When babies reach their 1-year milestone they become very curious. Pulling themselves up or sitting up straight becomes more natural at this age. They’ll begin to throw, squeeze and grab objects as their cognitive skills develop. Waving goodbye, or simple gesture recognition may also start to happen as they begin to recognize simple instructions.1
You can encourage their development and their new sense of discovery with the right toy. Yet, with so many options to choose from, where do you begin? Our list of hand-picked toys is here to help, with options suitable for girls or boys.
1. Important milestones for your baby by one year. 2019 cdc.gov
1. Plush Creations Plush Farm Animals
This classic animal farm set comes with an assortment of four ultra-cute farm figures that talk and make realistic live sounds. It all comes inside a plush barn stable you can use to store all the farm animals when playtime is over. The playset includes a Plush Cow, Plush Horse, Plush Lamb, and a Plush Rooster. Babies can squeeze, hug and chew on these soft toys, offering peace of mind that the materials are safe and age-appropriate.
- Tags show where to push for sounds
- Easy to clean
- Barn could stand better
2. Floating Baby Bath Books
This set comes with four soft, squishy books which all contain a squeaking noise maker that is easily squeezed and makes silly sounds. The various animals correspond to each letter of the alphabet and are depicted throughout the pages of these educational books. Your baby can work on their recognition skills every time they take a bath!
- Great for bath time
- Holds up well to baby play
- The colors start to fade after a while
3. Vulli So Pure Sophie and Natural Soother
Sophie the giraffe and the natural soother are great for babies that like to chew things. Babies can squeeze and chew her in complete safety. Both pieces are made of 100% natural rubber (phthalates Free) and food paint. Squeezing Sophie makes a happy sound, stimulating your baby’s hearing to understand the link between cause and effect.
- Great for teething babies
- Easy to clean
- The color of the giraffe fades
4. Simple First Words Let's Talk
There’s no better time to begin reading to your little one than at age one and this book is ideal. It offers an engaging story during which you’ll encourage your baby to press the buttons and hear the sounds as you read along. By pressing the buttons and matching the sounds to the pictures, again and again, babies will quickly and easily learn simple first words, develop their speech and work on their recognition skills.
- Made from strong board material
- Sounds are clear
- The buttons could be easier to push
5. VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker
This all-in-one early learning center has five piano keys that play music, and it features two colorful spinning rollers, three shape sorters, and three light-up buttons. Your baby can sit and play with the various activities. Once they’re brave enough, they can even attempt to stand up and take their first steps with this walker. This toy encourages creativity and builds fine motor skills.
- Works on hard floors and carpet
- Includes two AA batteries
- The small phone is unattached and can be easily lost
6. Sassy Stacks of Circles Stacking Rings
This is a great first stacking toy for children. Although it has 9 varied pieces to stack with, the hole in the middle remains the same to make it easier for babies to use. Babies can stack the rings in various ways, any direction and in any sequence. The Stacks of Circles promotes early STEM learning by teaching children about: – Sorting – Size – Sequencing – Building – Weights – Comparisons.
- Several colors and textures
- Made from a durable plastic
- The pole could stand up easier
7. Glow in The Dark Sensory Ball
From their first look of this sensory ball from Edushape, babies will be simply drawn into the color it provides. On top of that, the nubbly surface engages your baby’s senses and tactile development. They can grab, throw, chew or squeeze this ball to work on gross motor skills. Rolling, tracking and bouncing the ball also works on logic and reasoning skills.
- Easy to hold
- Comes in a variety of vibrant colors
- A stronger material would hold its shape longer
8. Little Tikes Tap-A-Tune Drum
This drum kit is the perfect excuse for your baby to have fun and make some noise! It includes a single drum and two drumsticks which clip on to each side of the drum. Aside from beating the drum, your 1-year-old could use the sticks to rub the surface of the drum to make some more unique sounds. Babies will work on their creative skills by creating their own unique musical sounds.
- Can use drumsticks or hands
- Doesn’t take up much space
- Could make a better “drum” sound
9. SKYFIELD Wooden Animal Jigsaw Puzzles
This pack of four jigsaw puzzles from Skyfield is made from high-quality wood and free of any toxic materials to help put your baby’s safety first. Babies can piece together the jigsaw while working on their basic recognition, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving skills. They’ll get to know all of the animals in no time!
- Easy for little hands to handle
- Vibrant and cute pieces
- There could be a divider for pieces, allowing easier placement
10. Disney Winnie The Pooh Music and Lights Walker
This Winnie The Pooh walker includes two swing-open activity trays with four fun Winnie the Pooh themed toys and 12 songs. The walker can hold babies up to 30lbs and is great for strengthening the power in their lower limbs. Babies can play with the vibrant activity trays or begin to scoot around the house using their legs. When your 1-year-old is tired of playing, they can use the included tray table to refuel with a snack!
- Padded seat is machine washable
- Wheels work on all floors
- Assembly could have been easier
11. The First Years Stack Up Cup Toys
Although the concept of stacking cups is simplistic, this set includes eight brightly colored cups that can either be stacked on top of one another or your baby can hide things inside them. There are holes in each cup too which means they can also be used in the bath. Using the eight colors combined with the numbered cups, your baby can begin to recognize the differences and learn basic counting.
- Large numbers printed on each cup
- Easy to clean
- Cups could be bigger
12. Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Lil Snoopy
Lil Snoopy is a pull-along toy in the form of a cute little puppy. Even though his design is basic, Lil Snoopy is bright enough for babies to befriend him as he follows them around. Pretending to take Lil’ Snoopy for a walk (grasping the leash and pulling him along) will help develop your child’s fine and gross motor skills. Fun rewards like sounds and ear wiggles encourage little ones to do it all over again.
- Suitable string length for safety
- Head, legs and tail move
- The toy could be sturdier as it tips over easily
13. iPlay, iLearn Baby Bath Toys
Whether you take your baby swimming, they have a bath, or they play in the living room, these bath toys are suitable for any occasion. The set includes seven pieces that all squirt, blow bubbles and swim. Bath toys are not just ideal for encouraging fun and imaginative play, they are also great for developing your little one’s hand-eye coordination, fine finger skills, color recognition, language skills, social interaction, life learning skills, and cognitive processes.
- Made from a safe, durable material
- Comes in storage basket
- The storage basket should have drainage holes
14. LEGO DUPLO My First Animal Brick Box
This is a great introduction to LEGO DUPLO as it includes four buildable animals on wheels: an elephant, crocodile, lion and a giraffe, plus a buildable bird. The set includes 34 pieces so babies can get as creative as their imagination allows. LEGO DUPLO is great for encouraging color recognition and builds on hand-eye coordination.
- Ideal size for smaller hands
- Comes with storage box
- The set could include more buildable animals
15. Hape Pound, Tap, & Shake!
This Hape Pound, Tap, and Shake toy have bright colored hammering balls and a slide-out xylophone with eight keys. The tambourine surface is intuitively designed to keep the volume down to comfortable levels. This toy set introduces logic, coordination, audio recognition, cause and effect, and matching all in one! Inspire musicality in your little one by teaching classic, easy to learn songs.
- Built to last using bamboo
- Can play with bells separately
- The xylophone could sound more realistic
16. VTech Musical Rhymes Book, Pink
This interactive book from Vtech is an ideal way to start educating your baby in a fun and engaging way. It includes six classic nursery rhymes, 40+ songs, melodies, sounds, and phrases spread across the big book. Play piano sounds with the five colorful piano keys that introduce colors and instruments. Switch between two fun modes that introduce age-appropriate vocabulary, music and instrument sounds. Read, rhyme and play!
- Large, easy to turn pages
- Flashing star captures babies attention
- The battery directions need updating
17. Baby Touch and Feel: Animals
This touch and feel book takes cuddly animals and puts them into a cute little story for you to read to your little one. As you turn each page, they can feel the textures to get more involved with the story.
With colorful pictures of cute animals and text to read aloud, this interactive book is perfect for your baby to build their reading skills, sensory skills, and vocabulary.
- Uses real animal photographs
- Well made for little hands
- Not all pages have things to feel
18. Stainless Steel Cookware Playset
Packed into a cute box is this 13 piece cookware playset, pots and pans are 3.7″ in diameter, while cooking utensils are 5.5″ long. The pots, pans, and utensils are essentially miniatures of what is found in mom and dad’s kitchen, and they’ve been created with little hands in mind. Babies can pretend to cook while you take care of dinner time, promoting imaginative and pretend play as a result.
- Handles are riveted on tightly
- High-quality hand-polished stainless steel
- The pots and pans are not big enough for play food
19. Learning Resources Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog
Spike is a fine motor skill toy that helps kids build hand muscles and fine motor skills as they replace the chunky, peg-shaped “quills’ ‘ within the holes that dot the smiling hedgehog’s back. Babies can arrange quills by warm or cool colors, work on sequences and patterns by alternating colors, or count the quills with numbers printed on the hedgehog.
- Rubber spikes of different colors
- Opens to store spikes inside
- Little hands might struggle to grasp the spikes
20. Boxiki Kids Wooden Stacking Toys & Shape Sorting Board
This geometric stacking and shape sorting board from Boxiki features a range of colorful wooden pieces of triangles, squares, circles, and rectangles that can be matched and stacked on the corresponding rods. Using the various pieces, babies stack them together on top of each other which helps to build early problem-solving, cognitive development, shape, color, and size differentiation skills.
- Smooth, solid and well painted
- Various color and shape options
- The overall size of the toy could be bigger
Summary: Buying Toys for 1-Year-Old-Girls
- It might seem straightforward to select the ideal toy for your 1-year-old, but choosing a toy that’s both safe and entertaining makes that search a little more difficult. We’ve taken feedback from real parents across a variety of online mediums to collate a list of recommended toys, rather than a retailer recommending their own products.