Best Toys for 1 Year Olds - Real Mom Recs

Best Toys for 1 Year Olds

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Push and pull toys are where it’s at for this age bracket, as new walkers eagerly test out their new skills.  This is also the age of the “dump and fill” stage of play, so little ones will love toys where you can put things in and empty them out (over and over again).  Young toddlers also love toys that make music and have bright, attractive colors, so you will find lots of those on this list.

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

There is a reason this toy has been around for 30 years. It has UNIVERSAL KID APPEAL. Go ahead and give it to a one year old. Even if they can’t yet get in and out of it themselves, they will be interested. This is a toy they can grow with for a few years. The only problem with this one is the fights kids will get into over it during playdates.

Melissa & Doug Large Shapes Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle

This puzzle, with its big chunky pieces and easy-to-grab knobs, is a great intro to puzzles for toddlers. Sure, they will be doing a lot more dumping out and banging the pieces together than they will putting them back in, but it's all in the name of learning.

Playskool Busy Ball Popper

Ok I'll give it to you straight on this one. Yes, it is loud. Yes, you have to keep it loaded with D batteries. Yes, the songs can get annoying and there will be plastic balls rolling all over. But- it WILL be played with. Kids just get so excited about this one! If you want a toy that is guaranteed hours of play and not just taking up space, this is it.

Hape Kid's Toy Push and Pull Toy

New walkers never tire of pushing this adorable wooden toy around the house! Reminiscent of the classic plastic ball popper toy, but with a very pleasant "clack" sound that won't drive parents crazy.

Tomy Hide & Squeak Eggs

These cute little eggs have a lot going on. They come in a carton that opens and closes and fits each egg into its own spot based on the shape on the bottom. The eggs have different facial expressions that matches the one on its shell. Baby’s favorite part will be the irresistable cheep they make when you push down on them. A big hit in this house from age 1-4!

IKEA Mula Stack and Nest Cups

A modern take on the classic stacking cup, these have fun and eye-catching patterns and detailed textures. Nest, separate, build, knock down. These cups cover several of a one year old's favorite activities. They are also great for water play or in a sensory table with sand or rice.

Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon

Whether your little one is walking independently or still needing a little assistance, push toys are where it’s at with this age bracket. And this adorable push toy version of the Radio Flyer Wagon is sure to delight! Toddlers love loading it up with their toys and feel empowered pushing it around the house. It is well-built and sturdy to withstand the inevitable beating a new walker will inflict on it. This well-loved toy will surely be passed down to future family members.

Kidoozie Funtime Tractor

This tractor sings, moves on its own, and makes animal noises when baby pushes down on one of the animals. The farmer and animals also come in and out, and lock into place when baby gets them into the correct spot. Lots of fun and entertainment, and also a good way to introduce farm animals and their sounds to your little one.

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Piggy Bank

Your 1 year old will want to put all the coins in, then dump them all out over and over again. They will also love pressing piggy's nose to hear it oink and sing.

Fisher-Price Little People School Bus

Little People sets are a classic that young toddlers up to preschool age love playing with, and this bus is no exception. It comes with a driver and two other little people that the child can take in and out of the seats on the bus. When you push on the driver's seat, he talks and the stop lights flash. It also sings a song, "stop and go", that is mildly annoying but the little ones will enjoy! Great way to start any child's Little People collection.


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