By 12 months old, your baby should have enough leg strength to begin walking and climbing. You'll also notice their ability to walk up steps as long as they have someone holding their hand. It's important at this age for babies to build their balance, strength, and flexibility. Climbing is a great way to do all of that! Climbing will help your baby learn and understand height, stability, and depth perception, as well as become more aware of their surroundings. If you don't have any climbing toys for your little one yet, here are the best climbing toys for one-year-olds.
Playtime Inflatable Blocks
These inflatable blocks are a great option if you're looking for indoor climbing toys but don't want to take up too much room. You can keep them blown up for days, and when they're in the way and need to be hidden, easily deflate and store them in a closet or drawer. Each block can be played with separately or attached to one another to create a climbing set.
Game Time Sports Climber
This outdoor climber set includes a place to climb and slide, a basketball hoop, and a crawling tunnel! For the more advanced one-year-old, your toddler will be able to enjoy this set for years as they continue to grow in their motor skills and abilities. The crawling tunnels can double as a soccer goal as your little one learns to kick. Keep their score with the clickable knobs.
Wooden Rocker Chair
This wooden rocker chair serves as two items, a rocker chair and a climbing frame. When being used as a rocker chair, the frame features knobs on each side that keep the chair from tilting too far. Turn the chair upside down and you can then use it as a climbing frame. With this rocker chair, watch them learn new skills in no time.
- Montessori triangle climber with ten ways to change and play. Adjustable angles. Slide and climbing features
- Nontoxic, natural wood
- Encourages gross motor skills, confidence, and independence
The Dripex ramp can be set up at four different difficulty levels; beginner, elementary, intermediate, or advanced. The beginner uses the climbing table at an inclination. Elementary can incorporate taller heights to climb or hills. Intermediate flips the climbing board around to be just wood without climbing stones as well as using only the ladders to climb up and down. Advanced takes this set the tallest it can be with its most challenging climbs.
Climbing Blocks With Ball Pit
These climbing blocks are soft foam indoor climbing blocks with a ball pit for extra fun. This set is adjustable and will allow you to get creative on obstacles to create for your little one. The best part about this set is the reward of jumping into the ball pit once they've accomplished the obstacles. Since this set is foam and comes in air tight bags, note that it will take a few days for it to take its final shape once opened.
Climb And Crawl Caterpillar Tunnel
This climb-and-crawl caterpillar tunnel is a super fun way for your one-year-old to work through some challenges. Whether crawling through the tunnel and peeking their head out the side, or using the holes to climb on top and over the tunnel, they'll love Gus the caterpillar. Gus can be paired with an extension set and made to be five feet long.
Slide And Swing Set
This slide and swing set is actually a four-in-one climbing toy. With a climbing ladder, slide, swing, and basketball hoop, this set can actually go inside or outside. They offer multiple colors to make this toy fit into your home's aesthetic. This toy will go with them through the years as the swing is height adjustable and holds up to 110 pounds.
Activity Center Playset
This activity center playset is great for beginner climbers. The indoor or outdoor climber offers steps so they can learn to step up or down, as well as a slide, and a baseball set! The large baseball is connected to the set so they don't lose attention chasing after it, and the large barrel bat will help them learn target practice.
Outdoor Crawl Climb Drive Slide
This outdoor set is multi-level and offers many different features. Underneath, your little one can crawl through the tunnels or drive the car. At the back, they can climb up the ladder to be on the highest level. From there, they'll hop down to the second level where they can ride down the slide. If they're not ready to climb ladders, they can climb through the second level to reach the slide.
Safari Truck Climber
This safari truck climber is a great outdoor climber with many different features. Your little one will not only use this to learn how to climb, but to enjoy imaginary play throughout the years as they get older. With climbing options on both sides, a slide, and pretend binoculars, your littles can use their imagination to be on an African safari. It is also big enough that they can enjoy their safari with one or two friends.
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