Archived: Speech Therapist Recommended Toys 0-12 Months

As speech pathologists, many people come to us to ask about the best educational gifts to buy. We know it is difficult finding the right toy for your child and then on top of that having to find a toy that promotes speech, language, and cognitive development.

As speech therapists, we have tried just about every toy out there, so we’ve decided to make a list of our absolute favorites for each age range (0-5+). They will contain a variety of toys such as pretend play, puzzles, art, games, and much more. Many of the items that we recommend can also be used for that age range and beyond because we want to make sure each item has longevity and you get your money’s worth! We hope that you find our top toy lists helpful when it comes to birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions. We’re here to make your lives easier!

We’ll start off with ages 0 to 12 months. We have broken it up into 0-6 months and 6-12 months since by 6 months of age children begin to become more mobile – many rolling over and some even crawling! This is followed by pulling themselves up, cruising, and walking. As a result of these gross motor skill gains, their toy preferences and needs will change.

From birth, your child is gradually building the foundation to communicate. Early on in this stage they may begin to make eye contact with you, turn their heads toward sounds, smile, and produce various cries to signify different needs (eg – sleep vs. hunger). Later on in this stage you will hear early forms of babbling (eg – bababa), laughing, imitation, and observe gestures such as pointing. You may even hear a few first words by the age of one! Your babies will also start following basic 1-step commands such as “give me” while you hold out your hand and will understand to stop doing something when you say “no”.

No matter what the speech and language skills are, these toys below will certainly come in handy!

From 0-6 months

Infantino Grow with Me Activity Gym & Ball Pit

 

$59.99

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Wee Gallery Black & White Art Cards for Baby

 

$12.95

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Manhattan Toy Classic Baby Beads

 

$15.00

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Manhattan Toy Winkel Toy Rattle

 

$14.00

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Manhattan Toy Whoozit Toy

 

$25.00

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Sassy Ring O Links

 

$6.18

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Oball Roarin’ & Rollin’ Giftset

 

$39.03

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edushape Mini Orchestra

 

$39.39

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Baby Einstein Explore & Discover Soft Blocks

 

$12.99

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Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes

 

$7.99

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Gund Finger Puppets

 

$8.50

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Sassy Crib & Floor Mirror

 

$12.95

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Kleynamils Clean Key Animals

 

$28.00

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Munchkin Musical Cube

 

$30.00

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Lakeshore Feel & Roll Bumpy Balls

 

$29.99

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NogginStik Developmental Light-up Rattle

 

$24.99

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Lamaze Toys Wrist & Foot Rattles

 

$13.25

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From 6-12 months

Melissa & Doug Build and Inchwork Pop Blocs Learning Toy

 

$12.99

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Melissa & Doug Big Knob Puzzles

 

$9.99

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Sassy Fascination Station with Suction Base

 

$5.99

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Manhattan Toy Skwish Stix with Suction Base

 

$25.00

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PlaySkool Play Favorites Busy Poppin’ Pals

 

$16.99

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PlaySkool Explore N’Grow Ball Popper

 

$24.99

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Tomy Hide N Squeak Eggs

 

$13.99

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We Can Too Naturally Safe Finger Paint

 

$34.99

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Green Sprouts Stacking Cups

 

$6.00

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Green Toys Shape Sorter

 

$19.99

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Alex Toys My Busy Town Activity Cube

 

$108.99

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Fisher-Price 3-in-1 Bounce, Stride & Ride Elephant

 

$39.99

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Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy and Pals Learning Table

 

$44.99

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Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Piggy Bank

$32.99

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Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Puppy for Body Parts

 

$23.00

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Fisher Price Brilliant Basic Rock-A-Stack

 

$7.00

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Boon Inc. Dive Ocean Animal Bath Appliques

 

$10.99

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Boon Inc. Creatures Interchangeable Bath Toy Cup Set

 

$13.99

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Leap Frog Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket

 

$24.99

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World of Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar Nesting and Stacking Blocks

 

$21.99

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 Image via Flickr User torbakhopper

 

Debbie Shiwbalak, M.A., CCC-SLP, has a Baccalaureate of Arts in Speech Pathology and is a graduate of Long Island University-CW Post Campus, where she received a Master of Arts in Speech Pathology in 2001. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the state of New York to practice speech-language pathology. Debbie has 13 years experience as a speech pathologist in the New York City area.
Alpin Rezvani, M.A., CCC-SLP, graduated from New York University with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) and has New York licensure in Speech-Language Pathology. She has 7 years of experience as a speech pathologist in the New York City area and was an adjunct instructor at New York University. She co-authored two chapters of “Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism”.

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