Sensory Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Birthday

Whether you’re a parent, friend or relative you’ll want to buy a gift that will be used, add value and not be as annoying as the Fisher-Price Corn Popper. Here are some great ideas both big and small.

1. Little Tikes Water Table ($45)

If you think bath time is fun, wait until you see these outdoor water tables. Great for fine motor skills, sharing practice, and sensory experiences. 

2. SplashEZ 3-in-1 Splash Pad ($20)

Adding to the water toy trend, this shallow wading pool offers fun in the sun while kids can playfully splash and keep cool.

3. Infantino Press & Stay Sensory Blocks ($15)

These sensory blocks excellent for fine motor skills and are easily pushed together without the need for perfect alignment making for fun stacking and building.

4. Melissa & Doug Touch and Feel Puzzle ($12)

A simple first puzzle for early motor development and also features thick and durable blocks with furry textures for sensory play.

5. Skyfield Carrot Harvest ($19)

Another option to build on brain building and hand-eye coordination featuring seven wooden carrots to match in different holes. Great for brain building and improving hand-eye coordination.

6. FLISAT Sensory/Arts Table ($50)

A sensory table is arguably one of the best investments you can make in a toddler play room. You can IKEA hack your way into great builds for new activities and the FLISAT is great starting point for it all. It works great for crafts storage while providing a dedicated place to get creative and messy.

7. Wood City Wobble Board ($50)

While this may get more usage a few months after that first-year milestone, this is yet another open-ended winner. Learn balance skills as a wobble board, place it on the edge of the couch for a slide, or flip it upside down a tunnel for all those little toy cars. 

8. Nugget Comfort Couch ($229)

If you’re feeling generous, this is undoubtedly the most versatile and useful play item for toddlerhood. It’s a slide, it’s a fort, it’s a couch… there are endless ways to let your littles get their wiggles out for years to come.

9. Lovevery Play Kit ($120)

These montessori-inspired kits provide learning toys crafted for specific ages and stage of development. You can gift a full subscription or one-time set of kits.

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