception and are something fun the baby can grab during tummy time. The soft frame of the mirror is perfect for baby’s environment—there are no sharp corners, and the stand in the back of the mirror allows for easy positioning on flat surfaces.

Best for Speech: Baby Einstein Octoplush Plush Toy

While you're sure to be getting some babbling from your little one, why not open up the world of speech to them even broader? This plush baby octopus will take your baby on a journey through color, music, and, of course, fun. Lovable and huggable, this smiley stuffed animal sports a trendy little bowtie and sailor hat, and introduces your 7-month-old to new colors and sounds. On each soft little tentacle, your baby will find an embroidered image. With a gentle squeeze, they’ll hear the corresponding color and a short little jingle.

This octopus is tri-lingual—you can rotate between English, Spanish, and French so your little one can learn the colors in multiple languages and impress everyone! What’s great is that this toy will really "grow" with your kid—reviewers state their kids cherish this toy for many months, making it a good investment for a baby, or even a toddler. Includes volume control.

Best Sensory Ball: Bright Starts Clack and Slide Activity Ball

Watch out—by this age, baby may be trying to put everything in her mouth, from her own little hands to anything within her reach. That’s what makes this simple but awesome toy so great—it keeps baby busy and chances are they’ll try to gnaw on it. It looks like a basic everyday toy, but there are so many activities rolled into one little package. It packs a lot of sensory punch such as a spinning frog character and caterpillar bead chaser, squeaker, and clacking rings, a roller ball with beads that rattle, a spinning paddle with mirror and easy-to-grasp handles. The multiple textures will enhance baby’s sense of touch and the toy’s bright colors are stimulating. The product is approximately six inches in diameter, and it’s light and easy to carry anywhere.

Best for Bath: The Rainbow Fish Bath Book

 Move over, rubber duckie! This basic baby toy is a must-have for your active and inquisitive 7-month-old. If your infant is already sitting up in the tub, they’ll cherish this squeezable, waterproof tub toy. And besides, it’s never too early to foster a love for reading and books, right? This water-safe, plastic version of author Marcus Pfister’s beloved children’s book The Rainbow Fish features the same foil-stamped scales that fascinated young children in the classic picture book, along with vibrant colors. Sturdy but soft and, of course, waterproof, this book is sure to be a bathtub favorite. It shares a beautiful message about love and sharing.

Reviewers state that the book is nice quality, easy to clean, and great to bring to the beach. Just note at six pages, it’s a condensed version of the actual storybook.

Best Travel: Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy

Your little one will love listening to classical music from renowned composers such as Mozart and Chopin on this little light-up music player. As tunes chime out, bright lights light up on a small screen in coordination with the song. Just hit the circular middle button and the music starts. This all-time favorite toy is great for long car rides, has little loops attached to its handle, and can be soothing and distracting when the baby is cranky. 

Two AA-batteries (included) are needed to operate this music player that is lead and BPA-free. So, when she sticks it in her mouth, don’t worry—the product is durable and safe. Suited for 3 months and up, it’s popular with kids up to age 2 as well and is a must-have product for any nursery or toy chest.

Best Teething: Nuby Ice Gel Teether Keys

Teething can be a dreadful thing for baby to go through and parents to watch. If your infant is suffering, you might want to invest in some teething toys that will help ease discomfort. With teethers, it's not always one size fits all, so you might need to try a few different models and see what works best for your baby.

These Nuby Ice Gel Teether Keys go in the fridge where the gel cools down to a safe temperature. When baby puts this in their mouth they'll get instant relief from achy gums. What's more, your baby will enjoy touching and feeling the nubby texture on these keys, so these also have a fine motor aspect. 

Best for Feeding: VTech Baby Lil' Critters Spin Discover Ferris Wheel

Feeding your baby solids can be an exciting and overwhelming time for both parties. A great way to ease the tension or give you a minute of time to get the food ready is with a toy that can suction directly onto the high chair tray. This spinning Ferris wheel will keep baby super engaged as they learn how to spin and spin this around as it plays fun music and makes noise. 

Besides the high chair, you can also stick this on the ground for them to play with during tummy time, or use it out at a restaurant for a few minutes of distraction. 

Parents love this for the few minutes of distraction they'll get and the motor skills this develops, though a few note this does not stick well for them, so be sure to clean off the suction part often. 

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