Oh, the toddler years. Just when you thought motherhood couldn’t get any harder, your baby is now on the move! My youngest was a climber, so keeping her attention with toys was never an easy feat. Today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite bouncing toys for 1 year olds and bouncing toys for 2 year olds that we absolutely loved.
Young toddlers, in addition to temper tantrums and dramatic meltdowns, are learning so much about themselves. They’re developing their gross motor skills by learning to walk, run, and climb, but also their fine motor skills by learning to feed themselves and play more actively with toys.
Bouncy toys are a great way to encourage older babies and young toddlers to get moving, too. For late crawlers or late walkers, bouncy toys can help develop and strengthen your child’s muscles and motivate them to get those little legs moving.
Playing with bouncing toys is also a fantastic way to develop hand-eye coordination. The indoor toys that we recommend are great for burning off energy on rainy days and are versatile to follow your child’s interests.
Here are some of the best bouncing toys for toddlers that we’ve chosen based on years of experience. From bouncy balls to interactive toys, from the living room to outdoor play, there’s a toy for every step of the way.
Best Bouncing Toys for 1 Year Olds and Toddlers
One of the most obvious choices for a bouncing toy is something that little kids have loved for centuries – a bouncy ball! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends soft balls as a play toy for babies as young as four months old.
There are fabric balls with jingle bells inside, balls that play gentle music, balls that can roll on their own. The options seem limitless, don’t you think?
A ball is great because it never goes out of style and the skill level can grow as your child grows.
A ball is naturally one of the first bouncing toys for babies that we purchase for the nursery. Older babies love to play with balls by rolling it to a parent and by having a parent roll it back. Rolling can become tossing the ball and tossing the ball can become kicking the ball.
It’s important to consider the safety of a ball before giving it to your baby. When choosing a ball to give to a baby or toddler, never give them anything that can fit in a paper towel tube. If it’s larger than the paper towel tube, it’s generally safe for your little one to play with. Since it’ll be a while before your toddler is pitching for the Yankees, it’s also a good idea to save baseballs and other hard balls for when they’re just a bit older. Stick with softer balls like the Flower Magic Ball from HABA or this Rainbow Magic Fabric Ball.
Infantino makes a great textured ball set that’s a perfect size ball for little hands. They’re safe for babies, easy to grasp, and each ball has a different texture to create interest. These balls encourage little ones to reach and grasp – very important developmental milestones!
Since babies and toddlers often put things in their mouth, we like this set because it’s a safe toy and can be easily washed and sanitized. They’re small enough to pop into a diaper bag or to bring along when traveling. You could also let your baby play with them in the bathtub, too.
For the Sports Enthusiast, we also recommend these toddler-sized foam balls that come with a cute carrying bag for all your favorites… Soccer, football, basketball, baseball, and tennis.
This seems like the kind of set that dads will enjoy gifting to their little ones. Is there a future Tom Brady in the house? Maybe a Serena Williams?
A new take on the rocking horse, Rody, the inflatable bouncing horse, is making its way into the hearts of toddlers everywhere by becoming everyone’s favorite bouncy toy. This is the best bouncing toy for toddlers that they will play with through their preschool years.
This classic toy is made entirely of latex-free vinyl and has no hard edges and inflates easily with a bicycle or hand pump. It’s also quite durable and any small holes can be fixed with super glue.
The original Rody has an optional base that makes it easier for younger toddlers to maintain their balance. For older kids, Rody also makes the Rody Max that can accommodate children as they grow, but the original Rody has a weight limit of 300 pounds.
The Rody Horse is a great toy that helps young children use their little legs to develop their gross motor skills. It comes in a variety of primary colors and bright colors, too.
You don’t need much space and Rody is perfect for use in a playroom or living room for young kids. The Rody has easily become one of our favorite toys over the years! This becomes one of those toys that they never want to give up because it’s so fun.
If you have an energetic toddler, a toddler-sized trampoline is a great way to help your little one develop balance, coordination, and gross motor development skills. While mini trampolines are so much fun, it’s important to ensure safety first.
The toddler trampoline that we recommend is Galt Toys Nursery Trampoline. It’s spring-free, can be used indoors, and the age recommendations are for 1 year olds and 2 year olds.
It also has a covered handle (which your little one will likely chew on) that toddlers can hold onto when jumping. Overall, this Toddler Trampoline is a total winner for offering great value and really just being the perfect toy for bouncy toddlers.
Playskool Bounce and Ride Active Toy
Little bicycle meets ball with this adorable ride-on toy for little people. This toy has different ways that your toddler can use it – in stationary mode or in riding mode.
The stationary mode is great for younger toddlers and then transitions to riding as your child becomes more mobile and independent.
It also has different sounds and music that plays when your toddler bounces on the seat. The sounds include different songs and silly noises that encourage your little one to keep moving.
This is a really great option for active play, plus it’s small enough for indoor use without scratching your floors and walls.
Little Tikes Dino Bouncer – Bounce House for Toddlers
Slightly pricier on this list is the Little Tikes Dino Bouncer which is quickly becoming one of the best jumping toys for adventurous little people. It’s an inflatable dinosaur-shaped bounce house that’s just the right size for toddlers.
You’ll need a large open space to inflate this bouncer indoors, but not as much space as a typical bouncy house.
It has a beginner slide and an opening on each side and a mesh-enclosed jumping space in the middle for up to two small children. The weight limit on this bouncy house is 120 pounds total. Sorry, Dads… no jumping for you!
We really like this bounce house because the size is just right meaning you’ll be able to store it without an issue, plus the mesh jumping space makes it a safe option for little ones just beginning to walk and run.
They can crawl in and slide out without any concerns about the height of the exit areas. Plus, it’s pretty cute.
Bouncy Boing Ride-On Toy
Similar to Rody, the Bouncy Boing is a sturdy inflatable Bumblebee Bouncer built to improve a toddler’s balance and coordination. This bouncer isn’t quite as sturdy as Rody, but the price tag is significantly less making it a great option for little ones.
The weight limit on the Bouncy Boing is 110 pounds and it’s made of inflatable plastic and does include the air pump.
iPlay Mythical Creatures Bouncy Pals
Here’s another ride-on bouncy toy for older toddlers or preschoolers — we found this two-headed monster that will surely lead to hours of imaginative play! It features a fabric cover that can be taken off and it includes an air pump for inflating the bouncer. We weren’t expecting to see such a mythical beast on the market for little ones, but there truly is a toy for every child’s interests.
Little Tikes Slam Dunk Big Ball Pit
If you’re looking for a toy that offers a lot of physical activities for little ones, you’ll want to take a look at the Little Tikes Slam Dunk Big Ball Pit. It’s basketball, it’s a bouncer, AND it’s a ball pit.
This ball pit sells for a reasonable price and you can start using it when your 1 year old is still in the crawling phase, which means you’ll get years of use from this bouncer.
Made for indoors, all you need is a flat surface to inflate the ball pit for hours of fun. It comes with 20 balls, but you could always purchase more balls to make the ball pit more interactive for your toddler.
As they get older, they can ultimately go for the slam dunk in the inflatable basketball hoop, but as they work their way up in the skills department, they can simply toss the balls at the hoop.
The basketball hoop makes it more interactive for parents, too. You might not be able to bounce, but at least you can toss the ball around a little bit!
Musical Interactive Bouncing Ball
If your older baby or toddler loves music, then they’ll really like this interactive musical bouncing ball we found.
It’s one of those no-name type of products that you can typically find on Amazon, but the reviews and video reviews are consistent in showing that it’s a great interactive toy to get babies and toddlers crawling and toddling around.
If your baby’s development is slightly delayed, toys like this are one of the best ways to get them inching forward.
Another interactive ball we found on Amazon is this one that’s much softer than the previous ball. This musical ball would be much better for younger toddlers or even infants.
Fisher Price Bounce and Spin Puppy
The Fisher Price Bounce and Spin Puppy has been a parent favorite for quite some time. Fisher Price always seems to have some of variation on this toy, so be on the lookout for other animals, too.
The Fisher Price Bounce and Spin Puppy plays educational content as well as music and allows riders to spin a full 360 degrees when riding and bouncing.
It’s built to strengthen your baby’s balance and coordination and it also introduces the alphabet, colors, and songs in a fun and engaging way.
Other than the spinning, the Bounce and Spin Puppy is stationary and built for indoor use.
Other Toys that Encourage Gross Motor Play
Pikler Triangle Montessori Climber
While not technically a bouncy toy, we think it’s important to include some of our favorite wooden climbing and balance board toys on this list, too. Do you remember how much you loved obstacle courses as a kid?
The Pikler Triangle climbers are a bit like that, but for toddlers who are just learning to crawl, walk, and climb. It’s an open-ended toy built for free play that can adjust to different positions allowing the toy to grow with your child.
It folds up easily, so storage is never an issue with this indoor climber.
You can find them in just about any color or in all-natural wood colors that will blend into your home decor. A Pikler Triangle would make a great centerpiece for your child’s nursery or playroom for sure.
Wooden Balance Boards or Wobble Boards are increasing in popularity with a resurging interest in Montessori-style games and toys.
These wooden boards are small and meant for little feet to build their gross motor skills and balance.
Toys for Toddlers that Foster Growth
While we’re at it, we’re going to also include a list of toys that are appropriate for children in the toddler age range.
Playing with your baby or toddler is an important part of their development. It’s so much more than just a basket of toys. Children at this age learn through social interaction and play.
Reading with your little ones stimulates their cognitive skills and encourages language, plus it feels pretty good to sit close and snuggle with mom reading your favorite stories! Playing with small objects like nesting toys and blocks are great hands-on activities that increase their hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills, and builds your child’s confidence.
Here’s a short list of more of the best toys for 1 year old toddlers that you’ll want to have in your playroom:
- Board Books with simple stories & large, bright illustrations or photos
- Nesting Toys
- Soft dolls:
- Hand held toys that “Go!” like trucks and cars
- Child sized lawnmower
- Toys that encourage imaginative play
- Push and Pull Toys
- Balls of all shapes and sizes made of toddler safe materials
- Bath tub toys
- Peg puzzles
- Shape Sorters
- Building Blocks
Whether you’re looking for bouncy toys or just a good base of toys to have on hand for your little one, we hope this list helped you with your research. We know these toys will get a lot of use (maybe even a ton of use!) for years to come and be a huge part in the child development of your baby or toddler.