Between 7 and 10 months infants start to put words together. Words such as “mama” and “dada” are a part of their growing repertoire. Yet, verbal communication actually begins at approximately 10-12 months, when the child will start to imitate sounds that they hear. If you have a little one that is beginning to chatter more and more, here are five toys that you should invest in for babies and toddlers learning to talk.

1. Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Magical Lights Fishbowl $19.39; Ages: 6 months to 36 months


This rocking magical fishbowl recites the alphabet, numbers, and shapes as Baby takes plastic sea creatures out and places them back in again, strengthening her hand-eye coordination. You an make the experience even more educational and fun by helping your little one identify the objects (starfish, crab, fish) and their colors (red, yellow, orange).

2. VTech Touch and Teach Word Book $24.97; Ages 18 months and up

The VTech Touch and Teach Word Book features more than 100 words. The book responds to your toddler’s touch with words, sounds, and musics. It also helps teach fine motor skills and the alphabet. There are four different modes of play to keep your toddler busy for hours!

3. LeapFrog Chat and Count Emoji Phone – Green $11.59; Ages 18 months and up

Toddlers love to talk on the phone, so why not buy them one of their own? With this Leapfrog Chat and Count Emoji Phone, your little one can practice their conversational skills with Scout, the fictitious canine friend on the other end of the line. The phone includes 15 activities, including voicemails and sing-along songs. It can help teach your little one social skills and counting, too.

4. Zingo Board Game $21.99; Ages 4-years-old and up

For older little one’s, the Zingo Board Game will teach them everything from animals and automobiles to clothing and home vocabulary. Beginners match tiles to pictures on the boards, while older kids can work on reading comprehension by matching the words on the challenge cards instead of images for the same objects. Parents, get ready to Zingo!

5. VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk $70.51; Ages 2-years-old and up

With five activity pages filled with engaging content, this VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk is perfect for little communicators. The interactive setup will help your child learn their letters and 100+ words. It will also teach them their numbers—and time—and bonus: The VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk turns into an easel and chalkboard, for additional play and discovery.

Want to explore more toys that can help your little one with their language skills? Click here and enjoy those budding conversations!

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

Writer and Editor

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