But what about some larger gift ideas for this age group? During this time, in addition to sensory exploration babies are also learning to use their bodies – rolling, sitting, crawling, and then cruising. So for this list, we’ve selected a variety of items that encourage baby to move and play. Classic baby items like activity centers, play gyms, and classic push walkers are a great place to start!
There’s a reason the Deluxe Kick & Play Piano Gym has been around for years! It’s lots of fun and grows with your baby throughout their first year, from the time they’re on their back to tummy time and then sitting up! It has an activity arch with five toys, a large removable keyboard with light-up keys, and a machine-washable mat. Plus the learning content changes based on your child’s age and stage. BUY HERE.
2 | SKIP HOP BABY’S VIEW 3-STAGE ACTIVITY CENTER ($120)
This three-stage activity center grows with your baby from four months up to toddlerhood. Use first as a seated 360-degree activity center, then as your baby starts to cruise remove the seat so they can stand and play, and finally convert it to a play table and add coordinating chairs! Features include a light-up piano (use it on top or below), four moveable toys, a discovery window, and a suction snack cup. BUY HERE.
3 | HAPE COUNTRY CRITTERS ACTIVITY CUBE ($150)
Babies first use activity cubes when sitting, and then will use it to balance themselves when standing. This activity cube has five separate activities including a bead maze, ball roller coaster, color match, rotating maze, and shape sorter. It comes with ten pieces, including a wooden mallet, three wooden balls, and six wooden shapes. BUY HERE.
4 | SOFT & SAFE COZY BALL PIT ($79.99)
An adorable, super soft, ball pit sure to provide hours of entertainment! Features removable pillows and a washable mat that make it easy to clean. BUY HERE.
5 | VTECH SORT AND DISCOVER ACTIVITY CUBE ($29.99)
This activity cube has five sides of fun! Includes seven fun activities including a mini-book, spinner, and slider that introduce colors, numbers, animals, and more. BUY HERE.
6 | WHAT’S INSIDE? SOFT FEELY BOX ($49.99)
This machine-washable box is filled with ten different sensory objects for kids to feel and explore while removing them and putting them back into the box. The toys include a butterfly with crinkly wings, a lion with a corduroy coat, a flower with a mirror, and a squeaky frog. Play with it at home or take it on the go. BUY HERE.
7 | HAPE PUSH AND PULL WONDER WALKER ($99.99)
This popular push walker is great for babies taking their first steps. It has a sturdy base for babies pulling themselves up and an easy-to-push design. Babies can carry around their belongings in the base and will enjoy playing with the movable knobs, gears, and colorful balls. BUY HERE.
8 | BRIGHT STARTS AROUND WE GO ACTIVITY CENTER ($99.99)
This activity center is unique because it’s a walker and activity center in one. Your baby can sit in the seat and walk the perimeter of the activity center, then when they are old enough the seat can be removed and they can stand and cruise on their own. Includes 15+ activities including a piano station. BUY HERE.
9 | TAGGIES HEDGEHOG BABY MAT ($55)
This adorable baby mat makes the perfect spot for lounge or tummy time, and the different textures and Taggies ribbons provide extra stimulation. There are lots of different characters to choose from too! BUY HERE.
10 | BRIGHT STARTS GET ROLLIN’ ACTIVITY TABLE ($39.99)
This activity table features a ball drop ramp with spiraling balls, lights, and music. Babies can play the piano on the toucan’s beak, open and close the hippo’s mouth, spin the elephant, and “read” the jungle-themed book. Includes over 60 songs and activities. BUY HERE.
11 | MILLIARD SOFT FOAM TODDLER CLIMBER ($79.99)
This foam toddler climber gives your baby somewhere safe to climb and slide! The pieces can be used separately or together for added functionality, and have velcro strips to connect them. BUY HERE.
12 | MELISSA & DOUG TURTLE BALL PIT ($59.99)
With this giant green turtle, your baby will have lots of ways to play! It comes filled with 60 squeezable balls, which are fun for your baby to sit in or climb on. It has a zippered top, non-slip bottom, and a variety of activities including holes to push the balls through, crinkling feet, a textured ring, mirror, silky fabric tags, and a rattle. BUY HERE.
13 | VTECH STROLL AND DISCOVER ACTIVITY WALKER ($34.99)
It may not be the prettiest activity walker, but there’s a reason it has been a favorite for years – babies go crazy for it! It’s multi-functional with a removable play panel on the front with piano keys, a phone, shape sorters, and spinning rollers. BUY HERE.
14 | GRACO DOORWAY JUMPER ($39.99)
This doorway jumper is great for babies that need to get their wiggles out! It easily attaches to most doorframes and can be moved from room to room to keep baby close to you. It has non-twist straps, a play trap, toys, and a machine-washable seat pad. BUY HERE.
15 | GUND BABY ANIMATED FLAPPY THE ELEPHANT ($40)
This isn’t just any plush toy! Press the left foot and Flappy the Elephant plays peek-a-boo with those big floppy ears, or press the right foot to hear Flappy sing “Do Your Hears Hang Low?” BUY HERE.
16 | BABY EINSTEIN NEPTUNE’S OCEAN DISCOVERY JUMPER ($109.99)
Activity jumpers are BIG but guaranteed to keep baby happy! This one is a favorite because it gives your baby 360 degrees of engaging activities all while letting them jump and turn. It has a spinning crab, a starfish mirror, an octopus paddle toy, and flashcards. Plus there are extra loops to add in baby’s favorite toys. BUY HERE.
17 | LITTLE TIKES 2-IN-1 GROW WITH ME SWING ($26.99)
The Little Tikes Swing grows with your child from nine months up to three years. Use it first with the T-bar and shoulder straps to safely secure your baby, but it can be stored out of the way when it’s not needed anymore. It can be used indoors or outdoors and comes in three different color combinations. BUY HERE.
18 | GREEN TOYS BABY STARTER SET ($29.99)
The perfect way to introduce baby to Green Toys! This set includes the first keys set, stacking cups, and an elephant-on-wheels. BUY HERE.
19 | LAUGH AND LEARN SMART LEARNING HOME ($149.99)
There is so much to explore inside and out the Smart Learning Home. Outside it has a porch light, open & close mailbox, ball drop rain gutter, light-up house numbers, and a shape sorter recycling bin. Crawl through the door to go inside and you’ll discover a home office area with light-up thermostat, office light and clicker clock, and a kitchen area with a shape-sorter fridge and role play pieces. Includes 200+ songs, sounds, and phrases to introduce colors, shapes, numbers, and the alphabet. BUY HERE.
20 | SKIP HOP FARMSTAND GROW & PLAY ACTIVITY GYM ($80)
The adorable farmed-theme activity gym has lots of toys and activities to stimulate baby’s senses. There’s a pocket where your baby can “pick” their own carrot, a corduroy watermelon wedge pillow, and five hanging fruit including an avocado rattle, beet squeaker, and musical bunny. It has fold-up sides to create an enclosed play space ideal for tummy time, and one of the arches can be used as a growth chart when your child has outgrown it. BUY HERE.
21 | HABA COLOR FUN PLAY GYM ($69.99)
A beautifully simple play gym that gives you the freedom to choose which toys to entertain and stimulate your baby. The height of the bar can easily be adjusted with a simple screw and the colored wooden discs on the base slide back and forth. Includes a rattling frog grasping toy. BUY HERE.
22 | FISHER-PRICE INFANT-TO-TODDLER-ROCKER ($44.99)
The Infant-to-Toddler Rocker is a convenient seat for feeding, playing or resting. It can be used for both infants and toddlers (up to 40 lbs) and features calming vibrations, a removable toy bar, two recline positions, kickstand for stationary seating, and a machine washable seat pad. BUY HERE.
23 | TINY LOVE MEADOW DAYS SUPER MAT ($39.99)
This large play mat doesn’t just provide a soft space for baby to play, but it also has engaging textiles like a star teether, crinkly star, and a padded mirror. Folds up and has a carrying handle for easy transport. BUY HERE.
24 | PANDA CRATE SUBSCRIPTION BOX ($31+)
Panda Crate is a subscription box for babies and toddlers. Each crate contains 5-6 learning toys or books designed for your child’s current developmental stage. With each crate, you’ll also receive a magazine and activity cards to provide you with ideas to play, easy at-home activities, and helpful tips. Deliveries start at $15.50 per month. BUY HERE.
25 | THE PLAY GYM BY LOVEVERY ($140)
From tummy time to fort, this gym provides a whole year of play (and beyond)! It has five developmental zones that reveal or conceal areas to prevent overstimulation and promote learning: learning to focus; making sounds; how things feel; hiding and finding; exploring colors. Once your baby has outgrown using it as a play gym, it can be converted to a fort using the included cover! BUY HERE.
Feature image via Lovevery.
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