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20 Best Toys for 1-Year-Old Girls in 2020

Updated 10 April 2020

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It’s not at all uncommon for babies to become more and more curious as they pass their one-year milestone. During this period, you often see them pulling themselves up or sitting up straight as this is starting to become more natural. Their cognitive skills are starting to form, and this translates to waving, grabbing objects, and so on. Babies also start to somewhat grasp simple instructions, so waving goodbye or other simple gestures start occurring more frequently. 

And the right toy will actually encourage their development and sense of discovery. But with so many options in the marketplace, how do you even begin? This is where our list of hand-picked toys comes in handy.

1Plush Creations Plush Farm Animals

This lovely animal farm set contains four wonderful farm animals that are familiar to us all, and that babies absolutely love. The animals all talk and make realistic sounds, and even come with a barn stable where you can store them when done playing. The playset includes a Plush Cow, Plush Lamb, Plush Horse, and Plush Rooster. Squeezing any of the toys makes a cute, life-like sound that will turn any play moment into an educational one.

What we love

  • Very easy to see where to push for sound
  • Plush and cute, while being realistic

We dont like this as much

  • Barn could be more sturdy

2Floating Baby Bath Books

This floating set helps your baby learn while taking a bath with super cute floating bath books! The set is made up of four soft and squishy books, each containing five pages corresponding to the letters of the alphabet. The animals make up the entire pages of the books and even make sounds. The colorful animals help make bath time a time for learning as well.

What we love

  • Makes bath time educational
  • Durable and holds up well to baby play

We dont like this as much

  • The colors could hold up better

3Vulli So Pure Sophie and Natural Soother

Sophie the Giraffe is a soft and plush baby toy made to be chewed and is safe for your baby’s gums and teeth. She is made of 100% Natural Rubber and is free of Phthalates and any food paint, so you don’t need to worry about your baby chewing the toy. She even makes a lovable happy sound when squeezed, helping your baby make the link between cause and effect.

What we love

  • Superb toy for teething babies
  • Cleaning is a breeze

We dont like this as much

  • The color could hold up better

4Simple First Words Let's Talk

Getting your baby started on their journey of reading has never been easier! This book helps your little one learn to match sounds and pictures by repetitive practices, all while keeping them engaged with a wonderful story. By pressing the buttons and then matching the right sounds to the pictures, your baby will be well on the path to learning simple words and developing their speech and recognition skill.

What we love

  • Material is very strong and durable
  • Sounds are even clearer now

We dont like this as much

  • Buttons are also a little hard to push

5VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

This interactive learning center has a removable play panel and five piano keys that play their own tunes!. It also has two spinning rollers, three shape sorters, and even three light-up buttons that help your baby develop their creativity and motor skills. There are also over 70 sing-along songs, music, and sound effects that your baby can explore, all the while giving them the possibility of taking their first steps with the built in stroller.

What we love

  • Works just as well on carpet and hard floor surfaces
  • Includes both AA batteries needed

We dont like this as much

  • The small phone is unattached and can be lost easily

6Sassy Stacks of Circles Stacking Rings

The Sassy Stack is a fantastic toy for strengthening fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The toy has nine different, chunky, pieces that your baby can stack, with each ring featuring a different texture and weight. The colorful beads inside the clear ring also help your baby recognize sound and sight. And the Stack of Circles also helps develop early STEM learning by teaching kids sorting, size, sequencing, building, comparisons and weights.

 

What we love

  • Differing colors and textures to play with
  • Durable plastic materials means it lasts longer

We dont like this as much

  • The pole could sit more sturdily

7 Glow in The Dark Sensory Ball

This sensory ball helps babies engage their visual and tactile senses by playing with the colorful and textured surface. The seven inch ball even glows in the dark and is made with the highest quality standard materials. Your baby will be able to throw, chew and squeeze this ball to develop their motor skills. Coordination is also built by tossing and rolling the ball.

What we love

  • Very easy to grab and control
  • Colors are very vibrant and engaging

We dont like this as much

  • Using a stronger material would increase its durability

8Little Tikes Tap-A-Tune Drum

This playable drum kit gives your baby the perfect opportunity to take their first adventure into music! The brightly colored drum kit makes all sorts of noises and includes a single drum and two drumsticks. Your one-year-old will also be able to experiment with the surface of the drum and test different sorts of noises. It encourages your baby to hone their creative skills while learning about music at the same time.

What we love

  • Can make sounds with either drumsticks or hands
  • Very small and doesn’t take up space

We dont like this as much

  • Drum sound could be more pronounced

9SKYFIELD Wooden Animal Jigsaw Puzzles

With this jigsaw puzzle, your baby’s safety and health comes first! All of the animal wooden puzzles are of high-quality environmental wood that’s been tested to be free of Phthalates and any Lead or BPA material. The cute animals – a bear, butterfly, bear, ladybug and bee help your one-year-old learn about different animals while building their core recognition skills. They also get to build their hand-eye coordination, as well as develop their concentration and attention span.

What we love

  • Very easy to handle for small hands
  • Cute pieces that are vibrantly colored

We dont like this as much

  • A divider for pieces would help with placement

10Disney Winnie The Pooh Music and Lights Walker

This Winnie The Pooh Music and Lights walker has two swing-open activity trays with four fun Winnie the Pooh themed toys and even 12 songs. There is an oversized snack and play tray and even supports babies up to 30lbs in weight. The three-position height adjustment allows your baby to be comfortable while scooting around the house using their legs. When they’re finished with playing, they can use the tray table to get filled up with a snack!

What we love

  • The padded seat is machine washable
  • Wheels are equally functional on all surfaces

We dont like this as much

  • Assembly could be made easier

11The First Years Stack Up Cup Toys

Even though the concept of stacking cups may be a simple one, children love putting cups together and hiding things inside them. The eight brightly colored cups also have a hole in the bottom so that they can be used in the bath as well. And because they are all individually numbered, your one-year-old baby can also start recognizing differences between them and even start developing number recognition.

What we love

  • Numbers are printed large on each cup
  • Very easy to keep clean and don’t take up space

We dont like this as much

  • Cups could be a little larger in size

12 Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Lil Snoopy

Lil Snoopy is a fantastic pull-along toy that takes the shape of an adorable puppy! While he may be simple in design, he is easy to love and babies adore befriending him as he follows them where they go. His ears wiggle and his tail wags as he barks, and he helps develop those gross motor skills as your baby will want to pull him by his leash. No batteries required means that it’s simple to maintain too.

What we love

  • Leash length is the right length for safety
  • Ears, tail and legs move

We dont like this as much

  • Tips over easily so it could be made sturdier

13 iPlay, iLearn Baby Bath Toys

This bath toy set is perfect for bath time, playing in the living room, or even swimming. It includes brightly colored toys that are made of the highest grade plastic that is 100% safe for your little one. While being colorful, the shapes are unisex and perfect for bathtubs, pools, lawns, patios and so much more. There are seven pieces that all squirt, blow bubbles and even swim. They also help your one-year-old develop their creative skills and imaginative play.

What we love

  • Material is safe and high quality
  • Storage basket makes for easy storage

We dont like this as much

  • Could have holes in storage basket

14LEGO DUPLO My First Animal Brick Box

The LEGO DUPLO animal set includes four buildable animals that are mobile on wheels: an elephant, a crocodile, and giraffe, and a lion, as well as a buildable bird. This is a handy gift for any one-year-old and even includes a storage box to keep all of your buildable blocks in. The different colors help your little one with color recognition and even hand-eye coordination as they build the animals.

What we love

  • Great for fitting in small hands
  • Storage box is very handy

We dont like this as much

  • The set could have more buildable animals

15Hape Pound, Tap, & Shake!

The Hape Pound, Tap, and Shake toy is made up of a brightly colored xylophone with 8 keys and hammering balls that are all designed to be lower volume. The durable bamboo wooden construction also means that it’ll hold up to a lot of play and the water-based paints will hold. The set also helps your little one get introduced to logic, coordination, audio recognition, cause and effect, and matching all in one toy!

What we love

  • Bamboo wood construction built to last
  • Bells can play separately

We dont like this as much

  • Xylophone sounds could be more realistic

16VTech Musical Rhymes Book, Pink

This interactive book has very easy-to-turn pages and is a great way to get your baby learning classic nursery songs and rhymes! The collection includes six nursery rhymes, over 40 songs, melodies, and sounds, and even phrases across the big book. The talking book also has five colored piano buttons that introduce your baby to sounds and instruments. The book is also visually stimulating and has a light-up Star. 2 AAA batteries are also included.

What we love

  • Very big and easy-to-turn pages
  • Star is visually captivating

We dont like this as much

  • Updates to battery instructions needed

17Baby Touch and Feel: Animals

This cute touch and feel book brings animals to life while helping kids develop their knowledge and use of senses. The book introduces many new adorable animals like penguins, rabbits, kittens, and more. The pages carry different textures that get your little one engaged and wanting to learn along with the story. The book is a great way to practice animal recognition and reading, while developing your baby’s sensory and vocabulary skills.

What we love

  • Uses actual animal photographs
  • Carefully made for small hands

We dont like this as much

  • Not every page has something to feel

18 Stainless Steel Cookware Playset

This very cute cooking set is made up of 13 different cookware items, including pots and pans that are 3.7” in diameter, while the cooking utensils are only 5.5” long. The adorable playset is made of the highest quality US standard stainless steel, and is made with durability in mind. The cookware is an awesome gift for boys and girls and promotes imaginative play and is fantastic for toddlers that eventually want to try regular sized cookware.

What we love

  • Handles are sturdy and easy to hold
  • Very high-quality stainless-steel construction

We dont like this as much

  • Pots and pans could be made bigger for actual food

19 Learning Resources Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog

Spike is an adorable little hedgehog with chunky, peg-shaped pieces that fit on his back and helps your baby build their fine motor skills. Your baby can arrange the pegs based on warm or cool colors, by sequences and patterns or even count the quills with the clearly printed numbers on Spike’s back. The easy to grasp pieces are just the right size for your one-year-old baby and makes for a great Easter basket toy.

What we love

  • The rubber construction of the quills
  • Opens up to store spikes inside

We dont like this as much

  • Very little hands could have some struggle with the quills

20Boxiki Kids Wooden Stacking Toys & Shape Sorting Board

This 25-piece colorful geometric stacking and shape sorting board is made from very durable and child-safe materials and helps your baby develop their differentiation skills. The brightly colored wooden pieces are made up of triangles, squares, circles, and rectangles and can all be stacked on their matching rods. Using the different pieces, your baby can play multiple games and build their early problem-solving skills, while developing their cognitive abilities by sorting shapes and colors.

What we love

  • The pieces are solid construction and very smooth
  • Different colors and shapes

We dont like this as much

  • The size of the set could be larger

Summary: Buying Toys for 1-Year-Old-Girls

While it may seem easy to find the right toy for your one-year-old, finding one that is both safe and entertaining makes the choice more difficult. We’ve amassed feedback from real parents from a variety of online platforms to compile this list of recommended toys. And instead of a retailer recommending their own toys, we did the research to bring all of these differing toys together for you to choose from.