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14 Best Toys For 1-Year-Olds

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A one-year-old's mind is developing at the astounding rate of roughly a million neural connections a second.

This astounding rate of development can make finding a toy to keep them stimulated quite a challenge. To help you in your search for the perfect toy for 1-year-old girls and boys, we've done the research and compiled the best options across a range of budgets and toy categories.

As a starting point, the best toys for one-year-old girls and boys should be brightly coloured to attract attention and keep your toddler engaged. They should also be free from small pieces to avoid choking hazards. With so many toys for one-year-olds on the market, you should look for something that encourages movement, team play and has skills development built in, like stacking toys for dexterity or puzzles for problem solving.

We're sure the perfect toy for your baby is on this list, but if you're looking for more inspiration for the perfect gift to get your baby, check out our list of the best child sun hats or the best baby bracelets.

Our Top Choice

Baby Einstein And Hape's Magic Touch Piano‍

This toy is the perfect gift for your budding musician and will be fun for the whole family.  One-year-olds can create their own songs or play along with classics and the magic touch technology means no keys or buttons, just pure, unexplainable magic. This toy comes with three sheets of music that develop colour coordination by encouraging your child to match the notes on the sheets with the colours on the keyboard.

  • Price: £22.49
  • AA batteries included

Best Rocking Horse

Little Tikes Rocking Horse‍

This rocking horse is a great classic baby toy, sure to give your child hours of fun while impressing the grandparents with your old school style. Designed with easy grip handles and a high-back, low-mount seat, this rocking horse is super safe and its rounded rocker will ensure a smooth ride for your one-year-old.

  • Price: £24.99
  • Easy grip handles for safety

Best For Construction Toys

SmartMax SMX230 Construction Toy‍

Award winning toymakers, SmartMax, have done a great job creating this awesome set of magnetic building blocks. Including eight blocks, each with a unique sound, style and texture, 1-year-olds will have the time of their life designing their own cool totem or recreating one of the 24 included challenges.

  • Price: £21.78
  • Includes 8 magnetic blocks

Best For Artistic Babies

Crayola My First Palm-Grip Crayons‍

Babies love to colour, but with sharp points and breakable pieces, most art supplies aren't ideal for their clumsy, tiny hands. These palm-grasp crayons are the perfect toys for introducing little ones to the world of art and writing without the stress of regular art supplies.

  • Price: £24.98
  • Includes 6 palm-grip crayons

Best For Families On A Budget

Chad Valley Crocodile Xylophone ‍

Chad Valley makes some of the most affordable toys for 1-year-olds. Their crocodile xylophone will help to develop your child's love of music without breaking the bank. The chunky stick is perfect for your one-year-old's tiny hands and the bright key colours will stimulate your child's senses while they create a symphony of sound. We really like the pull string at the front that lets your 1-year-old to bring this croc wherever they go.

  • Price: £10.00
  • Pull string for portable play

Best For A Birthday Gift

Wonderbly Personalised Birthday Book‍

Give your child a truly unique birthday gift this year with this personalised birthday book from Wonderbly. Just enter your child's name and age, and their very own 28 page birthday story will appear. This book will be a super fun reading adventure for the whole family.

  • Price: £21.99
  • 28 page personalised birthday book

Best For Little Baby Bum Fans

Little Tikes Little Baby Bum Wheels On The Bus Scoot‍

Little Baby Bums' Buster the Bus comes to life in this super stable 2-in-1 push-along, scoot-along toy. The interactive panel has a real-life horn, wiper sounds and ignition switch. The toy plays sounds from Little Baby Bum episodes to keep your little one entertained all day while they develop their balance and coordination, making it one of our favourite baby toys. The toy comes in the try-me mode so make sure to switch it to 'on'  for the full fun.

  • Price: £40.00
  • Interactive push and scoot along toy
  • 3 x AA batteries included

Best For 18 Months +

Baby Bigjigs ANC Puzzle‍

This brightly coloured puzzle is perfect for your child's tiny hands with chunky, easy to grip pieces that match by colour to a place on the board. Your young one will have lots of fun grabbing and examining each piece and will develop their dexterity and colour recognition, among many other skills, while they play with this great set from Baby Bigjigs.

  • Price: £18.50
  • Includes 1 puzzle, 27 pieces

Best Wooden Toy

TOP BRIGHT Wooden Shape Sorter‍

If you're looking for wooden toys for 1-year-old boys and girls, this activity cube from Top Bright is a great, well made option that helps develop fine motor and logic skills as well as colour and shape matching. Little ones will be entertained at every turn with each side of this wooden toy featuring a different game. The toy is designed with little ones in mind and can easily be stored, perfect for playing at home or keeping your child entertained while on the go.

  • Price: £19.99
  • Includes activity cube and three colourful blocks

Best For 1-Year-Olds Who Love To Read

That's Not My Dinosaur...‍

With one of these books sold every minute in the UK, this is a definite crowd-pleaser among 1-year-olds. Designed with a focus on learning and sensory play, these books let your 1-year-old explore the world around them through textures. The series contains more than 60 books and at roughly five pounds each, you'll have a blast making your way through these affordable books with your youngster.

  • Price: £5
  • 10 page book

Best For Learning To Walk

Chad Valley Learn To Walk Mat‍

For a total bargain, this cute mat from Chad Valley will help get your young one ready to take their first steps. With fun sounds played every step of the way, learning to walk will be a dream for your youngster and they'll learn numbers and counting along the way.

  • Price: £7.49
  • 3 x AA batteries required (not included)

Best For Super Simple Fun

TOMY Toomies Hide And Squeak Eggs ‍

It's clear why these cheeky chicks are an Amazon bestseller. At an affordable price, the cute faces and birdy sound effects will add lots of fun to playtime, keeping your child entertained while developing their colour recognition and fine motor skills. Hiding these eggs around the house and encouraging your little one to find and return them to their correct shell is a great game for the whole family.

  • Price: £8
  • Includes 6 toy eggs and holder

Best Musical Toy

Baby Einstein Magic Touch Ukulele‍

This is another great music toy that will help foster your child's love of music through its fun design and real chord sounds. Your child can freestyle or play along to more than 30 melodies. Volume controls ensure you won't be kept up all night while your little one has the time of their life rocking out on this awesome toy for 1-year-olds.

  • Price: £25
  • 3 AA batteries required (included)

Best For The Bath

Munchkin Swimming Scuba Buddy‍

The Swimming Scuba Buddy will be the perfect companion for your child as he splashes around the bathtub. We think it is one of the best bath toys for a 1-year-old; just wind up his arms and watch him take off around the tub. Be prepared for lots of splashing as your child tries to catch him, developing their hand-eye coordination as they do so.

Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for the best toys for one-year-olds then why not read our suggestions for the best baby slings and the best bath toys.

  • Price: £3.95
  • Batteries not required
Written By
Hannah Bowyer

<p>A fitness enthusiast with a passion for helping people find their best selves, Hannah is a qualified personal trainer who is currently training to be a yoga instructor. She is also knowledgeable about mindfulness and meditation. Hannah has lived and worked in many different countries across Asia and the Americas over the last four years, and loves to write about her travels. Her dynamic nature is reflected in her love for running, whether it's towards a plane or a personal best.</p>

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