When babies turn 1, they have gone through more mental and physical growth in one year that any of the rest of their life.
What started out as life in the womb most likely has ended with a baby walking, crawling and beginning to communicate.
In order to continue that development, the toys that surround a 1 year old are critical in continuing their development.
We’ve put together a list of top rated, best-selling toys for any 1 year old for your reference.*
*Note that we don’t include pro/con lists with toys as they are much more subjective than our other baby product categories.
One year olds are also beginning to communicate, both through words, gestures and many through baby sign language.
Many can communicate simple phrases such as “more” or “all done” and become visibly frustrated when their communication isn’t understood.
There are several things to think about when purchasing toys for this age, given that they are fast developing, both mentally and physically.
Things to consider for purchasing the best toys for a 1 year old:
Best Toys for a 1 Year Old: Hand/Eye Coordination
As we mentioned above, hand-eye coordination is HUGE at this age. Shape sorters are super popular as are other toys that promote that type of development.
Here are some great hand-eye coordination toy choices below!
Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First BlocksFisher-Price Brilliant Basics Rock-a-StackMelissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding BenchPlayskool Play Favorites Busy Poppin’ PalsSassy Fascination StationMelissa & Doug K’s Kids Match and Build Blocks
Best Toys for a 1 Year Old: Physical Development
Upon celebrating their first birthday, many babies are either walking, close to it, or crawling around intently. Either way, they are full into movement and are happiest when doing so, since it’s a brand new skill.
Toys that require pushing or pulling, or activity centers where babies can jump or play are all great choices.
VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning WalkerEvenflo Exersaucer Triple Fun Active Learning CenterStep2 Pink Whisper Ride BuggyFisher-Price Rainforest JumperooVTech Drop and Go Dump TruckBright Starts Giggling Gourmet Shop ‘n Cook Walker
Best Toys for a 1 Year Old: Cuddle Partners
At this stage, several 1 year olds have formed attachment to favorite stuffed animals, toys or lovies.
A great gift for this age is to add to their collection. This helps create visual interest and helping them understand that they can have lots of favorite stuffed animals or toys to choose from.
Best Toys for a 1 Year Old: Cause/Reaction
These are some of the best toys that can teach 1 year olds! When they cause an action (such as touching, pushing, or dropping something), that they have an effect on the toy.
We’ve rounded up some of the best-selling, top rated toys that showcase this development skill!
Fisher-Price Little People Animal Friends FarmInfantino Grow-with-me Activity Gym and Ball PitThe First Years Stacking Up CupsLiberty Imports Rainbow Xylophone Piano BridgeStep2 Cozy KitchenMelissa & Doug Stack and Sort Board