While it may be tempting to buy a cute outfit or yet another copy of Goodnight Moon for a baby, a well-chosen toy will likely be received with more excitement. One-year-olds are still easily over stimulated, so it is unnecessary to spend a lot of money on a present with flashing lights and irritating music. Instead, opt for a gift with staying power-one that will be played with for years to come.
Well-loved toys that become classics for babies are generally inexpensive and simple. Although it may seem counter intuitive, a toy with too many bells and whistles is limited in how a baby will play with it. One-year-olds lose interest quickly in these types of toys and always return to their favorite, simpler games. This is because inexpensive and uncomplicated presents allow babies to use their imagination.
Discovery Toys sells a number of fantastic products that one-year-olds love. Their motto is “Teach. Play. Inspire.” Discovery Toys designs their products to promote imaginative play, which only becomes more intricate as the baby grows. This enables the toy to hold a babies interest for years to come. Some of Discovery Toys best gifts include the Rainfall Rattle, Tangiball, and book called “Shiny Touchy Smelly”.
The DT Rainfall Rattle is a rainbow-colored noise-maker that babies can never get enough of. Different colored balls are safely encased in clear plastic which trickle down through the tiny holes, creating a rhythmic, rain-like sound. This present is perfect for any one-year-old! Babies this age will turn the rattle over in their hands to watch the colors dance or toss it across the floor to hear a satisfying rattle and chase after it. The noise and colors are engaging without being over-stimulating.
The DT Tangiball is perhaps the greatest baby toy ever made. It has all of the loveable qualities of a ball, but adds sensory awareness with its vanilla scent and nuby outer texture. It makes a little squeaking sound when squished and is impossible to pop or go flat. Tangiballs last a life-time! Watch a one-year-old chew, roll, toss, and squash this ball for endless amounts of time. It is always a hit with playgroups of all ages. The vanilla scent is pleasant and not too over-powering. It never seems to fade either. The Tangiball is a great gift for a baby!
Discovery Toys also sells books for babies that delight their senses from visual to olfactory! “Shiny Touchy Smelly” is a perfect present for a one-year-old beginning to take an interest in books. Each page follows a color theme and includes images of objects and animals that are that color. For example, the yellow page has pictures of a duck, rain boots, and sunflowers. Each page also includes textures to touch, like fluffy feathers on the duck. Lastly, each page includes a scratch and sniff object, like a flower or candy. This book is delightful to little ones learning objects and colors. They can “read” it on their own or with an adult.
Another great present for a one-year-old is a bubble machine. There are an infinite variety of machines, so select one that is easy to use and extremely durable. Bubble machines are used in baby classes at The Little Gym and Gymboree and are said to promote hand-eye coordination. A one-year-old now has the ability to chase after and try to catch the bubbles as they fall. Children of all ages love bubbles, so expect this gift to remain a classic for years to come.
Percussive instruments are an instant favorite for one-year-olds! Anything that makes noise when moved or banged provides great satisfaction for babies with few other skills. Jingle bells, maracas, egg shakers, bongos, drums, and rattles are all great. As a baby grows, they will continue to play with these noise-makers and learn rhythms through play. Many percussive instruments can be bought cheaply and still provide the drooly smile you are looking for!
When choosing a great gift for a one-year-old, select presents with staying-power. Discovery Toys, bubble makers, and percussive instruments are all classics for this age.
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