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Age: Infants
Categories: The Vertical Infant

 

 
2011 Awards
Sassy Wonder Wheel
(Sassy $8.99 Score:)

This has become our new favorite highchair toy!  The wonder wheel moves with ease when your sitting up baby or toddler touches it.  Our testers loved putting it in motion and watching the little beads inside cascade.  The beads are safely enclosed and make a pleasing (but not overly loud or annoying sound) as they spin.  A perfect example of a toy being right on the mark in terms of developmental appropriateness and design without a lot of costly and unnecessary bells and whistles!  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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2010 Award
Sassy Bumpy Ball
(Sassy $9.99 Score:)

Roll this bumpy ball and it will wibble-wobble as it goes. Covered with easy to grab soft fabric knobs, this jolly looking fabric ball has many patterns for visual interest. There are stripes and polka-dots in bright contrasting colors. It also has two see-through plastic knobs on either side that turn. Inside of both knobs are small mirrors and colorful beads that are reflected as they rattle. This just says, come on, roll it, toss it, and turn it. 6 months and up.

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: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Awards
Ambi Ted & Tess Carousel
(Schylling $19.99 Score:)

Welcome back, Ted and Tess! A classic toy that has been missing in action for a few seasons. These spinning bears go round and round when baby pushes the knob on top. The brightly colored spinning top is made of sturdy plastic and has a flat bottom that sits flat on the floor. A fun toy for learning about cause and effect and for making things happen. Babaies will need adults to sctivate the bears, but in time they will be able to make it happen. Such a feeling of power! 6 months & up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

SNAP: It's not always easy finding toys that respond to a swipe of the whole hand. This classic spinning toy is sturdy and easy to activate.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Awards
Guess How Much I Love You Developmental Soft Block
(Kids Preferred $14.99 Score:)

A soft fabric block with easy to grab handle, ribbon tabs for feeling, a teether for chewing, a mirror for viewing, and a pocket for a photo Lots of sensory feedback in this classic kind of toy with a picture book connection. The graphics come out of the blue chip book by the same name. Also in the same line, but forgettable, is a small plush bunny with blinking light-up ears and annoying electronic sounds.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

SNAP A lot of textures to explore. This is also a good toy for playing give and take games. It will not roll as far and easily as a ball, but that can be a plus for kids who are not ready to crawl. 

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Plan Toys Baby Car
(Plan Toys $14.95 Score:)

A sweet little car with of smooth wood that rolls easily with just a swipe of the hand. It's flexible so it is easy for little hands to grab and push. There's nothing complicated here, just take it out of the box and let baby explore. Made of eco-friendly wood and colored with water-based non-toxic colors that are attractive and safe. A good choice for babies who are crawling. 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: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Playskool Explore 'N Grow Push 'N Stack Gears
(Hasbro $14.95 Score:)

With its big hand grip, this big eyed blue critter is easy for baby to grasp and it's just right for rolling along the floor. It is colorful, light, has textures on each wheel and three fabric tufts (cotton, satin and corduroy) on top of its head. Best of all the gears on its side twirl as it goes along. Lift the gears out and they can be stacked in a tower and then fitted back into their slots. A fine choice for a baby learning to crawl. Over 9 months.
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: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Manhattan Toy Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Alphabet Fill & Spill
(Manhattan Toy $24.99 Score:)

A see through container with colorful fabric trim and leaves. Inside baby can drop or take out the colorful fabric shapes that are printed with letters of the alphabet. Each shape has a different sound effect inside. This is not about learning letters or counting. It just happens to be an attractive toy for filling and dumping games that babies enjoy. You can add other items to the holder that have interesting textures.   


SNAP: Add pieces of fabric to the holder and talk about the way they feel. Try a washcloth, a satiny toy, a bumpy fabric such as corduroy, a wooden block, etc.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Puppy Car
(Wonderworld/ SmartGear $13 Score:)

Smooth as silk, this little car has a finger hold that little hands can latch onto as they roll the colorful wooden vehicle across the floor. There is a graphic of a puppy in the "driver's seat" that turns along with the wheels. Best of all the body of the car moves gently up and down as the wheels move forward. There is nothing complicated about this baby friendly rolling toy that crawling babies will enjoy. Also see the Baby Tractor ($13) same idea with a different shape. Both are made of eco-friendly rubberwood and they are finished with baby friendly non-toxic dyes that will not chip off. The wheels have patterns that add visual interest. But it’s really all about the action.

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: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Baby Tractor
(Wonderworld/Smart Gear $13 Score:)

A perfect little vehicle for crawling babies. It's shaped like a tractor…not that most babies will car or understand what a tractor is. What they will love is that it has a finger hold that little hands can latch onto as they roll the colorful vehicle across the floor. The body moves up and down as the wheels move forward. Also see the Puppy Car($13) same idea but a different shape. Both are made of eco-friendly rubberwood that is smooth as silk and splinter-free! They are finished with baby friendly non-toxic dyes that will not chip off. The wheels have patterns that add visual interest. But it's really all about the action.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2010.

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2010 Award
Alex I Can Cook
(ALEX $19.99 Score:)

A shiny silver pot of cloth comes with a lid and gaily striped handles. Fun for filling and dumping, it has velour strings of pasta that can be pulled out or pushed into the pot along with three velour rattles in the shapes of a carrot, tomato, and turnip. This is marked 3 months and up, we'd say more like 6-8 months when baby can sit up and enjoy the classic game of fill and dump. These rattles and the pot are also fun for playing around with object permanence. Put a carrot rattle in the pot out of sight with a young baby and they will just ignore it. Play this game again with y our 7-8 month old baby and they will actively look for the missing tomato or carrot. For young babies out of sight is out of mind. But older babies are able to remember something that is not in plain sight. Memory is kicking in. This is one of those toys that really does call for an adult to play along. If you just put it in front of your baby...not much is going to happen. 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: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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