Eeek, you’ve got a one-year-old! How quickly has that gone? As they hit that 12-month milestone, one of the most challenging things can be choosing the right toys, or the all-important 1st birthday gift. They're no longer a babe who's happy with anything that crinkles, but not yet a tot who can really get stuck in. We hear you - and we hope these picks 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 - especially anything designed by Little Dutch.
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 Janod My First Confetti Electronic Piano is just one of our faves. It's an 18-key mini-replica piano designed to introduce kids to music that Includes four scores - Alouette, Au clair de la lune, Frère Jacques and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. When they're done, the piano automatically goes into stand-by mode. Noisy, yes, but so, so worth it.
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. Drum roll... please... introducing the Boon Pipes + Tubes + Cogs. In a set of three, each one makes its own whistle tone and they can be put together too. Good luck getting them out of the tub!
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.
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 are always here to help, 7am-11pm, every day. Just hit that purple button, bottom right.