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St. Louis breast pump startup Babyation surpasses Kickstarter goal | Business

After starting the company, the couple had their first child, Exton, whos now eight months old and helping Babyation develop new product ideas.

Rudolph turned to her engineer husband, Jared Miller, to develop a new design, and Babyation was born.

+2 The Babyation shield worn on the breast, at left, shown next to a traditional breast pump. Handout

Babyation was founded while the couple lived in Connecticut but they moved to St. Louis in November after winning a $50,000 Arch Grant last year. The nonprofit Arch Grants group was founded in 2012 to fund entrepreneurial activity in St. Louis.

The amount of buy-in that people in St. Louis have shown for entrepreneurs has been incredible, Rudolph said. We had more progress here in three weeks than 18 months in Connecticut.

T-Rex offers startups like Babyation the ability to grow their business in close proximity to other startups and entrepreneurial support organizations including Arch Grants, other accelerators and a venture capital firm.

Babyation is based in the T-Rex tech incubator downtown at the Lammert Building at 911 Washington Avenue, along with 153 other businesses. T-Rex is embarking on an $8 million capital campaign to fund a renovation of the eight-story Lammert Building the nonprofit owns, said T-Rexs community director Kathleen Bauer.

We definitely have a product road map and plan to expand Babyation beyond breast pumps, Rudolph said. We think there are a lot of opportunities for innovation in the baby space.

Babyation, the St. Louis-based maker of a new breast pump that promises a quieter, more discreet device than existing pumps, surpassed its fundraising goal on Kickstarter and plans to ship products in March 2017.

The startup said Thursday that it raised $81,045 on the Kickstarter crowdfunding website from 427 backers after 30 days, after initially setting a $50,000 goal. The app-enabled breast pump product is available for pre-sale for $400 on the companys website,

Co-founder and CEO Samantha Rudolph said the Kickstarter funding will allow the company to finish the pumps design for production, with production beginning within six to nine months. Manufacturing will be in the U.S., but a site hasnt yet been selected. Our goal is to go as close to St. Louis as possible, Rudolph said.

Instead of having bottles hang from a mothers breasts during pumping, Babyations design includes a breast shield worn under a bra thats attached to thin tubing that transports breast milk to bottles.

+2 The Babyation device (in the foreground) attaches to bottles through tubing. A traditional breast pump is shown in the background. Handout

The current way creates a barrier because a mother has to remove her shirt and its very difficult to go on with your life while pumping, Rudolph said. Ours offers discretion because you dont have to remove your shirt and its lower profile.

Rudolph, a former director of business development at ESPN, came up with the idea for a new breast pump design after reading a New York Times blog in March 2014 on the noisiness and poor design of existing pumps.

Its really a dense little city in here, Bauer said. Having that accessibility where you can bump into people and having those resources at your fingertips is important. Its that community piece thats really unique.

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Technavio Announces Top Three Emerging Trends Impacting the Breastfeeding Supplies Market in the US 2016-2020

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavios latest report on breastfeeding supplies market in the US analyses the key trends expected to impact the breastfeeding supplies market through 2016-2020. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.

The breastfeeding supplies market in the US is likely to exceed USD 2 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of almost 6%. The breastfeeding supplies market is likely to grow as a result of high awareness of mother and baby care products among consumers in the US and market penetration by vendors providing breastfeeding supplies.

According to Brijesh Kumar Choubey, lead analyst at Technavio for general retail goods and services, The easy availability of different and convenient breastfeeding supplies in the US is another factor that will significantly aid market growth over the next five years. A few examples of such convenient breastfeeding products include electric and battery-powered breastfeeding pumps, which are portable and can therefore be used while traveling.

The top three emerging trends in the breastfeeding supplies market according to Technavios consumer and retail research analysts are:

Increasing number of reimbursement policies

The breastfeeding supplies market in the US has recently seen the introduction of insured breast pumps approved by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to this act, health insurance carriers will be required to provide breastfeeding pumps to pregnant and nursing mothers. Thus, insurance companies in the country have to cover the cost of these breastfeeding pumps, along with lactation counseling and other precautionary health services.

As a result of this act, most of the leading vendors are focusing on the production of insured breastfeeding pumps. For instance, Medela incorporated a third shift of its workforce in 2013 to escalate the production of breastfeeding pumps due to the sudden increase in demand after the announcement of the approved law by the Affordable Care Act.

This trend is likely to positively propel the market over the next five years, as an increased number of consumers would now prefer insured breastfeeding pumps and the act would also cover that section of the population who couldnt afford to purchase these expensive breastfeeding pumps, says Brijesh.

Innovations in product enablers

Busy lifestyles and the need for convenient and easy-to-use products are encouraging baby product and maternity care manufacturers to introduce products that suit the changing needs of babies and their parents.

Innovations in product enablers in the genre of breastfeeding pumps and associated products have become varied and widespread. To make the process of expressing breast milk easier and more convenient, manufacturers have come up with nursing bras or breast pumping bras, which enable lactating mothers to express milk without the need to constantly hold the breastfeeding pump in place. Lansinoh's hands-free pumping bra is one example of a reliable and popular breast pumping bra available in the market.

These product enablers are becoming very popular, and will further propel the growth of the breastfeeding supplies market in the US, during the forecast period.

Growth of online retail

Brick-and-mortar retailing remains the key channel for the sale of breastfeeding supplies in the US, but online retailing is predicted to grow rapidly during the forecast period. Quick delivery services and competitive prices are major factors for the growth of online retailing in the country.

Major players like Philips and Medela have ventured into online private retailing, which has helped them increase their sales significantly. The growing customer base for online retailing, combined with faster shipping, is expected to impact the market positively during the forecast period.

The top five vendors for the breastfeeding supplies market in the US, as researched by Technavio analysts are:

Ameda Handi-Craft Medela Philips Pigeon

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Fastned Volume Growth Up 500% For Q1 2016, Compared To Q1 2015

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Fastned Volume Growth Up 500% For Q1 2016, Compared To Q1 2015

April 18th, 2016 by James Ayre


I wonder how the US Fast Charging networks are doing?

The Netherlands-based electric vehicle fast-charging network company Fastned is continuing to grow at a rapid clip, going by the company's recently released Quarter 1 2016 numbers.

To quickly summarize here: volume growth during the quarter was 500% (as compared to Quarter 1 2015); revenue growth was 370% (as compared to Quarter 1 2015); revenue growth was 21% and volume growth was 37% as compared to Quarter 4 2015; and active customer growth was 31% as compared to Quarter 4 2015.

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"Fastned continues to grow rapidly in terms of the number of customers, kWh delivered, and revenues. On top of this we see a major shift in the perception towards electric cars around the world and in the Netherlands. End of March the Dutch Parliament adopted a motion ordering the Government to strive for 100% of new cars sold after 2025 to have zero emissions. The enormous interest in the Tesla Model 3 (already more than 280,000 pre-orders) shows that people can't wait to drive electric. We are building the charging network that will be required to provide all these cars with the electricity they need."


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Fastned CEO Michiel Langezaal commented:

It's great to see that the company is still doing quite well, as the lack of reliable charging infrastructure in much of Europe is arguably the primary barrier to wider EV adoption. Fastned is currently in the planning and financing phase of its efforts to expand its network throughout continental Europe.

In addition to this growth, the company also recently completed a rollout of Tesla adapters at its electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations throughout the Netherlands. In addition, the company secured a new deal with Nissan that will see LEAFs given 4 years of unlimited charging at the company's various stations in the region.


Get a Breast Pump Through Your Health Insurance

Good news for moms and babies: Insurance companies are now required to support your breastfeeding efforts including breast pumps and lactation counseling. The Affordable Care Act -- also called the ACA, or just Obamacare -- requires insurers to cover many more preventive health services, specifically breastfeeding support. That means if you're insured by any "non-grandfathered" plan (more on that later) and your coverage started on August 1, 2012 or later, breastfeeding support services and equipment like breast pumps must be covered 100% by your insurer - no copays or cost-sharing.

So how do you get your insurer to pay for that pump? First, figure out if your plan is governed by the ACA. If it existed before March 23, 2010 (the day the ACA was signed) and it meets certain standards, it might be a "grandfathered" plan; call your insurance's customer service line to find out. While grandfathered plans don't have to offer the breastfeeding benefits required by the ACA, some still do - so don't give up hope yet. You can still move on to step two.

What breastfeeding-related benefits does my plan offer?

What types of pumps are covered?

Can I get a specific brand of pump?

Is rental of an electric pump covered?

Do I need to buy or rent my breast pump from a certain supplier (i.e., a specific pharmacy, retailer, or medical supply company)?

Do I need a prescription from my doctor for my pump?

Can I request or buy the pump before my baby is born?

Next, find out what your benefits are in writing, because the important details can vary a lot. Talk to a customer service agent, and ask them to mail you the specifics. Questions to ask:

A good breast pump can really help you meet your breastfeeding goals, which in turn improves your health and your baby's (that's why pumps are considered a preventive service!). So take advantage of this important, money-saving benefit.

Also be aware that some insurers only cover the cost of a manual breast pump (which is good for occasional but not frequent use), while others pay for you to buy or rent an electric double-breast pump (which you'll want especially if you're working away from your baby). But even if your insurer doesn't normally pay for an electric pump, they may be more likely to cover it if you're pumping for medical reasons, like if your baby is a preemie, or if she has other medical conditions that make it difficult for her to nurse (like Down syndrome or cerebral palsy), or if you have supply issues. If any of these apply to you, talk to your insurer, who will likely require a doctor's note stating that an electric pump is medically necessary.

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Note that in many cases you'll need to get your breast pump from a specific medical supply company (sometimes called a "durable medical equipment" supplier, or DME) that's designated by your insurer. Make sure to call that supplier as soon as possible to see if they have the pump you want and how long it will take to get it, since you'll want to have it as soon as your baby arrives. If the supplier doesn't offer the pump you want (or it won't be in stock in time), you may be able to shop elsewhere -- as long as you pick up part of the cost. Just go back to your insurance carrier and ask first.

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The Global Breast Pumps Market is expected to reach USD 1,197.7 million by 2020, growing at an estimated CAGR of 7.6% from 2014 to 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Introduction of innovative technologies including hand free breast pumps, growing women employment rates coupled with growing awareness levels pertaining to the advantages of breast milk are expected to drive breast pump demand over the next six years. In addition, presence of untapped growth opportunities in emerging markets such as India, Brazil and China and the introduction of government initiatives such as declaring breast pumps tax deductible are expected to serve this market as future growth opportunities.

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* Key industry participants of this market include Medela Inc., Philips AVENT, Ameda Breastfeeding Solutions, Hygeia Medical Group, Whittlestone Inc., Lansinoh Laboratories Inc., Bailey Medical, Energizer Personal Care, and LLC (Playtex Baby).

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* Battery-powered pumps dominated the pumping system type market interms of share at over 55.7% in 2013 due to increasing number of womenwho are in need of extracting milk several times a day and looking tostore it for a longer duration.

* North America was the largest regional market in 2013, accounting for over 61.4% of global revenue due to the presence of high women employment rate, patient awareness levels, healthcare expenditure and sophisticated healthcare infrastructure.

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Closed breast pump systems dominated the overall market in terms of revenue share at 83.4% in 2013. These systems are relatively more hygienic and free from microorganisms as the milk does not come in contact with air at all and therefore, hold higher usage rates.

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Research and Markets: Global Breast Pumps Market 2012-2016

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Global Breast Pumps Market 2012-2016" report to their offering.

Global Breast Pump Market Expected To Grow At A CAGR Of 7.72 Percent Over The Period 2012-2016

The report, the Global Breast Pump Market 2012-2016, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market in the Americas, and the EMEA and APAC regions; it also covers the Global Breast Pump market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Commenting on the report, an analyst from the authors' team said: One of the main trends witnessed in the Global Breast Pumps market is the increasing reimbursement policies. According to the ACA in 2013, breast pump manufacturers require health insurance carriers to provide breast pumps to pregnant and nursing mothers. Hence, insurance companies essentially cover the cost of breast pumps, along with lactation counseling and various other precautionary health services. This may include any type of breast pumps in the market. As a result, most of the leading vendors are focusing more on the production of insured breast pumps.

According to the report, one of the main factors driving the market is the reasonable pricing of breast pumps. This is because the use of breast pumps is growing due to a combination of factors such as higher awareness among expectant mothers about the advantages of sophisticated and proper breastfeeding and increased safety offered by new prenatal diagnostic techniques.

Further, the report states that one of the main challenges is the threat of brand loyalty for small companies. Most women prefer to use branded devices manufactured and distributed by reputable vendors with significant market presence.

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1. Executive Summary

2. List of Abbreviations

3. Introduction

4. Market Research Methodology

5. Scope of the Report

6. Market Landscape

7. Market Segmentation

8. Geographical Segmentation

9. Key Leading Countries

10. Buying Criteria

11. Market Growth Drivers

12. Drivers and their Impact

13. Market Challenges

14. Impact of Drivers and Challenges

15. Market Trends

16. Key Vendor Analysis

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- Energizer Holdings

- Medela

- Philips Healthcare

- Pigeon Corp.

- Platinum Products


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A Better Pump

My personal pumping experience illustrates the main challenges. I am a family doctor and work at various office settings and urgent cares. The first challenge was informing the different office managers that I needed to pump; uncomfortable conversations ensued with people that didn't face this kind of request very often, most were very supportive, but I am sure many women deal with less-cooperative management.

When you put it all together: hard to assemble and take apart, multiple pieces and limitations, plus the fact that most pumps are definitely designed to be used in a very private setting, as the look is embarrassing even among family and friends, and you find yourself with a machine that is hardly user friendly.

The Freemie is a on the right track, this system has a collection cup shape that can be placed in the bra; it is hands free and does not require taking any clothes off.


This new pump would do wonders for breastfeeding. Mothers want to do the best for their children and try hard, but often the obstacles ahead of them are numerous, persistent and exhausting. Let's put our amazing technological skill at the service of mothers and babies. We have put people on the moon, it is time we focus on more earthly targets and give mothers a high tech breast pump they can work with.

The third challenge was finding a time and place to pump. In the rush of urgent care and primary care medicine time was hard to come by. I had 30-60 minutes for lunch, which I had to allocate for completing patient notes, lunch, and pumping. I didn't automatically get pump breaks in the patient schedule, so beyond what was allocated for lunch time, pump time required further bargaining. Appointments were back to back, and often visits required more time than expected. In this scenario I had to find a private room with a lockable door, to avoid any breast pump flashing, then pull out the device, plug it in, hook up and turn on the machine for a total prep and pump time of about 20 minutes. This needs to be repeated every few hours and can cause havoc on your schedule.

I am sure we could do even better. MIT Media Lab is conducting a "Make the Breast Pump not Suck Hackaton" on Sept 20-21, 2014. Let's hope they can come up with something.

Pumps and lactation support services are now covered by insurance, which should translate into growth for the pump market. Some of these funds need to be made available for research and development. Maybe even the military, with so many women joining its ranks, could allocate funds to the redevelopment of the breast pump for the active duty mother.

When asking mothers why they stop or cut down on breastfeeding, a significant proportion say returning to work was the deal breaker for them. The difficulties of pumping at work and the inconvenience of the current pumping technology greatly influence a woman's decision to continue to breastfeed. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 77 percent of mothers in the U.S. initiate breastfeeding, yet only 16.4 percent are exclusively breastfeeding by six months (49 percent still breastfeed at six months but not exclusively). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 70.5 percent of all mothers with children under 18 work and 57.7 percent of mothers with children under the age of 1 work. Given the high participation of women in the workforce, it is clear that in order to promote breastfeeding before and beyond six months we need to improve a mother's pumping experience at work.

I propose a total redevelopment of the breast pump. I dream of a system that would be wearable -- like a hi-tech bra -- was very silent, would not require taking any clothes off, was fast, hands free, and stored milk in such a way that I could just pull out a full cartridge from a belt pouch and place it in the fridge or cooler. I would be able to pump at my desk, with the door open. It would hook up to my car so I could pump while commuting. It would not require a lot of parts so these would not be inadvertently forgotten; it would beep if something was left behind. It would be easy to assemble and clean, dish washable and spill proof.

The second challenge was transporting all the equipment; I had to carry my purse, lunch box and the heavy pump bag with all the tubing, cups, diaphragm membranes, cooler, etc. The weight and bulk made it hard to move, and I can't imagine commuting on public transport with all the cargo.

The fourth challenge was keeping together, functional and clean all the equipment required for pumping. This required a lot of prepping the night before and in the morning of. There are innumerable parts to most pumps, assembly, dis-assembly and cleaning are needed with each use. In the beginning, I found myself forgetting pieces of the pump at home and having to do a mad dash to the nearest Toys "R" Us to buy the missing pieces, then returning to work to pump with breasts engorged, hungry and patients waiting. It was crazy and pretty stressful.

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ACA Expands Breastfeeding Options for Working Moms | Reuters

NORMAN, OK--(Marketwired - November 21, 2014) - Heather McMillan Nakai does not mind going first.

Thanks to the traveling requirements that come with being a gaming attorney in Indian Country, she has had conversations with several facilities -- both Native and non-Native -- about securing pumping accommodations while on the road for work.

"Under the Affordable Care Act, the government considers individuals who rely on IHS as uninsured," said Cori Loomis, the Affordable Care Act educator for Crowe and Dunleavy, an Oklahoma City-based law firm that counts the community's urban Indian clinic among its clients. "Tribal members are exempt from (tax) penalties no matter what if they're uninsured, but without third party coverage, you might not necessarily have access to certain kinds of care in an area."

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To accommodate her, McMillan Nakai's office purchased a small refrigerator for breastfeeding employees. For now, that refrigerator stays in McMillan Nakai's office, along with a "Do Not Disturb" sign for her pumping breaks.

"That my employer was willing to provide a fridge and just let me use my office. That saved me a ton of time versus what previous co-workers have had to do, which involved going to one room to pump, then go to another place to wash out the pump parts and store their breast milk," she said. "It's saved my employer time and allowed me to be more efficient because I can work while I pump."

"It's been really interesting to see that tribal entities are already facing this and handling it," she said. "On a recent trip to one tribe's casino for a conference, they already had accommodations in place for their employees. They just let me use the green room like their employees do. They were not fazed at all when I asked about it."

Similar to McMillan Nakai's experience with another tribe's casino, Cherokee Nation Businesses has rooms set aside solely for lactating employees at its larger properties, both gaming and non-gaming.

The economic engine of the country's largest tribe, CNB employs more than 7,000 people nationwide. The bulk of those jobs are based in or immediately adjacent to the tribe's 14-county jurisdictional area in northeastern Oklahoma, a state that prior to the Affordable Care Act's implementation did not require employers to provide pumping breaks and spaces.

Her employer is scheduled to move later this year to a larger facility, complete with a separate lactation room. The mini-fridge currently in McMillan Nakai's office will eventually rotate among other employees as needed.

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As per a 2010 amendment to the Fair Wage and Labor Standards Act passed in conjunction with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, companies with at least 50 employees or more are now required to provide break time and a private place -- other than a bathroom stall -- for a nursing mother to pump breast milk until her baby's first birthday. Smaller companies may be exempt from the requirement, but only if they can show that making those accommodations would create an undue hardship.

However, for nursing Native moms, the provision is not quite as straightforward. Although citizens of federally-recognized tribes who solely rely on Indian Health Services without third-party coverage are eligible to receive an exemption from the Affordable Care Act's tax penalties, they are not necessarily entitled to all of the provisions that apply to people with outside insurance, whether that comes through work, Medicaid or the health insurance marketplace, including breast pumps.

A tribal gaming attorney living in Rockville, Md., and a member of the North Carolina-based Lumbee Tribe, McMillan Nakai gave birth to her daughter Haazbaa' in November 2013, making her the first person in her office to fall under its new lactation policies enacted after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Cherokee Nation Businesses strives to provide its employees with appropriate accommodations for breastfeeding," CNB communications director Amanda Clinton said. "Today, our two largest entertainment venues, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa and Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs, offer private rooms dedicated to mothers who are pumping. Our corporate facility that houses many of our diversified businesses also has this accommodation. For Cherokee Nation Businesses properties on a smaller scale, management provides office space to those employees who need this privacy."

Workplace accommodations for breastfeeding may be meeting important needs for working moms, but other obstacles remain, such as the ACA's provisions regarding breast pumps. Under the law, unless it is a grandfathered plan, private health insurance providers must cover the cost of a hospital grade breast pump. Depending on an individual plan's language, that coverage could specifically mean either rental or purchase costs, a manual or electric pump or a single breast pump versus a double.

Despite the potential "awkward factor" associated with discussing the situation with her two male supervisors -- one a parent and one not -- McMillan Nakai knew early on in her pregnancy that she planned on breastfeeding and was going to do whatever it took to make that happen.

Before the amendment, only 13 states had laws requiring employers to allow pumping during breaks or to provide a place to pump. Only three of those states -- California, Hawaii and Oregon -- have codified penalties for employers who violate a worker's right to pump. Two additional states, Georgia and Oklahoma, had statutes that encourage workplace pumping but did not require employers to provide breaks or other forms of in-office support.

Gifts for 1-year-olds | BabyCenter

Your child's first birthday calls for a celebration. And while 1-year-olds are likely to be as thrilled by the ribbons and wrapping paper on their gift as they are with the present itself, it's fun to pick something out whether it's a silver keepsake (such as a cup or spoon) or the perfect toy for this age.


Kids can never have too many books, and birthdays are a great time to add to a toddler's library. The 1-year-old on your list is likely to get a kick out of titles such as Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?, by Dr. Seuss, and Noah's Ark, by Lucy Cousins. Consider board books with big bright pictures, which stimulate the child's eyes and hold up under vigorous "reading."


Nothing encourages a child's innate creativity (not to mention his fine and gross motor skills) like classic building blocks. Pick up a plastic bin and fill it with blocks of all shapes, sizes, and colors. (Remember to keep an eye out for sharp corners and small shapes that can be dangerous for young children.) As your child discovers the joy of building towers as tall as he is and then knocking them down your gift will be an instant favorite.

Nesting Toys

For many 1-year-olds, nothing's more fascinating than taking a bunch of empty containers and stacking them so they nestle one inside the other. Nesting toys help teach kids spatial relations, and many today combine sturdy construction with stimulating colors and patterns. Of course, most children will be equally fascinated by a spare set of measuring cups, but for a birthday it's nice to splurge.

Shape Sorters

Mastering the challenge of matching a round peg with the circular hole is a big accomplishment for toddlers. Toys that encourage them to match and sort shapes help them develop essential problem-solving skills. Even better, they're tons of fun. Choose from classic wooden "peg in the hole" toys or soft, squishy models with bold black-and-white patterns. Either way, the 1-year-old recipient will be happy!

Push Toys

Another great choice for the momentous first birthday is a push toy, which your child can use when she starts to walk. Choose from perennial favorites such as a child-sized grocery cart or the vacuum-like toy that "pops" when a child rolls it around. Some push toys come equipped with an extra activity tray, but when it comes down to it, anything she can propel with her own two feet is a winner in this category.

Toy Phone

Most 1-year-olds delight in having their own toy phone, especially since the one Mom or Dad uses is probably off limits. When your child picks up his phone, grab yours as well and have a conversation. Your child may not be saying more than a few words just yet, but he'll love it anyway.

Bath Toys

By the time a baby is a year old, it's high time to turn bath time into fun time (or even zoo time!). Transform any toddler's tub into a pool of delights with a basket full of water-friendly bath toys. Stock up on everything from hippo bath mitts and soap fish to cheerful terrycloth animals and the requisite rubber ducky. As she gets older, her bath time friends will be an outlet for pretend play and other imagination-driven adventures.

Feeding Supplies

Now that their diets include solids and finger food as well as breast milk and formula, 1-year-olds are ready for plates, bowls, cups, spoons, and other feeding paraphernalia. Choose a set that features a favorite character like Winnie-the-Pooh or Peter Rabbit. Look for child-safe silverware and crash-friendly plastic plates, cups, and bowls all will be making several trips between the highchair tray and the floor. For a nice touch, bundle several items together in a gift basket.

Noisemaker Toys

Toddlers love making noise: It gets attention and makes a less-than-subtle impact on the world around them. So if you want to delight a 1-year-old, give her a toy that rattles, clangs, beeps, or plays music. High-tech options are available, but you can always go the low-tech route instead. Give a child a tambourine or a couple of metal pots and a wooden spoon, and she'll be on cloud nine.

Savings Bond /Stock

When it comes right down to it, you just can't go wrong with money. Investing in a savings bond or buying a few shares of stock for a child now can mean she'll have a tidy little nest egg when she's older. Consider making it an annual (or semi-annual) birthday gift she and her parents will appreciate the gift even more when it comes time to pay for college.

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