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Surfin' Elmo Rocker
(Little Tikes $29.99 Score:) Fans of Elmo may enjoy taking a ride on Elmo’s back. Elmo also giggles and talks, but you can turn that feature off (thankfully). Some testers had trouble getting on and off by themselves. Difficult to put together. 1 & up. (800) 321-0183. Note: Low-to-the-ground rockers for toddlers are used for a short time, but match the young toddler’s love of motion and repetitive action. These are low enough to the ground so that the older toddler can get on and off with independence, and they’re slow enough to be soothing. Often promoted for older infants and young toddlers, these are a better choice for toddlers who are steady on their feet. (This was especially true this year where several of our contenders made the rounds with our testers—much like Goldilocks and the Three Bears . . . some testers found the rockers too small [and boring] and others found them too high. So our recommendation is to try before you buy).

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Awards
Earlyears Baby Dino Rocker
(International Playthings $99.99 Score:) This very low-to-the-ground rocker has little action. Designed for short toddlers and/or those who are not ready for wild action rides. Solidly built, this green dino has a satiny, colorful mane. No sound effects except for some crinkly sounds in the satin mane. They say 12 months; we’d say 18–20 months, and then adult help will still be needed. (800) 445-8347. Note: Low-to-the-ground rockers for toddlers are used for a short time, but match the young toddler’s love of motion and repetitive action. These are low enough to the ground so that the older toddler can get on and off with independence, and they’re slow enough to be soothing. Often promoted for older infants and young toddlers, these are a better choice for toddlers who are steady on their feet. (This was especially true this year where several of our contenders made the rounds with our testers—much like Goldilocks and the Three Bears . . . some testers found the rockers too small [and boring] and others found them too high. So our recommendation is to try before you buy).

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Awards
Danny Dinosaur and Elijah Elephant
(Rockabye $109 Score:) These fabric animal rockers arrived right after the book went to press. They are as good as expected! Choose either the low-to-the-ground soft musical Danny Dinosaur with squeaks, rattles and crinkles, or Elijah Elephant with crinkly ears and multipatterned seat. Designed for 9 months to 3 years, up to 50 pounds. (310) 631-2222. Note: Low-to-the-ground rockers for toddlers are used for a short time, but match the young toddler’s love of motion and repetitive action. These are low enough to the ground so that the older toddler can get on and off with independence, and they’re slow enough to be soothing. Often promoted for older infants and young toddlers, these are a better choice for toddlers who are steady on their feet. (This was especially true this year where several of our contenders made the rounds with our testers—much like Goldilocks and the Three Bears . . . some testers found the rockers too small [and boring] and others found them too high. So our recommendation is to try before you buy).

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Bounce and Spin Zebra
(Fisher-Price $45 Score:)

Forget rocking horses, the 21st-century child rides a zebra that turns when the rider bounces on it. A spinner in the handle sets off random arcade sounds that (fortunately) can be turned off. Our 20-month-old triplets loved this toy, but some parents will find the sound over the top.  Note: Low-to-the-ground rockers for toddlers are used for a short time, but match the young toddler's love of motion and repetitive action. These are low enough to the ground so that the older toddler can get on and off with independence, and they're slow enough to be soothing. Often promoted for older infants and young toddlers, these are a better choice for toddlers who are steady on their feet. (This was especially true this year where several of our contenders made the rounds with our testers - much like Goldilocks and the Three Bears ... some testers found the rockers too small [and boring] and others found them too high. So our recommendation is to try before you buy).

Age: Toddlers. 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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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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2009 Awards
Taggies Colours Toss
(Taggies $19.95 Score:)

This 2007 Platinum Award winner has been updated with brighter colors that we absolutely love. The design remains the same - a big fabric ball with multiple patterns, ribbon taggies to grab, and a wonderful jingle inside is one of the best toys for babies. It’s covered with soft velour but slightly understuffed to make it easier to grasp. 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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2007 Awards
Amazing Baby Sound Balls
(Kids Preferred $17 Score:) Three baseball-sized, brightly patterned fabric balls come packaged together in a see-through tote. A black-and-white ball with colorful swirls crinkles, an orange velour ball with stitched stars jingles, and a multicolored ball with bold patterns chimes. A classic toy for sensory exploration and active play. (866) 763 8869. 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: 2007.

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2007 Awards
Sing and Go Choo Choo
(Fisher-Price $30 Score:)

Big chunky, jointed elephant, giraffe, and monkey have built-in clicking sounds. De igned for sit-and-play fun, the engine will soon be used for move-along fun. Fun to load and unload, crawling tots can easily keep up, as the train takes off on its slow journey accompanied by sound effects and music. They say 6 months and up, we'd say more like 9 - 24 mos. (800) 432-5437.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Awards
NooBoo Symphonic Stacker
(Manhattan Toy $29.95 Score:) We tested a lot of fabric stackers this year but most were unforgiving—they didn’t move easily on the post. These pleasingly soft patterned, textured, easy-to-grasp rings (they look almost like flowers) are fun to explore—they also activate “magical” sounds when stacked (although they don’t always work 100% of the time). A good parent/child toy. (800) 541-1345.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2007.

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