Updated on October 14, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
Toddler purses are adorable, aren’t they? Watching a toddler carry one around, or filling it up with toys they have deemed worthy of toting along. It is just too cute! Purses help encourage imagination and critical thinking skills, which helps little ones learn. This really makes purse-toting toddlers even cuter, doesn’t it?
From purses that include the things to put inside to plush purses that are just too adorable, here are my 7 favorite toddler purses:
7 Best Toddler Purses
(Best Value — $)
Why it’s great: This purse is just sweet! It comes with 7 accessories. It has handles on the top, which are great for your child to wear on an arm. The purse closes with a piece of Velcro, and opens quite wide- great for filling and dumping!
Keep in mind: The glasses for are for pretend only- they do not provide UV blocking against the sun. If you feel it necessary, you may want to put the lipstick aside until your child is old enough to not have to worry about the lid.
Good for: Toddlers who enjoy filling, dumping, and playing make believe.
(Best Quiet Purse — $)
Why it’s great: This purse has 6 accessories that come with it, none of which require batteries. However, it does require your child’s imagination! The purse has handles on top, which are ideal for wearing on a cute little arm. It’s also machine washable- bonus!
Keep in mind: The digits on the phone’s face do not press down. However, they are good for exposing children to numbers and pretend dialing!
Good for: Younger toddlers, although older siblings may want in on the fun, too!
(Best first purse for a toddler — $)
Why it’s great: This purse is a soft plush AND can be machine washed! It has handles on top, good for toting on a cute little toddler arm. It also has a zipper, which is good practice for little fingers. Your little one will look even more adorable wearing this around.
Keep in mind: You are only getting the purse, as this one comes with no accessories. However, your child can put whatever they desire inside the purse, which can be just as much fun!
Good for: New toddlers who like to carry something around with them.
(Most educational — $$)
Why it’s great: The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn My Smart Purse allows young toddlers to become acquainted with sliding a zipper, opening and closing a latch, and pressing a button that sings, among other things. Something else that is intriguing about this purse is that there is a switch for you to slide that allows you to adjust the learning content to be in line with your child’s age. How clever!
Keep in mind: The only thing that makes sound on this product is the purse itself.
Good for: Young toddlers who love music and opening/closing things.
(Most Giftable — $$)
Why it’s great: This purse has multiple accessories, as well, which is great for pretending. It even comes with a little hairbrush. The keys and the phone make sounds when the buttons are pushed. Little ones will get the chance to practice zipping and unzipping with this purse, which is an important skill!
Keep in mind: This product does not come with batteries. You need button batteries, and an eyeglass screwdriver to open the accessories. Get those- and you are set!
Good for: Older toddlers who enjoy filling up a purse and pressing buttons that make sound.
(Most realistic — $$$)
Why it’s great: This purse and its accessories are pretty realistic. It has handles and a shoulder strap, along with a zipper. You can even put a small picture of your child into the ID card- it is so sweet! None of the accessories nor the purse light up or make a sound, either. This also translates into “no batteries required!”
Keep in mind: The accessories look real- from the lipstick to the pressed powder to the money. However, it is pretty neat how realistic they all look.
Good for: Older toddlers who can continue to use this as they even get a little older.
(Most Accessories — $$$)
Why it’s great: This one has a wide variety of makeup and accessories. The sunglasses with this one actually work as sunglasses, with protection from the sun. It has double storage space with a double zipper. It has a handle and a shoulder strap, so your little one can wear it on an arm or a shoulder. The phone buttons work and there is even a little light at the top of the phone, with help from 2 AAA batteries.
Keep in mind: The Girl Pretend Play Makeup & My First Purse comes with a LOT of accessories. Also, the 2 AAA batteries for the phone are not included, so put those in the cart, too.
Good for: Little ones who, in addition to the purse itself, enjoy pretending to do makeovers.
FAQs about toddler purses
1. Why let a toddler play with a purse?
Imaginative play- like pretending to be a grownup with a purse (and perhaps the makeup, wallet, phone, and keys, if you so choose)- is really important for toddlers. It allows them to practice language skills, foster social skills, and develop empathy by pretending to be someone else.
2. What’s the earliest age a toddler can use a purse?
It depends on the purse since the purses can vary in their level of use/safety for different ages. However, some purses say that they can be used with babies as young as 6 months.
3. What should you consider when buying a toddler purse?
What does your child like- handles or a shoulder strap? Does your child need accessories with it or is the purse by itself good? Think about whether you want your child to have a phone that makes sound or that makes your child pretend more. Do you want your child to learn how to zipper or fasten? What kind of batteries does it take, if it takes any?
4. Can a 1-year-old use a toddler purse?
Definitely! Of course, make sure the pieces are big enough to prevent a choking hazard. Of course, there is always the option of just the purse itself, and then your little one can fill it with toys you already have.
5. How many accessories should I aim for?
These purses had a wide variety as far as the number of accessories goes. There is a purse that is solely a purse, and then there was a purse with 19 accessories. Really, it depends on your child. If you are shopping for a one-year-old, you may not need accessories as much. If you are shopping for a 3-year-old, you may want more accessories. It depends on the child, and your thoughts, too.
Purses (and sometimes their accessories- if the purse has them) make a wonderful make-believe toy for your little one! Toy purses help foster empathy by allowing them the chance to pretend to be someone else. They encourage toddlers to work on their fine-motor skills, with opening/closing, zipping/unzipping, and filling/dumping. This product would make a great product for the toddler in your life.
If you look for the age ranges on these toy purses, some of them will even tell you that they go up to as high as age 8 or even 10! This means that your child may be using this product for years to come.
Once you decide which purse will best suit the needs of your child, all you have to do is bring it home and watch the cuteness as your toddler wanders around filling and wearing their new favorite toy!
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