Age Appropriate Toys for a 6-Month-Old – 15 Ideas

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Age-appropriate toys for a 6-month old

Finding the right toy for a baby is not as easy as it sounds. You might ask yourself: Does he already have this toy? Will she like playing with it? And, most commonly, you might wonder, Is this right for his age?

Lucky for you, we came up with this lengthy list of age-appropriate toys for a 6-month-old. 

No more traipsing up and down the aisles at Toys R Us or looking at page after page of toys online. We put together a list of surefire toys we're confident any and every 6-month-old will love.

We used several criteria when selecting the best toys for a 6-month-old, and mainly chose items which:

  • Are bright and colorful
  • Will help develop your baby's gross and fine motor skills
  • Are safe to chew on, as your little one is most likely teething
  • Help with tactile and sensory development

And without further ado, here are 15 of the best age appropriate toys for a 6-month-old:

  • VTech Rhyme and Discover Book
  • VTech Busy Learners Activity Cube
  • Take Along Musical Toy
  • Rattle and Sensory Teether Toy
  • Clack and Slide Activity Ball
  • Clip Clop Activity Baby Rattle
  • Grow with Me Activity Gym
  • Moosical Cow Beads Toy
  • Tiny Love Music and Activity Gym
  • Count and Wobble Cody
  • Beep and Go Baby Keys
  • Cuddle and Sing Cora
  • LeapFrog My Pal Scout
  • Teether Toy and Rattle Toy Gift Set
  • Sophie the Giraffe

For more ideas, check out our list of baby toys made in the USA. Otherwise, read on for all the details on these great gifts.

Rhyme and Discover Book


Here’s a toy that will delight and entertain your baby time and time again. With four classic nursery rhymes and easy-to-turn pages, your kiddo can babble along with his favorites.

He's going to love looking at the colorful pages and cheerful illustrations. With bright lights, music and plenty of friendly animals, this awesome book is a real crowdpleaser.

Age-appropriate toy for a 6-month old baby


What we love:

  • 6 colorful pages and 3 light-up character buttons on the tabs of the pages help develop motor skills.
  • Over 20 different songs, phrases and sounds
  • Lights, sounds and open-ended questions encourage interactive play
  • The toy is durable, safe and easy to clean 

What we don't love:

  • There are two options for sound, softer and louder, and some buyers have said that the loud sound is too loud for younger babies
  • There are some songs that do not play the entire song or just play melodies without actual words, which might annoy older siblings or parents

Click here for more info and current pricing.


VTech Busy Learners Activity Cube

With five sides to explore, this fantastic cube encourages imaginative play for your baby. It’s got fun shapes, lights and colors, which will help your her learn and keep her engaged for hours on end.

Learn animal names, animal sounds, and shapes, and press and slide musical instrument buttons to hear over 25 different melodies.

Age appropriate toy for a 6 month old

What we love:

  • Builds early fine motor skills with interactive buttons and sliding and spinning blocks 
  • 5 slides of play encourage discovery and exploration
  • 4 light-up buttons help with early learning, teaching animal names, sounds, and shapes
  • 14 interactive features help develop fine motor skills in infants
  • Parent-friendly feature includes volume control for quieter play
  • Durable design and automatic shut-off means this toy will last for a long time

What we don't love:

  • Sounds, music and lights could annoy parents after a while

Click here for more info and current pricing.


Take Along Musical Toy

With 7 baby-friendly classical melodies, this kickass musical toy will delight any baby. We love that you can take this toy anywhere, as it’s designed for little hands to easily grasp the caterpillar handle.

With bright lights and lots of fun music, it's sure to keep your baby entertained in her car seat. It comes from Baby Einstein, so you know it’s a quality age-appropriate baby toy.

age appropriate toy for a 6 month old

What we love:

  • Volume control button means music and sounds can be played at lower volumes for younger babies
  • Large button lets babies practice early fine motor skills and jam out to 7 classical melodies
  • Classical music promotes brain activity in babies (this toy features songs from Chopin, Mozart, and Vivaldi)
  • Babies can chew on the handle

What we don't love:

  • Some people report stickers falling off, especially after the toy has been in babies’ mouths
  • The buttons are very sensitive and skip quickly to the next song, which might annoy parents as baby keeps playing only the first few bars of the music at a time

Click here for more info and current pricing.


Rattle and Sensory Teether Toy

This rattle is designed to help babies with teething. Its maze of super soft tubes capture baby’s attention and give them something to ease those sore gums. The loop design and lightweight construction make it easy for little hands to hold, rattle and clutch.

The loops are BPA-free and specially designed for babies to gum or chew on to ease teething pains. This toy can also be refrigerated to provide even more comfort for your 6-month-old’s sore gums.

age appropriate toy for a 6 month old

What we love:

  • It's easy to grasp and shake to make sounds
  • Bright colors are entertaining for small babies
  • Lots of loops to chew and play with
  • Loops can be attached to the front of a stroller, or a car seat, so you can take the toy with you
  • Rattle sound isn’t too loud so it won’t annoy parents

What we don't love:

  • The colors may vary if ordering online so you may not get the colors you choose or want
  • This may is not the best toy for babies cutting their first front teeth, as the loops help more with back molars

Click here for more info and current pricing.


Clack and Slide Activity Ball

This activity ball is the perfect age appropriate toy for your 6 month old, sure to keep him  entertained for long periods of time.

With a cute, bright green frog in the middle, and many ways for little hands to grasp and interact, this will become a fun addition to your kiddo's collection. Bright, vivid colors and plenty of activities will help build baby’s early fine motor skills. No batteries required, but it does require lots of baby interaction!

age appropriate toy fro a 6 month old

What we love:

  • Spinning frog and caterpillar bead chaser are fun and interactive 
  • Spinning paddle with mirror lets baby look at herself
  • Squeaker and clacking rings let babies practice their fine motor and music-making skills
  • Handles are  designed for young babies to grasp to keep the fun going

What we don't love:

  • This toy is designed for younger babies, so older infants or toddlers might get bored with it
  • Some of the parts are hard plastic that might not be completely comfortable for very small babies

Click here for more info and current pricing.


Clip Clop Activity Baby Rattle

This rattle is a soft, cute toy that would make a great age-appropriate gift for a 6-month-old baby. With a bright, cheerful horse at the center of the toy, your is sure to love it.

The colorful click clack beast helps babies build hand-eye coordination. Each of the clip clop hooves has a different activity to keep babies entertained.

age appropriate toy for a 6 month old

What we love:

  • Made from a soft 100% polyester material that little baby will love to play with
  • Crinkle feature helps build sensory and tactile development in young babies
  • Soft rattle sound for auditory stimulation
  • Vibrant, fun colors and patterns encourage visual perception

What we don't love:

  • Younger babies might not be able to grasp this toy and engage with it fully
  • Older babies might be easily bored with this toy

Click here for more info and current pricing.


Grow with Me Activity Gym

With 3 ways to play, this gym and ball pit is a surefire hit with babies and moms and dads.

It comes with 5 activity toys with different textures and sounds that can be positioned in various places in the gym.

It also comes with 40 light balls and a large play mat that’s comfortable and bright. The pop-up mesh side helps keep little babies safe inside, or you can use it to create your baby’s very own ball pit!

age appropriate toy for a 6 month old

What we love:

  • When babies lay on their back, they play and interact with the hanging toys, building early fine and gross motor skills
  • Many interactive toys for babies to play with—toys that sway, jingle, and rattle all create that super fun environment that stimulates little minds
  • Large surrounding mat help gives baby a soft, comfortable and defined space to play in
  • Ball pit creates a fun zone for toddlers
  • Comes with an easy, built-in way to store all the balls after playtime is over

What we don't love:

  • Parents might get annoyed at all the balls with older toddlers, as they can easily escape the mesh enclosure
  • The mat is on the thin side, so you might have to put down on soft surfaces, and it isn’t large enough for multiple children to play in at the same time

Click here for more info and current pricing.


Moosical Cow Beads Toy

Moooo! This brightly-colored musical toy features a fun-loving, bright cow at the center.

Cuddle up and build early motor skills with this soft toy that is specially designed for young babies to grip.

The bead ring also has light-up buttons and a spinning square for fine motor skills. Who wouldn’t love that?

age appropriate toy for a 6 month old

What we love:

  • This is a great crib toy and it can fit inside any diaper bag for on-the-go fun
  • It comes with over 30 playful songs, melodies, sounds and phrases
  • Although this is perfect for a 6 month old, your baby will continue to love it as he or she grows

What we don't love:

  • It is a bit bulky for very small fingers to grasp
  • Requires 2 AAA batteries 
  • The sounds and melodies might annoy parents after a while

Click here for more info and current pricing. 


Tiny Love Music and Activity Gym

The Gymini folds out into a 32 x 32 inch soft mat, with bright, colorful illustrations of jungle flora and fauna. The two padded crossing arches  give fun critters a place to dangle, as well as a large mirror and a plastic head beat rattle, so baby will never get bored. There's also a music box that plays Mozart and several fun nursery rhymes. Let those little hands explore the world of music and fun with this fabulous activity mat.

age appropriate toy for a 6 month old

What we love:

  • Dangling toys can be switched out so babies get more variety
  • A hidden music box in one corner of the mat includes a convenient on/off switch with 2 musical selections
  • The large mirror is fun and encourages tummy time
  • Mat is machine washable and folds up flat for travel.

What we don't love:

  • The music is simplistic and a bit plinky, and might annoy parents after a while

Click here for more info and current pricing.


Count and Wobble Cody

This talking baby toy wobbles, sways and shakes with a little push from your favorite baby.

Get them enjoying tummy time with this brightly-colored, super fun toy with plenty of engaging activities to entertain and delight. The bright blue teddy bear will be a fun little friend for your 6-month-old to play with, and will fast  become a welcome part of his or her toy collection. Let the good times roll with this fantastic toy.

age appropriate toy for a 6 month old

What we love:

  • Baby can activate the music and sounds by wobbling the toy or by pressing the flashing button
  • Over 30 songs, melodies sounds and phrases included
  • Helps develop fine and gross motor skills in babies and provides early education as toy teaches numbers by counting to ten

What we don't love:

  • Toy is made of hard plastic, so small babies might get hurt if they hit themselves with this toy
  • Music and sounds might get annoying for parents 

Click here for more info and current pricing.


Beep and Go Baby Keys

Beep! Beep! Who got the keys to the Jeep? Vroom! Get your little one’s engines revving with this bright, cheerful baby key ring. Help develop those early gross and fine motor skills by letting your 6-month-old explore the stimulating textures and colors. Built especially for little hands, this set of keys and accompanying car make a fun addition to any toybox. Ready, set, and go!

age appropriate toy for a 6 month old

What we love:

  • Interactive learning toy includes over 30 songs, melodies, sounds and phrases, including realistic honking and car sounds
  • Makes a great diaper bag toy that can easily go with you and baby anywhere
  • Three chunky keys light up when pushed and are designed to be easily grabbed by little fingers
  • Includes an electronic motion sensor that also activates fun sounds and melodies to accompany baby on the floor

What we don't love:

  • Requires batteries
  • Made from tough plastic, so it’s not soft and cuddly like other baby toys

Click here for more info and current pricing.


Cuddle and Sing Cody

Who wouldn’t love this bright, cheerful, huggable bear to be your baby’s new best friend?

Made from soft and safe fabric that is great for babies, Cuddle and Sing Cody is a great buy. It has fun, interesting textures to encourage tactile stimulation, and the zipper helps develop early fine motor skills. With so many ways to interact with this talking teddy bear, you can expect him become one more member of the family.​

age appropriate toy for a 6 month old

What we love:

  • Made from durable yet soft polyester fiber that can stand up to wear and tear by baby
  • Has pocket-shaped buttons that flash and introduce numbers, colors and objects to promote early language development
  • Take it with you anywhere!
  • It's a great crib toy or it can easily be attached to any stroller

What we don't love:

  • Sounds and music might annoy parents after a while
  • The entire center of the toy is hard, so it might not be completely suitable for very young babies that pull the toy onto themselves

Click here for more info and current pricing.


LeapFrog My Pal Scout or Violet

Welcome to baby’s first interactive, high-tech toy! Connect My Pal Scout or Violet to your smartphone, tablet or computer to easily personalize him or her especially for your baby.

Teach My Pal to say your child’s name, and personal favorite things in each of the over 15 learning activities. With two, brightly colored pals to select—Scout in green and Violet in purple—this toy is a very safe bet for any little one.​

age appropriate toy for a 6 month old

What we love:

  • Has tons of ways to interact and personalize this toy
  • Helps teach first words, feelings and emotions, colors, and numbers
  • Has over 40 learning songs, melodies and lullabies for daytime fun and nighttime soothing.
  • Makes a great soft crib toy that will lull your baby to sleep

What we don't love:

  • You need a smartphone, computer, or tablet to personalize this toy
  • The new version does not allow for customizable songs and does not have as many feeling buttons for kids to interact with

Click here for more info and current pricing.


Teether Toy and Rattle Toy Gift Set

Looking for a safe, effective teething solution? Look no further than this teether and rattle gift set, which will help soothe those sore gums and entertain baby at the same time.

With bright colors and easy-to-grip, soft handles, this two-in-one solution is perfect for any 6-month-old baby. And it's made with safe materials, so parents don’t have to worry.

age appropriate toy for a 6 month old

What we love:

  • Made from USA-manufactured GMO-free cornstarch and rubber elastomer
  • BPA free 
  • Will help ease baby’s sore gums and keep him busy
  • Perfect multi-sensory toys with differing colors, sounds and textures

What we don't love:

  • Water can leak into the rattle part of the toy, with the result that the rattle sound may stop working
  • Parents that have tried to boil this toy to sanitize it regret doing so because the toy can fall apart easily in boiling water

Click here for more info and current pricing.


Sophie the Giraffe

This is indubitably the world's most famous giraffe. Talk about Sophie to any mom and she'll know exactly who you're talking about.

And there's a reason that moms and babies go gaga over this rubber teether: yes, she's adorable, but she's also made of safe and soft materials that feel good on a baby's gums.

Expect her and your little one to become fast friends. 

age appropriate toy for a 6 month old

What we love:

  • Is phthalate- and BPA-free, so it's completely safe
  • Helps stimulate development as it's easy-to-grasp 
  • Many parts to chew on to stimulate different parts of the gums when those teeth are coming in
  • Each Sophie is individually hand painted, with safe, consumable food paint
  • Made of 100% natural rubber

What we don't love:

  • The food dye is made to fade away naturally so the toy may lose its appearance after prolonged use
  • Beware of Sophie the Giraffe knock-offs that are not made of the highest quality

Click here for more info and current pricing.


We hope you were able to find a great age-appropriate toy for a 6-month-old on our list. If not we hope you at least found some inspiration. 

Leave us a comment below and tell us how we did, and feel free to suggest a great toy for other readers!​

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