Best Toddler Baby Toys for Kids 1 – 2 Years of Age

In video game terms, ages 1-5 are the part where you assemble your character. You start by choosing your physical form. At age 1 most children have begun to develop mobility, and many will be starting to walk. This means that now they can start strengthening their bodies and developing hand-eye coordination. This is essential for the next stages, where we start to introduce them to tools that are gradually more and more like the things they will use as adults.

Your baby at this age is learning about cause and effect, practicing the influence they have on the world, and yet still developing some basic motor skills that will let them learn even more. Think of it a bit as when you started playing a sport at school: you learn a new move, practice it over and over, use it in a few situations, then learn another one. For this reason, children at this stage will be obsessed with order and routine. They will start observing there is a right and a wrong way to do things, and if there is no right or wrong, they will personally decide on a way they like and stick to it.

They are not doing this to be stubborn, but because they need to practice one move before they can learn the next one! That said, they are still very open to new experiences and want a wide range of toys that do different things.

At this age your child needs toys that do things then they interact with them, and that are predictable and easy to control. Your child wants something they can do again and again and always get the same effect, encouraging them to hone their skills. Make sure they have a range of easy-to-repeat toys and games so that they can continue developing their motor skills and understanding of the world.

You will know your child is in this stage if they are continually experimenting with things and developing new physical abilities, but also happy to play with the same toy over and over.

Toy 6: Bath Toys

bath toysWhat are they?

Bath toys are exactly what they sound like: toys for your baby to play with in the bath. From waterproof plush toys and books, to the traditional rubber duck, there are countless options.

What do they do?

Bath toys help to teach your growing toddler that bath is a fun time. Many toddlers are eager to leave the bath as soon as they are in. If you want them to get a good wash, the best way is to give them something to distract them.

When will they grow out of this toy?

Children enjoy bath toys until the age of ten sometimes. They get in the habit of playing in the bath, and it makes for a pleasant ritual for them. There is not really any reason to take it away.

What features do I need to look for?

Look for a mix of toys. Some toys float, some sort of semi-sink, some can be wound up to swim across the bath, others squirt water, and others are more strongly interactive.

Can I make one myself?

You can re-purpose many plain plastic toys as bath toys. Little boats, cars, and plastic animals all make great bath toys. Many kids love playing with sharks and fish in their bath.

Do I need to be cautious of anything?

Never use electrical toys in the bath unless they are specially labelled as bath toys. And never leave a child unattended in the bath, even if they seem to be playing happily.

Toy 7: Push And Pull Toys

Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Corn Popper ReviewWhat are they?

Push and pull toys are what they sound like: toys which your child can push or pull along as you walk. For maximum enjoyment, get a popping push or pull toy. These are toys that have a spring mechanism on wheels. As your toddler pushes them along on the floor, the spring pulls back and releases. This makes a loud popping sound and fires plastic balls around in a dome, or across the room.

What do they do?

Toddlers love walking, but they love playing even more. Sometimes, if you want your toddler to get lots of practice walking you will need to give them some encouragement. A toy that they can bring with them, especially one that makes interesting sounds, can be motivational.

When will they grow out of this toy?

When walking steadily is no longer a concern for them, the need to have a push or pull toy will go away. However, it will still be fun for a few years.

What features do I need to look for?

Look for something the right height for your toddler to lean on and push along, or with the right length of rope for them to pull close without it falling over. A toy that makes sounds, or a cart to carry things in, are popular choices.

Can I make one myself?

You can make a pull toy by attaching a length of string to a toy on wheels. But do not attempt to make a push toy, as these can be unsafe if not made properly.

Do I need to be cautious of anything?

Make sure your push toys can handle your baby’s weight, as they will often want to lean right into it as they walk.

Toy 8: Stacking Toys

What are they?

stacking toysStacking toys are buckets, cubes, or wooden blocks designed to be piled on top of each other. There are also doughnut shaped toys to be placed in order on spikes. These  toys come in many shapes and sizes, some are better suited to toddlers than others.

What do they do?

Stacking is the perfect test of a toddler’s hand eye coordination, as it requires precision and balance. This should help your toddler develop patience too.

When will they grow out of this toy?

They will never truly grow out of this. Even adults enjoy stacking type games. They will just progress through different stages of stacking with different toys.

What features do I need to look for?

Look for big, light stacking toys with bright colors and interesting pictures on them. Stacking cups are a big favorite because they can be stacked inside each other, or into a tower. You can also look out for large building toys like Lego Duplo.

Can I make one myself?

You can make fabric stacking cubes and stacking rings at home by following a simple online template if you like.

Do I need to be cautious of anything?

Some simple stacking blocks are not meant for children under the age of 3 as they have small parts. Always choose age-appropriate stacking toys.

Toy 9: Shape Sorting And Matching Toys

What are they?

A toy that has a number of shaped holes and a number of shaped blocks. They are often wood or plastic, though some fabric ones exist too.

What do they do?

The idea is that your toddler will push the right shaped item through the right shaped hole. This improves their hand-eye coordination, teaches them about comparing like for like, and, when they work out ways of fitting blocks through the wrong hole, it cultivates creativity too.

When will they grow out of this toy?

The very first time this game will be hilarious and the better they get, the more they will like it. However, 6 months after mastering it many babies have moved onto something new.

What features do I need to look for?

Look for shape sorting and matching toys that feature a variety of shapes, colors, and maybe even letters, numbers, or a sound when they push the right shape through. All this adds to the educational value and to the fun.

Can I make one myself?

No, you cannot usually make these yourself.

Do I need to be cautious of anything?

Make sure that the toy is perfectly safe and has no small parts which could get lost or swallowed. Never use an electronic one in the bath. Keep clean as they can easily gather debris.

Toy 10: Walkers

What are they?

Walkers are a great form of support for toddlers who are just starting out walking. It allows them to race around, and confines them, whilst providing them with a toy to play with.

What do they do?

Despite the name, walkers do not help your baby learn to walk naturally. They just provide them with a way of getting around until they can walk on their own.

When will they grow out of this toy?

Once a toddler can walk on their own there is no need for a walker, but they still serve as a nice play area for toddlers up to the maximum recommended weight range.

What features do I need to look for?

Look for ones with lockable wheels for when you can’t pay full attention, and with plenty of toys and accessories so baby never gets bored.

Can I make one myself?

No. It is very difficult to make a safe walker and, as it completely surrounds your baby, you do not want to risk putting them in one that has not been safety tested.

Do I need to be cautious of anything?

A lot of research surrounding walkers has changed the way we should use them. As babies are not meant to move at the speed they can reach in a walker, never leave your baby unsupervised in a free rolling walker, as they can injure themselves. And it has been found that spending more than an hour total a day in a walker slows down babies’ physical and cognitive development. So do not use it to teach them how to walk, just use it for fun.

 

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