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

 

 
2008 Awards
Lamaze Fun Mirror Crawl Toy
(Learning Curve International $29.99 Score:)

We've seen rolling mirrors before, but this one is the best one we've seen yet. Two fat wheels-- one red and the other blue -- hold a prism shaped toy that spins as it rolls. The three-sided fun house mirror has a see-through window and two mirrors. No electronic sounds- just the rattle of beads as they drop. A good rolling toy for crawling babies. Also fun to stand upright on one wheel and spin.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab. SNAP ACTIVITY: This colorful rolling toy is good fun for roly poly games that involve repetitive actions. Send this toy back and forth between you and your child. Or stand it on end and spin the triangular toy. Designed to invite beginners to crawl. This is no small deal for kids with physical delays. Use this as well as a soft fabric ball to motivate your child's active play.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Earlyears Lullaby Ladybug
(International Playthings $16.95 Score:)

Friendly faced fabric bug with wonderful eye-catching patterns, bright colors, and interesting sounds. There are crinkle sounds in the big red wings and textured teethers in each “hand.” Pull the dotted butterfly on the big bug's belly and it plays Brahms' Lullaby with a music box/non-electronic sound.

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: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Lamaze Busy Bug
(Learning Curve International $18 Score:)

Clap this suction cup toy on the feeding table and get ready for easy action. Baby can bat at the bug or pull it to make it shake. It has small rings and beads that rattle and move adding sound, color and items to manipulate. Since they are tethered down they are safe enough for baby’s little fingers to explore. The jolly green bug head with two yellow antennae wears a friendly big smile. We thought this might be top heavy and not stand up to typical play. But its base is broad without taking up tons of room on the feeding table. 6 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, Toddlers. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
Discovery Deglingos Cat
(All New materials $35 Score:)

A whimsical looking cat with blue eyes and red snout is made of wide wale orange corduroy head and calico legs with squeakers inside. This is an unusual toy with crinkle sound and see-through teething ring and best of all, give the knotted tail a pull and it vibrates. Like other toys in the line, this has the look of a folk art toy. 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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Crayola TaDoodles Drop & See
(Crayola $19.99 Score:) Unlike most ball drop toys that run from top to bottom, the ball in this run travels one level at a time. This is a good idea in designing toys for babies. Too many are frenetic and go so fast it is hard for babies to see any cause and effect. Here there are three levels and baby needs to activate the ball to move along at each level with a push of a lever. In a sense, this should make it easier to track visually and puts baby in charge of making the action happen. Each lever activates a sound and motion. Unfortunately, the idea and design did not work as we hoped it would. Several testers reported that the levers were just too hard for even 18 month old babies to activate and that the toy fell over a lot, making it more frustrating than fun for younger kids. The question is--will it hold the interest of older kids. We don’t think so. We really liked the idea of this toy and that it has a volume control and the tower on the side that stores the three balls. The color walls effect color changes, but we doubt babies will see these or understand anything about color mixing. Take 3AA batteries. 9 months & up.

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: .

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2009 Award
Mary Meyer Charley Choo Choo Wooby Chew
(Mary Meyer $11 Score:)

A soft 8” bear with a blue body decorated with a choo choo train. It’s understuffed like a flat bear, with easy to grasp body with crinkle sounds. For little teethers the best part will be the chewy paws with bumpy texture. A cute new look for first huggables.

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.

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2009 Award
Charlie Choo Choo Baby Blanket
(Mary Meyer $16 Score:)

Here’s pleasing little toy that may become a lovie. It’s a little blue bear attached to a small blankie with satin binding for fingering and red plaid pattern for eye appeal. A good choice for a baby shower gift.

This 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.

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2009 Award
Alex Jr Prickly Play Porcupine
(Alex $29.99 Score:)

A visually stimulating floor toy for sitting up babies. Along its velour striped back there are cone shaped points with interesting patterns and textures for little hands to explore. The porcupine's face with pink nose and stitched features has a squeaker inside...that will need to be activated by an adult. Turn it over and surprise...there’s a peek a boo mirror that baby can see his own image! 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 Pop-Up Activity Ball
(Kids Preferred $22 Score:)

A fabric activity ball with many sensory features for baby to explore. Colorful patterns and different textures make this an interesting toy for all the senses. It is 6” big and has a reflective mirror, a pullout bear, crinkle, ribbons, rings and peek-a-boo flaps.
      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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2004 Award
Lil' Creatures Rattles
(Mary Meyer $5 Score:) A delightfully cheery new collection of soft rattles with fabric animals (duck, elephant, turtle, or dino), each attached to a clear easy-to-grasp ring with colorful beads inside. At first you can use these for tracking games, but soon enough your baby will enjoy exploring with two hands. Unlike many rattles, these have a quiet rattle sound that won't startle your baby.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2004.

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