Toy shopping seems to get more and more difficult as each year passes.
New technology emerges, creative inventors come up with new ways to entertain little ones, safety regulations change and everyone has a different budget.
So, how do choose the best toys for 1 year old babies?
That is exactly what we asked ourselves and after much research and head scratching, we narrowed down the selection to ten awesome toys that you and baby will love.
Things to Consider When Buying Toys for 1 Year Old
Before you dive into the toy shopping, here are a few important tips that will help you avoid any toy disasters.
Get Toys For 12 Months and Up – The last thing you want to do is get a toy that baby will outgrow (or lose interest in) after just a few short months.
Avoid this by choosing toys that are recommended by the manufacturer for babies that are 12 months and older. If the baby you’re shopping for is already one, you might even consider something that they can use a bit later (maybe when they’re closer to two).
Safety Issues. Always check to see if the toy you are interested in purchasing has had any recent safety issues or product recalls.
You can visit the manufacturer’s website in order to find this out (or do an internet search), and always be careful when selecting used toys or older versions of a toy since they might not meet current safety standards.
Avoid Duplicate Toys. For those of you gift shopping, we suggest finding out in advance if baby already has the toy you’re interested in so that you avoid purchasing a duplicate.
This is an age where babies are usually standing alone and some are even walking. Their language skills continue to develop and they’ll definitely start to repeat those animal sounds and songs that they’ve been listening to up until this point.
Take Along Toys. Once baby starts to stand and walk, they’re definitely going to want to take certain toys with them on all of their adventures.
Toys that they can push or pull will not only allow them to do this, but they can also help provide them with a little extra balance.
Ride On Toys. A pony may not fit in your living room, but a ride on toy sure will!
This is a great age for baby to start using toys that they can sit on and push themselves around.
Be sure that you check the weight limit on a toy like this in addition to the recommended age.
Musical Toys. Whether they push the buttons to make the toy play music or use the instrument to make it themselves, musical toys are great for babies in this age range.
By age 1, parents probably already have plenty of bath toys on hand, but if you’re looking for a super budget-friendly option, we did include the Munchkin Wind Up Swimming Penguin Bath Toy since this can make bath time quite fun for babies who aren’t too fond of it yet!
Take Other Kids into Consideration
One challenge that parents might face is finding a toy that multiple children in the home can enjoy together.
Aside from the fact that this toy is ridiculously cute (and comes in several different critters); this is a great toy for the 1-year-old in your family who is already up and about on their feet and ready to explore.
There are many reasons that parents love this toy: it is PVC-free, tough as nails and it meets safety standards set by ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) as well as some other international safety requirements. The wheels are evenly spaced on the bottom so there is no danger of tipping.
Kids love that they can scoot around on without being limited to one direction: they can go forward, backward, turn and sideways.
The small size we suggest here is appropriate for 18-month olds (so a year and a half) or up to 50 pounds. This does limit the toy to a certain age range and while usually, we do not suggest purchasing one with such limitations, this one is a great investment, (especially if you plan to have more kids who will enjoy using it when the time comes).
If your little one exceeds the weight limit, you might need to consider the larger version that is designed for toddlers age 3 and up.
This is the ultimate picnic basket for babies and parents: it’s loads of fun for babies and will never make a mess for parents to clean up!
It’s loaded with all of the things that babies need to learn at this stage: shapes, sharing, motor skills, stacking, sorting, matching, emptying, filling, etc. There is so much that this little picnic basket can do, and it also has over 30 audio responses that help encourage pretend play. It is definitely one of the most popular toys on our list and one that has the potential to entertain your little one even beyond the toddler years!
There are 14 pieces included in the set and don’t forget to get some extra AA batteries for it!
We mentioned a few toys that would be great for baby and older siblings earlier, and this is yet another great example of something both a 1-year-old and older siblings could play with together.
The unit is actually a combination of things: on the front, it is a refrigerator. Baby can open the fridge and interact with the items inside or use it as a sorting box thanks to the holes on the front.
If you turn the unit around, the backside is a sink/oven area and once you open it (there hinges on the fridge door), both the sink and refrigerator door face the same way.
Most find that this toy is perfect for babies who are about to turn 1 or recently turned 1.
It’s a huge hit with multiple children families and single child families alike!