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32 gifts for a 6-month-old baby to help develop their mind

Put a smile on their face with toys, clothes and other essentials.
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Turning 6-months-old marks the halfway point of your loved one's celebratory first year. Whether they're teething relentlessly or wrapping their tiny fingers around everything in sight, babies this age are quite the curious creatures. And with tons of hands-on activities to choose from, your little one can learn everything from colors to shapes with each hour of interactive playtime.

To help with all the developmental milestones this age experiences, we've put together a list of stimulating gifts — from portable activity kits to soothing teethers — to surprise your favorite 6-month-old. But that's not all! We also included a few clothing favorites to keep your baby looking stylish, too.

Best gifts and toys for 6-month-olds

1. Lovevery The Senser Play Kit

This subscription service offers gifts for newborns to 3-year-olds. Just put in the birthday of the recipient and the site will direct you to the ideal play kit for them. For 6-month-olds, The Senser Play Kit contains activities to help them with their motor skills, dexterity, coordination and more.

2. Infantino Discover and Play Soft Blocks

Featuring the well-known lovable characters, these plush toys are perfect for holding and building. Your loved one will adore the sounds of crinkling and bells as they learn to build.

3. Angelbliss Teething Toys

Treat your child to one of these animal- and fruit-shaped toys made to help soothe teething pains. The teethers were designed to fit in your baby's hand easily and they are also organic!

4. Infantino Spiral Activity Toy Caterpillar

While you're on-the-go, keep your baby entertained with a portable activity. Made to wrap onto a carseat or stroller, this carseat activity comes with three hanging toys, including a mirror, teether and plush bee.

5. Bright Starts Beaming Buggie Take-Along

Keep your child distracted as you run errands with this take-along toy. It was designed with light-up features and can hang from a stroller or carseat to adapt to your child's needs.

6. Children's Place Baby Boys Pants

For those lazy days, your baby will love these sweatpants. Made of 100 percent cotton, these pants were designed for comfort and will help keep your baby warm as the weather starts cooling down.

7. Stride Rite Soft Motion Frankie Sneaker

A classic white sneaker is essential in anyone's wardrobe. To help prevent any stumbling or falls, this shoe was made with rounded edges. Not only that, but these shoes can be dressed up or down and they have a mesh lining to help keep your loved one's feet cool.

8. Baby Einstein Sky Explorers Walker

As your little one gets moving, keep them entertained with an interactive walker. Designed with fun activities including lights and songs, your baby is sure to get a kick out of this. The walker was also made with three adjustable heights in an effort to help them find their footing. The high-backed seat was also created for added support and comfort.

9. Fisher-Price Snugapuppy Vibe Soother

Help your child drift off to sleep with the help of this soothing hedgehog. Using the four different settings, customize the hedgehog to fit your child's needs. Made with different songs, sounds and vibrations, this adorable animal will help soothe your child back to sleep.

10. Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube

Using the sounds of the harp, piano, flute, french horn and violin, your child can learn how to combine sounds and become a mini musician. The cube also lights up with each button you press to help them learn colors as well.

11. Pipette Baby Travel Kit

No matter where you are, make sure your baby is prepared! This kit includes everything you and your baby may need when you're traveling. Featuring fragrance-free shampoo, body wash, lotion, balm, oil and a handy travel bag, this kit hopes to help you stress less when you're on-the-go.

12. Infantino Go Gaga Balls, Blocks & Buddies

Full of colors, textures and shapes, this variety set of blocks and animals will help your child learn numbers, colors and shapes in a hands-on and interactive way.

13. Skip Hop Explore & More Selfie Baby Cellphone

If your child always wants to play with your phone, then surprise them with their very own. They can enjoy the various face filters including dog ears, whiskers and glasses that lights up.

14. Boppy Changing Pad Liners

Whether you're running errands or staying at home, help make diaper changes less messy with a reliable liner. Made of terry cloth, these liners were made to be absorbent to allow you more time in-between washes. They're also machine washable!

15. Simple Joys Fleece Footed Jumpsuit

They'll be comfy all winter in this romper made with organic polyester and adorned with a fleece-lined hoodie.

16. Diapertainment

For the baby who hates getting their diaper changed, Diapertainment is a game changer. Installation is simple: The clear phone holder screws into the wall aside the changing table so your baby can watch videos while you change them, effectively distracting them throughout the whole process.

17. Kissy Kissy Days of the Week Onesies Set

If you're too tired to keep track of the days of the week, at least their onesie can serve as a reminder! Made with 100 percent Pima cotton, a lap shoulder neckline and a snap closure around their legs, they're be equally cute and comfortable throughout the day

18. Disney Mickey Mouse Plush Stacking Toy

Help your little one figure out how to stack items with this plush toy. Featuring the character Mickey Mouse, your child will enjoy learning colors and motor skills with this stackable gift.

19. Munchkin Mist Dot Sleepster

Make sleep time easier with convertible footie pajamas. Made to adjust to your child's needs, this sleepster was designed with 100 percent cotton for added comfort and breathability. The snap front closures were also designed for an easier dressing.

20. Fisher Price Deluxe Kick & Play Piano Gym

Tummy time could be more interactive using this convertible play gym. As your child grows, adjust it to fit your child's needs with its various settings. Featuring five re-positionable toys such as a mirror, teethable elephant, rattle lion and more, your child will remain entertained with the numerous activities that this play gym comes with.

21. Homedics SoundSpa Lullaby

Lull your baby to sleep with the help of a sound machine that comes with a variety of sounds and lullabies intended to relax your infant. It even comes complete with a projector so parents can choose from one of three images to help their child start snoozing.

22. Hudson Baby Penguin Fleece Scooties

Help your 6-month-old travel in style with these cute furry booties. With adorable penguin embroidery on the footsies and a zig-zag rubber grip on the soles, these fleece-lined shoes were designed to keep your little one's feet comfortable and warm all day.

23. iPlay, iLearn Early Educational Toys

Keep learning interactive and fun with this variety set of toys. Each one was made using primary colors to help teach your child about shades, shapes and more. The different textured toys also assist your baby with touch, taste and smell.

24. Pipette Baby Essentials Kit

You can never have too many baby essentials! From shampoo to wipes, this kit includes everything you may need for bath time, diaper changes and bedtime.

25. Nuby Ice Gel Teether Keys

Help soothe your baby's teething pains with these key-inspired teethers. Designed with shapes your child can easily hold, these teethers are filled with an ice gel and come in a variety of textures in an effort to massage your baby's gums and help with the teething process.

26. Kids Preferred The World of Eric Carle Gift Set

Turn bath time into story time! This book helps your baby learn colors and numbers as they play with the squeezable bath toys to help make bath time more interactive.

27. Primary Organic Babysuit 2-Pack in Heart Mix

An everyday basic in a set of two, these basic babysuits are made with 100 percent cotton for added comfort and softness. Available in two different colors, stock up or choose a favorite shade.

28. Infantino Go Gaga Wrist Rattles

Let your child make music using a wrist rattle! Made with adjustable straps to fit your baby's individual size, the rattles are created with BPA-free materials to ensure they're safe for teething.

29. The Children's Place Mom and Dad Bodysuit

Show love for mom and dad with this adorable bodysuit. Made of 100 percent cotton for added comfort, this bodysuit was also made with snap closures to make diaper changes easier.

30. Baby Einstein Glow and Discover Activity Station

Bright colors and new sounds await your little one with this activity station that lets them discover lights and sounds at the touch of a button. With three different modes to choose from, your child can learn about animals and colors as they play. It was also designed to be collapsable for easier storage.

31. Burts Bees Organic Baby Fitted Crib Sheets

Help keep your child comfortable at night with the help of these organic cotton sheets. Made of 100 percent cotton, these crib sheets are also fitted with elastic to help prevent them from creeping up as your baby sleeps.

32. Owl Be Back Roly-Poly Baby Toy

Perfect for new crawlers or tummy playtime, this topsy-turvy hooter wobbles and bobbles in every direction to the groove of five whimsical songs and four silly sounds.

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