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Age: Infants
Categories: The Horizontal Infant

 

 
2015 Awards
NogginStik Developmental Light-up Rattle
(SmartNoggin $22.99 Score:)

Testers liked this clever hi-tech rattle. Based on a classic bar-bell rattle shape, this one has a flat bottom on one side and a light-up face on the other side. It has a quiet rattle sound when you shake it, and the round head changes colors from blue to green to red. The photo here, show the same rattle as it appears when the light changes. A fun toy for early tracking games and sensory discoveries later on. At the bottom there is a small mirror that distorts more than reflects, but has added interest. The high contrast black and white on the base will visual interest even the youngest baby and the easy to grasp textured red and yellow bar will add sensory interest to the touch when baby is old enough to take hold of things. Of course, this is something for parents to use with baby until true hand control is develped. It's a toy infants will reach out for, but very likely bop themselves with before they are really in control of hand movements.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Awards
Sassy Crab Chime and Lobster Jitter
(Sassy $11.99 Score:)

Our newest infant tester was excited with Sassy's all fabric Crab and Lobster toys that can hang on baby's carrier, stroller or car seat. From the start, little babies notice eyes, especially big eyes and these toys have bull's-eye style biggies that will attract even a very young baby's visual attention, as will the high contrast black and white patterns against the bright red and yellow critters. Crab has a gentle chiming sound to listen for and a tug on lobster's colorful loops will start it jiggling and jittering! The easy-to-grasp handles are just right for young babies to hold onto and because it's soft there's no worry that the baby will hit herself in the face with a hard plastic while exploring the toy. There's so much here to explore with all the senses. It's one of those toys that doesn't cost a lot; but offers tons of action and discoveries. A great example of a toy that's perfect for the age group but will not break the bank. Newborns and up.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Awards
Manhattan Toy Link and Play Monkey
(Manhattan Toy $15.99 Score:)

A good take along toy for moments when you need to divert or entertain a restless baby in the doctor's office or on a flight. This jolly monkey done up in an eye-catching striped outfit with a green star and turquoise ruff around the neck, is ready to play around. It has clacking beads at the top and clacking rings attached to his tail. His little feet have crinkle sounds built inside and squeeze his soft body and he squeaks. Hang him in the stroller for gazing or on the infant seat or play mat bars. A nice little gift for big sisters or big brother to bring to their newest relative.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Awards
Kaloo Animal Squeakers
(janod $12 Score:)

These fabric squeakers are fun for little tracking games. Hold one in baby's sight line and move it gradually to one side and then another, far enough away so baby can focus and follow. Their big stitched on eyes will hold baby's interest as will their colorful patterns and gentle squeaking sound. Before long baby will be reaching out to take hold of them and happily they are soft and safe enough for baby to explore. For such small toys they each have interesting textures and patterns to satisfy sensory learning.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Awards
Early Years Hide 'n Go Lovey
(International Playthings $12.99 Score:)

Hang the colorful plush elephant up on the stroller or car seat for gazing. Give it a tug and abracadabra a satin edged lovey pulls down with green bumpy plush on one side and orange plush on the reverse. A comfort toy for on-the-go moments. Infants and up. It's machine washable and that elephant has crinkle ears. A toy for all the senses. Also cute for this stage, a link 'n go Giraffe with knotties for a mane and ribbed plush texture on one side and multicolored spots on the other side. Infants & up.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Awards
Kaloo My Activity Book Owl
(Janod $32 Score:)

A darling activity book that can also be a gazing toy to hang in the stroller. Use it for lap time together. The fabric pages lift to reveal interesting textures to feel, stitched on flower and sun on first page; owl on a branch on the crinkly second page with a peek-a-boo mirror.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Kids Preferred Giraffe Musical
(Kids Preferred $22 Score:)

Wind up this musical giraffe and it not only plays Brahms Lullaby, it moves its head ever so slowly. Covered in a printed tan and white velvety velour.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Kids Preferred Guess How Much I Love you Activity Toy
(Kids Preferred $20 Score:)

Hang this silky soft bunny on the stroller for gazing and enjoy as a lap toy to explore with your baby. Also sweet, a Guess How Much I Love You Shape Book ($12) its a bunny with a small fabric book attached. Of course, baby is not really interested in shapes but the fabric pages are soft to the touch and make fun crinkle sounds.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Awards
Kaloo Petite Rose Small Zig Musical
(Kaloo $31 Score:)

A sweet pull-down musical bunny in velvety plush with an accordion pleated body that climbs up as it plays an old-fashions tune, “Beautiful Lady, How I Love You.” Tie this onto the carrier, crib or stroller. A soothing musical to take along for naps away from home.  We tested the pink one, but it also comes in blue. Infants.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Safari Fun Twist & Fold Activity Gym and Play Mat
(Infantino $45.99 Score:)

A portable play mat and activity gym with lots of colorful patterns to explore. It has four overhead toys for gazing, reaching out and batting at, too. You can remove the toys and add others for sparking interest. There is also a small mirror and a pillow for propping baby on for tummy time. It is approx. a 29-inch square and folds easily. Though there are gender specific mats around, we like this gender neutral one with primary colors.  If you are looking for an oversized mat for twins, check out Mamas and Papas Large Activity Floor Mat.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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