Toys

Best Gifts For A One-Year-Old

In just a year, your newborn’s gone from feeding every hour (and rarely sleeping!) to a crawling, smiling toddler full of personality (seriously, where did the time go?). So now that she’s on the go, these goodies will make great holiday gifts for her — and you.
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Best On-the-Go Toy

We love this Linkie Babyplay toy — and so will your toddler. It’s a triple threat when it comes to use: It’s colorful, made with super-soft materials (so it’s definitely cuddly) and makes a rattling noise when you shake it. We love it for weekends at grandma’s, long car trips or an extended stroll outside. Just attach it to your crib, car seat or stroller. $12, Mamas&Papas.com

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Best “Adult” Toy

Your little one tries to get her hands on your smartphone every chance she gets, doesn’t she? That’s because the bright lights and fun-to-push buttons are a baby’s — and toddler’s — playtime dream come true. This one’s made just for her, so you don’t have to worry about unwanted drool on yours anymore (phew!). $15, ToysRUs.com

 

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Best Learning Toy

Your toddler will spend hours fascinated by DwellStudio’s Animal Block Sorter because there’s just so much to play with! He’ll have so much fun trying to fit these bright whale-shaped blocks into the correct holes that he won’t even realize he’s learning. $32, Diapers.com

 

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Best Bath Toy

Okay, there may be such a thing as too many bath toys, but there’s definitely no rule on too many oversized bath toys! This Monster Duck Show is just as big as your tot — which means she’ll be more likely to say “yes” to bathtime knowing she’s got a friend to play with. $17, LandOfNod.com

 

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Best Interactive Toy

While you’re busy cooking dinner, the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Love to Play Puppy will keep baby busy (and having fun!). The touch-activated plush puppy plays more than 40 songs and games — and he even sings a special “I love you” song. $18, ToysRUs.com

 

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Best Puzzle

Melissa & Doug’s Large Farm Jumbo Knob Puzzle has all the farm animals we love, and extra big knobs so tiny hands can pick them up and put them down with ease. You can sing songs while you work or make animal sounds for extra fun! $20, MelissaAndDoug.com

 

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Best Sorting Toy

These Kid O Sorting Rings teach your toddler all about hand-eye-coordination, grouping, sorting, stacking and color. She’ll get a head start on learning differentiation at a young age while still having fun playing. $19, Giggle.com

 

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Best Baby Book

This Sophie Book & Teether Bundle is a must-have for your toddler. She’ll love exploring all of the different textures on the pages (bumpy, scaly, stinky and shiny!) and reading together will be fun for both of you. $29, Diapers.com

 

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Best Walker

Your toddler’s not quite on his feet yet — but he’s getting closer by the minute. With the V-Tech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker, he can push this portable play area to any room in the house (and then settle down and play when he’s tired!). It’s interactive, colorful and the perfect supportive-walker to help him get moving (good luck catching him, though!). $30, buybuyBABY.com

 

 

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Best Two-in-One Toy

The unique Fold & Play Giraffe Safari Book from Skip Hop doubles as a book and an interactive toy. It’s great for travel (no batteries required!) and she’ll love folding and unfolding the boxes to find her favorite safari friends hiding underneath. $10, SkipHop.com

Plus, More from The Bump:

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By Kylie McConville