The 26 Best Toys for 9-Month Olds of 2019

Take playtime up a notch

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles Bath Toy at Amazon

"These bubbles are so much fun to play with in the tub."

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

"A gift that’s sure to be a big hit but at a small price."

Best Gross Motor Skills: VTech Sit-to-Stand Walker at Amazon

"Features piano keys, spinners, and more."

Best Book: Melissa & Doug Soft Activity Baby Book at Amazon

"Crinkles and rattles as little ones lift the flaps."

Best Pull-Toy: VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck at Amazon

"Music and phrases help teach little ones their colors."

Best Blocks: One Two Squeeze Baby Blocks at Amazon

"A great basic playroom staple."

Best Pretend: VTech Turn and Learn Driver at Amazon

"Comes complete with a steering wheel and lots of fun activities."

Best Fine Motor Skills: OombeeCube Shape Sorting Toy at Target

"Little fingers can practice grasping."

Best Musical: Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes at Amazon

"Lets baby take their tunes on the go."

Best Outdoor: Snug 'n Secure Grow With Me Swing at Amazon

"A great way to entertain baby outside."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles Bath Toy

Rub-a-dub-dub, these bubbles are so much fun to play with in the tub. The set comes with four plastic bubbles filled with fun friends and beads, that float in the water.

Best Budget: The First Years Stack Up Cup Toys

For a gift that’s sure to be a big hit at a small price, there are these stacking cups from The First Years. Colorful and bright, they’re great for teaching counting, colors, and more. They also make fun bathtub toys!

Best Gross Motor Skills: VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

Sitting or standing, this toy from VTech is tons of fun. The front panel features piano keys, spinners, shape sorters, music, lights, and more. It’s removable too, so they can play with it on the floor. When they’re a bit steadier on their legs, it can be popped onto the base where they can push it along as they walk behind.

Best Book: Melissa & Doug Soft Activity Baby Book

This sweet book from Melissa & Doug is the perfect size for little fingers. Made of soft fabric, it crinkles and rattles as little ones lift the flaps to find delightful surprises beneath.

Best Pull-Toy: VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck

They’ll be ready to rumble with this fun Drop & Go Dump Truck from VTech. Once they drop the plastic rocks into the truck’s bed, they tumble around as kids pull it along. Music and phrases help teach little ones their colors and the names of various tools as they play too.

Best Blocks: B. Toys One Two Squeeze Baby Blocks

Blocks are a great basic playroom staple that are fun and versatile. These from B. Toys are super soft, squeezable, and squeaky. Bonus: They come with a zippered bag to store them in when playtime is done. 

Best Pretend: VTech Turn and Learn Driver

Put them in the driver’s seat with this fun Turn and Learn Driver toy from VTech. It comes complete with a steering wheel, turn signal lever, and lots of fun activities including more than 60 tunes, sounds, and phrases.

Best Fine Motor Skills: Fat Brain® OombeeCube Shape Sorting Toy

Shape sorting toy

Fat Brain® Toys

Little fingers can practice fine motor skills like grasping, sorting, and placing the shapes in their appropriate spaces with this rubber shape-sorting toy from Fat Brain. It comes with six textured shapes made of rubber in various bright colors. The strings keep all the shapes attached to the block, so there are no pieces to lose.

Best Musical: Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy

Cute as a bug, this toy from Baby Einstein lets baby take their tunes on the go. There are seven different songs they can switch between, and the caterpillar handle has colorful beads that are fun to clack together along with the beat.

Best Outdoor: Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug 'n Secure Grow With Me Swing

This swing from Little Tikes is a great way to entertain baby outside. It attaches to a swing set, tree, or other sturdy structure and it can hold kids up to 50 pounds. The t-bar that keeps them safely put can also be removed when they get older and are able to hang on tight.

VTech Musical Rhymes Book

This interactive musical rhymes book is full of page-turning action. It has buttons and levers for baby to slide, twist, and push. It features more than 40 songs, sounds, and phrases to discover while they play.

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Crawl Around Car

This car will take your little one to all sorts of great imaginative and educational places. Baby can sit and explore the activities that are accompanied by songs, phrases, lights, and more.

BalanceFrom Kid's Puzzle Exercise Play Mat

These interlocking foam tiles make a great gift that will get years of use. There are 16 tiles and 24 border pieces in all that can be fit together to make a fun exercise play mat or used to build blocks and other fun creations.

Skwinkle Toy

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Pottery Barn Kids

It’s a rattle, it’s a toy, it’s a teether. The Swkinkle is whatever your baby wants it to be. Made of wood and plastic tubing, it’s safe, fun and makes a unique gift for little ones.

Need more ideas? Check out our roundup of the best wooden baby toys.

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Magical Lights Fishbowl

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Fisher-Price

This light-up fishbowl from Fisher-Price provides tons of under-the-sea fun and learning. It comes with five adorable sea creatures, which baby can put in the bowl to activate songs, lights, sounds, and more. There are also buttons that teach shapes, letters, and numbers when pushed.

Fisher-Price Linkimals Smooth Moves Sloth

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This sloth has got some serious moves. It dances, claps, and entertains as lights, songs, and music play. Buttons on its feet help teach numbers, colors, and letters when pushed.

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smartphone and Remote

They’ll be just like mom and dad with their own smartphone and remote. Theirs are even smarter though: they help teach numbers, letters, and more.

ECR4Kids SoftZone Climb and Crawl Activity Play Set

This foam playset offers endless opportunities for fun, active play. Little ones can crawl around on the blocks, then as they get older, use them for fun tumbling exercises and imaginative play. Five pieces come in this set, and it’s available in several different colors.

VTech Baby Babble and Rattle Microphone

Mic. drop. This fun mic amplifies their voice and plays fun music. From rock to classical, animals sounds and more, there’s a lot of fun packed into this little toy.

Melissa & Doug Pull-Back Vehicles

Pull ‘em back and watch ‘em go. This set of vehicles will drive nothing but fun and learning. There are four in all, including a school bus, car, fire truck, and police car. All are soft and just the perfect size for little hands to operate.

VTech Pull & Sing Puppy

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This precious pup is the ultimate playtime companion as it teaches colors, parts of the body, and other skills. Little ones can push it or pull it behind them to activate sounds, music, and more. 

Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether

Fun and practical, this banana training toothbrush makes a great gift for little ones. It’s a good way to start them practicing good dental habits from an early age, and it works as a teether too for sore little gums.

Take a peek at our roundup of the best baby toothbrushes available online.

First 100 Words

All that babbling will soon turn into full-blown words, and this book is a great way to teach baby some essential ones. For each of the 100 words, it features bright fun pictures.

Fat Brain Toys pipSquigz Loops

This colorful little toy packs in a lot of playing potential. It features interlocking loops that rattle and move as little fingers grab, explore, and bend it. It has a suction cup on the bottom which makes it an excellent toy for entertaining baby in the stroller or highchair. 

LeapFrog Little Office Learning Center

They can leap into learning with this fun center from LeapFrog. It plays more than 180 songs, phrases and more, and it does so in both English and Spanish. The base can be played with while standing or sitting, and can be used with or without the legs.

Looking for more options? Read our article on the best baby activity tables.

VTech Baby Lil' Critters Roll and Discover Ball

They’ll have a ball with this fun toy from VTech. As they move and toss it around, they’ll hear fun sounds and learn new phrases.

Our Process

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular toys for 9-month-olds on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 35 different toys overall, screened options from 25 different brands and manufacturers, read over 150 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 5 of the toys themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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