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What toys should I buy for my 11 month old?

The time between nine months and one year can seem like it’s the time that your baby develops the fastest. From lying or sitting down, your child has probably progressed rapidly, and is probably crawling, cruising or even walking around the house by now.

While many of the toys your child has had for a while are still appropriate, there are new toys that you can add to your child’s collection at this age. Your baby has developed problem solving skills, and now knows how to use ‘tools’ to achieve what he wants – hitting a ball with a stick, for instance.

Shape sorters are a great toy choice for children this age. They help to develop co-ordination, since your child needs to get the shapes into the slots. Push toys are still a hit, and they’re particularly useful when your child is learning to walk.

A bucket and spade are a great choice for your older baby, whether it’s at the beach or in the garden, and your child probably still loves playing with his or her blocks. Books are still a great idea, although your child is ready for more complex stories now, and you might also find that a toy telephone, that your child can use to mimic you and your partner, is a good choice.

Interaction is now a big part of your child’s play, so whether you help build with blocks, or dance to music with your child, getting involved is important!

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