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Product Type: Toys
Age: Toddlers
Categories: Dolls and Huggables


2005 Awards
Potty Elmo
(Fisher-Price $19 Score:) In the novelty doll category, Potty Elmo is amazing. Give Elmo his sippy cup and you’ll hear him drink; if you don’t get him to the potty, he says, "Oops, Elmo didn’t get to the potty. Accidents happen," and if he makes it, "Elmo can do it and so can you!" One of the best and most polite interactive dolls we’ve ever tested. We pass on Zapf Creations’ Baby Born ($39.99) who got low marks from our testers because they had difficulty getting the pretend poop out (no joke).

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
(Corolle $29 Score:) Older babies are fascinated by dolls that look like real babies. The trick is to find dolls that are washable and safe enough for them to handle. Corolle has an assortment of dolls with all-fabric velour rompers in various colors and soft vinyl painted faces. Our favorites this season: Puppet Blue, with a tri-knottie hat, or Puppet Raspberry, that is easy to grap with an un-stuffed body, or Miss Grenadine with a bright red romper.

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: 2005.

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2006 Award
Rick the Frog & Friends
(Rich Frog $12 Score:) A new line of soft animal dolls with patterned cotton bodies, stitched features, and heads and feet made of terry. These look like storybook characters and are not gender specific. Choose the bunny, elephant, duck, hippo, or frog. Also adorable, Softies Collection: a frog, bunny, elephant, and duck ($10 each ). These are a little floppier and silky soft to the touch. Just the right-sized handful for toddlers. (802) 865-9225.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Latitude Enfant Grannimals Collection
(Pint Size Productions $14.99 Score:) Done in knitted fabric and stitched features, these are an unusual collection of machine washable soft dolls that are gender neutral. A real departure from the usual plush. Choose Lucien the rabbit, Mona the cow, Sasha the cat, Marie the mouse. The medium (8" $20) and large (16" $30) arrive in a special box that might well turn into a bed. The mini (5" $5) and giant (40" $100) come sans box. (800) 544-9183.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Baby Beeps
(North American Bear Co. $15 Score:)

Colored like pastel sorbets, each of these 15" bears has a big snout with a squeaker inside. Soft, nonshedding plush, they have swinging arms and legs that make them easy to grab, and are big enough to make a good armful for toddlers. Still top rated, Pastel Pancake Bears with Blankets ($20 ) Scrumptious flat bears come with built-in blankies! (800) 682-3427.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2006. Click here to purchase the product on

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2007 Awards
(Corolle $18 Score:) Corolle has beautiful dolls for every age group. For ones, we recommend soft huggables that feel big but are lightweight. Babipouce ($23), an old favorite, is now available with Asian and African-American as well as Caucasian painted vinyl faces and soft bodies. Their clothes are sewn-on velour and available in boyish as well as utterly pink choices. New and adorable, Miss Grenadine ($18 5), done in deliciously bright hot pink and orange stripes with stitched features. 1 & up. Twos and up will enjoy Corolle’s Tidoo collection ($32–$50), sweet 12" tubbable/floatable bald-headed dolls with beanbag bodies. Come dressed in knit outfits with Velcro. Safety note: Some Tidoo sets have small bottles, pacifiers, or fabric balls which we do not recommend for this age group. (800) 668-4846.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2007.

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2008 Award
Asthma Friendly Puppy Dog and Elephant
(Kids Preferred $18 Score:) Choose a pink-and-white or blue-and-white spotted 12" floppy dog in this special constructed fabric that according to the company "does not contain allergens or irritants known to trigger asthma and associated allergies". Soft filled, this is big enough for cuddling, yet lightweight for toddlers to hug, lug, and tug along. Stitched features make this safe and appealing. Also cute, Comfort Cuddly blue Hippo and yellow Cow. Both have dabs of satin trim and stitched features. Newest entry in this cuddly soft line is a pink and white spotted elephant! Very cute. (866) 763-8869.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2008.

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2007 Awards
(North American Bear Co. $17 Score:)

These floppy, understuffed, under-structured huggables are oversized and totally appealing to toddlers who like their toys big! We’ve seen the hippo and bear before, but the lime green frog and pink elephant are new and very cute. These are 25" or 15" but light enough for toddlers to handle with ease. Or for another big armful to love, choose the velvety 22" Creeper Sleeper Dog ($17 ) in blue polka-dot jammies, or Cat with pink, with stitched details and nonremovable PJs. (800) 682-3427.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on

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2007 Award
Smushy Elephant
(North American Bear Co. $25 Score:)

You’ve heard of the three bears? How about three adorable pachyderms? In creamy white with pink or blue satin ribbons or powder blue, these fuzz-free huggables have high and low plush, turned up trunks, and floppy ears, and come in a 25", 17", or 11" cuddly soft armful. Very lovable! (800) 682-3427.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on

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2008 Award
Madeline Cloth Doll
(Alexander Doll Company $69.00 Score:)

Here she is in her blue coat, plaid dress and yellow hat on her red yarn hair, an oversized 29” tall, all fabric, with stitched features. Her coat and dress come off, but the rest of her clothing is not. This is safe enough for toddlers but appealing to preschoolers who will know Madeline’s stories from books and videos.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on

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