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2007 Awards
Gymini Duet
(Tiny Love $67 Score:) Sadly, this product has been discontinued.

A clever twist on the original Gymini design with a mat that flips from simple patterns for newborn to gaze at, to an activity mat with sounds and lights to activate on the flip side. Like the original, this has crossing fabric arches that hold dangly toys and a mirror for tummy time. One parent preferred the less expensive versions “without the lights.” We’d pass on the new Gymini Melody Maker ($67 )—we found the music uncharacteristically loud and jarring. Still top rated, Gymini Total Playground Kick & Play ($69 ) PLATINUM AWARD ’06. (800) 843-6292.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Amazing Baby Teether Mirror Rattles
(Kids Preferred $7 Score:) Choose from a puppy-, kitten-, or bear-faced teether rattle. Each of the velour faces with stitched features is surrounded by petals of bold patterned fabrics with crinkle sound and textured teethers. Hang them in the stroller or car seat, or hand off for baby to explore for two-handed play. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Awards
Baby Cozies and Flatso Baby Cozies
(North American Bear Co. $8 Score:)

Pick a duck, monkey, elephant, hippo, or frog in this velvety soft line of easy-to-grab toys. Each has an unstuffed body and small head with stitched features. Or, adapted from the BLUE CHIP Flatso line, small bunnies or bear with unstuffed bodies. These are the kind of soft toy that is likely to become a favorite “lovie.” Also cute and not too loud, Flatso 9" Rattles ($10.50 ). (800) 682-3427.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Awards
Fill 'N Spill Fish
(Playskool $14.99 Score:)

Designed as part of the “Let’s Play Together” collection, this happy-looking fish rolls like a ball and can be opened for filling and dumping games. Three fabric cube-shaped “fish” crinkle, rattle, or squeak and can be used as finger puppets by a parent. 6 mos & up. 


Age: Infants. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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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
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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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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2009 Award
Corolle Cosmidoudou Puppet Pink
(Corolle $24.95 Score:)

All done up in pink velour and a non shedding pink chenille-like fabric this adorable puppet is sure to attract baby’s attention.  Use it for tracking and singing games. Soft and cuddly to the touch with stitched features this is safe enough for older babies to handle as a huggable; though ideally, this is a toy that is a toy meant for grownups to activate and amuse baby with lap games. Machine washable. 
  The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.
 

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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
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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