Fisher-Price Little People Music Parade Ride-On

Best Ride-On Toys for a 1-Year-Old

by Sarah Stockett -

Once your little one gains mobility, it’s a game changer. No longer content to roll around on the floor, your child will be on the go. At my house, it seemed like we were intent on collecting ride-on toys. In my opinion, you can’t beat the classics like the Fisher-Price Little People Music Parade Ride-On. This fun musical ride-on toy is perfect whether your child is a skilled walker or just learning. 

But Fisher-Price isn’t the only manufacturer that makes a great ride-on toy. Read below to find out about the best ride-on toys for a 1-year-old.

The Classic Indoor Ride-On Toy

Fisher-Price Little People Music Parade Ride-On

The Fisher-Price Little People Music Parade Ride-On was our original ride-on toy. We got it for our oldest when he was one. When he was four or so, his little brother took over possession of it. Now that my youngest has outgrown it, one of my nephews is enjoying it.

Why It’s So Great

Even if your little one can’t walk yet, this toy is perfect! When your little one can sit, they can explore all the different songs, sounds from musical instruments, and car noises. Once they can walk, they can push the car around the room. When they’re ready to ride, they can take a seat and roll around the house.

There is a switch to change between five popular children’s songs and five notes from a keyboard. If you (as the adult) discover that you can’t listen to a certain song one more time, just slide the switch so you only have to hear one musical note.

Additionally, the Fisher-Price Little People Music Parade Ride-On plays noises from a trumpet, drum, tuba, and saxophone. The ignition key and gear shift also make car noises.

The seat lifts for ample storage. You will be surprised what goodies your little one can fit in this spacious storage area.

Technical Information

  • Dimensions:  20.8 x 10 x 15.5 inches
  • Item Weight:  4.89 pounds
  • Maximum Child Weight:  It doesn’t say, but I used to ride on this and race my oldest child pretty regularly. It survived through that, a second child, and is now being enjoyed by a nephew.
  • Recommended Age:  12 months-3 years
  • Is Assembly Required?:  No, but 2 AAs are included, so you may have to change the batteries at some point.

Possible Issues

  • The wheels aren’t casters or 360 degree wheels, so you move very linearly. This can be challenging when your little one wants to turn.
  • There’s many noises and no off button.

The Classic Outdoor Ride-On Toy

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car

Even though it’s now on its 30th anniversary, my little one was the first one to get a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car. He loved it as a 1-year-old, and he still loves it today.

Why It’s So Great

The Cozy Coupe is perfect for one child to take the wheel and drive around. It has a door that opens and shuts so your little one can get in and out independently.

There is a handle on the back so you can push the car when your little one is too small to operate the car by themselves. Also, there is a removable floor board that you can use during this time. It ensures that you won’t have any accidents of a foot, leg, or entire child slipping out the bottom of the car while you’re pushing it.

Behind the driver is two cup holders that are large enough to hold standard-sized water bottles. At my house, this allows my son to bring his water bottle and plastic baseball bat wherever he’s going.

The Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car is on four Easy-Riding wheels that allow for 360 degree turning. This makes it easier for either you or your little one to navigate.

Also, the car horn really does honk.

Technical Information

  • Dimensions:  29.5 x 16.5 x 33.5 inches
  • Item Weight:  17.65 pounds
  • Maximum Child Weight:  50 pounds
  • Recommended Age:  18 months-5 years
  • Is Assembly Required?:  Yes

Possible Issues

  • Any time you have to assemble something at home, you run the risk of discovering that some pieces are not in the box or some of the holes are not aligned correctly.
  • With this model, a common complaint is that the assembly is too hard. As I recall, this is an accurate complaint.
  • Be aware, you can pay to have this assembled, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that those people will do a better job assembling it than you would.

The Hopping Ride-On Toy

Chromo Bouncy Inflatable Real Feel Hopping Cow

Many times, when people are searching for a ride-on toy for a 1-year-old, they may only be thinking about toys with wheel. It’s important to remember that your child can ride on a bouncy toy like the Chromo Bouncy Inflatable Real Feel Hopping Cow.

Why It’s So Great

This bouncy cow is perfect for your little animal lover! Let them climb on and bounce to their heart’s content. Simply climb on, grab your cow by the horns or ears, and bounce.

While your child is bouncing, they are developing leg strength and important skills necessary for balance.

The Chromo Bouncy Inflatable Real Feel Hopping Cow comes with a two-way hand pump for easy inflation.

Technical Information

  • Dimensions:  12.8 x 8.1 x 4.5 inches
  • Item Weight:  3.6 pounds
  • Maximum Child Weight:  Not listed
  • Recommended Age:  1-3 years
  • Is Assembly Required?:  No assembly, but you do need to inflate it. A pump is included.

Possible Issues

  • As with any inflatable toy, there’s a possibility that it may break.
  • The toy could arrive with a small hole in it.
  • It’s not very sturdy.
  • Because of the nature of this toy, your child will probably fall off at some point. You should always be nearby when your child is on the Chromo Bouncy Inflatable Real Feel Hopping Cow.

The Unconventional Ride-On Toy

Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug, Mouse, Small

With casters that allow for easy movement and several fun animal characters to choose from, your little one will love the Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug, Mouse, Small.

Why It’s So Great

This fun ride-on toy helps promote gross motor skills and balance. As your little one rolls around and plays, they’re actually building the strength needed to reach crucial developmental milestones.

The multi-directional casters allow your child to make sharp turns and move in squiggly lines, and the foam handlebar allows your child to keep a good grip to stay on top of the wheely animal.

With seven fun animal designs to choose from, including the Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug, Mouse, Small, your child will surely love riding on these colorful animals.

The base of this ride-on toy is wood with a padded, polyurethane-covered seat. This means that the toy is quite sturdy and will last for years of use. Because the seat is polyurethane-covered, you can wipe up any spills that may happen.

Because this ride-on toy comes assembled, you can simply take it out of the box and enjoy!

Also, Prince Lionheart also offers a one year limited manufacturer’s warranty on this product.

Technical Information

  • Dimensions:  8-3/4 x 9 x 15 inches
  • Item Weight:  7.5 ounces
  • Maximum Child Weight:  50 pounds
  • Recommended Age:  18 months and up
  • Is Assembly Required?:  No

Possible Issues

  • Depending on your floor surface, you might find that this ride-on toy moves a little faster than you anticipated.
  • Double check that the casters won’t scuff or scratch your floor before you completely turn your little one loose.
  • Because this company offers two different sizes of the Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug, Mouse (small and large), you want to ensure you choose the correct size for your child. Make sure to read the sizing information from the company before you order.

The Honorable Mention Ride-On Toy

Little Tikes Princess Horse & Carriage

I had to create a category just so that I could mention the Little Tikes Princess Horse & Carriage. If your little one loves princesses, they need this ride!

Why It’s So Great

Your little one can be just like a princess by riding in this fabulous horse-drawn carriage. If your child is unable to move the carriage, a parent can guide the horse by the reins or push from the back.

There is also a floor board that fits inside so you can be sure your little one’s feet will be safe when you’re on the go. Once your little one is big enough, you can remove the floor board and let them use their feet to move the carriage.

The Little Tikes Princess Horse & Carriage is on four Easy-Riding wheels that allow for 360 degree turning. This makes it easier for either you or your little one to navigate.

The carriage also includes two cup holders (one for you and one for your little one), a parent console on the roof of the carriage, and a small trunk for any other necessities for the ride.

Additionally, the horse makes clopping sounds as the carriage moves and there is a door for your little one to get in and out with ease.

Technical Information

  • Dimensions:  20 x 43.5 x 37.8 inches
  • Item Weight:  11 pounds
  • Maximum Child Weight:  50 pounds
  • Recommended Age:  18 months-5 years
  • Is Assembly Required?:  Yes

Possible Issues

  • Any time you have to assemble something yourself, you run the risk that parts may be missing or stickers might be in the wrong places.
  • The horse doesn’t come off. So it’s you with a horse and carriage for as long as you have this ride-on toy.
  • Some people have reported an issue with the door staying closed.
  • Compared to other ride-on toys, this one is quite pricey.

My Recommendation

You just can’t beat the classics! At our house, the Fisher-Price Little People Music Parade Ride-On and the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car are the top choices for ride-on toys. Remember, your ride-on toy for your one-year-old doesn’t have to be expensive or particularly inventive–it just has to be fun!

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Sarah Stockett
After graduating from TCU with a degree in English, I took a break from writing. After accumulating some life experiences and children, I returned because I finally had something to say. I'm passionate about helping people be their best. Whether it's giving advice for success in parenting or information about how to improve your personal health, my top priority is to give you the best information possible.

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