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Best Toys for One-Year-Olds
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January 4, 2024

Best Toys for One-Year-Olds

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Best Toys for One-Year-Olds

At one year old, your little one is growing more curious by the day. Encourage their natural curiosity with toys that move, make noise and mimic the world around them. Toys like walkers and pull-along toys will encourage your newly mobile baby to keep moving. Meanwhile dolls, playsets and toy vehicles help them learn more about their environment.

Your newly-minted toddler is also becoming increasingly capable of creative thinking: Welcome to the exciting era of pretend and fantasy play. At this stage, everything has the opportunity to delight your child’s senses, inspire their imagination and teach valuable behavioral lessons. To help encourage their physical, mental and emotional growth, look out for these features when choosing toys for your one year old:

  • Toys with bright colors: As their vision develops, little ones can distinguish vibrant colors more easily than dull or pastel shades, so they’re more likely to play with and learn from a bright red fire truck or a set of rainbow stacking cups. Colors are fun!
  • Toys that require or encourage coordination: Your kiddo wants to get their hands (and mouths) on everything, so this is the perfect time to start stocking the playroom with toys that boost both fine and gross motor development and coordination. Puzzles, stacking/nesting toys and shape sorters are perfect for tiny hands to gain dexterity and growing minds to learn problem-solving. Lots of Montessori toys also fall into this category.
  • Toys that get them moving: Toys that your toddler can push or pull with a string encourage mobility, which is especially important for one-year-olds who are just getting the hang of walking. Practice makes perfect and toys that move with them make practice way more fun!
  • Toys that introduce sharing and parallel play: One-year-olds don’t really play together just yet; instead, they engage in something called “parallel play” (playing on their own while being near another toddler). Parallel play is one of the earliest stages of social development in children, so having toys that multiple toddlers can share (like a large playset or a multi-pack of toy cars) will help get them on the path to being social butterflies.

With those features in mind, we’ve gathered a list of some of the best-loved toys for one-year-olds.

Best Puzzles, Blocks + Sorters for One-Year-Olds

Our favorite toys that help develop your new toddler’s spatial awareness, shape recognition and problem-solving skills.

Best Stacking Toys for One-Year-Olds

The absolute best part of building a tower, is getting to know it down at the end.

Best Toddler Toys to Push and Pull Along

Even when they’ve mastered walking, they’ll still enjoy pushing and pulling these cute toys around.

Best Stuffed Animals for One-Year-Olds

These toys make great loveys for little ones to cuddle for comfort.

Best All-in-One Toys for One-Year-Olds

Acvivity centers that encourage development and are an endless source of fun.

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