The Best Toys for Kids Under 1 Year Old
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Toys to Indulge Your Baby
It’s never too early to start your little one on a fun and educational adventure with toys that help their curious minds grow. Here is a roundup of our favorites.
These suction toys bring all senses to life for your little one. Textured surfaces are fun to touch, bright colors are oh-so-fun to look at and each piece has a built in rattle and makes a popping sound when suctioned to any flat surface. Pro Tip: These are lifesavers when taking your baby in flight.
BUY IT: Target, $20
Tree Top Adventure Activity Center
This colorful wooden tree top activity center is chock full of gadgets for opening, closing, spinning, and sliding. It stands just under two feet tall, meaning newly mobile little ones will enjoy having all of the fun at eye level.
BUY IT: Amazon, $69
Here’s a fun two-in-one toy that develops fine motor skills and a musical ear! Kids can hammer wooden balls through openings up top that will cascade down across a xylophone, making sweet jingles. The xylophone can also be pulled out and played on its own for kids who want to cut straight to the tunes.
BUY IT: Amazon, $27
Sometimes the simplest toys bring the most fun! Tiny hands will love stacking these colorful spheres up and watching their finished creation topple and fall. Parents may be surprised just how addictive it becomes to stack, topple and crash.
BUY IT: Target, $27
Edushape Sensory Ball
These colorful textured balls serve up a whole lot of development for your little one. Textured surfaces help with tactile development, while fine motor skills are tested through gripping, tossing, and rolling. Hand eye coordination can be exercised, too! An added bonus: They’re great to use as a gentle massage on your little one.
BUY IT: Target, $13
Baby’s First Blocks
Babies love colors, shapes, and anything that they can put in their mouth to (safely) chew. This set of 10 colorful blocks is perfect for teaching kids how to sort by color and shape, plus they can begin to learn how to fit each piece through the appropriate opening. The lid easily pops open and closes, making it the perfect toy for toting around.
BUY IT: Target, $8
Magnetic Wooden Block Set
Baby’s first magnetic toy! These wooden blocks are safe at any age and great for curious minds and budding imaginations. All pieces are non-toxic and sealed with a water-based finish -- ideal for little teethers.
BUY IT: Amazon, $35
Baby and Toddler Learning Toy
With a colorful flower petal-like design, these fidget-spinner type toys are a hit for babies and parents alike. The backside has a suction cup for attaching to walls, cabinets, floors and best of all, high chairs -- helping make meal time a breeze. They are the ultimate distraction!
BUY IT: Target, $22
Wonder Wheel Activity Center
Spin, baby, spin! Suction this wonder wheel to any high chair or flat surface and watch your little one get lost in a daze of delight. Cascading beads, mirrors and patterns are the ultimate visual stimulation for growing brains, while the spinning wheel encourages babies to test their fine motor skills.
BUY IT: Amazon, $8
My First Piano
Perfect for the budding baby pianist, this pint size piano is a fun way to encourage musical curiosity and experimentation. Plus, it’s pretty darn cute to watch your baby sit upright at a piano just his size.
BUY IT: Target, $70