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My sweet boy just turned one and it’s been a couple years since we had a one-year-old in this house. So when I was asked about what to get him it made me realize I wasn’t really sure! He doesn’t have a ton of toys because our older boys are 3 and 4 years old now, so most of the baby toys have been purged.
I went on a hunt to find the latest and greatest, practical but great gifts for a one-year-old. Check them out below!
Is there anything I missed?!
These are the best way to start introducing letters and name recognition to your baby! They are big, bold letters and easy to handle. Not to mention they’re great for fine motor development at this age.
We LOVE these. They are so great for fine motor development. And I mostly love that they are a versatile toy — they can be played with indoors or outdoors, in the bathtub, at the beach… the options are endless.
3 // Sit – to – Stand Learning Walker
Not all one-year-olds are walking yet! None of my boys were fully walking on their own by 1yr. This has been a great, useful toy to have around for baby C. It’s helped him learn balance and he’s been learning to move freely with it’s help. What’s great about this particular walker is the front piece comes off. So once the walker portion is no longer needed, it’s still something toddlers can learn and play with for another year.
Are you even a little kid if you don’t have one of these?! These Little Tikes Coups seem to be a staple of childhood memories. It’s one of the greatest timeless gifts. I remember using them as a kid, and thirty years later they’re still as fun for little kids to ride around in.
5 // Mega Blocks
We’ve had Mega Blocks since my oldest turned one. They are still a part of our toy room and will be until we no longer have babies and toddlers in this house! They are one of the few toys we’ve kept year over year because even my older boys will play with them on occasion. And they are the best first blocks for any child!
These are on our wish list. I’ve seen similar items being used during Cameron’s speech evaluations and they are amazing toys to develop your little person’s fine motor development, imaginative play and color / shape recognition.
We got this for Cameron just after he turned one and he to this day loves it. I mean, what 1-year-old doesn’t love playing with your dirty broom?! At least give them one that isn’t filled with all your dust bunnies. Ha!
8 // Baa-Baa-Barn Set
Another toy we got right around when Cameron turned one was this barn set. I love that it’s different than other play barn sets, a little more colorful and fun! The boys still love this barn set and it’s being passed on to Carter as of late. Still a favorite!
9 // Play Tunnel
We’ve had different variations of these tunnels, but with three boys we’ve gone through a couple already. Luckily, they’re in expensive to replace and are always a hit!
10 //Lacing Beads
I got this for one of my son’s as a 1st birthday gift and it continues to be such an excellent fine motor skills activity! My children all the way up to 6 years old still enjoy playing with these lacing beads.
11 // LeapFrog Ice Cream Cart
Believe it or not, our one-year-old LOVES this ice cream cart! The older boys do too, but I was quite surprised at how much Carter loves it. I really love how it encourages imaginative play — something you can never get enough of with your little people!
12 // Toddler Water Table
Whether you get to play outdoors or indoors, this water table is perfect for any weather conditions! We have one and it’s still a hit. Sometimes we put it in our basement to make the cold, wintery days more fun.
Once your babe turns one, so begins the super fun time of imaginative play. We love to encourage as much imaginative play in our house as we can. We got a teepee a couple years ago and it’s always in play when the boys are dreaming up adventures during the day! It’s a great first birthday gift!
14 // Chunky Wood Puzzles
We have SO MANY of these chunky wood puzzles by M & D and they are by and far some of my favorite toys. I love that it gives baby the opportunity to work with their hands, use hand / eye coordination and really begin to start understanding the aspects of building a puzzle. I cannot rave enough about these!
We have two of these personalized tool kits and they are the best! Again, imaginative play! The boys love to see what they can build with them and seeing their name on their OWN tool kit is pretty cool too. They got these right around when they turned one.