Best Toys for One-Year-Olds

Best Toys for One-Year-Olds

October 12, 2018

Best Toys for One-Year-Olds

Best Toys for One-Year-Olds
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Your newly minted toddler is going to love playing with these toys.Best Toys for One-Year-Olds

Curious (and very busy!) one-year-olds want to get their hands on everything…which means you’ll definitely need naptime, too. Stock the playroom with toys that boost fine and gross motor development, coordination and social skills like sharing and cooperation.

Your newly minted toddler will especially love things that can be stacked (and, of course, toppled), pushed and pulled. Creative thinking and pretend play will become a big part of playtime, so get ready to zoom trains across the floor and clink tea cups with stuffed animals. At this stage, everything has the opportunity to delight your child’s senses, inspire their imagination and teach valuable behavioral lessons.

Here are some of our favorite picks for one-year-olds:

A Musical Toy

Every day with a one-year-old feels like a party (yet, we parents never get to sleep in to recover). Add a soundtrack with this seven-piece musical toy. Your tot will have a blast banging on the drum, shaking the egg, blowing the “whistly whistle,” clicking the castanets and tapping the tambourine. At the end of your jam session, pack up all the instruments inside the drum for easy storage.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 8 months-3 years
Includes Drum, clickety castanets, whistly whistle, shaka-shaka egg, tappity tambourine and two rap-rappity drumsticks

A Baby Doll

Baby Stella Sweet Dreams Doll is the perfect first doll and special gift. Little ones will love role playing by getting their new BFF ready for bed—attaching her magnetic bottle and pacifier, velcroing the diaper and making sure her little lamb is tucked in. The light lavender scent will help your kiddo wind down for bedtime, too. Perfect for playtime or just snuggling, Baby Stella is soft and cozy like a stuffed animal. Be sure to check out the entire collection of dolls, accessories and clothes.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 12 months+

A Puzzle

Nothing delights one-year-olds quite like farm animals (and we bet you’ve become quite the expert at moo-ing and bah-ing). They’ll have a blast working on coordination, grasping objects, and making animal sounds with this jumbo knob puzzle, featuring a farm-shaped board and eight extra thick puzzle pieces.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 12 months-2.5 years
Dimensions 1.3 x 12 x 1.3 inches

A Tech Pet

This adorable puppy from VTech is the next best thing to a real pet. Pulling the puppy’s cord activates music and sounds and gets the puppy’s legs moving, teaching cause and effect. Kids will enjoy “training” their new friend and pressing light-up buttons to sing songs and learn words, colors and shapes.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 6 months-3 years
Dimensions 4.2” x 7.9” x 6.7”

A Rocking Toy

Is your busy bee always on the move? The Little Tikes rocking horse keeps the momentum going, while keeping kiddos in one place for more than a minute (a win-win). This childhood staple has smooth corners and edges for an easy ride, a low saddle height, a high back and handles, so you can rest assured little riders will sit securely. The weight limit is only up to 50 pounds, so start rocking at age one for several years of fun. Bonus: it comes fully assembled.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 12 months-3 years
Dimensions 33.5 x 11.5 x 16.5 inches
Weight limit Up to 50 pounds

A Tea Set

Join your tot (and the whole gang of dolls) for tea and endless fun. This interactive starter tea set plays seven songs, makes gurgling sounds and includes six cake pieces that help teach colors, counting, matching and manners. Aside from boosting gross and fine motor skills, tea parties build language development and inspire role play and creative thinking.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 1-3
Includes 2 tea cups, 6 cake pieces, cake plate and teapot

A Wagon

A nostalgic little red wagon, this Radio Flyer cargo wagon makes a fun stroller alternative to the park or farmers’ market. And when they become steady walkers, kiddos will enjoy loading the wagon up with stuffies and dolls and pulling them along. It holds up to 200 lbs, so you’ll have it for awhile!

Additional Specs
Age Range: 1.5 yrs.+
Dimensions: 44” x 20.5” x 21”

A Sweet Book

Board books are the gift that keep on giving. They hold up to lots of wear and tear (even serving as an impromptu teething toy). Dear Zoo is a big hit among babies and toddlers alike thanks to the fun plot, interactive flaps and opportunity to add plenty of animal sounds to the story.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 1-4 years

A Train Set

From developing fine motor skills to creating imaginative scenarios, even one-year-olds experience big benefits from maneuvering trains across the floor. Train-loving toddlers will be totally on board with BRIO’s My First Railway Beginner Pack Train Set. It comes with two colorful train cars that connect magnetically, a rainbow bridge, ramps and tracks for little engineers to navigate. This awesome starter set grows with your kiddo—just add BRIO’s expansion packs to build out the route. Better yet, BRIO toys use wood from responsibly managed forests. (See more train sets favorites from Babylist here.)

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines: Ages 18 months+
Includes: 18 pieces: 1 train, 1 rattle train car, 4 ramps, 1 tunnel, 8 curves, 2 ascending tracks and 1 connecting track

A Stacking Toy

Not many toys can get a one-year-old to sit still. But this colorful wooden stacking toy from Hape keeps kids busy as they slide the chunky beads down the pegs. It helps teach counting, colors and the concepts of short, tall, high, low, big and small. In addition to all the fun, they’ll master coordination, dexterity and problem-solving.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 12 month-3 years
Dimensions 7.1 x 2.4 x 6.7 inches

A Water Table

Get prepped for warmer weather with this all-in-one activity water table. The Cascading Cove Sand & Water Playset has two sections, one for sand and one for water. Designed for kids ages 1-6, this backyard must-have keeps getting better each year. As long as your tot can stand up on his or her own, there’s tons of pirate-inspired outdoor fun and imaginative play to be had. This table is a great size for groups and the handy attachable umbrella keeps kids protected from the sun.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 18 months-6 years
Dimensions 24 x 42.5 x 23 inches
Weight 22 pounds
Includes 2 bridges, 2 boats, 1 cup and 1 shovel, plus umbrella

Fun Fruit

As your little one begins to reach toddlerhood, you’ll notice more and more dramatic role playing beginning to take shape. Take heart—your little one is watching, and wants to be just like you! This soft basket and nine plush fruits are perfect for your babe’s first pretend trip to the store. At first, they will love filling and emptying the basket again and again, and as they get older they’ll enjoy using the set for dramatic play.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines: 3+ years
Includes: 1 fruit basket with 1 melon slice, 1 kiwi, 1 bunch of grapes, 2 apples, 2 oranges and 1 banana.
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