Best Toys And Gifts For 1 Year Olds 2017

Best Toys And Gifts For 1 Year Olds

Finding the best toys for one year olds can be difficult. Tots at 1 year old are at the turning point in their development. If he’s is not already, your baby is starting to walk, talk, play, and get into a bit of trouble. Whether you are shopping for Birthdays Gifts, Christmas Gifts, boys, or girls, we rounded up the safest, educational, and most entertaining toys. What are the best developmental toys for 1 year olds?  Anything that they can move, manipulate, and won’t fit in their mouth will likely be a huge hit.

To find the perfect toys for this age, we listened to many development specialists. Based on their feedback, we proudly present the best gifts for 1 year olds. From age appropriate books to stacking toys, we’ve selected the best learning toys and educational toys for your 1 year old that will help your baby’s developing sensory and motor skills.

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Even though your child might not be able to read just yet, it’s never too early for story time. Books appropriate for this age group include not so wordy language, hard to destruct pages, and interactive elements. Consider board books which are nearly indestructible. Through reading, even young children can learn basic language by trying to figure out what the pictures and the words mean. 1 year olds will likely get a kick out of these books.

Dear ZooDear Zoocheck priceThis children’s classic is about a boy who just wants a pet from the zoo. The zoo sends him all sorts of animals that don’t make great pets until finally sending the perfect pet. The fun part is lifting up all the flaps and seeing the various animals the zoo sends. Children will love making the various noises that the animals make. The language is simple and perfect young ones.
First 100 WordsFirst 100 Wordscheck priceThe First 100 Words is a great picture dictionary for infants. Inside the book, it has got so many objects that you see around the house, outside, in the zoo, and in so many more places. The pictures are bright and colorful. Each page is themed, with similar words grouped together. You can even play fun games with the book like “show me where the dog is.”
Dr. Seuss Board Book SetDr. Seuss Board Book Setcheck priceWho doesn’t love Dr. Suess? This is the perfect gift set to introduce young kids to the world of Dr. Suess. It contains 4 abridged versions of Dr. Seuss classics: Hop on Pop, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!, Ten Apples Up On Top!, and The Shape of Me and Other Stuff. These are perfect versions to read to little ones with well made sturdy cardboard pages.
Lamaze Cloth BookLamaze Cloth Bookcheck priceThis cute cloth book from Lamaze is a great introduction to reading. Kids will love exploring the pages with this soft plush book. As you turn the pages, there are little peek-a-boo flaps that open up, revealing the cute little animals hiding behind them. Each page asks “Who is hiding?” Peek-a-boo! Pull back the tree, leaf, or log to reveal the animal. There is a moose, owl, raccoon, and beaver. Kids will love pulling and tugging on the crinkly material. It’s all very clever and the rhyming nature makes it fun to read out loud.
Little Blue TruckLittle Blue Truckcheck priceBeep! Beep! Beep! This cute book about friendship is the perfect bedtime story for 1 year olds. The friendly little blue truck beeps along as he meets up with animals along the way. When he gets stuck in a puddle, the animals come to his rescue. Children will love chiming in with the animal and vehicle noises: Baaa! Moo! Quack! Fun fonts highlight the sound effects. It has a beautiful rhyme and rhythm that makes it fun to read out loud. At the end, they might even want to do it all over again.
Giraffes Can’t DanceGiraffes Can't Dancecheck priceJungle boogie. Can Giraffes dance? Gerald is a clumsy Giraffe with thin legs made for standing still. Once he gets moving, he trips all over himself. Everyone in the jungle can dance except poor Gerald. That is until he meets up with a friend who inspires Gerald to dance like James Brown. The fun rhyming story is complimented by the wonderful watercolor artwork, which makes this book a joy to read out loud. The story is about finding your own rhythm even if you are different. Tango with this fun book.
Ten Tiny ToesTen Tiny Toescheck priceHead, shoulders, knees, and toes. Here’s a fun spin on the classic rhyme. The book encourages kids to get up and move. In the book, the little boy along with his teddy bear point out the various body parts in a fun rhyming and repetition pattern. Mouth, ears, eyes, nose, arms, belly, legs, and ten tiny toes. What a fun way to learn about the body!
Pout-Pout Fish Big-Big Dark Pout-Pout Fish Big-Big Dark check priceKids will love traveling underwater with this fun tale about a fish who promises to recover Ms. Clam’s pearl. He’s fast, strong, and smart. The only problem? He’s afraid of the dark. It’s a very real fear that most children have. With colorful illustrations and a lighthearted sense of humor, the book follows Mr. Fish as his bright eyed ocean friends help him keep his promise and find his inner courage. The message is clear: Even if we have weaknesses, when we can work together we overcome anything even the dark.
The Loud Book! The Loud Book! check priceTurn up the volume with this sequel to the Quiet book featuring the same fun cast of characters. Everything is more fun when things are LOUD! The book encourages kids to get loud whether it’s alarm clock or fire truck. The illustrations are warm and fuzzy and part of the fun is looking at the expressions on the animals’ faces. Kids will have fun coming up with different ways to get loud.
Baby’s Belly Button? Baby's Belly Button? check pricePeek-a-boo. This fun board book encourages kids to lift the flip out flaps to search for baby’s eyes, feet, ears, mouth, and belly button. Kids will love pulling back the flaps to look under a hat, cup, shirt, and cat. It is impossible not to giggle when you lift off the first flap to reveal baby’s eyes under the cap. The bright and eye catching artwork brings alive the interactive game of hide and seek.
Touch & Teach Elephant BookTouch & Teach Elephant Bookcheck priceHow cool is this book shaped like an elephant? This is mostly a learning toy. Kids will have fun learning their Abcs, numbers, shapes, and colors with this 16 page interactive book. There are 3 modes of play including learning Abcs, reading, and music modes. Kids will love pushing the light up buttons and flipping the pages as they explore all the sights and sounds. The sound effects bring the animals to life. Turn the page to learn.
Princess Peek-A-Boo BookPrincess Peek-A-Boo Bookcheck priceHere is a fun way to introduce little ones to reading with this simple Disney Princess themed electronic book. It looks like a book, though there is no real story. It is mostly a toy. The pages are tabbed which makes it easy to turn the pages. The magic of Disney comes to life with a few surprises on each page. On each page there is a sentence about one of the five princesses including Belle, Snow White, Jasmine, Ariel, and Cinderella. As you turn the pages, the princesses read along. When you spin the round dial, it plays little sounds, music, and voices that relate to the page.


Every child should have a set of blocks because they are the ultimate creative toy. Blocks are not only great for creativity, they teach motor dexterity and coordination. At this age, kids will likely bang them together until they learn to stack them. Blocks are a toy that grows with your child. Your 1 year old will love building with these top rated toys.

First Builders Big Building BagFirst Builders Big Building Bagcheck priceYour little builder will love building stuff with this fun assortment of 80 colorful blocks. There are two themed sets with primary colors and pink themed colors. Even if they are not yet ready to “build” with blocks, this is a great starter set to introduce them to. Encouraging open ended play and imagination, there is an endless array of building possibilities that is only as large as their imagination. These Megablocks are oversized which is great for 1 year olds who still love putting stuff in their mouth. The specially designed wheel base is a whole lot of fun. You can make cars, planes, and just about anything with 2 wheels.
Kids Match and Build BlocksKids Match and Build Blockscheck priceThe Melissa and Doug Match and Build blocks includes 10 soft blocks and 4 triangular soft blocks that feature fun animals, colors, and numbers on them. Part of the fun is matching up the pieces. The blocks are soft, velvety, and lightweight that they can’t hurt a baby. Because they are made of foam, towers that go boom are safe and won’t hurt.

Stacking And Nesting Toys

There is something about stacking objects on top of each other or fitting them into another that gives 1 year olds a kick. Stacking and nesting toys help babies develop spatial relations. They can be stacked high in a tower and just as easily be taken down, which builds imagination. Here are the top stacking baby toys.

My First StackerMy First Stackercheck priceThere are so many stacking toys on the market that it is hard to choose. These are the best. There is no center post but thanks to the unique design these can easily be stacked on top of each other. Kids will have a blast stacking the pieces, knocking them over, chewing on them, and crashing them together. All Green toys are made from 100% recycled milk jugs. There are no external coatings or dyes, so you don’t have to worry about your child ingesting harmful chemicals.
K’s Kids Stacking BlocksK's Kids Stacking Blockscheck priceThis is not your regular stacking toy. There are so many fun ways to play with it, allowing your child to grow with it in stages. There is stacking, nesting, and sorting. You can stack or nest the blocks, but each side of the blocks has something to explore including shape sorters. You can stack the blocks on top of each other into a tower and drop the shapes through the matching holes. It’s stacks of fun.
Stack and Explore BlocksStack and Explore Blockscheck priceKids will love stacking as well as exploring these fun blocks from Fisher Price. These fun blocks teach kids numbers and sizes, while building eye hand coordination and problem solving skills. With five blocks, kids will enjoy stacking these blocks up high or nesting them inside each other. There are fun discoveries on each side of the blocks including fun animals, numbers, and interesting textures.
Light-Up Lion StackerLight-Up Lion Stackercheck priceHere is a great twist on the classic stacking toy by Fisher Price. Unlike traditional stackers, the rings can be stacked in any order, which is great for kids just figuring it out. The coolest part? As children stack the pieces, the toy lights up with a fun chime. The only thing we wish it had was an on/off switch for the sound.

Shape Sorters

Nothing is more satisfying for little ones than matching a square peg with a rectangular hole. For young ones, sorting shapes is like a game of trial and error. Shape Sorters are great for a variety of reasons. It teaches hand eye coordination, dexterity, colors, and shapes. Even better they are tons of fun. Choose from classic peg in the hole toys or soft squishy sorting toys. Either way, your 1 year will be left with a smile with these fun shape sorters.

Infantino Jumbo Shape SorterInfantino Jumbo Shape Sortercheck priceLook it’s Jumbo the elephant! We love this clever twist on the classic shape sorter toy. First, it’s BPA free and it’s a blue elephant with big floppy ears, a green nose, and a spinning red body. Who doesn’t love a big friendly elephant? Little ones dump shapes into the cute elephant’s belly. Turn the tail to spin the shaped holes around on the belly. Little ones can even spin the belly around manually. Drop the shape in and press the ears to slide the shapes out of the elephant’s nose. It’s adorable and just as fun to do it all over again. Before you know it, your kids will start to recognize the shapes.
Tolo Toys Rolling Shape SorterTolo Toys Rolling Shape Sortercheck priceTake the classic shape sorter and have it roll around on the floor and you get this fun shape sorting toy from Tolo. We like that there are so many ways to play with it. It can also be used on the tabletop like a regular sorter. The openings are color coded, making it easier to drop the correct shape in. The pieces are bright and colorful but big enough so your child won’t swallow them. The lid is easy to open but secures the shapes inside. There are six different shaped holes, three on each side. The individual shapes all rattle, making fun unique sounds. It effortlessly rolls on the floor, adding physical activity.
Green Toys Shape SorterGreen Toys Shape Sortercheck priceMade from recycled milk jugs, this eco-friendly shape sorter is a nice take on the classic sorting toy. Tots drop pieces through the saucer shaped top. There are 8 colorful shapes to sort. We like that the sorter doesn’t come apart easily thanks to its attached lid which means more time is spent sorting the blocks than flinging the pieces around. You just twist the top and bottom to open up the container. Because of this design, you do have to frequently dump out the pieces.
Take-Along Shape SorterTake-Along Shape Sortercheck priceMommy has her suitcase. Why can’t baby have one? For on the go shape sorting fun, here is a great shape sorting toy from Melissa and Doug. It’s like a little brief case of shape sorting fun. All the shapes fit inside the zippered bag with the handle though you do have to occasionally shake the bag so the pieces fall easily through. For more fun, there are fun crinkly flaps that children can lift and identify the various shapes. The cute dog on the zipper makes it fun to open and close the bag.

Push and Pull Toys

Most children begin to start walking at the age of 1. A sturdy push toy can give them the confidence they need to start walking. Just be aware that some pediatricians don’t recommend walkers because walkers can tip over though most believe that walkers give you the benefits of walking without the risks of falling. At this age, be sure your child is ready for a walker and you are there to watch over them. Here are some favorite push toys and walkers to choose from.

Build’n Go Wagon Build'n Go Wagon check priceYour little builder will get a kick pulling this wagon around. The coolest part? This builds on the classic walking toy literally. Inside the wagon, there are 25 colorful building blocks that can be stored inside or lugged around. Stop the wagon and unload. Baby can build around the wagon but it is much more fun to build on top of the wagon since the lid on the wagon is actually a base plate. Now that is cool. It comes in classic colors but there is also a pink themed version.
Hape Walk-A-Long PuppyHape Walk-A-Long Puppycheck priceKids will love walking this toy dog with life like movement. As your tiny one trundles forward, this adorable wooden pup comes to life, wagging its tail, bobbing its head, and swinging its ears along. The range of motion is superb that you can even teach the dog tricks by balancing the dog in various fun positions to mimic sitting, standing, or jumping. When you stop pulling him along, he will put his head down sniffing the ground.
VTech Pull and Sing KittenVTech Pull and Sing Kittencheck priceMeow.  Here kitty, kitty! Kids will love pulling and wheeling this singing kitten around. He prances along as your child builds motor skills and self confidence. Press the buttons on his head and the kitten will introduce kids to letters, colors, and even sing songs like “ABCs.”
Pop and Go ThomasPop and Go Thomascheck priceHere is a modern twist on the classic popping toy. What better way to introduce little ones to Thomas than with this popping toy. What we love most about it is that are two ways to play. With the handle on, your child can push Thomas around as the balls pop inside. Using a screwdriver, the handle can be detached, turning the toy into a vehicle that can be pushed along the floor.
Hape Galloping Zebra CartHape Galloping Zebra Cartcheck priceWhat’s more fun than learning to walk with Zebras? This adorable wooden walker from Hape is superbly crafted with a hand crafted look unlike plastic walkers. We love its gorgeous clean and modern look. It’s fun to watch kids marching forward as the Zebras gallop in front. Make way for your little one.
Sit-to-Stand Learning WalkerSit-to-Stand Learning Walkercheck priceThis is one of the most popular walking toys. Its compact size makes it easy to push around. We like that the VTech sit to stand walker can be used as a stationary activity center. The entire activity center can be snapped on and off and can be laid flat on the ground. It makes all sorts of noises and has various activities that teach shapes, colors, animals, music and more. There’s buttons to push and even a detachable phone. Once your child is able to stand up, it can also be adapted to a push toy with 2 settings on the wheels to control the speed.
3-in-1 Care & Learn Stroller3-in-1 Care & Learn Strollercheck priceThere is more than meets to eye to the toy stroller from VTech. This is a 3 in 1 transforming stroller walking toy. This toy helps your little one get on their feet with 3 ways to play. Transform the stroller by simply flipping or tilting the base. You can put the included little baby doll to sleep, feed her, and stroll along with her. Each mode has a variety of phrases, songs, and nutrition concepts.
Stroll-Along WalkerStroll-Along Walkercheck priceAs your baby begins to walk, she will love strolling along with this cute pink stroller from Fisher Price. Though the doll is sold separately, there is a little seat in the front to place her little toy baby doll inside. Kids will love pushing their baby doll around as they learn to walk.


Vehicles are some of the best toys for 1 year old boys and girls. Spark your 1 year olds imagination with fun vehicles that they can push which helps build their gross and fine motor skills. Here are great vehicle toys.

Pull-Back Vehicle SetPull-Back Vehicle Setcheck priceYour baby will love pulling these soft automobiles back and watching them go vroom across the floor. The set includes 4 vehicles. There’s a bus, fire engine, police car, and regular car. The lightweight and plush design makes them easy to grab and hold. The material can easily be taken off and cleaned. Best of all, these vehicles keep on moving without ever needing batteries.
Stacking CarsStacking Carscheck priceThese beautifully designed wooden cars are stacks of fun for babies. It is fun to push them around and spin the wheels, but they can also be stacked on top of each other in any order. They are great for babies who love to put everything in their mouth. We like that there is nothing really that can break off. There are no small parts or sharp edges. All the dyes are child safe so you don’t have to worry about your child ingesting harmful chemicals.
Elephant-on-WheelsElephant-on-Wheelscheck priceLook it’s an elephant on wheels. Made out of recycled milk jugs, its part of Green toys’ Animals on Wheels line. There is an elephant, pig, and turtle. Thanks to its easy to grasp shape, tots will love rolling it back and forth. For babies just starting to crawl, it’s a great first car that will hold baby’s attention
Kid O Go CarKid O Go Carcheck priceThis is a great baby’s first car. Little riders will love this uniquely shaped push and pull vehicle. The handle makes it easy for little ones to grasp and the rubber wheels make it easy to roll even on hardwood floor.
Pull and Learn Car CarrierPull and Learn Car Carriercheck priceToot! Toot! Load up the vehicles and move them out with this fun push and pull toy. The Vtech Pull And Learn Carrier is great for little ones that love trucks and rolling things around. Because you can pull it, it is great for children already walking. It introduces children to animals, numbers, colors, and music. It’s fun to push all the buttons to hear about all the different colors and numbers. Through imaginative play, you little one will develop fine motor skills.
My First ThomasMy First Thomascheck priceAll aboard! Now even young kids can fall in love with Thomas the Train with this cute train toy. Load the cargo in the back and roll Thomas along. It’s got real working wheels that allow you to push the train around. Push his dome and the train lets out a small whistle “Choo! Choo!” It’s a cute gift with big chunky pieces.
Lil Movers AirplaneLil Movers Airplanecheck priceFasten your seat belts and welcome aboard. Kids will take off with this Little People Lil’ Movers Airplane from Fisher-Price. It includes two Little People including a pilot and passenger. Pop them inside and load the cargo. Push down on the Little People in their seats for some fun sound effects that would appear on a real airplane. It’s time for takeoff. As kids roll the airplane forward, it plays back the special airplane music.
Press ‘n Go CarPress 'n Go Carcheck priceVrroom! Babies and gentlemen start your engines with the Press and Go car from Fisher Price. It zooms along the floor and plays music with just a push of the puppy’s head. Babies will love crawling after it.
Press N’ Go- DogPress N' Go- Dogcheck priceFirst off isn’t this the most adorable dog you have ever seen? Push him down and he speeds along on the floor. No need for batteries. Kids will love chasing the puppy around.
Press N’ Go- CatPress N' Go- Catcheck priceLike the Little Tike Press and Go Dog, this smiling cat on wheels is too adorable. Press down on him to send him rolling along. It’s such a simple toy but offers hours of fun.

Ride Ons

Once baby has mastered crawling, standing, and walking, parents can introduce their tot to foot to floor ride on toys. Children will love using their legs to push themselves around the house with these cool ride on toys. Here are the best ride on toys for 1 year olds.

Step2 Whisper Ride IIStep2 Whisper Ride IIcheck priceBuckle up in the hottest ride for 1 year olds. This looks like a really cool car but it can be pushed around like a stroller. The rubberized wheels allow it to be much quieter. We love the cup holders which allow either mommy or daddy to bring along a beverage. Prop open the engine for additional storage. There is a safety belt to keep kids secure. Kids will love pretending to drive with the pretend steering wheel with working horn. Now only if somebody could drive mommy and daddy around.
Little Tikes 4-in-1 Ride OnLittle Tikes 4-in-1 Ride Oncheck priceBy simply removing various components, here is a trike that grows with your child. There are 4 stages: guided, learning, developing, and independent. There is a built in removal sunshade to protect little kids from the sun. When children are younger, parents can use the push handle to push children around much like a stroller. A really cool stroller. When children grow, they can pedal and steer on their own.
Bounce and Ride ElephantBounce and Ride Elephantcheck priceThis friendly blue elephant grows with your child. It plays music to get your little one moving, transforms into a walker to steady your child’s first steps, and then evolves into a ride on. Its upbeat sounds, cheery music, and lights make you feel like you are in the circus.
Wheely BugWheely Bugcheck priceThe wheely bug is one of the most adorable riding toys. It comes in 2 different sizes. There are 6 different fun animals to choose from. What makes it so fun? With its four caster wheels, this kid powered cute little bug spins, moves sideways, and back and forth.
Sit-to-Stand Cruiser ToySit-to-Stand Cruiser Toycheck priceFrom sit and play activities to a ride on, this two in one musical toy grows with your child. The steering wheel holds all of the fun and is detachable. There are over 80 sounds and melodies to keep babies entertained while they learn animal sounds, basic language, and simple directions.
Stride-to-Ride PuppyStride-to-Ride Puppycheck priceWho doesn’t love puppies? This ride on is just adorable. The dog has big floppy years, a red nose that lights up, and a happy grin on his face. It’s actually 3-in-1 toy that will grow with your child. It’s a ride on but flip up the seat and it’s also a walker. With 50 songs and phrases, kids will learn numbers, letters, colors, and shapes. The cutest part? The puppy playfully moves his head and sings as you push him along. Too cute!
Thomas The Tank VehicleThomas The Tank Vehiclecheck priceAll aboard the choo choo train. Kids will be delighted to hop on this cool Thomas The Tank steam engine. The vehicle is simply operated with the press of one push button. It only goes 2mph which is perfect for little train riders. While there is no reverse, the train can be steered left and right with the red steering wheel bar.
Power Wheels Lil’ KawasakiPower Wheels Lil' Kawasakicheck priceNow this is our kind of ride. The classic Kawasaki ATV now comes in a size that little ones can ride. It’s operated by a simple push button. Put your feet up on the cool footrests, zooming ahead at 2mph for four wheeled fun.
Smart Stages ScooterSmart Stages Scootercheck priceThis musical scooter from Fisher Price will have kids scooting around in style. There are three modes of play which grow with your child. Children can explore the sights and sounds, learn shapes, and engage in role play.
Toy Story Lil QuadToy Story Lil Quadcheck priceThis is a cute battery operated four wheeler that looks like something Buzz Lightyear would ride. It is controlled by a simple push button. With this fun ride, Buzz Lightyear fans can travel to infinity and beyond.
ScuttlebugScuttlebugcheck priceThis lady bug looking ride on is as adorable as it is fun. It’s an ideal toy for babies ready to move beyond walking. The non scratch caster wheels let kids ride it without scratching the floor indoors. The coolest part? We love that the bug can be squashed flat, simply by folding it. This makes it easy to be tucked away for storage just about anywhere.
Cozy CoupeCozy Coupecheck priceFor years, the Cozy Coupe was how little kids got around. The big eyed vehicle with a happy face continues to speed along generation after generation. The cozy car has been redesigned for even younger kids. With the floorboard in place, parents can push younger kids around. Remove the floorboard and the fun begins as the car is now kid powered. There is now an ignition switch, a door lock, an opening gas cap, and a real working horn.

Electronic Toys

Electronic toys are very popular because babies are drawn to their blinking, flashing, vibrating, and beeping. These electronic toys will keep baby happy.

LeapFrog My Pal ScoutLeapFrog My Pal Scoutcheck priceHow cool would it be if a toy could recognize your child’s name and favorite things? While super soft and cuddly, this is no ordinary teddy bear. My Pal Scout is a customizable cute puppy teddy bear. With a computer, you can personalize the teddy bear to learn your child’s name, their favorite food, their favorite animal, and even favorite color. You can even pick out five of your favorite songs for it to play when you push its paw. As your little one is playing with him, he will reference their favorite things. The little guy says the most adorable things like, “I love you (your child’s name.)” Along with up to 40 songs, there are over 15 activities to engage with that teach colors, first words, and numbers.
Dance & Move BeatBoDance & Move BeatBocheck priceBabies get on the dance floor. He shakes his hips. He bobs his head. His colorful LED tummy lights up to the beat of the music. This adorable robot encourages baby to get moving along while teaching basic concepts like ABCs, colors, counting and more. Press the buttons on his feet to make Beat Bo come alive. He’s absolutely adorable to watch. The coolest part? Babies can record their own voice and Beatbo will sing it back in electronic style. F-U-N.
Smart Stages ChairSmart Stages Chaircheck priceEvery little child deserves their own chair. This is no ordinary chair. It’s more than a place to sit. It’s a kid’s throne. When your child sits in it, she’ll activate songs and lights. There are 3 levels designed to grow with your little one, so you can adjust the phrases, songs, and sounds according to your tot’s age.
Smart Stages Piggy BankSmart Stages Piggy Bankcheck priceCla-Ching! Here is a fun piggy bank that teaches numbers, counting, colors, animals to young ones. There are two modes: number mode and music mode. Press piggy’s nose and he’ll start singing. When you place the colorful large coins inside, he’ll count from 1 to 10. When you’re done, have him count them again. On the music mode, it will play different songs when you place the coins inside like a jukebox.
Magical Musical MirrorMagical Musical Mirrorcheck priceMirror, mirror on the wall, who is the cutest kid of all? This magical mirror is more than just a mirror. With 3 levels of play, it grows with your child. Little ones will have so much fun looking at themselves in the mirror. It has adorable features like a little lipstick, makeup brush, and bracelet. All of the components are attached so you don’t have to worry about your child swallowing anything. The light around the mirror will make you little one feel like a little queen or king.
Smart Stages PuppySmart Stages Puppycheck priceThis electronic teddy bear makes learning fun. He’s soft and cuddly. With 3 modes of play, it grows with your little one. The little guy sings over 50 songs like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” or “This Is The Way We Wash Our Hands.” When you press his body parts, he’ll sing, ask questions, teach numbers, letters, parts of the body, and colors. When he sings or talks, his heart will glow just like your child’s.
Animal Mash-Up KitAnimal Mash-Up Kitcheck priceDo the Farm Mash. This is a clever spin on the matching game. Inside the bucket there are little animal pieces of both the front and back of various animals. On the top of the bucket, there is an area where you can place the front and back of the animal. The idea is to find both the front and back of the animal. You made a match. If you do, the toy will tell you a fun fact about the animal. But the real fun is when you mashup animals. You can stick a pig head and the back of a duck together to get a pig duck. It will play a little jingle. Oink  Quack.
Touch ‘n Crawl TigerTouch 'n Crawl Tigercheck priceArrr! Let’s get moving. Follow me. This cute crawling tiger crawls on the floor just like baby. It’s great for babies just learning to crawl. Baby will love chasing after him. He sings and makes fun noises as he crawls. The head is very soft and cuddly except for the flashing nose.
LeapFrog Sing and Play FarmLeapFrog Sing and Play Farmcheck priceWho wouldn’t want to grow up on a farm? What better way to learn vocabulary than on a farm with fun animal friends. Kids can build fine motor skills with the LeapFrog Sing and Play Farm. There are sliders to slide, a light switch, a key to turn, doors to pull, buttons to push, and a push knob on the roof. There are four interactive sides with fun surprises to be found everywhere. There’s even a little handle on top to carry it around for on the go fun.
Puppy’s Activity HomePuppy's Activity Homecheck priceWhat if puppies had homes? You get just that with this toy from Fisher Price. It is designed just for babies building their fine motor skills. It comes with a little puppy and his pet frog. There are 3 modes of play: learning, music, and imagination. There are doors to open, a light switch, buttons, and roller balls. With 40 activities, this is a busy home. The roof opens up to store the little puppy and his frog friend inside. There is even a little handle on top that makes it easy to carry around.

Active Toys

Get kids active and moving with these fun indoor and outdoor toys.

Edushape Sensory BallsEdushape Sensory Ballscheck priceThere are so many things you can do with a ball. You can throw them, drop them, or play catch. Balls not only are excellent for open ended play, they are great for working on motor skills. The texture, colors, and varying sizes of these balls from Edushape make them a good first choice. The bumpy surface makes it easy for little ones to grab onto.
Smart Shots Sports CenterSmart Shots Sports Centercheck priceShoot, score, and learn with the VTech Smart Shots Sports Center. This is a cute active toy that lets kids play both basketball and soccer. A small play basketball and soccerball is included. For young ones not familiar with sports yet there are buttons to press, but what we love is that this toy gets kids up and moving. The coolest part? It has an animated scoreboard that cheers kids on. It’s a GOAAAAALLL!
Cove Sand and Water TableCove Sand and Water Tablecheck priceHave a little fun in the sun with this Sand and Water Table from Step 2. It is great for imaginative active play. You can put sand on one side and water on the other. For young ones you can put water on both sides because it drains on both sides. There’s a removable umbrella shade for hot sunny days.
Crawl Around CarCrawl Around Carcheck priceAlthough this looks like a car, this is not really a riding toy. With 3 stages of play, the Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car is actually a stationary play set that is shaped like a car. There are so many things to do both inside and outside of the car. Babies will crawl and move around the car. There’s a shape sorter built into the door. Kids can climb in, turn the key, honk the horn, or spin the steering wheel. With 75 songs and sounds, there is a lot to explore including classic songs like the “Alphabet song.”
Country Critters Play CubeCountry Critters Play Cubecheck priceYour little one will be busy with this fairly large animal themed wooden activity center from Hape. There are various activities to do on each side of the cube. There’s a bead, maze, shape sorter, a ball coaster, and more. There even a mallet for pounding action. The colors are so bright and vivid and each of the activities is well thought out.
Easy Score Basketball SetEasy Score Basketball Setcheck priceScore with this basketball hoop from Little Tikes that grows with your child. It comes both in pink and blue. The post adjusts from 2 to 4 feet. The hoop can be used indoors and outdoors. It’s a slam dunk.

Pretend Toys

Your little one is probably imitating everything you do, why not give them toys to get their little imaginations going. Here are pretend toys that will make even mommy jealous.

Rise ‘n Dine Busy CafeRise 'n Dine Busy Cafecheck priceBright cheery colors, music, buttons, and Toast! Making pretend breakfast has never been more fun. Kids can create banana, orange, and strawberry pretend smoothies by pressing the buttons. The color of the smoothie actually changes with the press of a button. The blender beads inside the blender spin around, making it look like you are making the smoothie. You can even toast bread and it pops up. Before long, baby will be making breakfast for everyone.
Learning KitchenLearning Kitchencheck priceThere is a new chef in the kitchen. Now babies can cook in their own kitchen as they learn shapes and more with this creative role playing toy. When the toy is closed, it is a fridge. As soon as you open it up, it turns into a little play kitchen. For shape sorting fun, it’s cute that the food items are actual shapes like a triangular carrot, a square milk jug, and a circular bottle. It comes with various shaped props that when placed correctly in the kitchen will activate a song. The whole toy closes up for easy storage. Mom will want her own.
Gas ‘n Go Mower ToyGas 'n Go Mower Toycheck priceYour little guy or girl will love to pretend to mow the lawn with this toy lawnmower from Little Tikes. No batteries are needed. Pull the lever to start the machine. Designed to work on flat surfaces, when it is pushed, it makes popping noises. Now if it could only really cut grass.
Smart Stages VacuumSmart Stages Vacuumcheck priceWho knew that vacuuming could be so fun? This singing and talking vacuum teaches colors, shapes, and numbers. There are 3 modes of play that grow with your baby. It’s good to start teaching your child to clean up early. When he grows up, he can then do the real thing.
Smart Screen LaptopSmart Screen Laptopcheck priceMommy is always typing away on her laptop. With this mini laptop, baby can pretend to do his work by pressing the keys. It is super cute. It’s even got a rolling mouse that cycles through the alphabet. With 3 modes of play, it teaches numbers, abcs, Spanish and more. Press the keys and it will display stuff on the little LCD screen.
Learning Letters MailboxLearning Letters Mailboxcheck priceThere is a letter for baby. This happy singing mailbox teaches little ones numbers, letters, and more. Kids will develop fine motor skills when they drop the pretend mail in the slot on the top as the mailbox sings to them. Babies will spend hours opening and closing the mailbox. The mailbox is open in the back so it’s fun to surprise baby with a hand or role play when she opens the mailbox. Now baby needs a way to get email.
Musical Rainbow TeaMusical Rainbow Teacheck priceTea parties have never been more fun. This happy teapot encourages children to count along as it pretends to heat up the tea, glowing in fun rainbow colors. The teapot will sing a fun song as the tea bubbles. The most fun part? When you tip the teapot over, the make believe tea behaves so realistically, making a fun pouring noise. Cake please? Children can even match the color of the tea to the cake slices. Lift the lid and the teapot makes an adorable sound.
Picnic Basket Fill Picnic Basket Fillcheck priceGrab the baby we are going on a picnic with this soft plush picnic basket and play food. There’s a banana that you can peel back, a watermelon that squeaks, and an ice cream cone that is a rattle. By far the most exciting thing is the main course, a sandwich. The sandwich has multiple layers that stick on with velcro. Super fun! It more fun than making an actual sandwich.
Chat and Count Cell PhoneChat and Count Cell Phonecheck priceDo you find your kid always grabbing your phone? Why not give her a mini version? This is the perfect substitute. Your little chatterbox can make pretend calls and punch the buttons to hear numbers and songs.
Learning Lights RemoteLearning Lights Remotecheck priceWhere is the TV remote? Who changed the channel? Instead put this pretend TV remote on the coffee table for baby to take. It looks like a real remote, but when you press the buttons it doesn’t change the channels or turn off the TV. It teaches her about colors, shapes, and the weather. You can get back to watching reruns of your favorite soap opera.
Animal Friends Farm Toy Animal Friends Farm Toycheck priceThe Little People are taking over the farm. Little ones who love animals will love this cute set which features 7 fun animal figures. Open the door, to hear the fun barn tune. The barn opens up for fun imaginative play. It’s fun to drop animals down through the chute. When you’re done, everything closes up so you can put the animals neatly inside.
Musical Dancing PalaceMusical Dancing Palacecheck priceLittle princesses will love this dollhouse designed just for them. It makes a great first castle. There are so many fun pieces included with this set. You get Belle, Cinderella, and her prince. Put them on the dance floor and make them dance around by spinning the wheel as the dollhouse plays fun Disney music like “Beauty and the Beast”.
My Pretty Learning PurseMy Pretty Learning Pursecheck priceMommy carries her purse everywhere? Why can’t baby? This pretend purse from Fisher-Price is a lot of fun for baby. It is a toy so the opening to the purse is pretty narrow, but it is still great for imaginative play.

Bath Toys

Splish-splash, we are taking a bath. Give that rubber ducky some company with these fun bath toys that require your little one to be active instead of passive.

My First TugboatMy First Tugboatcheck priceGet ready for water filled fun with this eco-friendly tugboat made of milk cartons. It’s actually a cleverly designed pouring toy with a spout on the front. Your babe will love sailing it around, dunking it under water, and pouring water out of it.
Ducks Stacking Bath ToyDucks Stacking Bath Toycheck priceThese stacking ducks are a nice spin on the classic rubber ducky. Baby will love watching them float around the tub. It is fun to fill them with water and pour it out. They are great for rinsing baby’s hair. We love how they stack neatly on top of each other, which makes for easy storage.
Dinosaur Water SquirtiesDinosaur Water Squirtiescheck priceRaaa! These colorful little dinosaurs are so cute and adorable. Fill them with water and they squirt water out of their belly or mouth.
Quacky CupsQuacky Cupscheck priceQuack! Quack! Get squeaky clean with this fun bath toy from Alex Toys. These duck shaped cups can be stacked, pour water, and squirt water. The set includes 3 duck cups and a one squirting duck. Not only will little ones find it fun to watch the water pour through the holes, but also the duck cups are great for pouring water on baby and rinsing her hair. Duck! Duck! Squirt!

Musical Toys

The number thing on any one year’s to do list is making lots of noise. It allows them to be noticed. They love a toy that clangs, beeps, bops, or plays music. Give your child these great options.

Take Along TunesTake Along Tunescheck priceYou know those times in the car when baby won’t stop crying the entire time? This toy is a miracle. This musical toy features classical music that sounds like it is straight out of Disneyland. It’s got a big button that baby can push to cycle through the 7 tunes that would make Mozart proud.
Neptune Ocean OrchestraNeptune Ocean Orchestracheck priceWhen they made this toy turtle, they took Mozart and stuffed him inside. It’s got lots of lights that stimulate baby. Press the large button on top and the turtle will play a classical song. Kids will love pressing the button and running away only to come back and press it again when the song has ended. In our favorite mode, you can isolate the various instruments from the Orchestra to create your own composition.
Beats Dancing PianoBeats Dancing Pianocheck priceLearn music and build with Billy Beats the Dancing Piano. It plays music, lights up, and dances. Little musicians will love making music with this toy piano. Kids can even build on top of Billy with the 8 large simple building blocks. Kids can follow the light up keys to learn the basics of playing a piano. As kids press the keys, Billy dances to the music encouraging kids to dance along. It’s great for building budding musicians.
Remo Kids PercussionRemo Kids Percussioncheck priceYour little one will love banging on these drums with or without the mallets. They are great for banging, bashing, and shaking. Pretty soon mom and dad might want to join the band.
Learn & Groove Musical TableLearn & Groove Musical Tablecheck priceLittle ones will have a blast playing with this musical table from LeapPad. There are 2 modes of play. You simply turn the page to switch between learning and music mode. In learning mode, each of the instruments will introduce kids the numbers, colors, shapes, and more. When you switch it to music mode, it becomes a little symphony of instruments for little ones. There is a piano and even drums. We like that it can sit on the floor and the legs can be attached once babies start standing.
Puppy Learning TablePuppy Learning Tablecheck priceThere are various activities built into this table. With 60 songs and phrases, there are plastic pages to turn, a play counting phone, and small keyboard. It grows with children. Babies can use this on the floor without the legs. We love its versatility.
Soothe & Glow SeahorseSoothe & Glow Seahorsecheck priceThis is the cutest little seahorse. His face is so cute. He’s super soft and cuddly. Turn the lights down and this soothing toy will glow in the dark, playing soothing and relaxing music. He makes fun ocean noises. After 5 minutes the music fades out while the light dims out. Before long, your baby will be asleep and you might be to.
Learning LanternLearning Lanterncheck priceDuring the day, this fun singing lantern teaches letters, numbers, animals, and basic words. When it’s night time, it lets out a soft glow before fading out after 5 minutes. During that time, it offers quiet soothing music and relaxing nature sounds to help put little ones to sleep.

Baby Dolls

Baby dolls make some of the best gifts for 1 year old girls. There is nothing better for a one year olds development than a baby doll. Yes, even boys. Little ones love taking care of their baby dolls. Baby dolls are packed with so much potential to build cognitive, fine motor, language, and social skills. Pretending to change clothes, feeding, bathing, grooming, and hygiene are all important life skills. By role playing, one year olds can practice before they incorporate these lessons on themselves or siblings. Here are our favorite baby dolls.

Baby Stella Boy Baby Stella Boycheck priceNow even baby boys can train to be a father with this adorable baby boy doll. Baby Sam is the perfect playmate. He’s got on a boyish dinosaur onesie that is too cute. The doll is so adorable and soft. Kids will love the magnetic pacifier that sticks to his mouth. You can even change his little diaper.
Baby Stella Sweet DreamsBaby Stella Sweet Dreamscheck priceEvery time baby squeezes this adorable Baby Stella doll it lets out a lavender smell. So soft and cuddly, she’s wearing the cutest pajamas and comes with her own stuffed animal. Both the pacifier and bottle stick to her mouth when placed near her mouth thanks to magnets. Aww! Sweet dreams.
Charming Pastel Baby DollCharming Pastel Baby Dollcheck priceThis soft 12 inch baby doll looks so life like. Though her head, arm, and legs are made out of plastic, her body is soft and cuddly with a calming vanilla scent. She has on the cutest outfit with a nightcap. Put the toy doll to sleep and it closes its eyes. It makes a great first doll.
Hug ‘n Giggle BabyHug 'n Giggle Babycheck priceThis baby doll from Fisher Price is your child’s perfect first baby doll. The doll is soft and cuddly. This doll can’t stop giggling when you hug her. When you squeeze her, she makes soft adorable baby sounds. She is perfect for bedtime or riding around in a play stroller.

Stuffed Toys

Introduce your baby to a new soft friend. A plush toy gives your child a chance to develop emotional skills, while offering friendly snuggles in the dark.

Curious George Stuffed AnimalCurious George Stuffed Animalcheck priceWho doesn’t love monkeys? Kids won’t be able to resist hugging this super soft plush monkey. At 16 inches, he’s a great size but still small enough to carry around.
Elmo Large PlushElmo Large Plushcheck priceWho could resist giving this large 20 inch plush version of Elmo a hug? There are no fancy electronics inside him. Just big soft fun. He is shaggy and cute and looks just like Elmo. Little ones will love taking their new best red friend around.
Boo Stuffed Dog Toy Boo Stuffed Dog Toycheck priceThe world’s cutest dog makes the world’s cutest toy. He looks just like the real thing right down to his fluffy tail. Little ones will love petting him as they go on their many adventures together.
Philbin Stuffed Teddy BearPhilbin Stuffed Teddy Bearcheck priceYou’ve got a friend in me. This is probably the cutest teddy bear ever. Look at his big droopy face and sympathetic expression. At 18 inches, he is just asking to be hugged over and over again. His fur is super soft and he as squishy and huggable as he looks.

The Room

Here are great gifts for the playroom.

Aqua Tranquil Turtle Aqua Tranquil Turtlecheck priceWhat a great twist on the standard night light. This toy makes your room go under water by shooting underwater light effects on the walls and ceiling of your little one’s room while your baby falls asleep. It even plays soothing sounds and music. There is something so magical to falling asleep under water.
Tree of Life Growth ChartTree of Life Growth Chartcheck priceThis beautiful gender neutral growth chart is the perfect way of watching your child grow. It’s hand crafted with a gorgeous tree print and made of high quality wood. It is something that you will keep forever on the wall, creating memories that last a lifetime.
Baby Care Play MatBaby Care Play Matcheck priceWhat better way to play on the floor than this large high quality playmat from Baby Care. At almost 7″ X 5″, it is huge. It comes in 7 fun themes from Tropical Islands to Abcs. It has a cushioned surface so no matter whether baby is rolling, falling, or jumping on the mat, he is safe.
SoftTilesFoam Play MatSoftTilesFoam Play Matcheck pricePlaytime has never been more fun than with this gorgeous eye catching interlocking playmat from Soft tiles. Whether your child is learning to crawl or walk, this mat will provide cushiony fun. Offered in a variety of fun patterns, the bold patterns and colors provide a level of sophistication that can easily match with any decor.
Little Tikes Toy ChestLittle Tikes Toy Chestcheck priceSay goodbye to toys on the floor with this Toy Chest from Little Tikes. While it sort of looks like a toy, the colors are nice and it holds a good amount of toys with 6 cubic feet of storage.
Kinfine Kids Arm ChairKinfine Kids Arm Chaircheck priceHoney I shrunk the chair. It looks like an expensive Pottery Barn chair but kid sized. While it is made of faux leather, it looks and feels very good. Not only does this chair for young tots look classy, your little one will love to read, sit, and just enjoy his afternoons with this chair.

One Response to Best Toys And Gifts For 1 Year Olds 2017

  1. Laura June 15, 2016 at 10:10 pm #

    I’m looking for the description of a toy I was given to us a gift, with no instructions, as it was used. It is like a turtle shape, for blue legs on the bottom green flat-ish turtle shape on top it appears to open and prop up. I don’t know what it does or its purpose. Thank you!

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