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for my now 7 months old. She's got some wooden teethers etc from Haba and she DOES play with them, but they don't engage her that much anymore. I think she needs something more challenging....like a baby cable. She loves the cables here but they're obviously not baby safe <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. She'll also play with my husband's wrist watch, the remotes and any shoes she can find. Best are magazines she can scoot to and pull apart.<br><br>
I wanted to get her a play tunnel when she can crawl, but she isn't crawling yet. She has a wire maze that she hasn't figured out yet and just wants to throw it around. She also has a discovery rainfall rattle she likes throwing around.<br><br>
I find it a little hard to look for things, either they're for younger babies that just learned clutching or they require skills she doesn't yet have like shape sorters.<br><br>
Any ideas?
 

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bowls,<br>
spoons,<br>
water in a well sealed bottle to shake,<br>
baby jars filled with spices and essential oils to smell (well supervised)<br>
pieces of fabric with different textures to touch<br>
two blocks to bang together (from the shape sorter! then take the items out, then put the items in, then finally use the sorter!)<br>
lidded coffee can or something similar filled with stuff to shake and make noise<br>
board books with touchable things inside<br>
watch flashlight on the ceiling<br>
bubbles!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">bowls,<br>
spoons,<br>
water in a well sealed bottle to shake,<br>
baby jars filled with spices and essential oils to smell (well supervised)<br>
pieces of fabric with different textures to touch<br>
two blocks to bang together (from the shape sorter! then take the items out, then put the items in, then finally use the sorter!)<br>
lidded coffee can or something similar filled with stuff to shake and make noise<br>
board books with touchable things inside<br>
watch flashlight on the ceiling<br>
bubbles!</div>
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I really like the flashlight idea!
 

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Mixing bowls and wooden spoons<br>
blocks<br>
nesting containers<br>
paper to rip/crinkle books<br>
soft balls, the taggie ball was a big hit here
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Mixing bowls and wooden spoons<br>
blocks<br>
nesting containers<br>
paper to rip/crinkle books<br>
soft balls, the taggie ball was a big hit here</div>
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She doesn't care for spoons and bowls really.<br><br>
I'll try the taggie ball, she loves balloons but can't have them as she might pop them accidentally.<br><br>
She also have a crinkle book but doesn't care much for it.<br><br>
What's a nesting container?
 

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How about<br>
-a basket of silk scarves so that she can take them out a put them back in<br><br>
-an old telephone with the cords cut off. Babies love to push buttons and the telephone is one of the first adult actions that children start to imitate.<br><br>
-bean bags in box are really fun for dumping out and then putting back in.<br><br>
-some simple tree blocks. She can explore the texture and shape of them now and when she gets bigger she can begin to stack them.<br><br>
-some wooden or plastic animals. Once again she can explore the shape now, and as she gets bigger she'll use them for imaginative play<br><br>
-make some shakers with different sounds using plastic easter eggs. fill them with different things rice, popcorn, pennies. Just make sure you glue them shut, and watch her when she uses them in case they break open.<br><br>
-bumble ball. my friends baby loved this<br><br><a href="http://www.toyscamp.com/viewProduct.asp?ProductID=EJ36160N" target="_blank">http://www.toyscamp.com/viewProduct....uctID=EJ36160N</a>
 

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We have a shape sorter and my 11.5 month old has loved it for months, although she doesn't sort the shapes. She started just chewing on the blocks, and has developed all kinds of uses for the toy. I think if a toy is safe for your baby at his current age, you should give it a try. Chances are your kid will find a way to play that's fun for him/her.
 

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<i>Anything</i> made by Taggies has been a great success at our house. They have tons of soft stacking and sorting toys.
 
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