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Age: Infants

 

 
2008 Awards
Tiny Love Sweet Island Dreams Mobile
(Tiny Love $44.99 Score:)

One of our pet peeves is that most mobiles don't have objects that point down towards the baby. Most are just bland room decorations that go round and round with no focus on the intended user- your baby! In contrast, this new mobile from Tiny Love (as with their other entries in this category) get the point. Here, there's a monkey, giraffe and bird that all are tilted towards your baby. They move slowly so that they provide great tracking opportunities. Also a plus there is a remote control so that you can turn on the music (Mozart or Bach) or two nature sounds. They each play for twenty minutes. Remember mobiles need to be removed as soon as your baby can reach them (usually by 5 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. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Awards
Follow Me Fred and Crawl Along Leo
(Tiny Love $19.95 Score:)

Sadly, Leo has been discontinued. A fun toy for active floor play with a sitting up or crawling baby. Turn on the fabric headed dog (Fred) or happy faced lion (Leo of course) and they will slowly roll a few feet and stop. Touch the accordion center of the pooch or lion’s body and it rolls some more. Their bodies are of bright colored plastic with fabric tail. This “magical” motion toy invites little crawlers to follow or use them like a roly poly ball for back and forth fun with sitting up tots. Loaded with sounds, we prefer playing with the “mute” button on most of the time. Fred, a floppy eared dog is more realistic looking than Leo. They say 6 months, we’d say more like 8 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. SNAP ACTIVITIES:Motivating children to crawl is a lot easier with these easy touch activated toys. These little animals have interesting textures, colors and patterns to talk about. They do not move too quickly, so they are easier to play with than wind up toys that may roll away too quickly. Choose Fred the dog or Leo the little lion and play a game of “Got It!” Put the toy in easy reach and activate it with a touch. When it reaches your player, encourage him to send the pup back to you. Another game can be played with a box that you can turn into little tunnel. Who can make the pup walk through the box to the other side? Take turns getting the pup through the tunnel.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
TIny Love Follow Me Fiona
(Tiny Love $19.95 Score:)

Decidedly pink Fiona joins last year's primary colored winners Fred (a dog)  and Leo (a lion).  All three toys are for active floor play with a sitting up or crawling baby. Turn them on and they will slowly roll a few feet and stop. Touch their accordion middles and they will roll some more. Their bodies are of bright colored plastic with fabric tail. This “magical” motion toy invites little crawlers to follow or use them like a roly poly ball for back and forth fun with sitting up tots. Loaded with sounds, we prefer playing with the “mute” button on most of the time. Marked 6 months and up, but we'd say more like 9 months and up. This is the type of toy that young toddlers will also enjoy!  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: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
Earlyears Blinky Beads Crawl Along
(International Playthings $24.95 Score:)

Fun for the crawling baby, this will not roll too far or too fast. A little push and the wobbly sides wiggle forward while the see through dome in the middle blinks as beads roll around inside. You can turn off the lights if you think they are sensory overload for baby. The rolling beads and clickety sound on one end are pleasing without being intrusive. They say 6 months and up. We'd say save this for when baby starts to crawl.

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: 2008.

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2008 Award
Early Years Roll Along Mirror
(International Playthings $19.95 Score:)

Best part of this rolling toy is a mirror that is less distorted than most. The disk that holds the mirror wobbles between the two big wheels that roll with a touch of a little hand. We could do without the music mode and so can you just turn it off. The toy dies not need batteries to be enjoyed. In fact you will enjoy it more without batteries. Older tots may like the lights and sound turned on low volume. 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.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Awards
Lamaze Fun Mirror Crawl Toy
(Learning Curve International $29.99 Score:)

We've seen rolling mirrors before, but this one is the best one we've seen yet. Two fat wheels-- one red and the other blue -- hold a prism shaped toy that spins as it rolls. The three-sided fun house mirror has a see-through window and two mirrors. No electronic sounds- just the rattle of beads as they drop. A good rolling toy for crawling babies. Also fun to stand upright on one wheel and spin.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab. SNAP ACTIVITY: This colorful rolling toy is good fun for roly poly games that involve repetitive actions. Send this toy back and forth between you and your child. Or stand it on end and spin the triangular toy. Designed to invite beginners to crawl. This is no small deal for kids with physical delays. Use this as well as a soft fabric ball to motivate your child's active play.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Bright Beginnings Jiggle Brights
(Russ Berrie $10 Score:)

A sweet huggable cat that’s 12" from top to paw all done up in patterned velour. It’s pink, green and yellow—a happy palette with checks and polka dots and all stitched features with a quiet rattle sound sewn inside for safe keeping. Newborn & 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: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Awards
Karen Katz Peek and Play Cubes
(Small World Toys $40 Score:)

You probably know Karen Katz's wonderful books for babies. Now she’s designing toys. At first this set looks like a counting/color matching toy, but hold on! Before they are ready for counting and matching, this is going to be fun for filling and dumping games and where is the chick? Babies like toys with multiple pieces that can be passed from hand to hand. Each little fabric cube comes with one to five shapes that match the number on the outside. They are also color coded for playing color-naming games. The green cube has one ball, orange cube has two checkered hearts, blue has three fish, red has four strawberries and yellow has five little chicks. Chances are the pieces will go lost before you are ready for serious counting/color games. But go ahead and talk about them by color and count them from time to time. Just avoid turning this or any toy into a drill and practice work time. Playtime doesn’t need to be a lesson at every turn. All the pieces are washable.

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: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
Earlyears Lullaby Ladybug
(International Playthings $16.95 Score:)

Friendly faced fabric bug with wonderful eye-catching patterns, bright colors, and interesting sounds. There are crinkle sounds in the big red wings and textured teethers in each “hand.” Pull the dotted butterfly on the big bug's belly and it plays Brahms' Lullaby with a music box/non-electronic sound.

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: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Awards
Munchkin Caterpillar Spillers
(Munchkin $6.95 Score:)

A well designed set of seven cups that are perfect for little hands to explore. Each is brightly colored and comes with a variety of openings for pouring fun in the bathtub. This is the perfect kind of take along toy in the diaper bag for a sitting up baby/toddler. Our one year old tester sat quietly while she enjoyed being about to pick up each cup by the easy to grasp handles. The caterpillar's green face has big eyes and the smallest cup has an fun spinner to activate. You can stack them up and let your baby enjoy knocking them down. A good example of a great toy that doesn't have any bells and whistle or an expensive price tag.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab. SNAP ACTIVITIES: Stacking and nesting are the least of what kids can do with these colorful cups that each have different cut outs that allow them to be used in the sand or tub…for watching water or sand slip through. These are also fun for children to knock down after they are stacked up tall. Use color words to refer to the cup the child is picking up and refer to them by size…that one is the smallest…or this one is the biggest.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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