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December 3, 2015

Physical therapist approved holiday gifts for 8 to 13-month-olds

Posted by: childandfamily

Wondering what to buy that new little one to promote fine motor and gross motor development? Here is a list of the top toys that Leslie Cordero, physical therapist, suggests to parents for 8-13 month-olds:

To practice walking behind a push toy, try the VTech Sit to Stand Learning Walker.  It is a great educational tool as well as push toy. 

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To practice standing and cruising side to side, try the Leap Frog Activity Table.  It also allows the child to explore opening, pressing buttons and turning a page which are great fine motor activities.

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Working on placing objects in a bucket or sorting shapes is a great skill for an 8-13 month old as well.  Leslie has two favorite shape sorters, including Fisher-Price Baby‚Äôs First Blocks and Melissa and Doug Shape Sorting Cube, as shown below.  For a younger child, it is nice to take the top off and have the child practice placing objects in or dumping them out.  Once the child is a little older, you can use the toy for shape sorting and learning shapes.

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Crawling typically occurs between 8 and 13 months as well.  A great tool to encourage or completely master crawling is the Playhut 6 foot Play Tunnel.

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Read more gift ideas here.

Occupational therapists and physical therapists at Child and Family Development always recommend products and activities to use at home. Happy Playtime!