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Product Type: Toys
Award: Gold
Age: Infants
Review Year: 2012

 

 
2012 Awards
Sassy My Own Monster
(Sassy $7.99 Score:)

We don't usually suggest monsters for babies, but this is one sweet square-ish blue plush toy that is silky to the touch and not in the least monster-ish. He sports a mirror on his belly, stitched features, a striped tail and some very small discreet horns. The dangly striped arms have chewy textured hands and the hot pink. The body has a crisp crinkle sound to attract baby's attention. There is nothing scary about this very friendly so-called monster. It resembles some of the Ugly dolls more than any monster we have seen. Newborn & up.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Award
Infantino Pop & Play Rattle Pod
(Infantino $6.99 Score:)

We like the visual playfulness of this rollerball rattle. Just a swipe of the hand sets the patterned ball twirling and changing its look. There are tiny beads in a see through ring that add a quiet sound. Attach to car seat or stroller or haul one out for play time interactions. These were designed forInfantino's Pop & Swap Gym that we passed on, but this and the Chime Pod are fun stand-alones. Newborn & up

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Sassy Light-up Caterpillar
(Sassy $8.99 Score:)

Attach this big eyed fabric caterpillar to the stroller or use it for lap games. There are four segments, black on white polka-dots and white on black dots, a green velour like head and a bright yellow corduroy segment, as well. You can hang them all on the yellow ring or interest baby in grabbing the textured purple ring. Push the segment that says press and it has small lights that blink and electronic music. We are not thrilled with high pitched electronic music, but this is something only an adult will be able to activate. You can use it for auditory tracking by moving it from the left or right side of baby's head. Newborn & up.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Awards
Chicco Baby Bunny Rattle
(Chicco $5 Score:)

A bright yellow rattle has an easy to grab hollow body and a head with two ribbon "ears." Turn it over and there's a small peek-a-boo unbreakable mirror. The ring shape body has ridges and chewy parts. Also from Chicco, a Baby Mouse rattle with a turning wheel and chewy tabs.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Award
Chicco Koala Rattle
(Chicco $5 Score:)

An easy to grab yellow koala bear holds on to a bent branch with two green leaves that will slide and rattle. The happy face on the koala is good for tracking before baby can even take hold of the rattle. Chicco makes a similar black and white Panda rattle that will be used the same way and will attract the attention of newborns who see the high contrast of black and white before they see colors. Also, a similar easy-to-grab Baby Birdie is done in bright red with licks of green, royal blue and yellow. It has tail feathers of orange satin ribbons.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Awards
Tranquil Turtle
(Cloud B $44.99 Score:)

Our parent tester aptly described this electronic turtle as a night light with spa music. It is a purple fabric turtle with a light in the clear plastic shell. Put it on a cabinet in baby's room and the wave-like light will reflect on the ceiling while two tunes of quiet spa music play. It will turn off automatically after 23 minutes. This does not go in the crib. Newborn and up.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Awards
Hape Little School Bus
(HaPe $10 Score:)

Beep, beep! A little wooden yellow school bus with finger holes for easy grasping. It has no sounds, except the sounds you and your little one provide. Scaled for early games of pretend, this is a good choice for crawling babies 10 months & up.

SNAP: The finger holes on this little vehicle makes it easier for grasping than others. 

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Lamaze Flutterbug
(Tomy $16.99 Score:)

A fabric bug with big eyes and lots of patterns is attached to a fabric flower with interesting textures and crinkle sounds. Pull the rings under the flower and it pulls down and vibrates back up again. This attaches to stroller or toss it into your on the go bag for a diversion along the way.  Newborns & up.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Creeper Sleepers
(North American Bear Co. $18 Score:)

Choose a white kitten in pink pajamas, a tan puppy in blue pajamas, or a white bunny in green jammies. We happen to think the bunny is the cutest of the trio, though it is much less green than it appears to be in the photo. These 13-inch dolls have a jolly jingle inside and are totally soft and silky to the touch. All stitched features and non-removable clothing. Baby safe and machine washable.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Parents Melody Giraffe
(Manhattan Toy $25.99 Score:)

Give the bright orange giraffe a tug and its neck stretches and plays Hush Little Baby. This fabric musical toy has bold patterns in pink and tan on the Giraffe's legs.  A good take along musical for naps away from home.  3 months & up

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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