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The Best Toys for 1-Year-Olds — of Any Gender

At around age 1, as our babies become toddlers, they become so aware and fascinated with the world around them. And because this is the year they go from crawlers to walkers to run-and-climb-on-everything-ers, there are so many more potential “toys” within their reach. But since you probably don’t want your child gnawing on extension cords or banging on your pots and pans all day, you might want to invest in a few good toys to keep your 1-year-old entertained.

Rather than randomly buying whatever is labeled “1y-2y,” you might also want to know which of the many, many playthings out there are going to 1) hold your kid’s fleeting (but growing!) attention span, and 2) help them along in the many, many physical and mental milestones they’re headed for this year. To get a better sense of this, we spoke to Dr. Navya Mysore, a family physician at One Medical in New York City.

The bottom line is, you’re going to have to get ready for your home to turn into a colorful, musical, topsy-turvy playroom.

“When kids are 1, they’re seeing everything,” Mysore told SheKnows. “Everything’s all bright colors. Things that have vibrant colors are easier for them to sort of distinguish, and also easier for them to lean forward and grab.”

Read on for more of Mysore’s advice, which we’ve aligned with the toys we love for 1-year-olds.

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