Eeek, you’ve got a one-year-old! How quickly has that gone? As they hit that 12-month milestone - no longer a babe who's happy with anything that crinkles, but not yet a tot who can really get stuck in - one of the most challenging things can be choosing the right toys, or the all-important 1st birthday gift. We hear you - and we hope these picks for great gifts for 1-year-olds can help.
Learning to toddle?
Whether they’re on their feet, cruising the furniture, but they can’t quite grasp the art of walking, or quite happy crawling, a cool walker or ride-on is perfect for helping with those first toddles. Walkers have different play activities, including flaps, spinning dice and moveable cogs to develop fine motor skills, while having fun too. The Janod Llama Ride-On is a little bit different: a colourful, fiesta of fun with a shape-sorter built into the body of the vehicle, for extra playing opportunities and to give other motor skills a work out too.
Loves a puzzle?
Some babies are brainiacs from the word go and if your youngster likes nothing better than figuring stuff out, a sorter or stacker is a great pick. Lots of them look great on the shelf between play sessions too.
Got a baby who bounces to the beat, or likes to create their own tunes? There’s a whole range of musical toys out there. The Hape DJ Mix & Spin Studio has it all; a DJ scratchpad, a tempo and pitch slider, 5 background tunes and 4 DJ sound effects. They can play the keyboard solo with 4 instrument sounds and 18 fun sound effects. When their debut single gets to No. 1 you can say it all started here!
If you’ve got a tot who’s happy to splash in the suds until their fingers and toes get all wrinkled, then of course they’ll need some suitably great bath toys. And guess what? We’ve got the perfect ones. The Hape Musical Whale Fountain not only keeps your child entertained in the tub but also helps develop their musical ability. There are 2 settings; in automatic mode the fountains dance to the music and in playing mode kids can play the colourful whales like piano keys.
Loves being busy?
Got a one-year-old that’s just into everything? Keep them busy with an activity table. Filled with loads of fun activities to keep them busy, such as cogs, stackers, twisters and shape-sorters - they're great for one-year-olds who are learning to stand. Oh, and they'll also stop them banging on your coffee table. Miraculous.
This one by Janod also has adjustable legs to extend as they get taller, plus the removable tray can be turned upside down and the accessories can be stored in the bag that's provided and - hey presto! - they have a drawing table with a magnetic top.
So we hope that's helped you pick something special for that special 1-year-old in your life. We’ve also put together gift finders for newborns, 2 year olds, 3 year olds, 4 year olds and 5 year olds too.
We hope some of that helps! And remember, if you need any more guidance, our Live Chat Team is here to help, 9am-5pm, every weekday. Just hit that purple button, bottom right.