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Top 10 Toys for 1 Year Olds

The first year of a baby’s life is a whirlwind with so much going on. From smiles to babbling, from sleeping in your arms to taking their first steps, your newborn is now a toddler! They are growing fast and developing all the time and you can give their development a turbo boost by giving them the best toys for a 1 year old.

Whether you are looking for the perfect gift for baby’s 1st birthday or want to give your toddler something meaningful and fun, we have got you covered. From soft play sets that stimulate their senses to indoor slides that promote courage, bravery and adventure, we have toys of every type that can improve your toddler’s development and benefit them in a variety of different ways, all while keeping them entertained.

So, let's get started with the 10 best toys for a 1 year old.

  1. Soft Play Set

Soft play sets support a child’s development by improving their physical abilities. The wedges, cushions, and blocks will quickly become your baby's favourite playground. Soft Play Sets are a brilliant way to develops motor skills, problem-solving skills, and hand-eye coordination while having fun. These playsets also encourage your toddler's creativity, bravery and sense of adventure.  Our range of Soft Play Sets come in a variety of colours of fabrics so will suit any playroom. A soft play set is everything you need to support your kid's growth.

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  1. Tricycle

A tricycle is a fantastic way to excite your child and take them on an adventure, but they can do so much more than that.  A tricycle can improve your baby's balance, coordination, motor skills and sense of direction. It also helps to build lower limb strength.

Your one-year-old is not yet ready for a bike, but a ride-on or tricycle can help them to get there that much quicker. Plus, they are one of the safest way to look after your kid's development. Our range of Tricycles have loads of features to help maximise the fun your child has and to help you keep control and keep them safe. A tricycle is definitely one of our best toys for a first birthday.

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  1. Learning Tower

Who wouldn’t want to help their child explore their world and scale new heights? Well, a learning tower can help you do just that!  Your baby can climb the tower to see what you’re up to, to reach things for themselves and to get hold of their favourite toy from the shelf. You can also use them to encourage them to wash their hands, pick up cookies from the kitchen counter or take books and toys. These small steps boost a child's self-confidence and make them feel independent and included.

Just remember to keep a watchful eye on a 1-year-old when they are using the tower because once they get a taste for adventure and independence they will want to use it all the time!

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  1. Plush Ride On

A plush ride-on is the cutest way to encourage your child’s independence and develop their motor skills and coordination.  Our range of Plush Ride-Ons come in various sizes and cuddly animal styles to suit all tastes so there is something for everyone. These toys are one of the best to get your 1 year old playing and learning and are super safe too.

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  1. Ladder Playhouse

A ladder playhouse is a great way to encourage exploration, adventure and fun. It pushes your child to use their imagination as well as helping them learn to climb. Some ladder houses are foldable and portable, so you can store them when your kids are sleeping.

Its safety measures and convenience make it one of the most suitable toys for a 1-year-old.  It’s also great for those rainy days when you can't let your toddler go and play outside, instead, you can set up this playhouse indoors and let the fun begin.

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  1. Play Mat

A play mat is a brilliant toy for your baby and will probably become their favourite place in your home. Tummy time for a baby is vital for their development and the hanging toys and accessories all help to develop hand-eye coordination and eyesight.  And as they get older then they are a great place for a toddler to sit and play with all their other favourite toys.

You can decorate these play mats with different accessories or other learning toys and the thick, soft mat can help you keep the baby safe and secure in once place. 

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  1. Scooter

No list of the best toys for 1 year olds would be complete without featuring a scooter! These toys are the perfect way to build confidence, balance, motor skills and coordination all while having the most amount of fun!  And the best part is that your little can look the part too by matching their scooter with a kids bike helmet.  That way you don’t have to worry about accidents or injuries  as your child will be protected.  Our range of Scooters come in a variety of colours and styles to suit all tastes! 

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  1. Wooden Dream Activity Cube

With puzzles on every side, the Dream Activity Cube helps your child to develop their problem solving skills as well as learning about shapes, animals, and colors.  It's one of the perfect toys for a 1-year-old boy or girl if you want them to play and learn.

These cubes promote counting and develop pattern, colour and shape recognition. They also teach hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and more. These toys can entertain your kid, boost their imagination and improve critical thinking abilities. It's a must-have for every toddler.

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  1. Ball Pit

Ball pits are always a favourite toy for children of any age but especially for 1 year olds.  They offer endless opportunities for your one-year-old to have fun while improving their motor skills, imagination, social skills and hand eye coordination.  Our range of Ball Pits for kids come in a range of fabrics and colours to suit any home and their softness and tactility make any kid fall in love with them.

Ball pits entertain both young and old toddlers. If you give one as a toy for a 1-year-old, they will play with it for years.

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  1. Indoor Slide

Indoor slides mean you don’t have to worry if it’s raining outside, because you can still have the most fun inside!  Their smaller sizes are perfect for one-year-olds and are super safe too. A slide in a home can encourage physical activeness, high energy, and playfulness. Your toddler will always have fun with a wooden indoor slide in their playroom.

What's Next?

So, that’s it for our list of the top 10 toys for 1 year old’s and with these toys you can be sure that your toddler will be having lots of fun whilst developing vital skills.  We’d like to think there’s something for everyone on the list but why not got an explore the rest of our products at The Online Toy Shop to see what else we have.

We offer free and fast delivery in all areas of the UK. We are a family-owned business and understand what your child needs. You can shop by age, brand, type, and variety. We have handpicked quality toys from award-winning and reliable brands. Do check our site and make your baby's playtime more fun, engaging, and educating. Happy shopping!


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