Time flies when you have a baby. And before you know it, your little bundle of joy has turned into an active 1-year-old!
According to psychologist Robin Goodman, director of NYU Child Study Centre’s website, 1-year-olds prefer interactive, educational toys that provide them plenty of action. “Your baby is fascinated by cause and effect and will enjoy any toy that responds to his actions and newly acquired motor skills,” he says.
From hammering sets to push along toys, here are our top gifts for your curious toddler:
1. Hape Galloping Zebras Toddler Wooden Push and Pull Toy
Let your little one enjoy a walk with the zebras with this adorable yet sturdy wooden walker. Perfect for early walkers, the Galloping Zebra toy helps teach motor skills and is built strong and sturdy to allow for them to safely and easily pull themselves up to walking level.
Get the Galloping Zebras Toddler Wooden Push and Pull Toy at Amazon.com for $62.98.
2. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Pound-A-Peg Toy
Melissa & Doug’s Deluxe Wooden Pound-A-Peg Toy is a classic toy that features a hammer and 8 brightly colored pegs. Not only does it provide your toddler great fun, but also teaches the basics of hand-eye coordination, color recognition, as well as cause and effect.
Get the Deluxe Wooden Pound-A-Peg at Amazon.com for $9.95.
3. Mega Bloks
When it comes to classic construction play, a single bag of blocks holds endless possibilities! Sasy to hold, stack, and take apart, Mega Bloks’ toys are specially designed for toddlers. Who knows, your baby could be an engineer in the making.
Get the Mega Bloks (80-piece) at Amazon.com for $24.95.
4. Pantone: Box of Color
Introduce your little love to the world of colors! This beautiful Box of Color is brimming with gorgeous Pantone Colors and surprises. With 6 volumes – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple – it features simple peek-through cutouts that transform as your baby turn the pages.
Get the Box of Color at Amazon.com for $9.35.
5. LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table
Let your 1-year-old move, sing, dance, and drum with LeapFrog’s Learn & Groove Musical Table! It has 15 activities and more than 40 songs to keep 1-year-olds learning and grooving. Moreover, it offers a variety of play instruments that help develop motor skills.
Get the Learn & Groove Musical Table at Toys “R” Us for $32.99.
6. Finger Puppet Tooth Brush Set
Created by two doctor moms (Dr. Colleen Crowley and Dr. Hillary Fritsch), this Finger Puppet Tooth Brush Set includes a fun read-along book for your toddler to read while they scrub their pearly whites with the cute animal brushes.
Get the Finger Puppet Tooth Brush Set at Uncommon Goods for $29.95.
7. Galt Toys Duck Family
Turn your child’s bath time into playtime with Galt Toys’ adorable Duck Family! While each of the duck’s head can be turned, these duckies don’t absorb water and are easy to clean. It also a great way to get kids started on learning colors.
Get the Duck Family at Amazon.com for $15.99.
8. smarTrike Spark 4 in 1 Baby Trike
The smarTrike is a possibly the only tricycle that grows with your baby! It has a secure infant seat that holds a younger child onto the trike while a parent pushes with the built-in handle and as your toddler grows, you can switch the seat into different modes for bigger kids.
Get the Baby Trike at Amazon.com for $99.99.
9. Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug
The Wheely Bug offers a fun and entertaining way to encourage gross motor skills and physical activity. It is available in 2 sizes – small (1 – 3 years) and large (3 years +) – and has plenty of cute animal designs to choose from!
Get the Wheely Bug at Amazon.com for $79.99.