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Product Type: Toys
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Dolls and Huggables


1995 Awards
Littlel Tikes Shopping Cart
(Little Tikes $30 Score:)

This bright yellow cart with baby seat is more gender free than most doll carriers. Lends itself to more open-ended pretend shopping and simply carting treasures about games. Room for a doll or teddy bear simply makes it more like the real thing.

SNAP INFO: Solidly built for lots of pretend, this shopping cart has a seat for doll or teddy when kids need a shopping spree play time.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 1995. Click here to purchase the product on

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2013 Awards
Bitty Baby Doll and book
(Pleasant Company $ 80 Score:)

15" soft-bodied Bitty Baby dolls with vinyl heads, arms and legs have been updated to allow for more options to customize. You have a choice of 11 dolls with differnt hair, skin and eye color combintions. Each doll arrives in a signature sleeper and a Bitty Baby & Me picture book. The updated doll now has a hairline brought forward and eyebrows for a more realistic look. The upper body was also redesigned with arms brought forward -- for better huggability. Beautiful clothes and furniture accessories available.  We also recommend the Bitty Baby Twins (boy and girl toddler dolls $115). As always there are extra outfits for the baby and matching clothes for the child. 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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Wooden Doll Cradle
(Community Playthings $95 Score:) A solid maple cradle designed for schools and built to last. The large 29" model is big enough so kids can climb in and play baby or put a family of dolls to sleep. Sure to become a family heirloom.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2012 Award
Mini Corolline
(Corolle $17.99 Score:)

This collection is now celebrating its tenth anniversary and is still a huge hit with our testers. You won't know which to pick from this group of 8" blond, brunette, Asian, and African American dolls. Each comes with a stylish outfit and with plenty of long hair for brushing. New for 2012, an adorable brunette with a pink hair band and floral dress.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on

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2002 Award
(Gund $28 Score:) Doodle looks like an old-fashioned honey-colored jointed bear, but his limbs simply swing. His coat is nubby but silky to the touch and his bottom and limbs have jus enough beans to make him a hefty 16 inch huggable. For a smaller armful, 10 inch Luv Me Bear($12) with curly honey coat, is also a winner.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Award
Fancy Prancy Princess Topsy Turvy
(North American Bear Co. $32 Score:)

As princesses go, you won't find any as pretty as these charming old-fashioned flip dolls with a fair-haired princess at one end and a brunette (with a darker skin tone) at the other. Both wear crowns, of course! A very old-fashioned doll that transforms with imagination (not batteries). Equally special, Fancy Prancy Princesses ($14 each ). Pick a 9" princess wearing taffeta gowns with sparkling stardust safely stitched under a layer of netting. Each has a small gold crown and velboa hair.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2003. Click here to purchase the product on

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2003 Award
Flip Flops
(Mary Meyer $15 Score:) The ultimate in relaxed plush! Under-stuffed at the middle, these animals flop over and are made of extremely soft fabric. Our favorites: Libby Yellow Lab and Lucky Black Lab. If your child is asking for a dog, but you're not ready, these pretend pups may do the trick. For an even larger hug, Supersized Flip Flops ($45 each). Our favorite: Mickey Monkey.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2003.

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2009 Award
Corolle Red and Fuchsia Baby Sling
(Corolle $30 Score:)

Taking baby along on vacation or overnight to Grandma’s is so much more fun with this Baby slig that fits your favorite 14-17” baby doll. Easy to strap on small shoulders and ready for hours of on-the- road pretend play.  The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on

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2004 Award
Bebe Do Doll
(Corolle $74 Score:)

Bebe Do is a 14" drink-and-wet, all-vinyl bath doll with potty, bottle, and diaper. Still top rated, Les Minis Calins BLUE CHIP , sweet 8" soft-bodied dolls which also come in Asian and African American versions. Also, still great for preschoolers, Poupette. This collection of six multicultural dolls is right on target for threes and fours. Each has a reversible dress with Velcro fasteners. These would have been PLATINUM winners, but they're marked 18 mos. (800)

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Awards
Language Littles Dolls
(Language Littles $39.99 Score:) These 16 " soft rag dolls with yarn hair are pretty pricey, but huggable and have sound chips in their hands. Give one hand a squeeze and it says several phrases in two languages, squeeze the other hand and it counts in the Spanish, Italian, French or Chinese-depending on which doll you bring home. Will it make your child bi-lingual-not really, but it is a small nod in that direction and just might prompt further interest. Also available in child size dolls sans soundchips and only $50 for an oversized playmate that can wear you child's clothes and will say whatever she imagines it says any language!

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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