When my son first became mobil, he started needing some different toys. I had purchased this sports center when my son was about 6 months old because I found it on sale and thought it looked really cute. I knew that he wouldn't be using it for a little while, so I thought that I would put it away and maybe get it out for his first birthday. Well, by 9 months it seemed like he wanted some toys with something different to offer. That's when I pulled out the sports center. He took to it right away. He does not care about the football part. As far as I am concerned that is more or less decorative. He sort of cares about the baseball part, but he wouldn't care if that part went missing, maybe when he's walking he'll like that part better. He absolutely LOVES the basketball part though. He will dunk the basketball for 10 minutes at a time so delighted with the cheers each time. He occassionally gets a little carried away and we have to find the basketballs from however far away he has thrown them. This toy has brought my son a lot of enjoyment.