9 Music Toys for 1-Year-Olds to Inspire Child Development (Under $50)

Music plays an important role in baby’s development. Songs are a part of our daily lives and culture. We use music to expresses joy and love and to soothe a crying baby. It also encourages social and verbal interactions. Having music toys for 1-year-olds in the surroundings allows for open-play engagement and natural learning. Infants and toddlers love dancing and moving to music. Silly songs lead to laughter and joy while repetitious songs expose children to vocabulary and rhymes. Sing familiar songs to your little one and tap out rhythms using percussion toys. Also, consider our music toys for two-year-olds recommendations as your child grows.

1. Oval Xylophone by Plan Toys

PlanToys Oval Xylophone Toddler Musical Instruments - Sustainably-Made Wooden Xylophone with 5 Colorful Panels , Sturdy Handle for Easy Grip, and Wooden Mallet

Infants and toddlers love hearing music and banging things to make noise. Xylophones are one of the classic music toys for 1-year-olds.The Oval Xylophone by Plan Toys make a great first music toy. This wooden xylophone has five colorful keys that each make a different tone when struck by a mallet. This fun activity promotes the understanding of cause-and-effect while proving motor skills practice. Keep little hands busy with the beautifully colorful instrument.

Why We Recommend:

  • Wood construction
  • Teaches cause-and-effect
  • Promotes motor skills
  • hands-on activity

2. Bright Beats Smart Touch Play Space by Fisher-Price

Bright Beats Smart Touch Play Space by Fisher-Price is a touch-sensitive toy for 1-year-olds that reinforces learning and development. The Smart Touch responds to touch with music, light, colors, and songs. There are three ways to play: piano play, dance party, and learning & games. This product introduces letters, numbers, colors, and music. The lights and sounds stimulate your child’s senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Along the sides of the Play Space are activities to keep your child busy and engaged with a spinner, roller balls, and ball ramp. So many fun aspects to explore make this a great toy for your baby to explore while transitioning from infant to toddler.

Why We Recommend:

  • Interactive – responds to touch
  • 3 modes to grow as the child grows from sitting to crawling.
  • Hands-on activities
  • includes 3 colorful balls for ramp play, bat-at roller and spinner
  • Busy activities, music, lights, colors, sung songs
  • Promotes sensory stimulation, cause-and-effect, and motor skills

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3. My 1st Birthday Band by EduShape

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The My 1st Birthday Band by EduShape comes with five colorful percussion instruments—maraca, rainbow shaker, bells, sea drum, and rattle. Children can jingle, jangle, shake, and dance to their own improvised rhythms. With this set children can play independently or form and band with others. These music toys for 1-year-olds are great for play dates or keeping kids entertained.

Why We Recommend:

  • Baby-safe instruments (12 months and up)
  • Develops fine motor and hand-eye coordination
  • Creative music fun for youngsters
  • Encourages Open and imaginative play
  • Includes five rhythm instruments
  • Independent or group play
  • Comes with musical CD

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4. Musical Bunny by Sigikid

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This Musical Bunny by Sigikid provides comforting classing music at the pull of a string. The long ears, soft brown fur, and striped arms and legs make Musical Bunny and cuddly comfort toy for babies. The pre-loaded music soothes and relaxes children. The Bunny’s music box comes pre-loaded with one classical melody. Additional music boxes can be ordered in order to change the song.

Why We Recommend:

  • Encourages rest, relaxation, sleep, comfort, calm
  • Plays classical or traditional lullaby
  • Pull-string music box (no batteries required!)
  • Embroidered eyes and mouth
  • Removable music box for machine washing

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5. Mirari Pop! Pop! Piano by Play Monster

PlayMonster Mirari Pop! Pop! Piano

Mirari Pop! Pop! Piano by Play Monster provides sensory fun for children. With each press of a piano key, a colorful star goes flying. The clear plastic cover guides the start back into a tube. This music toy for 1-year-olds presents brilliant colors and sound and is designed to inspire cause-and-effect learning and sensory stimulation. With the flip of a switch, you can change between two modes of silly sounds or classic piano.

Why We Recommend:

  • Launches stars into the air with every note
  • Encourages motor skills, sensory learning, and cause-and-effect learning
  • 2 modes—sound effects or piano
  • 3 AA batteries included
  • Durable construction for lasting fun
  • Includes piano, clear cover, 6 stars

6. Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone by Hape

(Yellow) - Hape E0305 Early Melodies Pound and Tap Bench

Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone by Hape makes for a fun music toy for 1-year-olds that promotes motor and cognitive development. Little ones pound the three vibrant spheres through the three rubber-lined holes. What happens next? The spheres fall and roll down a ramp made up of bright, musical chimes, pleasantly tuned to a C Major scale. You can also pull the keyboard ramp out from under the bench, grab the included wooden mallet, and let the melody-making excitement commence. Little maestros get a head start on musical learning when they start pounding, tapping, and playing the day away with the My Little Mozart Musical Bench.

Why We Recommend:

  • Chimes can be played directly with the mallet or by sending balls down a the ramp
  • Encourages fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, color learning, musical exploration
  • Chimes are tuned to a C Major scale
  • Includes bench, 3 spheres, chimes, hammer, mallet
  • Chimes made of strong, colorfully painted metal
  • Bench, hammer, mallet, and keyboard made of strong, sturdy wood

7. Toddler Tambourine by Edushape

Halilit by Edushape My First Baby Tambourine - Tambourine for Kids, Babies, and Toddlers - Musical Instruments and Educational Toys for Sensory Developmental Rhythm Shaker

These high-quality Toddler Tambourine by Edushape are designed with little ones in mind. They come in 4 different vibrant colors. Each one features an extra-chunky plastic handle that’s easy for children to grip, plus 4 pairs of built-in metal cymbals—all permanently encased for added safety and durability.

Why We Recommend:

  • Rated 12 months and up
  • 4 Tambourines in 4 brilliant colors
  • Great for daycares, preschools, and toddler music groups
  • Durable plastic construction
  • Chucky handle that’s easy for little hands to grip

8. Lil’ Ocean Explorers Stand ‘n Dance Starfish by Little Tikes

Little Tikes Lil' Ocean Explorers - Stand 'n Dance Starfish

The Lil’ Ocean Explorers Stand ‘n Dance Starfish is a fun music toy for 1-year-olds as they grow because it can be played with while Sitting, standing, or dancing. The engaging tower inspires babies to create music and dance along. The light-up keyboard can be played by little hands when sitting or by little feet when standing and dancing. Babies will learn to pull themselves up by using the curvy tower, then chase after the balls they drop down the spiral. There are two modes of play. In Mode 1, uses interactive play as the musical notes and lights are activated with the push of a key. Mode 2 plays songs and activates the lights for dance party fun.

Why We Recommend:

  • 2 modes of play
  • Promotes motor skills of sitting, standing, and gripping balls
  • 4 colorful balls included
  • Teaches cause-and-effect
  • Vibrant lights, colors, and sounds for sensory stimulation

9.Leap Frog Learn and Groove Animal Sounds Guitar

This musical toy provides an engaging, effective learning experience for 1-year-olds at home or at daycare. Children spin the wheel or strum a whammy bar to explore numbers and animal sounds with the Learn and Groove Animal Sounds Guitar. Pressing the fret button plays rocking guitar riffs and silly sounds. The guitar also speaks numbers and counting in English and Spanish.

Why We Recommend:

  • Numbers and counting in English and Spanish
  • Musical appreciation
  • Silly sounds and animal noises
  • Intuitive design
  • Durable materials
  • Delivers learning content through a fun use of technology

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