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10 best toys for 1 year old babies

There are a multitude of good toy options to help foster growth and learning for one year olds.


Being 1 year old is an exciting time – everything is new and potentially a toy.


But guess what is among the best toys for 1 year old babies?  Whatever box your expensive toy came packaged in.


When it comes to toys, 1 year olds are pretty easy to please.  So you don’t need to overthink this.


Still, the best toys for 1 year old babies are going to be both beneficial to child development and entertaining for a growing child.


Seek out a diversity of textures and shapes when looking for the best toys for 1 year old development.  1 year olds like things that they can explore with their hands.  Toys that make sounds are also fun.


Open-ended toys that are easy to understand tend to work well.   Try to find a toy that let’s toddlers move things around as they want, instead of one that makes them follow specific rules.


Here are ten of our favorite options for the best toys for 1 year old babies in 2018:


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Fisher Price Classics Retro Chatter Phone

$17 on Amazon

From its introduction through the 70s, the Chatter Telephone was Fisher-Price’s best selling product.


It has been cited as one of the company’s offerings that helped save Fisher Price in the 90s following a failed attempt to market toys for older children in the late 80s, and enjoys continuing popularity.


It even made a cameo appearance in Toy Story.


In 2003, the Chatter Telephone was listed as one of the 100 most memorable toys of the 20th century by the Toy Industry Association.


Good Day, Good Night by Margaret Wise Brown

$12 on Amazon

In this previously unpublished story, a lone bunny greets a new day and the people and animals he encounters in his rabbit community, and bids them good night that evening.


After viewing the rising sun from atop a hill, the bunny delivers newspapers on his bike waving “good day” to everyone: to the birds, the bees, and his own kitty, urging them to “open [their] eyes/For every day/Is a new surprise.”


When day is done, he says good night to those same birds and bees, and “people everywhere.”


The rhyming text is brief and conveys the bunny’s enthusiasm for life.


Fisher Price Little People Mini Farm

$75 on Amazon

On the farm, a magic well “fills” the bucket with water when you press the pump.


Help Eddie feed hay to the horses, and play hide-and-seek through the swinging doors.


Two removable farm fence pieces can corral the horse and her colt at the stable, or connect with the Little People Animal Sounds Farm or other Little People playsets.


Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Xylophone

$23 on Amazon

This kids’ xylophone can be played any number of ways.


Kids can fetch balls as pounding sends the balls tinkling over.  Or they can pull out the keyboard and play a xylophone solo.


This xylophone helps encourage hand-eye coordination, manipulation, arm movement, and cause and effect learning.


Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers

$16 on Amazon

Insightfully sweet, with a gentle humor and poignancy, here is Oliver Jeffers’ user’s guide to life on Earth.


He created it specially for his son, yet with a universality that embraces all children and their parents.


Be it a complex view of our planet’s terrain (bumpy, sharp, wet), a deep look at our place in space (it’s big), or a guide to all of humanity (don’t be fooled, we are all people), Oliver’s signature wit and humor combine with a value system of kindness and tolerance to create a must-have book for parents.


HABA Zookeeper Shape Sorting Box

$35 on Amazon


This sorting box is doubly delightful.


Like a real zoo, there is a feeding slot in front of each enclosure.


Pushing the slot upwards allows the entire “meal” to fit into the enclosure.


As children play, they can pretend to feed the animals while becoming more familiar with color and shape recognition.


LeapFrog Shapes And Sharing Basket

$17 on Amazon

Features 15 brightly colored play pieces including plates, forks, cups, food and a tablecloth, perfect for a pretend picnic for two.


Match the shape of the food pieces with the interactive shape sorter to hear the basket recognize the food and say the shape and color of each one.


Press the butterfly button to hear music or polite snack requests from the picnic basket. Feed the basket the correct food for rewarding responses.


Choose from three play modes including Music, Shapes & Colors and Picnic Time modes for a wide range of exciting and interactive activities.


VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

$25 on Amazon

This interactive learning baby walker features a removable toddler play panel that develops fine motor skills.


Early learning center has 5 piano keys that play music and encourage creativity; wheels work on carpeted and hard floors.


Features 2 colorful spinning rollers, 3 shape sorters, and 3 light-up buttons that develop motor skills.


Pretend telephone handset and mechanical elements enhance role-play fun; 2 AA batteries are included.


Over 70 sing-along songs, music, sound effects and fun phrases; meant for babies and toddlers 9 months to 3 years old.


VTech Click and Count Remote

$10 on Amazon

This baby remote control plays more than 45 sing-along songs, melodies, sound effects and phrases.


Toddlers can pretend channel surf through 9 channels including weather and news; interactive role play for an early education toy.


10 colorful buttons introduce colors, numbers and shapes to keep your child’s attention.


Up and down volume button teaches the concept of opposites; volume control allows parents to control volume of the sounds.


Sprout Channel Cubby

$60 on Amazon

Create, watch and play with the Sprout Channel Cubby Kids 7″ Tablet.


Packed with over 40 Sprout Channel episodes, games, coloring pages, video clips, crafts, recipes and more.


This Android 4.4 tablet is safe for kids and lets you easily manage and customize your child’s experience.


Hopefully our list of the best toys for 1 year old babies can also serve as a helpful guide for your friends and family if you are throwing a 1 year old birthday party.


Happy gift-giving (and enjoy the party)!