Nine months is a tough age for buying baby gifts and toys. This is a time of transition from infant to toddler, and baby's interest can swing from baby toys to big kid stuff in minutes. For 9-month-old babies, classic learning toys and action toys are great gifts. Look for toys that are recommended for a wide age range so that baby doesn't outgrow the gift too soon. The following toys will entertain baby now and through the toddler years, and would be a welcome gift for the 9 month old... crowd.
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Follow Me Fred can move on his own in circles or straight lines, so baby can follow along behind. Lots of movement is perfect for this active age. When baby pushes his buttons, Fred makes barking sounds and plays music. The soft ears and face, and the waggly tail, make this toy extra fun for baby to play with. There's a Follow Me Fiona version with lavender fur if your little one prefers a different color.
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A colorful stage is the perfect place to arrange these cool magnetic acrobat toys from Kushies' Zolo line. Baby can see how many ways he or she can stack the five soft fabric acrobats. Three soft magnetic balls can be stacked, too. When it's time to take a nap, the stage becomes part of the zippered storage bag, and the acrobats all fit inside.
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At this age, repetitive games are loads of fun for baby. The Roll 'n Swirl Ball Ramp is perfect since baby can pick up the colorful balls and send them down the ramp over and over again. Watch it drop through the holes all the way from the top or experiment with putting a ball onto the middle of the ramp. The plastic balls are clear and have colorful shapes and beads inside, so they're fun to play with on their own, too.
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This is a perfect example of a toy that can grow with your baby. If your 9-month-old isn't trying to walk yet, this toy can be used in the folded position on the floor, so baby can sit and play. As cruising begins, the walker mode can be used. Baby can play music, talk on the phone, play with the shape pieces, or spin the rollers. So many options for fun!Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Another grow-with-me toy, this elephant can serve as a sit and bounce toy, then as baby begins walking, it can be a walk-behind toy. Finally, it turns into a ride-on toy. There are lights, sounds and songs to enhance playtime, too.
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This is a great age for hide and seek games, and this adorable birdhouse toy from Manhattan Toy provides a perfect peekaboo spot for the four included soft birds. You and baby can take turns hiding the birds inside the birdhouse and peeking them back out again, plus the birds themselves rattle and crinkle, so they're fun to hold. The top of the birdhouse opens up, in addition to the door, so there are plenty of places for baby to practice putting things in and taking them back out, or even... more fun, turning the birdhouse over and dumping them.
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Babies at this age are either crawling around everywhere and getting into everything, or they're getting ready to. Bumble Bells are pretty, adjustable ankle bracelets made for babies, and they have tiny bells attached so you can hear when your baby is trying to escape the room or rumbling around in the crib. There are several styles available, and the ankle bracelets come in sizes for 0-9 months, 9 months-4 years and 5-9 years, so older siblings could have a matching ankle bracelet, too.
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The classic sock monkey is making a huge comeback, and even baby can enjoy the retro fun with this plush toy from Schylling. This sock monkey measures about 20 inches tall and has the familiar wide mouth with a big red smile, big black eyes and a festive red tassel on his head. Your baby may not appreciate the old-fashioned sentiment, but he or she will love squeezing this soft toy.
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