I always appreciate posts where moms have gathered together a list of some of their favorite or most-used items for their baby or child. It is so helpful! Whether you are registering or figuring out what you need for your child’s next stage in life, other parents are the best knowledge source.
I’m not an expert by any means, but I’m hoping that by posting some of our favorite things in this stage, it can help another new mom. Or maybe it could help you find a birthday gift for a friend/niece/nephew! Davis is 14 (almost 15) months old, but many of these items have been favorites for a few months now. Some are more geared toward boys, but most of the ideas would still be great for little girls!
Turning one is certainly a transition time for babies! It was key to have new toys, a new car seat, and new ways for Davis to learn around that time.
1 Fisher Price Activity Table He plays with this every single day.
2 Ikea Fox Stuffed Animal My parents gave him this for Halloween. Because, he dressed as a fox, and doesn’t everyone give gifts on Halloween? 😉 Regardless, he loves these stuffed animals!
3 Evenflo Symphony DLX All-In-One Car Seat We switched to this car seat when he was around 10 months old. He is still rear-facing, but this seat can transition to forward facing and then to a booster. It is so easy to get in and out of the car, too.
4 Ikea Bibs Todd’s mom got us these bibs, and my cousin uses them for her son, too. They’re very inexpensive, durable, and easy to clean.
5 Y Bike This was also a gift from Todd’s parents, and it is Davis’ current obsession. He loves to ride on it and use it as a walker. It works well on hardwoods and carpet. It also travels well because it is very light.
6 Melissa & Doug Wooden Animal Magnets These were our Valentine’s gift to Davis. We put the smaller ones away just in case he tried to put them in his mouth, but there are around 12 that are big enough for a one year old to play with. I like them because they are wooden, and they really don’t look bad on the fridge! He works on his animal sounds, too. Well at least the “moo” sound. Right now, every animal says “moo.”
On the Y Bike, playing with the animal magnets
7 B. Fish & Splish Boat This was a gift from our friends Justin and Katie. There are so many components in this toy and it makes bath time so fun for Davis!
8 Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker By far one of Davis’ favorites. Another thing he plays with every day. I found it on Zulily, but you could also buy it on Amazon, and it can probably be found at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx.
9 Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap My friend Margaret gave us this soap in a gift basket before Davis was even born. We’ve used only that soap for his baths and we just finished the first bottle! He has never broken out or had any skin irritation. It is pure and natural, and I would highly recommend!!
10 Ikea Golden Retriever Stuffed Animal We have a golden retriever, so this is perfect for Davis. It’s very soft, and he sometimes even sleeps with it in his crib. Plus it’s cheap! I’ve washed it in the washing machine and it held up great!
11 UNC hat We get asked about this a lot. We found this hat at Lids, and it was such a great investment for Davis. It isn’t a “cheesy” looking baby hat, but it stays on his head really well, and he never seems bothered by wearing it. Plus, Go Heels!
One thing I forgot to put in the collage is the book “Roadwork” by Sally Sutton. Our friends Lani and Brian gave this to Davis for his birthday and he loves it! He says “k-uh k-uh” for the trucks. He loves any board book, but this is definitely one of his favorites.
Thank you for reading! If anyone has any other ideas for this age, I’d love for you to post them in the comments.