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Product Type: Toys
Award: Platinum
Age: Infants
Review Year: 2013

 

 
2013 Awards
Blabla Bunny Rattle
(blabla kids $20 Score:)

A seven inch crocheted bunny with a jingle rattle locked inside. Fits into little hands and soft enough for baby to use with safety, even little babies who typically have jerky hand movements until they gain greater control. Use this with new babies for tracking games. The sound is not startling. There is also a black and white cow, a pink and white piggy and others that are pretty adorable. This is one of a line of stylish products done in Peru at a workshop for women. They are made of 100% cotton and filled with poly and machine washable.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
Blabla Pig Rattle
(blabla kids $20 Score:)

A seven-inch crocheted pig with a jingle rattle locked inside. Fits into little hands and soft enough for baby to use with safety, even little babies who typically have jerky hand movements until they gain greater control. The sound is not startling. Use this with new babies for tracking games. There is also a black and white cow, a blue and white bunny and others that are pretty adorable. This is one of a line of stylish products done in Peru at a workshop for women. They are made of 100% cotton and filled with poly and machine washable.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
BlaBla Pom the Apple Dolls
(blabla kids $44 & up Score:)

Newest of the BlaBla huggables, 12-inch Pom the Apple comes wrapped up in a scarf, big sweater, and leggings for chilly days ahead. Or for a bigger 18-inch version ($55) choose her look-alike big sister. If you prefer green apples, check out their Apple the Apple doll. Totally safe with no hidden snags, this is one of a charming collection of knit dolls that are washable. All ages

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Blabla Mini London Dog
(blabla kids $44 Score:)

We like this black and white pooch with high contrast eye appeal for babies. This will be more of a gazing toy for little ones at the start. Part of the BlaBla collection of handmade toys that are washable and have no hidden chocking hazards. All ages.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Sassy Tumbling Tubes
(Sassy $12.95 Score:)

Roll out some good fun with this clever fabric rattle. Easy to grasp and explore, your sitting-up and ready-to-crawl baby will like seeing his face in the mirror at one end and watching the beads clatter in the see-through tube. There are rings on one of the fabric tubes that make good sounds as they slide from side to side. For little social games, you can roll this back and forth between you and your sitting-up baby. They marked this for 6 months and up, but we think the high contrast target at one end and the mirror on the other end will be interesting for horizontal babies, as well. A terrific toy that will be used in new ways as they grow.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Corolle Babicorolle Miss Pink Cotton Flower Doll
(Corolle $23 Score:)

Miss Pink comes dressed in dreamy pink velour and has a soft plush body. With all stitched features, the Babicorolle makes an ideal first huggable. We loved the bright, cheerful colors of her outfit.  As you would expect from a little French doll, she is very stylish.  For older babies and toddlers, this vanilla-scented armful will be a favorite.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Babicorolle Elf Pink Cotton Flower Doll
(Corolle $21.99 Score:)

A first delicious huggable that has a soft easy to grasp body. The painted eyes also makes this a safe choice for older babies and toddlers. The ever soft velour body and pink elf hat are pleasing to touch. The doll makes a jingle sound that's also just right for this age group and has the signature Vanilla scent of this doll line. Very sweet! Also top-rated, Corolle Babe Elf Grenadine Heart Doll.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Infantino Deluxe Twist & Fold Activity Gym
(Infantino $49.99 Score:)

New autumnal colors give this updated activity mat a fresh cozy look. A wind-up music box with non-electronic sounds plays softly and turns fabric toys dangling from turquoise and multi-colored arches. There is a cushion for raising baby up for a bit of tummy time. There are lots of patterns and textures as well as a mirror and teether for baby to explore with all the senses. Made with polyester it is not labeled machine washable, but wipes clean with soap and water. No tools were needed to assemble and it was reasonably easy to fold for storage. Introduced as a Target exclusive. Newborn.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
Infantino Stack, Sort & Ball Drop Elephant
(Infantino $25 Score:)

Sitting up babies will love the fill and spill action of this clever elephant with a shape sorter as well as a ball drop. Put the pieces in the big opening at the top or match the shapes on the side and ab-ra-ka-dab-ra they set off music or elephant trumpet as they come rolling out. Or, show baby how to stack the rings o the elephants trunk or press the big button and set the wheel spinning. Best news is the volume control lets you turn the sound down. This well designed activity center is not random as so many electronic toys tend to be. Baby can actually begin to understand that his actions cause reactions - with repetitive lessons of cause and effect babies gain an empowering sense of making things happen.

SNAP  Unlke so many electronic toys, the connection between actions and reactions is clear. Children can actually connect their actions that cause reactions - so repetitive lessons of cause and effect empower the child's sense of making things happen. The actions also involve dexterity and refining fine motor skills.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
Manhattan Toy Turn & Discover Rattle
(Manhattan Toy $10 Score:)

A new look and interesting shape for baby to explore with almost all their senses. Unusual vibrant colors and patterns to look at, bumpy edges to chomp on for teething and touching, three different clicking sounds to hear when the bug knobs are turned, and a rattle sound when the toy is shaken. Turn all the keys in one direction and then spin it to make it look like a flying saucer. Marked for 3 months and up, but this seems more like a toy for sitting up babies who are getting into two handed play.

SNAP: A good choice for developing hand muscles to twist and turn the three oversized"keys" give kids three different rewarding sounds. This will be of interest to children well beyond the age marked on the box.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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