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

 

 
2008 Awards
Alex Jr. Busy Ball
(Alex $8.99 Score:) Smaller than some fabric balls, such as the big Taggie Ball, but this one is appealing to the touch with velour brightly patterned fabric and grabbie knots that are designed for little hands. Has a jingly sound for roly-poly 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,Toddlers. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Awards
Amazing Baby Clicky Duck
(Kids Preferred $15 Score:) Twist the ducks soft patterned fabric body for a pleasing clicking sound, squeeze its “arms” for crinkle sounds. It has two chewy orange flapper feet and satin ribbons for extra interest and texture. Comes on a black and white clip for hanging on the stroller, but this one will be fun for sitting up babies who are ready for two handed play and making something happen! 8 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: 2008.

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2008 Awards
Follow Me Fred and Crawl Along Leo
(Tiny Love $19.95 Score:)

Sadly, Leo has been discontinued. A fun toy for active floor play with a sitting up or crawling baby. Turn on the fabric headed dog (Fred) or happy faced lion (Leo of course) and they will slowly roll a few feet and stop. Touch the accordion center of the pooch or lion’s body and it rolls some more. Their bodies are of bright colored plastic with fabric tail. This “magical” motion toy invites little crawlers to follow or use them like a roly poly ball for back and forth fun with sitting up tots. Loaded with sounds, we prefer playing with the “mute” button on most of the time. Fred, a floppy eared dog is more realistic looking than Leo. They say 6 months, we’d say more like 8 months and up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab. SNAP ACTIVITIES:Motivating children to crawl is a lot easier with these easy touch activated toys. These little animals have interesting textures, colors and patterns to talk about. They do not move too quickly, so they are easier to play with than wind up toys that may roll away too quickly. Choose Fred the dog or Leo the little lion and play a game of “Got It!” Put the toy in easy reach and activate it with a touch. When it reaches your player, encourage him to send the pup back to you. Another game can be played with a box that you can turn into little tunnel. Who can make the pup walk through the box to the other side? Take turns getting the pup through the tunnel.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
TIny Love Follow Me Fiona
(Tiny Love $19.95 Score:)

Decidedly pink Fiona joins last year's primary colored winners Fred (a dog)  and Leo (a lion).  All three toys are for active floor play with a sitting up or crawling baby. Turn them on and they will slowly roll a few feet and stop. Touch their accordion middles and they will roll some more. Their bodies are of bright colored plastic with fabric tail. This “magical” motion toy invites little crawlers to follow or use them like a roly poly ball for back and forth fun with sitting up tots. Loaded with sounds, we prefer playing with the “mute” button on most of the time. Marked 6 months and up, but we'd say more like 9 months and up. This is the type of toy that young toddlers will also enjoy!  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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2008 Award
Earlyears Blinky Beads Crawl Along
(International Playthings $24.95 Score:)

Fun for the crawling baby, this will not roll too far or too fast. A little push and the wobbly sides wiggle forward while the see through dome in the middle blinks as beads roll around inside. You can turn off the lights if you think they are sensory overload for baby. The rolling beads and clickety sound on one end are pleasing without being intrusive. They say 6 months and up. We'd say save this for when baby starts to crawl.

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.

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2008 Award
Early Years Roll Along Mirror
(International Playthings $19.95 Score:)

Best part of this rolling toy is a mirror that is less distorted than most. The disk that holds the mirror wobbles between the two big wheels that roll with a touch of a little hand. We could do without the music mode and so can you just turn it off. The toy dies not need batteries to be enjoyed. In fact you will enjoy it more without batteries. Older tots may like the lights and sound turned on low volume. 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. Award Year: 2008.

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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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