With a whole year of play and learning behind her, your baby girl is growing up fast.
With her birthday or Christmas approaching, you want to make sure you get a really special gift.
But what are the best gifts for a 1-year-old baby girl?
Here’s our ultimate guide.
What is the best gift for a 1-year-old baby girl?
Making the distinction between the best toys for 1-year-old girls and boys is tricky.
Each soon-to-be toddler has different interests, and it’s best to be led by them rather than the age or gender that toys are marketed towards (as long as the toy is safe, of course).
What do 1-year-olds need?
Lots of 1-year-olds are deep into figuring out the rules of cause and effect (there’s a reason behind throwing their food on the floor, mama).
So giving them a toy that lets them explore the concept a little less messily is often a good place to start.
We’re talking toys where they can see what happens as they drop, bounce, roll, or stack — bouncy balls, ball runs, cars, and cups that can be built up, knocked down, and fitted inside each other.
Gifts for 1-year-old girl
And what about if you’d like to get a gift that isn’t a toy? Here are some ideas to get you started.
1. A personalized gift
There are lots of options for personalized items which would be particularly special gift ideas for a 1-year-old baby girl.
You might be able to find a personalized teddy bear, a book where the main character shares her name, a unique art print, or a special blanket.
2. A new outfit
Not because of the cliche that girls love to dress up, but because kids grow really fast.
One-year-olds will always need new outfits, and whether you choose a special dress, a swimwear set, or a bundle of trusty t-shirts and leggings, we’re sure they’ll get plenty of use.
3. An adventure
We’ll admit that the birthday girl might not remember it for long, but a special day out can be great for her whole family.
If your little one loves swimming lessons, head to the beach or a pool with slides or a splash park.
If they’re obsessed with animals, head to a zoo, aquarium, or wildlife park.
4. A keepsake
It might not get daily use, but a trinket can be a beautiful reminder of your little one’s first year.
A special photo frame, music box, jewelry box, or ornament can all be wonderfully sentimental gifts for 1-year-old girls.
Toys for a 1-year-old girl
Playing = learning, so toys make great gifts for 1-year-old baby girls. Our favorites include:
5. Bath toys
One-year-olds get grubby, but it’s hard to get most kids out of the bath if it’s full of new toys.
Bath books and the famous rubber ducky are classics, but you can add a certain level of learning even to bath time with pouring toys like cups, funnels, and tube runs.
You can never have too many books and, once your little peanut turns one, they’ll love more interactive books.
Books with flaps to lift, different textures, fun rhymes, and buttons to play sounds are all really engaging for children this age.
We’re not talking 1000 pieces, but simple wooden puzzles or shape sorters help to develop babies’ problem-solving and fine motor skills.
8. Building blocks
Chunky blocks are a great choice for one-year-old girls as they also encourage them to practice their fine motor skills.
You can choose classic wooden blocks or colorful plastic ones.
Hours of tower-building fun (even if it’ll be another year or two before they can help you with the actual building, rather than the demolition)!
9. Pull-along toys
Animals, cars, trains - if your little one is confident on their feet, we’re pretty sure they’ll enjoy having a toy to follow them around as they explore.
10. Art supplies
Big rolls of paper, chunky crayons, and washable paints are winners.
If they’re happiest standing up, you could even get them a toddler-sized easel where they can create their masterpiece (and maybe throw in a toddler-size painting apron as well).
11. Musical instruments
Miniature pianos, xylophones, guitars, tambourines, maracas — we’re talking anything that makes noise.
It’s another facet of cause and effect. And you might just be starting them off with a lifelong passion for music.
12. Copycat toys
At this age, your mini-me will probably love following you about your daily chores and mimicking your activities.
While toddlers are notorious for preferring to play with the real things, pretend play items like a toy vacuum cleaner, TV remote, phone, camera, keys, or kitchen utensils will be great fun.
Continuing with that ‘pretend play’ theme, a doll might be pretty high up on the birthday gifts for 1-year-old baby girl list.
If your toddler is really showing an interest in dolls, you may also want to get some accessories, like a stroller, some different outfits, diapers, or a bottle.
Chances are you’ll have to get quite involved in caring for the doll to show your little one how it’s done, but this is a great chance for bonding, especially if you’re planning on adding another baby to your family soon.
14. Trikes, balance bikes, and ride-on toys
If your toddler is already walking, it might not be long before they’re ready for their first set of wheels.
Balance bikes and tricycles can make a great gift that will stand the test of time, especially if you choose one that can convert into a “proper” bike when they’re older.
If they’re not quite at this stage yet, a ride-on toy like a rocking horse is also a great choice.
15. Outdoor toys
If you have the space, most toddlers will want to be in the great outdoors as much as they can.
While you may not want to clutter up your entire outdoor space, a small slide, swing, pop-up tunnel, or climbing frame can be a great addition.
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