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Product Type: Toys
Age: Infants
Categories: The Horizontal Infant

 


2009 Award
Whoozit Mirror
(Manhattan Toy $25 Score:)

This safety mirror has less distortion than most. It is in an oval fabric frame that attaches to a crib rail or can be stood on the floor on the easel backing. There are two crinkle-sound toys, a face and a star attached to the side of the mirror. There is also a small fabric moon that dangles down and small ribbons that baby will like to finger. Seeing their own faces and fingers in the mirror is fun for infants, although they may not know just what they are seeing at first. Still the moving features do interest them and eventually they will even recognize themselves and like playing peek a boo games. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Alex Jr Giggle E Giraffe
(Alex $21.99 Score:)

A colorful velour giraffe done in bright yellow with bright orange and hot pink horns, an orange muzzle and stitched features. The body is round with striped patterned legs that slide and have a crinkle sound. A bright purple, yellow and pink dotted tail has a squeaker and knotted trim. This is an interesting toy for new and sitting up babies. 3 months & up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

 

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Amazing Baby Blanket Teether Bunny
(Kids Preferred $13 Score:)

Hang this cute pink and white hare on the stroller for gazing or hand it off to baby. It’s a cute 12” bunny with lots of textures and patterns to explore. The body has built in rattle, crinkle and squeaker sounds. It has chewy teether hands and rings on its feet for grabbing.
The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.
 

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Flutterbye Dreams
(Fisher-Price $24.95 Score:) The concept of this toy is well intentioned: the tweet-tweet of birdies—think the opening of a Bugs Bunny nature scene and you get the picture. Our problem is that the tweet-tweet is very high pitched, making us wince instead of relax. So we’d pass on this one. The Ocean Wonders () mobile has three fish that spin around (not particularly eye-catching), but we didn’t like the gel-like “fishbowl” intended for baby to push on. There’s a disconnect with the packaging since no mobile should be left in a crib when a baby is sitting up. (800) 432-5437.

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2006 Award
Taf Toys Smart Mat
(Edushape $59.95 Score:) Our family with triplets raved about this amazing oversized playmat (39" x 59"). “There’s enough room for all our girls.” Another family wrote: “it was perfect for our den that has bare floors. It’s very cushy and I find it attractive to have out in the room.” It has bright graphics and interesting textures and sounds. Comes with several attached toys as well as three separate toys that have interesting textures to explore. This is an unusually attractive and versatile mat that will get miles of use until baby takes off as a crawler. (800) 404-4744.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Razzy Rattles
(Mary Meyer $4.5 Score:) Choose a very quiet floppy little red pig, green turtle, blue elephant, or yellow lion in washable terry with gingham trim and stitched features. Also, See Me? Rattles ($4.50 ) are all-fabric, easy-to-hold shakers with happy faces and a quiet jingle. A nice toy for older sibs to use with baby. A “mirror” on the back of the rattle face is distorted, but not to worry, baby is going to be attracted to the patterns and stitched face and big brother’s antics. (800) 451-4387.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Let's Play Puppets
(Gund $12.99 Score:) Choose a blue elephant, Tootie, lavender hippo, Tibs, or mint green frog, Pippy, for early tracking games and heart-to-heart talks. These soft hand puppets come with a baby puppet so parent and child can sing and talk together. These are fun to share with an older sibling as you play with baby together. Also a good take-along toy for distractions on small trips. (800) 448-4863.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2006.

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2007 Awards
Taf Toys 2 in 1 Smart Gym
(Edushape $69.95 Score:) Like last year’s Smart Mat, this is an oversized playmat with a gym in the middle! 39 x 59, with many textures, colors, and patterns, this has arches that connect securely to hold dangly toys that jitter, ring, and play music. Ideal for gazing at, batting, and kicking, and for multiple discoveries. The huge mat itself has built-in mirror, squeakers, and rattling rings. In contrast to the ActiviTot, these arches are not easy to set up, but they work well once you’ve done it. Our family with triples still raves about the original mat (sans arches) that is ten dollars less. (800) 404-4744.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2007.

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2008 Award
Alex Jr. Grab a Little
(Alex $8.99 Score:) Soft ring shaped velour rattles that are easy for baby to grab and explore. They have bright patterns, stitched features, quiet rattle and come as Pinky Pig, Max the Dog, Limon Lion and Freckles Frog. This is a classic soft rattle shape that won’t hurt even with jerky hand movements.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2008.

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