Every parent knows that the development of their 7 month old child is crucial to helping them develop at 8 months, and 9 months, and so on. This means that the decision made here will impact your child for the rest of their lives!
We know that it’s a lot of pressure, but don’t worry too much – we have compiled a list below of, what we feel, the best toys for a 7 month old development. These toys are not just fun to play with, but you as a parent can use the toys to interact with your child. They should then help both cognitive and motor skill development.
We know that money can be tight and so we chose the below toys based off the value of what you’re getting as well as how effective we think they will be in developing your child. We’ve looked over some of the biggest names in educational toy reviews (such as this article from businessinsider.com).
Check out our guide below for some of the best choices for toys to help develop your 7 month old baby. Disclaimer*: Practical Parents in Training’s goals are to provide great choices for parents both old and new. We earn compensation from affiliate links in this content.
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VTech Busy Learners Activity Cube
This activity cube offers a lot of value. There are 5 sides for the child to play with and over 12 interactive features. On the cube are various tactile spinners, rockers, and buttons to help develop the fine motor skills of your child. Additionally, there are motion sensors built into the cube to help develop your child’s sense of motion.
Sassy Stacks of Circles Stacking Ring STEM Learning Toy
This is an old fashion toy but with a modern twist. Each of the rings that go around a center cylinder offer different tactile textures that are great for teething and mouthing. The chunky ring design should help your baby learn to grasp objects and develop their eye-hand coordination. This toy is colorful and great to help develop your child.
VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker
This is an interactive walker that doubles as a play station. We really like this toy because the handlebars up top should help your children eventually learn how to walk. 7 months is a bit early for most children, but it is good to get them used to standing at least. Additionally, batteries are included with this toy (saving you quite the headache of adding your own). We do wish that the phone had some kind of attachment to the walker however, since that can get lost easily.
HOMOFY Baby Toys Musical Learning Table
Here is another toy that should help your child learn to stand. This toy has multiple tactile and sound functions to help develop your baby’s cognitive skills. The best thing about this toy is that it actually grows with your baby since the legs are detachable. If you find that your child isn’t quite ready to stand with assistance you can remove the legs so that way it sits much lower.
As your children learn to pull themselves upright with some help you can attach the legs to further assist in the motor skills needed to stand upright.
WolVol Educational Kids Toddler Baby Toy Musical Activity Cube Play Center
This toy has a lot going on here. There are 6 sides with over 14 different activities. There are so many tactile and fun buttons and gizmos for your child to play with. This toy should help improve eye-hand coordination as well as enhance fine motor skills. The great thing we found with this toy is that certain functions are perfect for cognitive development as they get older – so you’re receiving quite the bang for your buck.
JOYIN Dancing Walking Yellow Duck Baby Toy
This toy is a little more hands off than the other ones mentioned on this list, but it is still great for overall development of your child. This toy has multiple modes of play with lights and sounds. Sound especially is a important part of the development of your child, in fact, is tip #3 in our best tips for new fathers. The fact that the toy is a cute duck is a bonus.
Fat Brain Toys Spin Again Kids Stacking Toy
This is another stacking toy on our list – but there’s quite a twist – literally! This stacking toy actually requires your child to spin it like a corkscrew to move the toy up and down. This might be a bit advanced for your child initially, but kids are great at imitation – and if you demonstrate how the toy functions to them they will eventually get it. This toy helps develop strong eye-hand coordination and encourages exploration of vibrant colors.
Additionally, this toy received the 2016 Parents’ choice silver honor award.
Jasonwell 42 Pcs Magnetic Tiles Building Blocks Set
Magnets are magic to adults and children alike. This particular toy gives your child the freedom to build whatever they want. Considered a high level educational STEM toy, this set is perfect for parents who want to actively engage with their children’s learning journey.
This was one of our favorite toys to play with our children. It is amazing the kinds of shapes, both 2-D and 3-D, you can build with this toy.
B. Toys – One Two Squeeze Baby Blocks
If the above STEM toys seem a bit advanced, it is okay, you can start with a more intuitive set of blocks. This set is good for children who might be a teething a bit since they’re mostly made of a tough rubber type texture. Additionally, each side of the block has a tactile image for developing your child’s sense of touch. The best part? The whole thing squeaks when you squeeze it – this has always gotten a lot of great reactions out of our children.
It is worth noting that there are a myriad of toys available for 7 month old boys and girls – these are just some of the ones we personally have used and can advocate for. We found that both boys and girls seem to enjoy the same toys right around this age – although there seems to be evidence to suggest that one might prefer certain colors over another. For example, boys might prefer red or blue colors. Girls might prefer pinks and whites.
Keep in mind the following when considering toys for your 7 month year old:
The toys we listed above are great for 7 month olds mostly because it is helping them develop eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills. All the toys listed should engage with your child in multiple ways, visually, kinesthetically, and auditorily.
We found that our 7 month olds are fascinated by toys that emit sound, music, lights, and sometimes even physically shaking. These toys are very engaging and so they’re naturally forced to exercise parts of their brain – which helps them set up for the next stage in life.
Toys that provide an outlet for your child’s imagination are great as well. The toys in our guide above, especially the building blocks, give your child the tools needed to creatively build items. For example, they may wish to stack the blocks and high as they can, or create a shape that looks like an animal they saw before.
Typically by 7 months, children aren’t growing out their first tooth. But, often their behavior seem to suggest otherwise! Children will routinely attempt to mouth or chew on things that weren’t quite designed to be chewed. Luckily, the toy choices above should be safe for your children’s chewing and mouthing habits. Believe it or not, teething is part of the growing experience!
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