The 1-year milestone is indeed the most memorable one for you and your little one! During this period, your toddler will be preparing to keep his first steps into his world. And as parents, you are willing to do everything in your power to boost their growth process. Most of the 13-month olds love playing with Toys, however, it is relatively hard to find the perfect toys for them.
Rattlers and Crinkles are not amusing to them anymore, so you must get them the right toys that inhibit the learning process. Luckily, there are a number of wonderful learning toys for busy 13 months olds available in the market.
Here’s a Facebook Live Broadcast, in which I shared a few of my favorite learning toys for the developmental skills and interests of a young one-year-old. The recap is below if you’d rather read.
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13 MONTH SKILL: STACKING
According to various experts, Stacking helps in boosting imagination and motor skills in a toddler’s body. Stacking and putting objects in a very defined space, like a ring on a dowel, increases hand-eye coordination, which is something that benefits kids later on in their life. For protective reasons, I recommend a wooden stacker over a regular plastic one as it BPA-free.
Occupational Therapist Tips: Made from Wood, this stacker is free of harmful chemicals and BPA’s. To start with disassembling the box and taking out the wooden rings. Use a shallow tray to contain the rings and place one on the dowel to give the baby an idea of the activity. I also love this wooden stacker because the flat rings can be used for other activities at this and later development stages – like stacking without the dowel, rolling and spinning, lacing on a thick string, naming colors putting pegs in, etc.
13 MONTH SKILL: SCRIBBLING
Initiating writing skills in your young one in his early stages can be tempting. However, it can be tricky to hand a magic marker and paper to a 13-month-old who might be more inclined to put it in his mouth or rip it! As I suggest inthis post, all about introducing writing tools to your baby and toddler, the best choice for this age group is aTravel MagnaDoodle.
Pointing can be a fabulous toy to encourage a systematic growth of motor skills in your toddler’s body. I love Poke A Dot books for pointing play. And what’s even better, they’re also great for older toddlers and preschoolers who are learning to count objects as they touch them (a skill called one-to-one correspondence).
13 MONTH SKILL: RECIPROCAL BALL PLAY
Ball play is a great way to engage a new social skill, integrating trades like rolling and throwing (baby will need total help to catch at this age). It works best when you have two people so that one can assist your baby, and others can throw the ball towards him. Any softball will do the job, but I love a Bumpy ball with its added sensory feedback for little hands.
The 13-month age group is all about independent mobility! Even if your little one isn’t yet walking, he or she can crawl. This is why a propelling Ride-on toy is so necessary for them. It integrates a sense of responsibility for movement in the kids. For instance, I love the narrow seat of the Radio Flyer Ride 2 Glide, which tends to encourage a one-leg-at-a-time movement pattern like walking (called reciprocal leg movements). Bonus: this ride-on easily converts to a first scooter toy as baby becomes a full-fledged toddler!
Occupational Therapist Tip: these toys are well-designed and are quite versatile as well. Plus, they offer a lot of fun to our little ones as well. These ride-on toys are available in several shapes and sizes as well, so finding the one which matches your preference won’t be a hassle. All-in-all, this should be enough to make all parents feel good about owning them!