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2014 Award
Kaloo Colors Doudou Rabbit Musical
(Janod $34.99 Score:)

While most of the Kaloo line will make perfect baby shower presents, we love this soft huggable rabbit as a first birthday present. Young toddlers will love the easy-to-grasp orange arms, blue legs and multi-colored ears - all done in super delicious plush. There's a little owl that hangs from the "scarf" around his neck. You can pull this to activate the music. There is a tie on the back so that you can attach the rabbit to a crib or stroller but we really see this as a first huggable toy that will get lots of hugs!  Comes in a lovely gift box.  

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

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2014 Award
Kaloo Colors Zig Music Bear
(Janod $44.95 Score:)

Our favorite of the new Kaloo musical toys just right for newborns. You can attach the bear to the side of crib or to a stroller handle (for on the go music).  This cheery colorful bear has all stitched features and an accordian middle that stretches as you pull the wooden handle to activate the music. The old fashion quality of the music is just right for babies. (It plays Put On a Happy Face from Bye Bye Birdie).  Comes in a tall cylinder box that makes this lovely present ready to go for baby showers. Very sweet! There is also a mini version that comes in a clear vinyl package.

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

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2014 Award
Kaloo Colors Doudou Bear Good Night Owl
(Janod $24.99 Score:)

While it may be tempting to buy a big stuffed animal for a newborn, this little bear will be appreciated much sooner. Truly a first huggable. The smiling bear with all stitched features (including owls on his blue romper) that has velour knotties at each of the four corners that are just right for little fingers to grasp, touch (and let's face it, taste!). Inside of a regular body, it has a "blankie" body made out of super soft fabric. Comes in a lovely gift box.  There is also a sweet Rabbit version with a pink body.

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

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2014 Award
Kaloo Colors Round Doudou Rabbit Flower
(Janod $24.99 Score:)

While it may be tempting to buy a big stuffed animal for a newborn, this little rabbit will be appreciated much sooner. Truly a first huggable. The smiling rabbit with all stitched features has licks of pink and green in various textures that are just right for little fingers to grasp, touch (and let's face it, taste!). Inside of a regular body, it has a round "blankie" skirt out of super soft fabric. Comes in a lovely gift box.  There is also a sweet Bear version with a blue "blankie body.

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

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2014 Award
Kaloo Perle Musical Baby Doudou
(Janod $34 Score:)

A sweet little cream bear with stitched features has a pull string at the back of his neck. Pull it and you'll activate a lovely old fashion music box. Just right for new borns. As with other Kaloo products, the bear comes is a round gift box making this a memorable gift for a baby shower.  We also love their more colorful Zig Musical Bear that has an accordian middle that moves upwards as the music plays.

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

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2014 Award
Creativity for Kids Tape a Doodle Fashion Designer
(Creativity for Kids $28.95 Score:)

Our testers gave high marks to new Tape-A-Doodle line from Creativity for Kids and especially enjoyed this kit that has a fashion designer theme. Comes with six different easy-to-use dispensers that have patterns for creating original "designs" in the  40 page fashion spiral book that has black and white drawings of clothing and accessories.  The kit says there is 100 plus feet of the pre-printed tape.   Trust us, you'll want more.  There's something very satisfying about the tape dispenser that makes it great fun to use. Also comes with color pencils and some stickers.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Kaloo Plume Small Rabbit
(Janod $39.99 Score:)

Everyone that picks up this super sweet rabbit with a squishy velour belly makes an "ahhhhh" sound! The long   easy-to-grasp ears and the all stitched features  make this an  ideal choice  for  older babies and toddlers. Comes in green, pink, and blue. Designed in France we are delighted that they are machine washable! Each of the Kaloo dolls comes in a lovely gift box making this a perfect shower or first birthday present.

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

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2014 Award
Kaloo Doudou Knots Rabbit Blue
(Janod $24.99 Score:)

If you looked up delicious, you should find a picture of this new collection from Kaloo. Super soft velour makes you want to handle this small blankie (under 8")  that has a rabbit head at the top and knots at each corner. This collection is designed in France and is smartly machine washable. A perfect shower gift!

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

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2014 Award
Quercetti Daisy Shape Sorter
(International Playthings $37 Score:)

Finding age appropriate toys for young toddlers can be challenging. They're no longer infants and have outgrown many of their toys -- but not quite ready for most manipulative toys geared towards older toddlers and preschoolers.  The new Daisy Shape Sorter hits the sweet spot for young toddlers (1-2). The big flower-shaped container comes with a top that has seven different shapes for sorting. Now for one year olds you can also just use this as a fill and dump toy by taking the top off. Soon enough your toddler will be able to do the shape sorting aspect of this toy. We love that the openings give color cues by matching the color on the shape pieces. Comes with 14 pieces for sorting, filling and dumping. A great parent-child toy to explore together.

 

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

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Janod Princess Carriage Floor Puzzle
(Janod $14.99 Score:)

In a royal coach that looks a lot like Cinderella's there is a young princess with a cat and a friend. Might be fun to make up some stories about who this friend might be and where they are going. But, first things first—putting the puzzle together is going to be the challenge. Designed for the younger pink set, this 39-piece floor puzzle has giant pieces. Though this has so many pieces, it does have outline cues that are strong and easily recognizable. Since children like to redo their puzzles multiple times, we look for those that can stand up to the wear and tear and remain interesting, too.  Like other Janod puzzles, this one is sturdy, attractive and comes in a suitcase for storage. 5-8

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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