Holiday shopping can be tricky for babies that are turning into toddlers. They’re active and learning all the time, but are still figuring out how to play with toys (and sometimes people!). But, never fear, momma dear because my holiday elves and I have rounded up the best items for little ones age 1-2 that will not only transition with them as they grow, but will also entertain them and encourage cognitive and motor development!
2018 Holiday Guides
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One | Foam Ball Pit | Etsy | I know what you're thinking - a ball pit? Won't the balls get everywhere? There's no way it'll match anything else in the house, right? Wrong! The foam walls are tall enough for mess containment and the foam material makes it easy to get in/out of. You can also choose which colors you want for the balls so it easily matches your current decor.
Two | Classic Rain Boots | Hunter | You all already know Brody lives in these rain boots, and these are perfect for little feet. Strong, sturdy, and easy to clean (mom win!).
Three | Cozy Camel Rocker | Anthropologie | This gorgeous camel rocking horse will bring animal dreams to life for your little one! It's very sturdy and the plush exterior makes it comfortable for little bottoms as they ride their noble camel across the desert...or the living room floor.
Four | Speedster Race Car | Anthropologie | Vroom, vroom, a little cutie is coming through! I love the authentic, vintage feel of this little speedster. A perfect choice for the little speed demon in your life!
Five | Y-Bike | Amazon | The Y-Bike is a HUGE hit at our house! One of my friend's gifted one to Isla for her birthday and it's one of the most popular toys in our house. It can be ridden like an actual bike or used as a push toy to help new walkers practice their strut. It's also incredibly lightweight and pretty easy to assemble.
Six | Wooden Train | Pottery Barn Kids | A classic gift that will grow with your little one. This sweet blue train has blocks that can be taken in and out of the car and a rope up front that's perfect for leading the engine around the tracks.
Seven | RollAgain Tower | Fat Brain Toys | If you've been on my Instagram account you've seen Brody and Isla all over this toy! We've been loving the selection at Fat Brain Toys, and this one is no exception. Easy to assemble, and there's a few different balls that go with it, so more than one kids can play at a time!
Eight | Reading Chair | Crate & Kids | This chair is perfectly sized for even the smallest reader! It comes in about 10 different patterns and you can personalize it. Several moms in the Momma Society Facebook Group said they use a chair like this for milestone photos, so you can get a lot of use out of it!
Nine | Toyni Tricycle Balance Bike | Amazon | I love this trike for first-time riders! It's big and sturdy and can handle the wear and tear that a little one will put it through. It also balances perfectly on its own, so no need to worry about (too many) falls.
Ten | Kinderfeets Wooden Doll Pram/Walker | Amazon | This wooden pram is absolutely gorgeous and another great option for new walkers. It's easy to push and the pram has plenty of room for toys, snacks, and whatever else your little one wants to take with them. It can also be used as a doll or toy storage space!
Eleven | Luggy Basket | Anthropologie | The Luggy Basket is another one of those wonderful items that combines fashion and function. Use this as a decorative bin that your little one can tote around the house, or even to the farmer's market or outdoor fair. It's able to be propped up on it's own to make loading and unloading easier.
Twelve | LED Neon Rainbow Sign | Target | This little rainbow LED sign is the perfect touch of flair to brighten any space! It's fun, whimsical, and easy to mount on the wall for maximum safety. It also makes a perfect night light!
Thirteen | Stacking Ice Cream Toy | Sunnylife | This toy looks good enough to eat! And luckily, since it's made of natural wood it can survive a few chomps from little teeth. The compact design makes this a perfect option for the car or at home.
Need more ideas? Check out the items from my 2017 gift guide for babies + toddlers age 1-2 below!
We are officially in November, so I think it is now a bit more socially acceptable to admit that I have been searching for the best gift ideas for babies and toddlers since September. Between the Holiday traditions (here's a great list of traditions to start this year), the gift giving, and the special family time together--I am excited for the weeks ahead!
Animal Nesting Dolls | Wee Gallery $42 Wee Gallery has long been one of my favorite baby brands. Brody's entire nursery was inspired by their monochromatic animal cards. I love the twist they have taken on nesting dolls and pairing it with fun animal shapes. When Brody was a year and half old, one of his favorite toys was a nesting dolls set my brother brought back from a trip to Russia. I can only imagine how fun this set with black and white animals would be.
Stuffed Octopus | Jellycat $25 I am so picky when it comes to stuffed animals. There are tons of them on the market and it seems like every time I turn my head another one enters our home. But this octopus is so unique and soft that it is gaining my stamp of approval. I love that the tentacles are perfect for tiny hands to grab and it is different than the traditional teddy bear.
Wooden Toddler Slide | Peuro Baby $299 This wooden slide is one of my favorite discoveries this season. I love when a classic toy takes a modern twist. This slide is chic enough to be used in your living room or outdoors. Fun Fact: Prince George's nanny ordered this for his 1st birthday! Comes in three different colors.
School Bus (set of 4 pullback cars) | Melissa & Doug $18 These cars are a lot of fun for young toddlers. They will love pulling them back and watching them zoom forward. They are soft so you don’t have to worry about them banging into walls/furniture or your teething baby mouthing them.
Rocking Pegasus | PlanToys $88 I discovered this whimsical toy at the ABC Kids Expo last month and I fell in love. Ride on and rocking toys are always fun for this age group and the magical wings adorning this pegasus rocker are giving me all the heart eyes.
Cleaning Set | Melissa & Doug $30 Around 1, your little one might start to show an interest in cleaning (especially if they watch you do it) so why not reinforce that? This fun playset includes toddler sized cleaning supplies.
Tent | Cotton On $20 (bargain!) This simple tent will provide lots of fun for a young toddler. It’s open and light so they won’t feel enclosed but still provides a fun getaway for reading and playing. Comes in 3 fun prints.
Rainbow Stacker | Grimm's Spiel and Holz Design $89 I love discovering toys that are cool to play with and also awesome decorative pieces for kids rooms. This rainbow stacker is one of them. A fun piece to play with and an equally fun piece to showcase on a shelf. The colors are a pastel twist on the traditional ROYGBIV. This is high on my wish list for Isla!
Bath Time Play Set | B. Toys $23 Between 1 and 2 your toddler will love playing in the tub. This bath toy has lots of different ways to play. It introduces colors and shapes and helps with motor skills. The best part is after bath time you can store all the pieces in the boat so no mess!
Play Table | Amazon $149 I am always on the hunt for gifts that are practical, yet enjoyable for the kids. A play table is the perfect gift idea for a grandparent or family member asking what they can buy your little one for the holidays. I've seen this play table in person and it is freaking adorable!
Play Sushi Set | Seedling $20 When one of mom's favorite foods comes in miniature form, I am all over it! Complete with chopsticks, pretend sashimi and miniature soy sauce.
Montessori Coins | Etsy $20 These Montessori inspired coins provide suggestions for child-led, play-based activities. These particular coins are meant for toddlers between 1-2 years of age so they are large and thick and exceed the requirement for small objects set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Chair | Pottery Barn $109 The Pottery Barn My First Anywhere Chair makes a great gift for a one-year-old. This sweet chair is low to the ground and very comfortable. There are tons of color/design/personalization options too!
Tree Activity Center | Manhatten Toy Company $99 This activity center has so much to do. There is no way your toddler will get bored or grow out of this quickly.
Sensory Balls | B.Toys $12 Your one-two year old will love these balls. They come in bright, fun colors and each one feels different so it’s a great sensory toy.
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Do you have a little one ages 1-2? If so, what are they going to be getting for the holidays?