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Best Gifts for One-Year-Olds

By Erica Lim on October, 22 2019

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Check out our gift guide comprised of safe and stimulating gifts that are guaranteed to impress any child on their first birthday. These fun picks encourage healthy development, making for both happy babies and happy parents. As expert mothers ourselves, we have conducted extensive research and carefully curated our favorite picks that can be purchased at every price point. 

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Infantino Sensory Press and Stay Sensory Blocks 

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This 24-pack of sensory press and stay blocks are made with embossed panels that the child can mix and match. Each block can be stacked or built sideways. The various colors and textures increase stimulation, spur creativity, and drives imagination for children six months and over. This toy grows with your child, and will still be relevant years after.

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Haba Ring Around Clutching Toy


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This classic baby toy doubles as a teether, designed with five moving rings. Ideal for 1-year-olds, this colorful clutching toy is a mainstay of each child’s toy chest. With a simple, montessori-inspired design, this toy appeals to four senses - it is fun to touch, makes rattling noises, colorful to see and easy for children to bite!

Age Numbers3My First Thomas & Friends Pop & Go Thomas Train Popper

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It’s no question this toy has been a staple of children’s play for generations on end. Your child will love the sounds and colors of this popper while also building motor skills. Children love to run around holding it, whether it be walking down the street or driving it at home. The top handle comes off to have just the toy train itself, making it versatile for your baby. 

Age Numbers4Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles Bath Toy

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This four-pack of light-up toys make bath time a bit more fun for children and easier for parents.  Safe for use both inside and outside the tub, little ones will love the colorful visuals and characters these bubbles offer. They are perfect for babies, stimulating the senses of sight, hearing, touch, and can be entertaining just by having the textured rings move freely around the bubbles.

Age Numbers5Premium Soft and Interactive Baby Book

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Another classic for 1-year-olds is a soft book. Not only do soft books serve as plush toys for infants, but they also encourage reading from a young age. It is never too early to start encouraging your child to read books. Reading at an early age influences language development. These plush books are also visually stimulating, with a peek-a-boo flap, mirror, sound and unique touch and feel. Their softness and safety makes them easily transportable too so you can always have it in your bag or stroller. And no need to worry if it gets dirty since it is machine washable.

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Melissa & Doug Safari Buddies Hand Puppets Puppet Set

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This set of six hand puppets are perfect for entertaining toddlers. These soft and cuddly animals are made with high quality materials that are guaranteed safe and easily washable. These puppets also encourage motor skill development, storytelling, and expression of emotions. These puppets will grow with your child, from simple play at an earlier age to role playing and enacting events. This is a great experiential way of teaching your child how to react in certain situations or to prepare for future situations (talk about going to the doctor, starting school etc).

Age Numbers7Marshmallow Furniture Children's 2 in 1 Flip Open Foam Sofa

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This perfectly sized for your toddler sofa is the perfect spot for your child to call his or her own. It’s comfy, cozy, and ideal for reading, watching TV, or eating snacks. It also folds out into a foam lounger, perfect playing or taking naps (or even even changing diapers when your child gets bigger). This sofa made of lightweight foam comes in all of your child’s favorite characters from Hello Kitty to Thomas the Train. 

Age Numbers8BESTRY-US Finger Crayons for Kids, Non-Toxic Toddler Crayons

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These easy-to-grip crayons are suitable for toddlers and encourage creativity. They’re safe and non-toxic to ensure your baby can play with colors, stress-free. They are perfect for a first art experience. 

Age Numbers9The First Years Stack Up Cup Toys

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With over 4,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, you can’t beat this $4 set of eight stackable cups. Babies love the colors and build number recognition skills at the same time. Babies can use these cups to build a tower or use them as a simple fun bath toy (they have holes and are perfect to spend endless time in the tub). If you choose to turn them into a bath toy, they can be used to pour water and wash the baby. 

Age Numbers 10Edushape Easy Grip Soft Foam Sensory Puzzle Blocks, 18 Piece

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This 18-piece set is essential for spatial, logic, and reasoning skill development. The vibrant colors are visually stimulating and the non-toxic foam ensures your baby can touch, build, and play without any concerns. The soft foam is perfect to build (and destroy) for young babies and even older toddlers. The unique shapes will help your child develop their sensory perception and encourage fine motor skill development. 

If you’re planning a birthday party for a little one, make sure to check out our free party planning service: https://partify.co/plan-party. 

 

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