Best toys for 1-year-olds

The best toys for 1 year olds based on developmental milestones

A whole year in the world, and how far they’ve come. Newly minted toddlers are busy pushing, pulling, stacking, poking, shaking and tipping things all over the place. They love getting around – whether it’s on foot, with a walker or cruising on a ride-on.

So now is the perfect time to gift some of those key ‘milestone’ toys that they’ll use for years to come.

Here are our favourite gifts and toys for 1 year old boys and girls.

  • Opening And Closing Things
  • Pressing Buttons
  • Pointing
  • Mimicking
  • Banging, Poking & Shaking Things
  • Standing
  • Cruising
  • Tipping Things Out Of Containers
  • Saying First Words
  • Walking (Maybe!)
  • Push / Pull Alongs
  • Cars, Trucks And Trains
  • Baby Crayons
  • Shape Sorter
  • Shakers & Instruments
  • Stacking Blocks
  • Activity Tables
  • Toy Pram

15 gifts and toys for 1 year olds

Here are our top gifts and toys for 1-year-old boys and girls.

Easy rider

Best Toys for 1 Year Olds: Wishbone Bike RE2

Wishbone Bike RE2 ($299)

Turning waste plastic into award-winning, super clever bikes is all in a day’s work for Wishbone. This beauty is a 3-in-1 wonder, that helps them learn to walk with three wheels, and converts to a balance bike once pint-sized easy riders are on the move.


Snappy sorting

Best Toys for 1 Year Olds: Done By Deer Croco Pull Along Sorting Box

Done by Deer Croco Pull-Along Sorting Box ($69.95)

A clever pull along with hidden talents, this snappy guy is all about getting little minds ticking over. Sort the coloured shapes into their right hole, and then try and work out how they reappear from the Croco’s tummy.


Glide away home

Best Toys for 1 Year Olds: Wheely Bug Bee Ride-On

Wheely Bug Small Bee Ride-On ($99.99)

All aboard the buzzy bee express! The Wheely Bug’s padded body is comfy to sit on, her wobbly feelers are a giggly delight and she goes backwards, forwards, sideways and round and round.


Baby, you can drive my car

Best Toys for 1 Year Olds: Freddie & Co Road Trip Play Mat

Freddy & Co Road Trip Play Mat ($179)

Non-toxic, large and softly padded for curious crawlers, the Freddy & Co Road Trip Play Mat puts active little minds in top gear. We love the waterproof coating – it makes wiping spills a cinch.


Their name up in lights

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Mylight Personalised Night Light ($129.95)

The gentle, ambient light of Mylight is just the ticket for a dreamy, comforting nursery glow. High quality, handmade, and personalised with their name, the energy-efficient LED lighting produces minimal heat for safety.


Tiny taps

Best Toys for 1 Year Olds: Micki Pounding Bench

Micki Pounding Bench ($45.90)

A new twist on an old favourite, the soft linen ears and tail and PVC-free plastic body make this pounding bench a textural delight. Helping to hone motor skills and co-ordination, all in the shape of a cute piggy!


Up and walking

Best Toys for 1 Year Olds: Kinderfeets Cargo Walker

Kinderfeets Cargo Walker ($169.95)

Both a walker for on-the-go tots and storage for their favourite toys, the Kinderfeets Cargo Walker is perfect for bubs learning to stand on their own two feet. Handmade with birchwood, the rubber wheels make for scratch-free fun.


Come fly with me

Best Toys for 1 Year Olds: Personalised Favours Engraved Wooden Aeroplane Toy

Engraved Wooden Aeroplane Toy ($39.95)

A lightweight plane that’s just the right size for little hands and big imaginations. Crafted from fine-textured beech with a moveable propellor, their name engraved on the wing makes it a true keepsake.


Giddy up!

Best Toys for 1 Year Olds: Nana Huchy Jose the Horse and Carmelo the Camel

Jose the Horse and Carmelo the Camel (from $44)

With their delightful backstories and gorgeous detailing, Jose and Carmelo are best mates who are street smart and partial to a margarita and make a mean tortilla. Friends ’till the end, this duo is a delightful gift for imaginative little souls.


Paleontological puzzle

Best Toys for 1 Year Olds: Plan Toys Dino Puzzle

Plan Toys Dino Puzzle ($28.70)

A simple, sweet puzzle for pint-sized palaeontologists to develop their problem solving and fine motor skills, the adorable little dinos are also a tactile wonder and perfect for pretend play on their own.


Petit Picasso

Best Toys for 1 Year Olds: First Creation Easi-Grip Pebble Crayons

Easi-Grip Pebble Crayons ($3.95)

Crafted for perfecting the all-important pincer grip, these rainbow-coloured crayons make learning to draw fun and easy for pint-sized Picassos.


Triangular tunes

Best Toys for 1 Year Olds: EverEarth Flip Over Triangle Music Set

EverEarth Flip Triangle Music Set ($33.95)

A double-sided musical must-have toy for one year olds who love to make a tune. With a xylophone, spinners, drum, glockenspiel and mallets it’s a beautiful sensory experience.


Egg-cellent fun

Best Toys for 1 Year Olds: Tomy Hide & Seek Eggs

Tomy Hide & Squeak Eggs ($14.95)

Young egg-splorers at the ready, what’s hiding in the shells? Crack them open to find funny faces and bright colours, then find their shape to put them back in the right spot.


Hook, line and sinker

Best Toys for 1 Year Olds: Lilliputiens Fishing Boat

Lilliputiens Fishing Boat ($44.95)

Your little landlubber can find their sea legs and help Alice and Cesar catch all three fish in their net during bath time. The neoprene material helps the boat float and also dry super quick.


Mix, match, twist and snap

Best Toys for 1 Year Olds: Lalaboom Beads and Accessories

Lalaboom Beads and Accessories ($24.95)

The multi-award-winning Lalaboom is a collection of 24 interlacing beads and accessories that provide non-stop open-ended learning. With different textures, vibrant colours and twisting movements, the set stimulates a Montessori approach to learning.


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Best toys for 1 year olds based on developmental milestones


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