First Birthday Gift Guide

by Lara on November 11, 2013

First Birthday Gift Guide
Also known as, Favorite Baby Items, 12-15 Months.

Here’s a quick list of some of Gray’s favorite things during this fun, exploratory age!

1) Water table:  We enjoyed this all summer outdoors, and I think we will be getting it out this winter for some indoor sensory activities as well.  There is lots of fun to be had with other materials besides water.  Check out this post for some ideas.

Check out:  Step2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table

First Birthday Gift Guide

Step2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table

2) Mini chair:  We introduced a little chair around 10 months, and it was a little early for G.  Right around his birthday, however, he really started to love it.  Now he sits in it all the time to read or have a snack.

Check out:  Anywhere Chair by Pottery Barn Kids 

First Birthday Gift Guide

Anywhere Chair by Pottery Barn Kids


3) Doll:    I think a soft doll is a great gift for a one year old!  Not only is it a potential attachment item to help soothe them, it is also helps to teach anatomy, how to nurture, and serves as a good model for things like diaper changes.  We bought Gray a boy baby doll shortly after his first birthday.  Read this post to see why dolls are a good idea for both boys and girls. 

Check out: Manhattan Toy Baby Stella Boy by Manhattan Toy (for boys, and there are a few different Baby Stellas for girls.  However, I guess there is nothing wrong with buying a boy a girl baby doll!)

4) Drum set:  We received this from a good friend and it is an awesome gift, because it’s five toys in one.  G is crazy over it.  Pricing goes up and down on Amazon and Target, so check both before you buy.

Check out:  B. Parum Pum Pum Drum

First Birthday Gift Guide

B. Parum Pum Pum Drum

5) Books:  I don’t think you can ever go wrong, by child or parent, with gifting books.  Here’s a list of classics, or have fun with a series like “How Do Dinosaurs” (G’s current favorite).  I always think it’s a nice touch when the gift giver writes a dedication on the inside of the book to really make it a keepsake.

6) Clothes:  This is about the time parents run out of all the cute clothes everyone bought the “new baby.”  I really appreciated gifts like PJ’s and play clothes in bigger sizes.

7) Name stool:  This stool is a classic!  Solid wood letter blocks make a “puzzle” in a small but sturdy bench that I hope will be a keepsake for years to come.

Check out:  Damhorst Toys Small Name Puzzle Stool 

First Birthday Gift Guide

Damhorst Toys Small Name Puzzle Stool

8) Puzzles/shape sorter:  There are some great ones available that are affordable and well made.  Parents will love that these gifts are educational and don’t have batteries!

Check out:  Jumbo Puzzles by Melissa & Doug,  Hape Eco Pull-Along Shape Sorting Turtle

9)  Blocks:  It’s never too early to encourage creative play, right?  We have the classic ABC style but I’d like to get the Hape set, too.

Check out:  Uncle Goose Wooden ABC Blocks Haba Fantasy Blocks

10) Anything from my toddler playroom wishlist, including a magnet board and magnets, a play tent, and a crawl tunnel.

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Andrea@WellnessNotes November 16, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Those drum pics are priceless! Love that G enjoys them so much! I always thought only people who didn’t like you gave your kid a drum set! 😉


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