At just 7 months, many babies are already crawling around on their tummies, recognizing familiar faces, and becoming attached to certain things. So surrounding them with playful, interactive, colorful toys is an effective way to boost brain development, motor skills, and identification capabilities.
Toys provide children with a chance to explore their environment and observe how the world works. Some can teach letters, numbers, and shapes, while others activate their sense of touch and improve physical dexterity. In the process, your baby gets a boost in self-confidence, feels happy and engaged, and begins developing language and social skills. Consider trying the following types of playthings to satisfy your little one’s curiosity.
1. Action toys
At this stage in life, your child is becoming attracted to different sounds, picking up small objects, and starting to understand specific words. Action toys with flashing lights and lots of colors and sounds will fascinate them, while also enhancing cognition and refining motor skills.
Educational action toys for 7-month-old babies include:
- Toys featuring lights and sounds
- Squeaky toys
- Building blocks
2. Moving toys
Whether it’s a miniature car, spinning ball, or doll with flexible parts, toys that demonstrate movement are a smart option. Apart from stimulating your child’s brain, they boost hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and flexibility.
Educational moving toys for 7-month-old babies include:
- Toys which can be pushed and/or pulled, like cars
- Dolls with flexible arms and legs
- Spinning balls
There’s one moving toy, however, that you should avoid under all circumstances: the baby walker. Annually, as many as 9,000 children in the U.S. alone sustain some form of injury after using baby walkers. According to experts, they allow dangerous items and places to become far more accessible to children, and increase their likelihood of falling down the stairs. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly urges parents not to use baby walkers.
3. Noise toys
Noise-making toys which have to be touched, pushed, spun, or shaken to give off different sounds delight 7-month-old babies. Products that move around and/or emit light are especially appealing. They’re a wonderful way to introduce your child to music and dancing that promotes learning and gross motor development.
Educational noise toys for 7-month-old babies include:
- Toys featuring buttons to control sound
- Squeaky toys
- Toys with bells or rattles
With every turn of a page, you’re stimulating your baby’s cognitive functions and establishing a love of reading which could last a lifetime. Books build their capacity for language and spark their imagination, as well as sharpen hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. In general, the best books for 7-month-old babies contain colorful pictures and produce various sounds.