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Age: Infants
Categories: The Vertical Infant

 

 
2013 Awards
Manhattan Toy Winkel
(Manhattan Toy $14.95 Score:)

Easy for little hands to grasp, this colorful toy can be used for tracking games with newborns and will be perfect as baby begins to reach out and take hold of things. It is easy to clean, light-weight and fun for passing back and forth when baby gets to that stage, as well. Newborn and up

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Awards
Sassy My Own Monster
(Sassy $7.99 Score:)

We don't usually suggest monsters for babies, but this is one sweet square-ish blue plush toy that is silky to the touch and not in the least monster-ish. He sports a mirror on his belly, stitched features, a striped tail and some very small discreet horns. The dangly striped arms have chewy textured hands and the hot pink. The body has a crisp crinkle sound to attract baby's attention. There is nothing scary about this very friendly so-called monster. It resembles some of the Ugly dolls more than any monster we have seen. Newborn & up.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Awards
Wimmer-Ferguson Learn and Play Ball
(Manhattan Toy $20 Score:)

Amazing play value has been rolled into one fabric ball. For newborns, the high contrast images printed on the fabric ball will be interesting to gaze at. They have used faces, targets, and patterns that will attract the visual attention of infants. The panels of the ball are piped with bright satin with lots of colorful ribbon taggies. Give it a shake to hear the jingling bell. This is one of those wonderful fabric toys that plays to all the senses and invites you to play early socializing games with your sitting up baby. A terrific gift for a baby shower or first visits.  Marked for 6 months but this will be good as visual stimulation long before baby can reach out and touch.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Chicco Aquarium Spinner
(Chicco $19.99 Score:)

A new version of a classic spinning toy that is easy for baby to activate. Press down on the big green knob to make the colorful fish spin in the see-through dome. The centerpost is silvery and reflects the moving fish. There's a musical feature that may be too intrusive, but the good news is, you can turn off the sound and still get the action. This is one of those toys that give sitting up babies a sense of power by being able to make things happen. 6 months and up.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Earlyears Push n Go Turtle
(International Playthings $11.95 Score:)

Push the shell on the little green turtle and its little head and legs move as it quickly scoots forward across the floor. Talk about making things happen, this is a fun cause and effect toy for floor play with sitting up and beginning to crawl babies. 6 months.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2012.

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2011 Award
Sassy Loopy Ball Attachable Ball
(Sassy $8.99 Score:)

A bright colored ball has a quiet chime inside. It has multiple patterns and six easy-to-grab loops. Several of the loops have rings that can be fingered and that make a quiet clacking sound. Attach it to the stroller with the black and white plastic loop that baby will enjoy grasping. This is a perfect little toy for all the senses. It will attract newborns gaze and then be ideal for reaching out and touching, hearing and tasting. It's bound to grow on as baby begins to crawl and can chase it. Newborn and up.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2011.

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2012 Award
Early Years Honey Bear
(International Playthings $19.99 Score:)

An update of a classic; a multi-armed ball that infants can easily grab.  This one is done in a short no-shed plush and felt-like finish. A smiling honey bear's head sits on top and plump paws with different patterns are attached on the side. Inside the arms of the ball is a fabric bee. Pull it out and it vibrates as it goes back into place. A quiet jingle bell is safely hidden inside.  A good choice for sitting-up babies.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Lamaze Hula Travel Toy
(Learning Curve International $15.95 Score:)

Strap this cute Hula Girl onto the arm of the stroller. It has lots of textures for your sitting-up baby to explore. Her skirt is made of strips of bright satiny ribbons and so is the small purple satin ukulele. Her big black and white eyes will catch baby's attention and all of her features are stitched for safety. Her zany sea of aqua felt hair will invite little fingers to touch. There's a quiet rattle inside that baby will hear as you them roll along. There's a lot of sensory feedback built into this little toy. 

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Eric Carle Developmental Firefly
(Kids Preferred $18 Score:)

Hang this lovely looking fabric firefly in baby's stroller. It's good for gazing and in time will become interesting to explore as a lap toy. Squeeze the firefly's tail to see it light up briefly. Better yet, explore the crinkle and rings in one of the wings, or the mirror in another wing. There's a chewy teether on the end of another wing. There are small licks of lovely patterned fabric that look like art from an Eric Carle book. Of course, the firefly has a story of its own that will be enjoyed by older preschoolers. Surface washable only.

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: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Awards
Eric Carle Developmental Duck with Sound
(Kids Preferred $18 Score:)

Hang this bright yellow duck up for baby to gaze at. For tracking games you can get baby's attention with a push on Ducks belly--that sets off a series of quacks. Though the quacking sounds may be a little startling for very young babies it will amuse older babies and even encourage some to reach out to try. With its stitched features and bright orange beak and feet, Duck has other eye catching features. It's chest is covered with orangey patterned fabric that looks like Eric Carle's art work, as does the little dangly fish, and underside of the duck with multicolored dots. Once baby is into the teething stage there are gum-pleasing wings and a textured ring that will be soothing. Duck also has a small reflective mirror with small satin ribbons to finger. In short, this is a toy for all the senses. Infants and up. Surface washable only. 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: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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