Our house is a battery-free zone when it comes to toys, so we have lots of favorites.
First of all, we have a basket of instruments -- maracas, drums, flutes and whistles (my speech therapist sister recommended these blow instruments as a good exercise in speech), whatever we can get our hands on.
Ruby also loves her Brio train set and her wooden alphabet blocks.
A puppet theatre with puppets, LOTS AND LOTS of art supplies, and a dollhouse -- more favorites!
My favorite catalog/webstore is called The Playstore, you can find it at www.playstoretoys.com. It is run by a group of wahms, and the products are excellent. The toys are divided into age groups, so it should be easy to find something that your dd would love.
My guys are only seven months (well, almost seven months!), but they are on the physical development fast-track (already cruising
). They love their "walker wagon."
Wood toys can be expensive, especially the good quality ones. I prefer to have fewer, nicer toys myself!
Well, ds was 1.5 when he got these, but he loves love loves them - ramps that you can roll wooden balls down. I got a small, cheaper one (but still all wood) at the mall at some little kiosk, and my mom got a bigger, much nicer one at one of the catalogs that's mentioned here a lot, but I can't remember which one. (If I remember it I will post it here.) It's kind of like this one http://www.playstoretoys.com./playframes.html (the musical ball run that is listed in the one year old category), but it has bells at the bottom, and cool waldorf doll style heads at the top. He still plays with both of these toys daily.
Push toys were also a big hit at that age. The one we have is plastic, but I have seen wooden ones.
I listed www.JoMamaCo.com on my list for places to get toys for dd. The woman who owns it is a friend, but we met when I stumbled onto her site. Her dd is about15 months now and I'm sure she will help you pick some age appropriate toys from the site. Our dd will be 12 mos 3 weeks on Christmas, so we are kind of in the same boat- except we are asking others to give her toys and we are getting her a Wooly Wonder acrylic soaker with a matching hat...
Anyway, you want to make sure that they wooden toys you buy are painted and finished (sanded and not finished is the best) with completely non toxic products. Europe tends to have better saftey standards than the US, so I recommend toys from Haba and Selecta. You can do a search for those names and find some sites that are WAHM that carry them. Also, www.ecobaby.com has a ton of toys. DD is not quite 10 months and is still into nor ebaby-ish toys, not that she won't play with older baby toys, but she still prefers things that make noise. We are musicians, so we get her a LOT of musical intruments. Mostly percussion, but at one most kids can blow into thigns to make a noise. I HTH, I gotta run my mom is visiting!