DS is 9 months old and needs a lot of entertaining! He is a very busy boy. When he was born he was given a lots of very "baby" toys and a few bits and bats of hand-me-downs. I want to get him some more age-appropriate, interactive toys which he will enjoy, but have had a few disasters, so is getting pricey!
He has some building blocks which he quite likes playing with and a couple of chunky jigsaws.
As a younger baby, he loved V Tech Moosical Beads cow cow Rainmaker Door bouncer
Actually, he still likes these, but is too big for door bouncer.
I have recently bought leapfrog drum I can't stand this because of the accent. D is not really that bothered and it is not that interactive - although it has several modes, all of them do stuff without any input from the baby. Even in the mode that does make a "bang" sound, the bang is almost drowned out by the chaotic americanese muzac going on.
DS loves stacking cups, and things like rainmakers (I made my own by filling an old water bottle with rice and taping the lid shut) He also loves his jumperoo - but silly to spend out on something that big at this age, unless you are sure you will have more DC. I am surprised the door bouncer doesn't go up to this age, actually.
My ds is 11 months and he loves cars and anything he can shake or bang together. Simple things like balls, chunky little figures, maracas and stacking cups/rings can be great fun for a 9 month old. Also give them a bucket/bowl/box they can put things in, take them out of, keeps them amused for ages!
This is a good buy my ds spends ages spinning it and my 2 year old loves it too.
Don't get the v tech walkwer, it'll do your head in, just search old mumsnet threads! Instead we got a thomas sit and ride. DS loved it aged 8 months as a walker and to be pushed around. Also has a compartment for hiding stuff in which babies/toddlers love. He's now over 2 and still plays with it every day-riding on thomas, feeding him, making train noises etc.
In my search for the holy grail of interactive, interesting toys that won't drive me up the wall, I have found these - Wow Toys - full range in local paper shop oddly - they seem fab. No batteries, no horrid voices, jingly bells, wind up and (judging by teh one I bought) pretty sturdy.