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106 Gifts for 1 Year Olds

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Kids’ Activity Cube

Promotes counting and develops color, pattern, and shape recognition.

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Mortimer the Moose

Its tummy squeaks and awakens auditory awareness.

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Little Red Wagon

Made of plastic with sturdy wheels that are gentle on indoor surfaces.

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Montessori

Melissa and Doug Wooden Fish Puzzle

Easy-to-grasp pieces in vivid colors make it an ideal beginner puzzle.

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Toddler Busy Board

With buckles, zip pockets, 123s, and more to develop cognitive skills.

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Rhyme and Discover Book

An interactive book that plays over 20 songs, phrases, and sounds.

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Sensory Stacking Blocks

12 BPA-free non-toxic blocks that develop a sense of touch and vision.

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Palm-Grasp Crayons

The ergonomic design makes them easy to hold and scribble with.

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Outdoor

Play Tent with Tunnels

It’s durable and pops open in seconds — has see-through mesh tunnels.

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Little Red Wagon

Made of plastic with sturdy wheels that are gentle on indoor surfaces.

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Green Toys Dump Truck

It’s BPA-free, has a workable dumper, and improves gross motor skills.

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Step 2 Whisper Ride II Push Car

It includes a seatbelt and is a great alternative to a stroller.

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Giraffe Bike

Easy to maneuver with an adjustable seat and big, sturdy rear wheel.

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Rocking Elephant

It has a sturdy wooden construction, plush material, and makes sounds.

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Bubble Lawn Mower

Makes realistic sounds and the bubble maker encourages pretend play.

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Rody Bounce Horse

It's inflatable, bouncy, and its contoured body keeps kids safe.

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Go and Grow Dino

The wide front wheelbase and big rear wheel make it sturdy/balanced.

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VTech Push & Pop Bulldozer

Press the buttons to learn colors, numbers, phrases, and music.

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Baby Trend Sky View Stroller

It features a 5-point harness and height-adjustable handle.

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Jungle Gym

A 3-in-1 set with a slide, basketball hoop, and molded-in soccer goal.

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Pull Puppy

Push or pull to activate music, words, and other fun sounds.

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Baby Balance Bike

With a steering limit for safety, non-slip wheels and soft handlebars.

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Educational

Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

Has 2 spinning rollers and 3 shape sorters to develop motor skills.

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Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube

Made of kid-friendly wood with safe edges that will not harm a child.

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VTech Chomp and Count Dino

Recognizes the 8 food pieces as you feed him and gives fun responses.

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Melissa & Doug Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Wooden Tool Kit

It features 15 pieces including screws, hammers, and more.

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Baby Shark Soundbook

A 10-button book that plays singing songs — with 16 illustrated pages.

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Wooden Peg Puzzle

Each animal "sounds off" when the puzzle piece is placed correctly.

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Learning Wagon

Roll the wagon or press the buttons to activate phrases and more.

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Baby First Cloth Books

Teaches by touch — kids will learn basic reading and comprehension.

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Boon Building Bath Pipes

With 5 shapes that can be combined in a chain or used individually.

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Montessori Busy Board by BusyPuzzle

This sensory puzzle helps develop gross- and fine-motor skills.

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LeapFrog Scout and Violet 100 Words Book

All the words come with sound effects and fun facts.

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Sensory

Mortimer the Moose

Its tummy squeaks and awakens auditory awareness.

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Press and Stay Building Blocks

4 blocks with interesting textures — easy to put together/pull apart.

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Musical Instrument Set for Toddlers

Made of high-quality non-toxic wood, they’re safe and durable.

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Developmental Bumpy Ball

Multiple textures and materials help to develop tactile sensitivity.

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Winkel Rattle

With soft, continuous BPA-free teething tubes to provide soothing.

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Vulli Sophie The Giraffe New Box, Polka Dots by Vulli

It's made of 100% natural soft texture rubber from the hevea tree.

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Lil’ Nibble Teethers Carrot by Infantino

It's designed with BPA-free silicone and is easy to wipe clean.

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Sensory Teether Blocks

Made of cotton and polyester with ribbons and a jingle bell insert.

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Soft Pineapple Stacker

Squeeze, shake and stack the rings to develop sensory skills and more.

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Rubber Teether Ball

Made of 100% phthalate-free organic natural rubber and easy to grasp.

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Birthday

Baby Shark’s Ultimate Shipwreck Playset

The set includes over 25 pieces and multiple ways to play.

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Rainbow Pounder

Hammer in all the pegs then flip the bench over and start again.

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Tap and Spin Toolbox

Hit the nails and the spinner rolls, and it reveals numbers 1–10.

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Move2Play Soccer Ball

It has sensors that recognize an activity and has hilarious responses.

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The Block Set

Contains 70 colored wood pieces, 20+ activity guide and other add-ons.

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Race Track Set

Made of wood with 7 mini-cars that slide down 7 continuous tracks.

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Little Shopping Cart

Made of plastic, it’s sturdy with a deep basket and a fold-down seat.

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Fisher-Price Bounce & Spin Puppy

Bounces and spins 360° and can play 100+ songs, sounds, and phrases.

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Loveys for Babies Bunny Security Blanket by Pro Goleem

This blanket doesn't shed or pill and is available in 13 styles.

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The Play Gym by Lovevery

It's 100% cotton and uses FSC-certified wooden legs and batting ring.

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Mommy & Me Daily Bathtime Gift Set by Aveeno Baby

Includes fragrance-free and hypoallergenic conditioner and wash.

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Little Grape Land Baby Play Mat

It includes microfiber polyfill padding with safe anti-skid material.

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Baby Activity Center by Skip Hop

It features a 360-degree rotating seat and converts for easy cruising.

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Corporate Baby Gift Basket by Our Green House

It features all-natural and fair-trade, organic ingredients.

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Twin baby gift set booties

They're a gentle combination of handmade merino yarn and wood.

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Coming Home Outfit

This 100% cotton outfit is produced in a standard 100 by OEKO-TEX®.

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Mama’s Boy Bodysuit by BombshellBoutiqueCA

Made of 100% combed ringspun cotton with double-needle ribbed binding.

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Baby-boys 4 Pack Sleep ‘N Play Footie by Gerber

These 100% cotton footies are available in 13 colors and designs.

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My First Sports Bag Stuffed Plush Playset by GUND

The 8" duffel and plushies are machine-washable for easy cleaning.

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Baby Girls’ 6-Piece Bodysuits by Simple Joys by Carter’s

Features expandable shoulders and nickel-free snaps on the panels.

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Infant Romper Floral Suspender Dress by MBMSHEGH

It's made of 95% cotton and 5% spandex with a simple snap closure.

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Personalised print for girl by LittleWildlingsGifts

It's made of 230 gsm matte archival paper, with high definition inks.

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Doona Infant Car Seat & Latch Base

It features a 5-point harness, and adjustable handlebar.

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Fun

Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone

Tap the balls onto the keys or pull out the xylophone and play it.

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Track Shower Water Slide Bath Toy

46 bright-colored pieces that encourage unique DIY assembly ways.

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Jomyfant Light-Up Floating Rubber Bath Toys

8 water-activated color-changing toys, ideal for tiny tots’ hands.

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Fat Brain Toys Bugzzle

Contains 15+ puzzle pieces, a bug-shaped tray, and 40 challenge cards.

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Fisher-Price Vacuum

Press "On" for vacuum sounds and "Off" for learning songs and phrases.

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Nuby Floating Purple Octopus Interactive Bath Toy

Brightly colored and perfectly textured to engage kids’ senses.

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Baby Shark’s Big Show! Bath Sprinkler and Water Toy

Place these bright, smiley-faced balls in water; see them come alive!

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Magnetic Drawing Board

Made of ABS plastic with round edges and a curved pen tip for safety.

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Indoor Slide

Made of foldaway cardboard, it’s safe and supports up to 50 lbs.

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Extra Large Hippo Snuggler

It's hand crocheted using bulky weight chenille yarn and measures 28".

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Alex Bath Beep Beep Stickers in The Tub

Soft foam pieces create a roadway drive for toy cars.

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Other Recommendations

Mission Pal Sox

Made of soft, safe fabric and includes activated sounds from the film.

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Baby Shark Dancing DJ

With dance detection tech, it dances when you dance — plays 7 songs.

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Stuffed Dino

This 26” dino plush toy is made of soft, durable polyester fabric.

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Baby Infant Rattle Socks by Bigib

Helps sensory development and hand, foot, and eye coordination.

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Deluxe 25-Piece Baby Healthcare and Grooming Kit by Safety 1st

Includes a gentle care brush, cradle cap comb, and toddler toothbrush.

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Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Diaper Rash Ointment

This ointment includes 16% zinc oxide and seals out moisture.

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8-Piece Baby Shower Gifts by ode to thee

The kit includes 2 natural muslin cotton baby cloths and rubber ducks.

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Personalized Earflap Hat by maryscc

It's made of cotton yarn and is available in 24 different colors.

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Baby Handprint and Footprint Makers Kit by Bubzi Co

It measures 12.04" (L) x 9.76" (W) and features smooth setting clay.

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Custom Night Light Moon Star by CustomizeIdea

Engrave any text on this USB-powered acrylic and wood base.

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Personalized Baby Name Swaddle Blanket by TheBabyBlooms

Handmade jersey knit and polyester, measuring 30" (W) by 40" (L).

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Personalized Baby Bathrobe by DreamEmbroideryStore

It's made of super soft plush fabric for ages 0-9 months.

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Baby Keepsake Box by Savor

It features 9 compartments for sonograms, birth certificates and more.

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Babies and Kids Shampoo and Body Wash by Alaffia

It's sulfate-free and is handcrafted with unrefined shea butter.

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Baby Shusher The Sleep Miracle Sound Machine

It includes 15 to 30-minute timers and adjustable volume control.

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The Puj Tub by Puj

Made from a soft, closed-cell foam, it is also collapsible.

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Baby Memory Book Scrapbook Album for First 5 Years by Hapinest

It features 68 simple themed pages to record special moments.

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Portable Diaper Changing Pad by KOPI BABY

Waterproof Oxford fabric is used and it features a rapid open buckle.

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Hatch Rest Baby Sound Machine by Hatch Baby

Includes soothing sounds like white noise, ocean, wind, birds and rain

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Baby Teething Toys and Natural Organic Food Feeder by SHARE&CARE

It's made of 100% BPA-free food-grade silicone to prevent injury.

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5 Pack of Burp Cloths by Burt’s Bees Baby

Features 2 ply for added thickness as well as a 3-panel design.

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Lusa Organics Booty Balm

Treats diaper rash, irritated skin, sores, sunburns, and scrapes.

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Niki’s Natural Baby Wipes

It's safe for dermatitis and eczema and contains coconut oil.

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Custom Toddler Hat by Laserly Engraving

All hats are adjustable snap back and range from 46 to 58 cm.

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Baby Girl Swim Diapers by Babygoal

Choose from 15 designs made of 100% imported polyester.

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Baby Headband Bow Box Bundle by MamaBearAndCubsShop

Mix and match your headbands and simply spot clean with detergent.

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Personalized Baby Gift Box

A crochet deer, wooden toy, and booties — choose what to customize.

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Otter Soother

Mimics your rhythmic breathing motion to naturally soothe your baby.

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Penguin Musical Wobbler

Has a built-in bell that makes soothing tinkling sounds as it waddles.

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Truck

Has moveable parts, rubbery wheels and comes with a truck operator.

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Soft Blocks

4 blocks have crinkly faces for texture and 2 have a rattle inside.

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Floating Whale

It will automatically spray water and flash when it senses the water.

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Once they turn 12 months old, babies’ curious minds are primed for learning, experiencing, and developing. For proper development, toddlers must have access to toys that stimulate their cognitive development and motor skills. We recommend a combination of Montessori learning toys and physically stimulating activities to keep them engaged, learning, and happy as they celebrate their first year of life.

Choosing the best toys for 1-year-olds

When choosing toys for your 1-year-old, the most important thing to think about is safety. Babies and toddlers often explore things with their mouths, so none of the toys must pose choking hazards. The reason children explore with their mouths is due to the bundles of sensory nerves that provide them with information as to what something is.

With older babies, typically 7 to 12 months, you’ll find that they’re starting to become more active. They’re crawling, scooting, and trying to stand up and walk. The toys that they receive should aid this process. Good options are things they can pick up and put down, things to build with, and things to use their larger muscles for. They’re also starting to explore words, pictures, and stories, so when considering toys facilitating this new learning stage, think of picture board books and things to create with. 

How we identified the best toys for 1-year-olds

When evaluating the best toys for 1-year-olds we considered important milestones the child will reach at this stage.

1-year-olds have reached the stage of clambering around objects and getting to know more about how their bodies work. Our gifts are suited to helping them navigate the world around them through climbing and movement and the development of their muscles.

Playing with toys is a great way to raise happy and confident children as they develop their cognitive skills, motor skills, psychosocial skills, and emotional and linguistic skills, and the skills learned through playtime help future development to be used when they are older. We chose items that your 1-year-old can bang around, move, put down and pick up and play pretend.

We also included gifts that will advance the linguistic skills and movement skills they’ve already picked up. This act of play develops three important skills: internal control, the freedom to suspend reality, and finally, framing. Framing is what helps them understand behaviors and cues that they learn while playing.

Tips for buying the best toys for 1-year-olds

  1. Make sure it is age-appropriate
    Everyone likes to think their child is smarter than average, and while this may be true, toys that are too advanced can lead to boredom and frustration, so it’s important to ensure that the toy is age appropriate and developing the necessary skills that come with being a 1-year-old.
  2.  Safety is a must
    As we mentioned, 1-year-olds have an oral fixation at this age to learn more about objects. Ensure that whatever toy you do buy is safe enough so that in the instance they do decide to explore with their mouths, there’s no danger present.
  3.  Buy toys that facilitate learning
    This doesn’t have to be limited to things like linguistic skills and more intellectual learning concepts, but it can also be just learning about movement. They’re developing their motor skills and trying out new things, and toys that aid this can be greatly beneficial. Playsets, building blocks, and shapes are all great choices in this regard.