All stages of a baby’s development are extraordinary, but seven months seems to be an incredibly exciting time. Your child is beginning to move about more, communicate through sounds, and understand words like “no” — although they may not take any notice when you say it.
The best toys for a 7-month-old will support these new skills and encourage them to develop further.
- Light & portable
- Supports hand-eye coordination
- Textured surfaces for teething
- Non-toxic varnish & paints
- Solid wood construction
- Meets international safety standards
- Bilingual (English- & Spanish
- Offers volume control
- Features bright, attractive colors
- Two volume settings
- Quality speakers
- Sturdy construction
- Colorful designl
- Highly entertaining
- Suitable for ages 6 to 36 months
- Soft & safe
- Interactive toy
- Over 70 songs & sounds
- Multiple activities
- Appropriate for multiple ages
- Reliable manufacturer
- Cute characters
- Teether attached
- Squeaky when squeezed
- Multiple textures
- Lightweight blocks
- Multiple play modes
- Teaches numbers, alphabet & more
- Encourages physical activity
What Should a 7-Month-Old Be Doing?
All babies develop at different rates, and your child may be more advanced in some areas and less advanced in others. On average, at some point around the seven months mark, a baby will be able to (1):
- Roll over, pull themselves across the floor, or get into an all-fours crawling position.
- Sit up for short periods without support.
- Stand up with support.
- Reach for and pick up toys and pass them from hand to hand.
- Eat chunkier foods, hold a cup, and drink from it.
- Respond to their name by turning their head.
- Make babbling noises and say syllables like “ba-ba” or “da-da.”
- Begin to understand object permanence.
Should I Let My 7-Month-Old Play Alone?
It is essential to know that playing alone and playing without safe supervision is not the same thing. Learning to play alone is a critical element of your child’s development, and your 7-month-old should be allowed to play without an adult actively playing with them.
This means you can leave your baby to play safely while you do something else in the same room or with your child in your direct line of sight. However, you should not leave your 7-month-old baby unsupervised unless they are in a safe place, such as their crib or a play yard.
How to Choose Toys for 7-Month-Olds
Seven months is a big milestone in your baby’s development. Their color vision and depth perception has developed. They are beginning to communicate verbally, become more mobile, and explore their environment in new ways.
When you choose toys for your 7-month-old baby, look for those that will support their developmental stage.
- At this stage, your child will begin to understand the concept of object permanence, the idea that when an object is out of sight, it still exists. Toys with an element that disappears from view will help your child understand this concept.
- Bright, colorful toys will encourage children to reach for them or move towards them, boosting their gross motor skills.
- Shape sorters, blocks, stacking toys, and the like will support fine motor skills, improve brain development, and even support the earliest math skills (2).
- Toys that make sounds when they are played with help your baby learn about cause and effect.
- Toys with different textures will stimulate your child’s sense of touch, expose them to a broader range of tactile sensations, and boost brain development.
- Any item that encourages you to interact with your baby will not only help to build a strong relationship between the two of you, it will also teach your baby valuable social skills like taking turns, understanding facial expressions, and appropriate responses to others.
- Teething toys can help them get through the uncomfortable milestone of getting their first teeth in.
A toy with interactive features will help your child understand cause and effect. Look for toys that make sounds or light up when your baby touches or presses them.
A baby of this age will drop, bang, chew, and throw their toys, so ensure any item you give them will stand up to rough handling.
Ensure any item you give your 7-month-old baby to play with is safe for them to put in their mouth because they will put everything in their mouth. So, look for materials that can be washed and sanitized.
You should also decide whether you’re fine with your baby playing with items made from plastic, or if you would rather stick to a natural substance like wood.
A baby of seven months will pick things up and put them in their mouth. This makes them especially vulnerable to choking hazards. Ensure nothing you give your baby will either be a choking hazard in itself or could break and produce a smaller piece that would be dangerous.
Also, while toys for sale in the U.S. are subject to rigorous safety standards, unsuitable toys occasionally make it through to the market. Choosing toys from reputable manufacturers and sellers will minimize the risk of encountering a safety hazard.
Stretch your budget by choosing toys that provide multiple play opportunities. You should also look for toys your child will enjoy for several months.
The Best Toys For A 7-Month-Old Baby of 2021
Toys can be specifically designed and made for play, or they can be everyday items with which your baby plays. We took all of the previous points into consideration and chose these as our top 15 best toys for a 7-month-old baby.
1. Sassy Fishy Fascination Station
The Fascination Station is a lightweight and portable toy that can be stuck to your baby’s highchair tray with the detachable suction cup or enjoyed without the tray attachment.
Each arm has a different spinning item, all of which feature a sea creature. The items can spin individually on their arms, and the entire thing turns on an axle, allowing your baby to investigate different aspects of the toy.
Bright colors with lots of contrast, clear and colored plastic elements, and plenty of movement combine to make a visually stimulating toy. In contrast, the different plastic textures and the silky ribbons provide tactile stimulation.
Some people do not feel the suction works well, but this provides an unintended play opportunity for your baby — dropping the toy on the floor and watching you pick it up, over and over again.
- Light and portable.
- Supports hand-eye coordination.
- Textured surfaces for teething.
- Doesn’t always suction well.
2. Leo & Friends Wooden Stacking Toy
A well-made and straightforward stacking toy, Benny Bear consists of a wooden base with a dowel, five wooden rings, and a solid disc featuring Benny Bear’s face.
The rings are graduated in size, and each one is a different color, with three of the rings featuring a pattern. This range of colors and patterns provides visual stimulation and gives your baby an additional reference for their choice of ring.
Stacking the rings supports gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and introduces the concept of sorting according to size. You can also use the rings for teaching colors and counting, as well as playing with your baby and taking turns to put rings on the dowel.
- Non-toxic varnish and paints.
- Solid wood construction.
- Meets international safety standards.
- Most of the colors are subdued, not bright.
3. LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table
The Learn and Groove musical table lets your child have two different modes of play.
First, use it without the legs, and your child can play with the tabletop on the floor or with it propped up against the furniture. Alternatively, affix the legs, and your baby can play sitting at the table or while kneeling or standing in front of it.
The table introduces shapes, colors, and numbers and plays several classic kids’ songs such as Old McDonald Had A Farm and Itsy Bitsy Spider. It also has a drum and a keyboard with which your baby can play.
- Bilingual, for both English- and Spanish-speaking children.
- It offers volume control.
- Features bright, attractive colors.
- The ”book” has only one turnable page.
4. Baby Einstein Drum and Ukulele
The Baby Einstein Magic Touch drum has four circles on a solid wooden surface, which is mounted on a rigid plastic structure. The wooden body has “magic touch” technology, so when your baby touches the circles, the toy responds with a beat.
Meanwhile, the ukulele is of similar wood-on-plastic construction and has strings your baby can “strum.” Both instruments feature brightly colored, friendly-looking animals on them, which your child should like.
Both instruments have two modes of play. You can either hit the drum surface or strum the strings to create sounds or have the instruments play one of the built-in songs and drum or strum along. The drum has six melodies while the guitar has 30.
- Two volume settings.
- Quality speakers.
- The low volume is still quite loud.
5. Fat Brain Toys Pop & Slide Shelly
Shelly, the turtle, has a robust plastic body with seven circular holes in her shell, each of which is surrounded by a colorful hexagon.
Under her outer shell, Shelly has three “buttons,” which are like balls with a flat underside. These buttons can be pushed into Shelly’s body, where they slide around and pop back up through another hole.
The feet on the turtle are soft rubber, so Shelly will not slide across the floor or slip if your child leans on it.
This turtle isn’t just cute — it’s educational. Shelly stimulates your baby’s curiosity and encourages them to explore the concept of cause and effect. She also offers an opportunity to learn about color matching.
- Highly entertaining.
6. VTech Bright Lights Soccer Ball
This soft, brightly colored ball from VTech contains a motion sensor. Roll, throw, drop, kick, or shake the ball, and it will play music or fun sounds in response.
The ball’s surface is decorated in a variety of colorful panels, some of which also have numbers. There are also two outstretched arms, with a crinkle fabric inside, which makes a fun sound when squeezed.
Made of soft fabric, the ball does not bounce, but this makes it safe for you and your baby to throw to each other without fear of your little one getting hurt. It is also excellent for kicking when your baby reaches that stage.
The electronic module can be removed for sound-free play or to enable washing.
- Suitable for ages 6 to 36 months.
- Soft and safe.
- Require 3 AAA batteries.
7. Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car
The Fisher-Price Crawl Around car offers your child the opportunity to play while sitting independently. They can also sit supported within the car, crawl around the outside, and pull themselves up and “cruise” the perimeter.
There is a shape sorter in one door, and the other door has a built-in ball chute that teaches your child about object permanence. Both doors open, making it easy for your child to get in and out of the car body.
The dashboard has multiple press-and-play items that light up and/or play music, as well as a moving steering wheel and gear change lever. Although the car has wheels that spin, the body sits on the floor, and the wheels sit off of it.
This prevents the car from rolling away while your child is leaning on it.
- Over 70 songs and sounds.
- Multiple activities.
- Appropriate for multiple ages.
- Metal fixings on the underside could scratch wooden floors.
8. Melissa & Doug Musical Farmyard Cube
Roughly 9x9x8 inches, this soft, brightly colored cube from Melissa and Doug features a pig, a duck, a cow, and a lamb. Each animal makes the appropriate sound when you press their nose.
The top of the cube has a baby-safe mirror at the center of a crinkle petaled flower. There is a padded handle your baby can use to carry the cube.
The cube takes 2 AAA batteries, accessed via a hidden panel on the base that’s hard to find. The hidden battery compartment is suitable for babies, but a little tricky for adults when trying to find it for the first time. This is also where you can find the switch to turn the sound off if you wish.
- Reliable manufacturer.
- Cute characters.
- Teether attached.
- The noses challenging to press for younger children.
9. One Two Squeeze Baby Blocks
A modern twist on the traditional, painted wooden toy, these soft plastic blocks from B. Toys come in a handy, zippered, carry bag which is great for storage. There are ten blocks in the pack, and each side of each block has a different raised image, making 60 fun pictures in all.
The brightly colored plastic is soft, meaning the blocks can be squeezed as well as safely chewed upon by your baby. And don’t worry, the plastic is both BPA and phthalate-free, so you don’t have to stress about your baby putting potentially toxic substances in their mouth.
- Squeaky when squeezed.
- Multiple textures.
- The lightweight blocks won’t hurt them if their tower tumbles.
- Muted colors.
10. Fisher-Price Rollin' Rovee
Rollin’ Rovee is a battery-operated unique toy that is designed to grow with your child.
In the first mode, Rovee will play peek-a-boo, clap, use greetings, and say the alphabet. Then, in the second, Rovee will roll across the floor, singing, playing music, and introducing counting, shapes, and opposites. This encourages your child to crawl after it.
Next, Rovee will play dance games, clap, and count. While in the fourth mode, it will race around, play hide and seek, and play catch with the ball included in the box.
The eyes light up, and Rovee’s arms are covered in soft, huggable fabric.
- Multiple play modes.
- Teaches numbers, alphabet, and more.
- Encourages physical activity.
- Some young kids may be scared of it at first.
11. Infantino Cuddly Teether Fox
The Infantino Cuddly Teether has a soft body made of multiple panels. Each panel has a different texture. Inserts in its ears and its entire paws are made of contrasting black and white material, providing your baby with plenty of visual stimulation.
Meanwhile, the body makes a crinkling noise when it is squeezed.
The fox’s feet are both textured teethers, and it has an additional textured teething ring on a fabric loop at its neck. All teethers are BPA and phthalates free, and the entire toy can be washed in either the dishwasher or washing machine.
The teether is also available as a penguin with the same features, and both options have a loop on the back of the head so you can attach it to a stroller.
- A teether and cuddly toy in one.
- You can use it on the go.
- Not safe for the dryer, so if you wash it, it will have to air dry.
12. Infantino Sensory Balls Blocks & Buddies
This sensory toy is a fun combination of blocks, animals, and balls that provides multiple play opportunities for your baby.
There are eight soft plastic blocks, eight balls of the same material, and four cute, squeezable animals. Each of the balls has a different texture, and the blocks have a raised image on each face. All faces have a different image, and none of the images are repeated on other blocks.
All items can be washed in the dishwasher, but beware. Each of them has a small hole, and water can get in. Therefore, if you put them through the dishwasher, be sure there is no water left inside.
It might be best to clean them with a damp cloth instead of the dishwasher.
- BPA and phthalate-free.
- Nice mix of items.
- Affordable for the number of items included.
- Water can get inside.
13. Elite Montessori Object Permanence Box
A well-constructed toy, this object permanence box and tray are joined rather than there being a separate box and tray.
Your baby drops the ball through the hole in the top of the box and then watches as it rolls out. This demonstrates the concept of object permanence by allowing your baby to discover that the ball still exists even when they cannot, briefly, see it.
The object permanence box also promotes fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. In addition, all pieces of the box and tray are made of wood, are sanded smooth, and all corners are rounded.
- A Montessori toy for parents who are fans of this method.
- Made of wood rather than plastic.
- Only one aspect of play.
- May not hold attention for long.
14. VTech Sort and Discover Drum
A traditional shape sorter with a modern twist, the Sort and Discover drum from VTech has five colorful shapes for your baby to put through the lid and into the drum.
The shapes are each a different color and have recessed tops in which there is a sticker featuring a cute cartoon animal and a number. This allows you to talk about shapes, colors, and numbers, as well as the featured creature.
The top of the drum has a flashing light, plays songs, and acts as a drum for your baby. When the shapes are put through the top of the drum, the lid recognizes the shape, and your baby will hear the name of the shape, the color, the number, and the animal.
- Lights and sounds are overkill.
15. Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles
These four transparent plastic bubbles are just the right size for a baby to grasp. The brightly colored, multi-textured bands around the outside mean they remain gripable, even when wet.
Each of these outer bands has a different texture. Also, the bands are not attached to the inner spheres, meaning the “bubbles” move freely within the outer framework.
Two bubbles contain cute plastic creatures, and the other two have spinning plastic elements and balls inside. Consequently, the bubbles stimulate your baby’s hearing as well as vision.
Your baby can play with these in the bath, where they float, as well as on the floor where they can be rolled.
- Do not take on water.
- Easy to clean.
- Can be used in and out of the bath.
- Some may take on water after extended use.
- They can take on a foggy appearance over time if used in the water.
DIY Toys for Babies
Babies love to play with ordinary things you already have in your household. For parents, that can result in a lot of saved money.
- Mixing bowls: Give your baby some plastic bowls and let them discover the joys of putting toys into bowls and tipping them out again, as well as hiding items under upturned bowls.
- Cardboard boxes: Boxes are not only excellent for sitting in and crawling through. Smaller boxes can act as stacking toys.
- Baby wipes container: Fill an old, clean wipes dispenser with scarves or other similar fabric items. Your baby will enjoy pulling them out through the hole and throwing them around.
- Plastic bottles: Empty plastic bottles without a lid can be fun for crinkling and crushing. You can also put rice into a bottle and screw on the top to make a rattle. If you do this, there are safety points to consider: Be sure to glue the top on, regularly check the bottle for cracks, and do not leave your child alone with the bottle.
- Wax/greaseproof paper: Tear off large sheets of wax or greaseproof paper for your baby. They will enjoy the noise and will not be able to chew it up like other papers. Still, only let them play with it under your supervision.
- Pots and utensils: Pots and pans with utensils make excellent drums.
- Ice: A bowl with some ice cubes makes for a fun summer game that provides your baby with a variety of textures and temperatures to explore.
- Wallet/purse and cards: Clean an old wallet and check there are no pieces such as poppers or a zipper that could come off. Give your baby the wallet and a pile of gift cards, and they will enjoy putting them into and taking them out of the wallet.
How Can I Play With My 7-Month-Old Baby?
Simple tips for playing with your 7-month-old baby include:
- Make lots of eye contact while playing with your baby. This will help them develop social skills.
- Use exaggerated facial expressions such as big smiles or sad faces in response to your baby. By doing so, you will help them learn about how their actions affect others.
- Don’t try to fill every moment with structured play. Instead, leave your baby to discover items and ways to play with them. This will stimulate their curiosity.
- Enjoy play for the sake of play, and don’t worry about everything being “educational.”
- Show your child all the features on their toys. Then they will try it on their own.
Toy Safety Tips for Babies
Safety should always be one of the things you focus on as a parent. Here are some important toy safety tips:
- Take note of the age recommendations on the packaging of a toy and only give your baby items appropriate for their developmental stage.
- Inspect your baby’s toys for damage regularly. This is especially important once your baby begins to teeth.
- Choose toys that can be put in the washing machine or dishwasher or can be thoroughly washed by hand.
- Avoid bath toys your child can squeeze to fill up with water. If these toys are not completely emptied and dried, mold can grow inside of them.
- Never give your child an item that would be a choking hazard. This includes items that have pieces that could detach or break, making a smaller piece they could put into their mouth.
- If you give your baby household items to play with, ensure you choose and treat them the same way you would toys.
- Check the government website Recalls.gov for toy recall notices (3).
Choose a variety of toys that will stimulate brain development and promote fine and gross motor skills. Put an emphasis on toys that provide your baby with opportunities to learn skills such as sorting and matching.
Household objects can be just as much fun as toys from a store, so you don’t have to spend a lot of money to aid your child’s development. Your 7-month-old baby is likely to be curious about the world around them. Choosing toys that inspire and reward this curiosity is an excellent way to help them develop.