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100 Gifts for 1 Year Old Boys
Our Best 3 Picks
When a little boy turns one year old, it’s a milestone to remember due to its significance as a celebration of their first year of life.
Choosing the best toys for 1-year-old boys
One-year-old boys need help making the transition into toddlerhood. According to child development experts, “Knowing how to set boundaries, encouraging positive behaviors, helping them explore their environment, and letting them get a little messy every now and then will help you enjoy this transitional phase to toddlerhood.”
These little ones like to venture outside and become immersed in discovering their environment. Toys that they can use during this all-important exploratory stage are ideal.
Play is also identified as an important part of one-year-olds’ growth development and according to experts, the best items to promote this are musical instruments that create lots of noise when they bang or shake them, toys with moving parts such as wheels and levers, and blocks that they can knock down after building them.
How we identified the best toys for 1-year-old boys
Although one-year-old boys are not yet able to talk or fully express themselves, they are very intrigued by colors, sounds, and textures. We, therefore, included a collection of toy options that are brightly colored, produce sound, and have multiple textures.
One-year-olds also tend to explore their world using their mouths. Child experts point out that while toddlers can grab onto things, they cannot really get a feel for them using their hands. As medical writer, Daphne Metland put it: “A baby’s mouth has more nerve endings than any other part of the body. So if he really wants to find out what something feels like, he puts it in his mouth.” With that in mind, we also opted for toys that are easy to clean, do not have sharp edges, and are made from non-toxic materials.
Tips for buying the best toys for 1-year-old boys
- Don’t get them small toys
With one-year-olds’ propensity to put everything in their mouths, avoid small toys that can lead to choking. You want to ensure that they remain safe as they play with their toys.
- Appeal to their senses
Sight, hear, touch taste, and smell. One-year-olds will respond to toys that activate their five senses — and if you can get toys that activate all of them at once, that’s even better for their learning experience.
- Make it a bonding experience
They may be one year old but toddlers this age still love listening to their parents’ voices. Consider getting toys that will make this possible like a baby book that you can read to them before they go to sleep or a bright bath book that can help to make bath time more fun.