Give growing babies a new way to see the world, toys that delight, and gear that will grow with them. You’ll find all this and more on our list of holiday gift ideas for babies 6 months and up to a year.

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MiniMeis Shoulder Carrier

Give kids a whole new way to see the world with this shoulder carrier. It gives you a safe, hands-free way to carry your child, thanks to shoulder straps, a waist belt and leg straps, and it folds up for travel.

Available at minimeis.com, $149.

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What's Inside? Soft Feely Box by Lakeshore Learning

Young kids love to discover what's inside containers, puling out objects and putting them back in again. To keep them out of your purse, give them this exciting box, filled with 10 sensory objects in different color and textures.

Available at lakeshorelearning.com, $49.99.

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Oribel PortaPlay Stage-Based Activity Center

This convertible activity center grows with your child from 5 months to 5 years old. Babies sit in the PortaPlay and can spin around to play with developmental toys. For older kids, it's a table for drawing, playing, eating and more.

Available at amazon.com, $139.

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Learning Lovey from Baby Jack & Company

These sensory tag blankets are both soothing and brain-building. By playing with the tags (ribbon tags are sewn shut for safety), kids find comfort and can work on their cognitive, emotional and language development skills. Use the BPA-free toy link to attach it to a car seat or stroller. It comes in lots of colorful, kid-friendly patterns, and the company donates 20% of all sales to the Starlight Children's foundation, which supports sick children.

Available at amazon.com, $13.95.

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Minnie Mouse Stacker by Green Toys & Disney Baby

Made from recycled plastic, this pink-and-purple stacker puts a Minnie spin on the classic kids favorite. It's dishwasher-safe for easy sterilizing.

Available at amazon.com, $14.99.

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Tot Tunnel Climber by Lakeshore Learning

We're all spending more time at home these days, and this ingenious climber, ramp and tunnel turns home into an indoor playground.

Available at lakeshorelearning.com, $499.

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Infantino Sensory Pat & Play Water Mat

Fill with water and place on a high chair tray or on the floor for tummy time. As baby squishes and pats the mat, six ocean animals swim and move.

Available at walmart.com, $5.99.

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Little Baby Bum Singing Storybook

Colorful illustrations and singalong nursery rhymes mean hours of fun for kids as they turn the pages. Read with them and help them learn about colors, letters, numbers and animals. Great for car trips.

Available at walmart.com, $19.99.

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Larktale caravan Stroller Wagon

This stroller wagon seats two, and the padded seats recline and flip down for snoozes on-the-go. An interior pocket organizer can hold toys and snacks, while the parent organizer has zippered pockets for keys and money, as well as a cup holder.

Available at target.com, $399.99.

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Wee Gallery Organic Activity Pad in Woodland

Hidden features make this activity pad ripe for exploration. Watch as your child finds the rattle, squeaking noise, crinkle sounds and teething ring.

Available at amazon.com, $38.95.

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Origami Bath Boat by Oli & Carol

Made from plant-based rubber and colored with natural food dyes, this boat is fun for playing with, in and out of the tub, and safe for littles to chew on.

Available at amazon.com, $17.99.

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Sit-to-Step High Chair by Skip Hop

Your child can use this clever high chair from 3 months to 3 years, after which you can convert it to a toddler step stool so older kids can help out in the kitchen. The step stool accommodates up to 200 pounds, so some parents can also use it to reach high shelves.

Available at target.com, $199.99.

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Komuello Baby Shoes

Baby shoes and so much more! These shoes feature a sock-like top for a comfortable fit and a rubber sole to keep kids upright. Tiny holes on the sole provide air circulation and make these double as water shoes for the pool or beach. Available in lots of styles; we love this navy sneaker for girls and boys.

Available at amazon.com, $32.

Bek & Jet

Make your child the coolest kid at the table in these vegan-leather bibs. In addition to looking sharp in 6 neutral colors, they're wipeable and waterproof.

Available at bekandjet.com, $19.99.

—Eva Ingvarson Cerise

Editor’s Note: Prices and availability reflect the time of publication.  

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