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

 


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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Discovery Ball
(LeapFrog $19.99 Score:) Our testers did love spinning the ball and hearing the music while the ball was in its cradle. It is really a cause-and-effect toy. However, this heavy plastic ball should not replace having a soft fabric ball for games of roly poly. While the music is pleasant, we take issue with the focus on teaching babies the ABCs.

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2005 Award
Swirlin' Saucer
(Fisher-Price $12.95 Score:) Our seven month old tester loved picking up the over-sized plastic balls and dropping them in the saucer. You can turn on the toy base so that the saucer shakes and makes noise as the balls drop. When you first introduce the toy we recommend starting with the sound and motion off. A pleasingly easy to activate first floor toy.

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: 2005.

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2006 Award
Earlyears Click N Spin Highchair Flower
(International Playthings $15.99 Score:) This colorful flower suctions to the high chair tray. Petals have spinners, a mirror, textures, patterns, and sounds for sitting-up baby to activate. (800) 445-8347.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2006.

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Learning Pots & Pans
(Fisher-Price $17.97 Score:) On the plus side, these pots have encased beads that are fun to move about, but the toy requires the pots to be stacked in one correct order (way too hard for babies and young toddlers). There’s a shape sorter in the lid and music in the base. This is one of those toys with the alphabet song and counting that’s marked for 6–36 months. In the end, this set tries to do too much and fails. (800) 432-5437.

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: 2006.

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2007 Awards
Gummy Guppy
(Sassy $2.99 Score:) Large enough to be safe, this multicolored fish-shaped teether has interesting textures and bends slightly for two-handed investigations. (800) 323-6336.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Awards
Amazing Baby Developmental Blanket Teether
(Kids Preferred $11 Score:) One of our favorite new toys of the year. Not really a blanket, this is about 12" of flat bear with crinkle body. It has chewy teether hands, easy-to-grab rings on its feet, and interesting patterns on its patchwork body. A variety of textures include plush head, satin foot, and velvety velour back. Likely to get a lot of touching moments. (866) 763- 8869.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Awards
Amazing Baby Developmental Duck
(Kids Preferred $12 Score:) For starters, use this as a dangly gazing toy to hang in baby carrier. Pull down and the duck jiggles, press and it squeaks. Older babies will like chomping on duck’s chewy teether “feet” that slide back and forth in its vibrantly patterned body with licks of black and white stripes. Also fun, Developmental Butterfly ($12); lots for eyes and hands to explore on this gaily patterned butterfly with crinkle-sounds wings, squeaky body, and many textures. A good take-along stroller toy. (866) 763-8869.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2007.

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