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I've got an easily bored (almost) 8 month old. She just started crawling and it would be nice if we had some new toys that might keep her entertained for more than 2 seconds. Anybody have any good toy ideas for an 8 month old?<br><br>
Also, they're not ready to color or anything like that yet at this age, huh?<br><br>
Thanks!!
 

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I don't have a specific idea, but check out <a href="http://www.oompa.com/" target="_blank">oompa</a>. They're great.<br><br>
Nevermind what I said about FP. I think they changed their site and I can't find the good stuff.
 

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My babies have been most interested in <i>real</i> objects. The bottom drawer in the kitchen contains measuring cups and other small kitchen stuff they can play with. They always like when I offer a safe utensil or cup too. My son loves to play on his daddy's guitar (and dh is not very concerned about the drool, fortunately). My girls have enjoyed banging on drums. We have quite a collection of musical instruments, real ones, not plastic ones. Blocks. Splashing in water. Just crawling around exploring and getting into things (which means you need to arrange the environment to be safe for this). My son has recently acquired a fascination with paper, about which I'm ambivalent (afraid he'll eat too much of it). But with supervision, paper and other things you otherwise wouldn't give a baby, make good toys. Oh, another I just remembered is a mirror. Babies love to look at themselves.<br><br>
They like the noisy plastic toys we have too, but I strongly believe that we don't need to give them special toys. All the babies I've ever known have been interested in whatever is around, whatever I'm handling at the moment. Ian wants my cup when I get some water, he plays in the shower with the handheld shower making a light drizzle down at his level while I get dressed, he wants to bang on the keyboard because he sees me here so much, so we have a program called Babytype for that...<br><br>
As for coloring, I wouldn't give my baby a crayon because I'm not sure it's safe to eat (and he would definitely put it in his mouth), but how about with food? One of my favorite memories with my oldest daughter, around 10 months old, is when I innocently gave her a puddle of blueberry smoothie, to let her fingerpaint. I had no idea how big a mess was possible. She showed me! But it was fun, and I've repeated the experience with other things... and better preparation! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Also, there are books with ideas for games to play with babies.<br><br>
Have fun!
 

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Not all babies are the same. My daughter couldn't care less for bowls or spoons. Anyway, she's also 8 months old and I just ordered her a play tunnel ( still waiting for it) and a stacking tower. She really enjoys that...no stacking, but she loves to throw the cardboard pieces around <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> and I can tell her what the pictures are showing.<br><br>
I'm also waiting for oompa to stock the xylophone again.
 
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