It doesn’t matter what the gift is, the truth is that most 1 year olds are more amused by the wrapping paper and bows on their present than they are with their actual present.
But, once the wrapping paper is thrown out, you want to make sure that your gift will be played with and enjoyed. Here are some ideas for the perfect gift for a 1 year old:
Blocks are a great present for a 1 year old. They can crash them to the ground and stack them up again, which helps develop a child’s motor skills. The classical wooden blocks or coloured blocks in a plastic bin are both great gifts. Just be sure to check for sharp corners or splinters and smaller pieces, as they can be a choking hazard.
Another great gift for a 1 year old child is a push toy. Push toys help learn to walk. Some great push toys to consider are ones that may come with a tray for toys or snack. Toddlers love little grocery carts, little vacuums, and toy lawnmowers. Your toddler will be thrilled when she realizes that she can move these toys completely on her own!
The toy phone is a timeless and fun gift. Many of today’s toy phones have touch tone buttons and make all the sounds that a real phone makes. And, there is nothing cuter than a 1 year old talking on the phone!
Stackable toys are another great gift. Children of this age are fascinated by being able to stack one object inside another. Stackable toys help teach kids spatial relation and eye/hand coordination. .
At 1 years of age, a toddler has more than likely been introduced to solid food. This means that there is a whole new category of gift items available; plates, bowls, spoons, and cups. You can find your toddler’s favourite cartoon character or scenes from her favourite book. There are a large variety of baby safe silverware and other non-breakable items available. A nice idea is to make a basket full of these items and put a pretty bow on the basket.
Whatever you choose for that special 1 year old, always remember to read the packaging to make sure that the gift is age appropriate and safe.