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In honor of Clare turning one this week, I went on a quest to find the top recommended gifts for one-year-olds. I started with my two go-to moms (my sister and sister-in-law…we have 12 children combined), and continued my search by polling hundreds of moms on a recent Instagram story.
Here were the top picks, some of which I had never thought of and LOVE!
What should I look for in a one-year-toy?
For starters, let’s talk about what you should be looking for in a toy for your one-year-old! Ideally, you want toys that encourage:
-Coordination and boost gross motor development (stacking, balancing)
-Mobility and walking (walkers, trikes, pull toys)
-Sharing and parallel play (toys with more than one piece)
-Musicality (xylophones, maracas, etc.)
-Real-life skills (eating utensils, play kitchens, baby dolls)
If you are looking to go with a more practical, non-toy gift, here are our eating recommendations.
If you are looking for toys your one-year-old AND the rest of the siblings will love, here are the top picks:
The top two recommendations for experience gifts for one year olds were swim lessons and zoo memberships, both of which I TOTALLY approve.
What top gift recommendations did we miss? Let us know in the comments below!