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

 


2005 Award
Lila
(Corolle $55 Score:) If you’re looking for a big, beautiful, soft, sweet-smelling bald baby doll, look no further. This 17" baby cries, laughs, and babbles without being overly loud or intrusive. A perfect armful for pretend play. (800) 668-4846.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Topsy Turvy Dolls
(North American Bear Co. $25 Score:)

These very old-fashioned fabric dolls retain their charm. Cinderella in rags flips into her ball gown. Also special: Little Red Riding Hood; Dorothy flips to Toto on the Yellow Brick Road; and Snow White flips into the evil Stepmother.New for 2006, Fancy Prancy Princess Topsy Turvy Dusk to Dawn reverses from purple to a fuchsia gown. Magical! (800) 682-3427.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2005 Award
Corolle Emma Drink and Wet Doll
(Corolle $64.99 Score:)

We had a lot of inquiries this year about the best drink-and-wet doll. There are many choices! The prettiest of the bunch are from Corolle. Select either Emma or Paul, both anatomically correct 14" dolls with all-vinyl tubbable bodies. Comes with potty, bottle, and diaper for pretend play. 

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2005 Awards
Potty Elmo
(Fisher-Price $19 Score:) In the novelty doll category, Potty Elmo is amazing. Give Elmo his sippy cup and you’ll hear him drink; if you don’t get him to the potty, he says, "Oops, Elmo didn’t get to the potty. Accidents happen," and if he makes it, "Elmo can do it and so can you!" One of the best and most polite interactive dolls we’ve ever tested. We pass on Zapf Creations’ Baby Born ($39.99) who got low marks from our testers because they had difficulty getting the pretend poop out (no joke).

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
My Hawaiian Hula Girl
(Kuleana Productions $19.99 Score:) This is an adorable fabric doll with a hula skirt and Lei, yarn hair and stitched features...and oh, yes, discreetly painted toe nails,too. Her arms bend and her hips sway with ease! From the company that make a wonderful video that teaches kids to do the Hula. See review of new videos "I Want To Be a Hula Dancer & Wear a Flower Lei".

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2006 Award
Latitude Enfant Grannimals Collection
(Pint Size Productions $14.99 Score:) Done in knitted fabric and stitched features, these are an unusual collection of machine washable soft dolls that are gender neutral. A real departure from the usual plush. Choose Lucien the rabbit, Mona the cow, Sasha the cat, Marie the mouse. The medium (8" $20) and large (16" $30) arrive in a special box that might well turn into a bed. The mini (5" $5) and giant (40" $100) come sans box. (800) 544-9183.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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2009 Award
Corolle Navy Blue & Pink Carriage
(Corolle $139.99 Score:)

A carriage/stroller for all seasons! This big-ticket doll accessory converts from carriage for “newborn” baby to sit-up stroller and lift-out baby carrier. It has a second mesh carrier at the bottom for a possible second baby or supplies for the doll who has everything! Done in classic navy blue and lined in pink with big white wheels, this is one of those toys that can become a pass along treasure for all the little caregivers in the family.  The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

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

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2006 Awards
Check-up Time Elmo
(Fisher-Price $19.99 Score:) A great prop for getting kids ready for a visit to the doctor. Comes with stethoscope, thermometer, sounds, a song, and a book. Also, techno-savvy tots can have a programmable Knows Your Name Elmo or Winnie the Pooh ($39.99 each). Not ready for testing, but they promise to know your child’s name, favorite food, birthday, and friend’s names. (Not sure why, but this seemed a little creepy to one of us.) These are all marked 18 mos. & up, but a better choice for 3 & up. (800) 432-5437.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Smushy Bear
(North American Bear Co. $40 Score:)

As always, we find selecting one winner totally unbearable! Here are our top picks: Smushy Bear (North American Bear $40 ) is a floppy tan 25" bear of huggability with a smushy body, floppy head, and velvety nose. (800) 682-3427. Or consider some of our other best bears of the year: A big bear, two medium-sized bears, and a wee little baby bear: Great Big Creamy Bear (Mary Meyer $130/36" ) Remem-ber the oversized bear you always dreamed of winning at the fair? This one is much better, because he’s totally huggable, soft and delicious! 36" big, this memorable bear will be great to talk to and lean on. Also comes Kinda Big ($30/20" ). (800) 451-4387. Cuddly Pals Big Pokey (Gund $20 ) A pudgy 16" soft bear with stitched features and honey-colored fur, all dressed up with an organdy bow. (800) 448-4863.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2006 Award
Cuddly Pals Big Pokey
(Gund $20 Score:) As always, we find selecting one winner totally unbearable! Here are our top picks: One of our winners is Cuddly Pals Big Pokey (Gund $20 ) A pudgy 16" soft bear with stitched features and honey-colored fur, all dressed up with an organdy bow. (800) 448-4863. Also consider: a big bear, two medium-sized bears, and a wee little baby bear: Great Big Creamy Bear (Mary Meyer $130/36" ) Remem-ber the oversized bear you always dreamed of winning at the fair? This one is much better, because he’s totally huggable, soft and delicious! 36" big, this memorable bear will be great to talk to and lean on. Also comes Kinda Big ($30/20" ). (800) 451-4387. Smushy Bear (North American Bear $40 ) is a floppy tan 25" bear of huggability with a smushy body, floppy head, and velvety nose. (800) 682-3427.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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