The first birthday is a major milestone and signals the transition from baby to toddler. Over the past 12 months, your little has been exploring and discovering the world around them and is now ready to really dive into playtime and learning. From first words and first steps, this next year is going to be a big one. 🎉
If you're a mama unsure of what to suggest as gifts to friends and family, or attending a first birthday and have no idea what to bring, we rounded up our favorite gifts for 1-year-olds.
While it might seem far away, your little will be on the move soon. Choose a pair that is cute, will match plenty of outfits and has elastic around the top so you can easily slip them on and off.
2. Personalized chair
This chair creates the perfect space for kids to read, snuggle or play in for years to come. It's lightweight so you can move it from bedrooms to playrooms and beyond, plus its cover is machine-washable. Add a monogram to make it even more special.
3. Activity table
One-year-olds are curious and enjoy exploring—that's why we love gifting an activity table that encourages learning and creativity. With hands-on gadgets and a low height, toddlers get to play for hours in a safe setting.
4. Dinnerware set
A dinnerware set encourages kids to eat on their own and learn how to properly use utensils—without messing up mama's good set. 😉This 5-piece one is non-toxic and eco-friendly and comes in a variety of colors that will match any kitchen.
5. Play kitchen
A play kitchen is sure to be a hit for years because it allows littles to use their imagination and encourages independent learning. With knobs that click and turn and drawers that open and close, this interactive kitchen makes them feel like they're in a real one.
Blocks are one of those toys that are guaranteed to be a hit for kids of all ages. They're a great foundation toy that inspires open-ended play and builds their fine motor skills.
Reading the same books to your child over and over again has long-lasting benefits, but adding to their library is always a good idea. Hearing your words and see pictures sparks imagination at helps your little learn.
8. Bapron + feeding Mat
While they might have outgrown their bib, toddlers are messy. We love this 'bapron' because it covers more so food stays off of baby and their clothing. And this silicone feeding mat suctions to the table so you don't have to worry about it falling (or getting thrown) off the table.
9. Plush toy
Every child needs a beautiful stuffed animal to play with. It not only encourages imagination, but it serves as a comfort for them as they grow. The Little Market has beautiful knit animals that supports women artisans around the world.
10. College fund donation
College tuition is pricy and it's hard to imagine just how much it'll cost by the time your favorite little will graduate. Jumpstart the process by sharing a monetary donation specifically for college each year.
Sites like Future College Fund or UGift allows you to donate to a 529 fund (just read the fine print as some take a portion of your contribution. You can also gift via a US Savings Bond or a check that parents put directly into a college savings account.
11. Something they can walk with
A push toy or learning walker helps baby take their first steps and master walking around. We love this one that doubles as a toy with building blocks on it.
While this one will make lots of noise, musical toys have tons of benefits for baby, like enhancing their memory and boosting cognitive skills. This wood is eco-friendly and non-toxic and made with metal keys that are safe for little ones.
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