Your baby is finally at the age where toys are becoming VERY Interesting. But, how do you know which ones will help them to learn and master those next milestones? I know how overwhelming this can feel, that’s why I created this list of 25 Montessori toys for a 6-month-old.
After having my second baby girl, I really wanted to introduce her to Montessori early on. Truthfully, I didn’t fully begin thinking about toys and such until she started sitting up around 5.5 months!
I noticed that she was beginning to get bored just laying on her blanket on the floor, so I began researching Montessori toys for 6 month olds. It was important that we invested in high-quality items that would grow with her AND that we could use for future babies (yes… we plan on having more kiddos!).
The BEST Montessori Toys for a 6 Month Old
Before I dive into this list, I wanted to give you a few tips of advice for choosing toys for your baby.
- Don’t buy anything that talks or flashes… you will regret it I promise.
- If you plan on having more kids… buy quality toys that can be passed down.
- Try to purchase toys that will grow with your child for hours of open-ended-play!
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I truly believe that having different types of balls is a Montessori staple. They can be used for SO many years to come. My toddler still loves to play with balls because there are so many things she can do with them!
It’s also important to have a variety of balls. Think about different sizes and textures. This will ensure that your baby stays interested!
Here are some of our FAVORITE Montessori Balls:
- Lovevery Montessori Sensory Ball
- Lovevery Organic Montessori Baby Ball
- Multi Texture Balls for Babies
- Natural Rubber Sensory Ball
2. Rolling Rattle
If you are looking for a toy that’s specifically for a 6 month old, I would highly recommend this rolling rattle. It will keep your baby engaged because the balls inside move around and makes noise! That’s two senses in one!
The only downfall with the rolling rattle for a 6 month old is that they will grow out of it fairly quickly. They will really enjoy it for a bit, but sooner rather than later, they will be interested in other toys that will help them meet the next milestones.
Although I really like this toy, I tend to purchase items that are a bit more open-ended and can carry us through several milestones!
3. Animal Wooden Book
I absolutely LOVE wood toys. You will find that many of the toys on this list are wooden because I love how durable they are. This wooden book by Lovevery has adorable realistic pictures that will keep your 6 month old engaged!
I can tell this is going to be a toy that she enjoys for a while!
4. Spinning Drum
The spinning drum is another Montessori classic. I feel like every family needs one of these. There are many different brands that make these, but I would look for one that includes a mirror. Most babies enjoy looking at themselves.
This will help them work on those fine motor skills, while keeping them entertained!
5. Magic Tissue Box
For my first daughter, I made this myself using this tutorial from French Family Montessori! Most of us have some extra rags, old shirts, or even scraps of fabric that can be turned into a magic tissue box.
She spent so much time pulling these out of the box. As she got older, she began trying to put them back in as well.
If you aren’t much for DIY projects, here is an awesome magic tissue box set on Amazon!
I’m convinced that teethers are like dog toys. You have to find which kind your baby likes and there is a lot of trial and error. Thank goodness they are fairly cheap!
Here are a few of our FAVORITE Teethers:
- Silicone Rudder with Wooden Ring
- Not-Too-Cold-To-Hold Teether By Frida Baby
- Boon PULP Easy Grip Teether
7. Sensory Silicone Pull Toy
This had been on my list for a while! I love that it has several different shapes, sizes, and textures. This would also be great to double as a teether.
8. Soft Stacking Rings
There are so many ways your baby can use soft stacking rings as they grow. Truthfully, my toddler loves lining them up on the floor and using them as stepping stones.
If your baby doesn’t have teeth already, you will be heading into teething soon. This is another great option for your baby to use when their gums are sore.
9. Peek-a-Boo Mirror
The Peek-a-Book Mirror feels like another Montessori classic. This is truly a toy that will grow with your child!
Use the mirror during tummy time so they can see themselves and then when they are older it can be used to help learn hand-eye coordination and master their fine motor skills.
10. Stacking Cups
Stacking cups is something your child will use throughout their entire childhood. Right now, they will probably just use them as a teething device or to practice their hand-eye coordination. But as they get older, you can hide things underneath them, stack them, or use them with a sensory table!
I love this set by Mushie.. the colors are muted, beautiful, and are such high quality!
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11. Pop It Toys
This is another toy by the brand Mushie! I truly thought these pop-it toys were silly, until my first daughter received one for her birthday. She is two and a half and still plays with this almost every day. There is something so fun for little ones about these pop it toys, but I love that it helps them with fine motor skills as well!
12. Teething and Nesting Recognition Game
I love that this nesting recognition game can grow with your baby! So right now, they will probably just find the shapes interesting and may use them as a teether. But as they begin to grow, they can use this to hone in on their fine motor kills and hand-eye coordination!
13, Bead Maze
I can remember going to the library as a kid and being OBSESSED with these. Both of my girls (6 months and two years old) absolutely love these. If your baby is sitting up, they will love to interact with bead mazes.
I really like that this one can suction to the table or a high chair, to keep them busy while you get a few things done around the house!
14. Musical Instruments
It is never too early to introduce musical instruments to your baby. My first daughter received a xylophone piano when she was 6 months old, she STILL uses it to this day.
I think it’s great to have an entire musical set and introduce new instruments as they begin working on new skills!
15. Indestructible Books
These are HANDS DOWN my kids favorite books. Both of my girls love these books. They are perfect for babies because you can’t rip them and they are completely water resistant, so that means sucking on them is actually encouraged!
Here are a few of our favorite Indestructible Books:
16. Hard Cover Books
I love to give my baby lots of different kind of books to play with. The indestructible books are good for when she is in the mood to suck and chew, but hard-cover books give her the opportunity to explore a different texture.
My 6 Month Old is Loving Sensory books… here is a few of our favorites:
17. High Contrast Crinkle Paper
Crinkle paper is an awesome toy for babies to play with. It’s lightweight and makes noise, what gets better than that?!
This will help them to learn cause and effect, along with keeping them occupied. I highly recommend these for traveling. They take of very little space and will keep your 6 month old busy for a while!
18. Infinity Rattle
This has been on my list to get for my 6 month old. I love that it’s small, lightweight, and encourages baby to work on hand-eye coordination.
19. Skewish Rattle
A Skewish Rattle feels like another Montessori staple! These are a great way for babies to explore sounds, notice shape differences, and helps them to work on cause and effect.
It’s very interesting to look at and babies definitely enjoy playing with them!
20. Full Length Floor Mirror
This might not seem like a toy to us, but abies love to look at themselves. Maybe at first they don’t realize who they are looking at in the mirror, but either way it keeps them interested as they watch themselves move!
I’ve read that mirrors also help to encourage language skills, which is an added bonus for sure!
21. Building Blocks
Your baby may not be ready to start building towers, but they will find the shapes super interesting. Whether they hold or chew them, this will keep them entertained while playing independently.
I love that these can grow with your child too! Our oldest got her block set for her first birthday and now our 6 month old is LOVING it. It’s amazing how both girls can play with the same toy and be learning at the same time!
22. DIY Picture Cards
If you are the DIY type, you can easily make some picture cards. Babies love to look at real pictures. All you need to do is get some pictures printed and laminate them!
Here is an awesome tutorial I followed to make mine!
23. Sensory Rain Maker
Rain Makers are a pretty cool toy for babies to play with. Between the noise and watching the beads fall back and forth, your 6 month old is sure to enjoy this one.
I like that it helps babies to work on their cognitive and sensory development. At this age, this may even help them understand cause and effect.
24. Lovevery Play Kits
If you’ve been around the blog for a little bit, you already know how much I LOVE Lovevery’s play kits. These are some of the most high quality toys on the market. I only have one regret…. and you can read about it in my Lovevery Review Here.
25. KiwiCo Play Kits
Lastly, if you are looking to play kits similar to Lovevery but want something a little cheaper, you will love the Kiwico Play Kits. I haven’t personally tried these, simply because I like to keep the amount of toys we own to a minimum, but I have several friends that love them.
I think this is a great option if you don’t plan on having more children and aren’t world about your toys lasting for a long time!
Did you know you can rent Montessori toys?
I truly had no idea this existed until I started writing this blog post. If you don’t plan on having any more kids, this might be a great option for you.
What I love about Tiny Earth Toys is that it’s similar to Lovevery and KiwiCo in that it’s a monthly subscription, but you don’t have to keep the toys. You simply ship them back when you kiddo is done!
Your baby is just starting to explore and learn through playing with toys. It’s really important to have age-appropriate toys that challenge them, but also that don’t frustrate them. I hope this list of Montessori toys for 6 month old helps you feel confident in choosing toys your baby will love!
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