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Age: Infants

 


2009 Award
Kids Preferred Peter and Jemima Rattles
(Kids Preferred $7.99 Score:)

Perfect for tracking and for little hands to clutch later, these soft rattles have a quiet sound, a lovely feel, and a lovable look. Features are stitched for safety and they have interesting textures. The velour covering is has both a smooth and waffled textured and trims of cotton knit. Designed for infants, these will be a hit with older siblings who know the stories of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle Duck.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Kids Preferred Peter Rabbit Hand Puppet
(Kids Preferred $15 Score:)

A silky plush Peter Rabbit with velour blue jacket with stitched gold buttons and safe stitched features. Soft enough to be a huggable, this has the added value of being a hand puppet that older sibs and parents can use for peek-a-boo games with baby or telling a story. From tracking to story telling, this is a great toy for interacting, language development and pretend play. All ages.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Lamaze Stack, Roll and Crawl Ball
(Learning Curve International $20 Score:) A stack of rings fit onto a straight post, so there is no size order for fitting them on. However, to put the ball together, they will need to be in order. That said, this is a toy that can be enjoyed long before babies can put it together or take it apart. Itís a colorful ball with beads rolling around the top, that you can spin or roll back and forth with baby. Taking it apart will come before they can fit it back togetherÖin order or otherwise. So, this is a versatile plaything that wonít roll too far away from beginning players, can encourage social behaviors, crawling and eventually eye hand coordination. 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,Toddlers. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Awards
Discovery Deglingos Cat
(All New materials $35 Score:)

A whimsical looking cat with blue eyes and red snout is made of wide wale orange corduroy head and calico legs with squeakers inside. This is an unusual toy with crinkle sound and see-through teething ring and best of all, give the knotted tail a pull and it vibrates. Like other toys in the line, this has the look of a folk art toy. 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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
Discovery Deglingos Cow Rattle
(All New materials $18 Score:)

A quiet rattle made of soft wide wale corduroy with pink udders along the bottom of the ring and a cow's head at the top. Like other toys in this companies line, it looks like a witty toy from a folk art line. 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: 2009.

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Crayola TaDoodles Drop & See
(Crayola $19.99 Score:) Unlike most ball drop toys that run from top to bottom, the ball in this run travels one level at a time. This is a good idea in designing toys for babies. Too many are frenetic and go so fast it is hard for babies to see any cause and effect. Here there are three levels and baby needs to activate the ball to move along at each level with a push of a lever. In a sense, this should make it easier to track visually and puts baby in charge of making the action happen. Each lever activates a sound and motion. Unfortunately, the idea and design did not work as we hoped it would. Several testers reported that the levers were just too hard for even 18 month old babies to activate and that the toy fell over a lot, making it more frustrating than fun for younger kids. The question is--will it hold the interest of older kids. We donít think so. We really liked the idea of this toy and that it has a volume control and the tower on the side that stores the three balls. The color walls effect color changes, but we doubt babies will see these or understand anything about color mixing. Take 3AA batteries. 9 months & up.

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: .

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2009 Award
Mary Meyer Charley Choo Choo Wooby Chew
(Mary Meyer $11 Score:)

A soft 8” bear with a blue body decorated with a choo choo train. It’s understuffed like a flat bear, with easy to grasp body with crinkle sounds. For little teethers the best part will be the chewy paws with bumpy texture. A cute new look for first huggables.

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: 2009.

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2009 Award
Mary Meyer Charlie Choo Choo Squeezy Toy
(Mary Meyer $6 Score:)

A jolly little Bear sits on top of this squeezy that squeaks when squeezed. Good for tracking games with new babies. It will take time before they can make it squeak on their own. This 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: 2009.

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2009 Award
Charlie Choo Choo Baby Blanket
(Mary Meyer $16 Score:)

Here’s pleasing little toy that may become a lovie. It’s a little blue bear attached to a small blankie with satin binding for fingering and red plaid pattern for eye appeal. A good choice for a baby shower gift.

This 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: 2009.

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2009 Awards
Alex Jr. Tub Joy Doggy, Ducky and Froggy Bath Mitts
(Alex $10 Score:)

These terry cloth bath puppets have colorful contrasting licks of bright terry and stitched on features. We loved the chartreuse frog with aqua snout and the aqua doggy with bright yellow snout and purple nose and the yellow duck with big orange beak. These will make scrubbing up at bath time much more fun for preschoolers who like playing wherever they go. They have cotton loops for hanging up to dry. 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, Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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