That cake-smashing first birthday is a huge milestone for baby and parents, as it marks the start of the transition from baby to toddler. Some little ones will already be walking and talking, others may have a ways to go yet, so finding the perfect gift that matches their capabilities and interests can be extra challenging. It’s still too young for them to have screen time, according to pediatricians and development experts, so learning and playing toys that help them develop and grow are the way to go — and many of them are good for babies and toddlers all the way up to Pre-K.
For parents who love their electric baby swing and aren’t looking forward to the day their kiddo outgrows it, this infant-to-toddler swing gives them years more swinging fun — though unfortunately it’s all manual power from here out. The snap-down safety buckle is perfect for the infant years, but when toddlers want to learn how to push themselves it can be let down to allow for more freedom of motion.
Perfect for stacking, learning letters and colors, and durable enough for some inevitable gnawing by teething tots, these wooden alphabet blocks are great for improving those grasping skills. Pediatricians frequently use the ability to grasp and stack blocks as a metric for measuring a child’s fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, which become increasingly important as they learn important skills like feeding themselves, dressing, and potty-training.