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Age: Infants
Categories: The Vertical Infant

 


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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2011 Award
Manhattan Toy Peek-Squeak Lion
(Manhattan Toy $17 Score:)

Cuter in person than in the photo, this two-tone green plush lion has a colorful mane with interesting corduroy and satin textures and crinkle sounds. And a small mirror surrounded by satin tabs of ribbon on its tummy. You can hang this on the stroller for gazing or to the crib rail for little hands to explore. There's a rattle in one foot and squeaker in the other. Lion has a teether for chewing attached to one arm and a peek-a-boo surprise in the other. With things to hear, touch, taste and see, this is a perfect choice for sensory learning. 9 months & up.

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

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2011 Awards
LeapFrog Peek-A-Shoe Talking Octopus
(LeapFrog $30 Score:)

Ever thought of playing three card Monty with your baby? Well, that's sort of what the Peek-a-Shoe Talking Octopus does. It comes with four balls that slide down one of two chutes and asks baby to find where the ball has landed. Is it behind the red shoe, the blue shoe, or the green, orange, or yellow shoe? Baby lifts a shoe and the octopus reinforces the color name of the shoe lifted. There is also a  number mode and the shoes are marked with the numerals from 1-5. This is more of a toodler toy in the concept department, however, for kids young enough for this peek-a-boo toy, we'd say the cause and effect action will be rewarding.  Number recognition and color words are not top priority for the sitting-up baby who will chiefly like the repetition and peek-a-boo fun. With time, the simple color and counting concepts will interest toddlers as they grow into the next level. 9-36 months.

SNAP: A useful toy for reinforcing color names and numerals. There is no real counting involved here, but you can do that with this little game: Tell your child no peeking. Now, put a treat such as a cracker or small pretzel under the shoe with a three on it. Say to the child: Listen. I will clap to tell you where the treat is. Now you clap three times. Does the child lift shoe 3? Make a fuss if the child opens the 3 shoe and gets the treat. If need be, repeat the clapping and have the child count out loud as you do so.

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

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2011 Awards
Early Years Lil' Shopper Play Set
(International Playthings $24.99 Score:)

A charming little felt shopping bag that holds five fabric pieces of "food" created in a variety of textures. There's a yellow banana with pull down peel, crunchy sound and corded texture; a green lettuce with a happy face stitched on the center and green crunchy leaves and a rattle inside; a silky nylon red plum tomato with a green felt leaf and chime inside; a shiny blue vinyl milk container with a cow on the front and when you "open" the top there's a small mirror inside; and there's a textured orange that has a happy face and lifts up to reveal the "cut" fruit!  Good fun for tracking games with the littlest baby, for fill and dump games that sitting up babies will enjoy, and perfect for developing language. 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
Sassy Sensory Ball Set
(Sassy $9.99 Score:) Looking for something to play with your sitting up baby? One ball has interesting fabric textures to touch (and taste), another has another smaller jingle ball safely enclosed - with slates so that babies can pick it up and turn it, and the last ball has bumps all over it--also interesting to explore. This set can be used in so many ways! You can use them for first games of roly poly. You can also play peek-a-boo games by placing one of the balls under a blanket and then watch as your baby pulls it off! Balls are also great ways of encouraging babies to crawl!! For more activities take a look at our book Read It! Play It! with Babies and Toddlers. 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
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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