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Product Type: Toys
Age: Infants
Categories: The Vertical Infant

 


2009 Award
Baby Deglingos Dog, Rabbit, Hedgehog & Cow
(All New Materials $19.95 Score:)

These unstuffed lovies are made of soft wide wale corduroy and calico with heads and little legs done up in the shapes of a dog, cow, hedgehog and rabbit. We are passing on the animals with a lot of fuzzy trim since we expect these will be mouthed.  We wish these had openings in the bottom for puppets. However they can be used for tracking and are likely to become a touchy- feely comfort toys for babies. They look like toys one would find at a craft fair—very folksie. 
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 Award
Fishing For Taggies
(International Playthings $28 Score:)

Three jolly looking fabric fish fit into a round “pond” with a mirrored interior. Baby uses a soft fabric “fishing” rod to magically catch the little fish. No hooks needed…the buried magnets do the job. All the pieces of this set are decorated with colorful taggies that babies will like to finger and explore. Fishing sets are an old-fashioned play theme updated here in plush and magnets that are safely out of reach. For beginners, this will be fun to simply fill and empty. Learning to use the rod will probably come a little later. 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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
Fleece Friends Cat Squeaker
(North American Bear Co. $12 Score:)

A little white cat with a squeaker inside is good for early interactions with baby. Squeak it to the left…squeak it to the right and baby will likely follow the sound. It may become a favorite little take along toy to tote about as they get older. It is white with licks of pink on the ears, nose and whiskers and has all stitched features for safety. Also comes as a tan colored puppy.
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
Calico Collection Chime Ball
(North American Bear Co. $20 Score:)

We loved this fabric ball as soon as it came out of the box. It has a folk art feel to it that makes you feel like someone you know when to the quilt store--and made your baby something special!  Covered in a patchwork of calico fabrics with bright colored patterns, this ball is squishy enough for little hands to grab with ease. It has a quiet chime sound inside and is perfect for first social games between parent and baby.        
    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
Yookidoo Stack, Flap and Tumble
(International Playthings $24.99 Score:)

Talk about making things happen, this is a stacking toy that looks like a bug with lots of legs that wiggle when you drop a ball into its head and activate the music. Little ones will need help learning that the stacking pies can go in any order, but they have a top and bottom. There are three colorful balls that fit into the top of the Yoolidoo and two holes at the bottom that they balls pop out of. Little ones will love the repetitive action of this amusing toy. 9 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. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Awards
Beanstix
(Gund $9 Score:)

A good tracking toy that baby will eventually grasp and explore. A bead-filled plastic cylinder between soft velour ends, they provide interesting texture and sound. For "strong" babies, choose the 50 lb. Weights or look for Pupps, Fwoggy, and Flappy. These are 8". For older babies, see the Jumbo 12" version that makes a nice rhythm instrument. Always recommended, BLUE CHIP Tinkle, Crinkle, Rattle, & Squeak ($10), a velour caterpillar-shaped toy with multiple sounds and bright primary colors for eye-grabbing attention.

 

SNAP INFO: Good tracking toys that baby will eventually grasp and explore. Bead-filled plastic cylinders between soft velour ends, they provide interesting texture and sound. These are soft enough so that a child won't bop an eye with random hand movements. ACTIVITY TIP: Where Is It? Shake the Beanstix to get baby's attention. Move it slowing from one side to another to develop visual and auditory tracking skills. 

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2001. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2000 Award
Ambi Ted Triple Teether
(Brio $5.99 Score:)

The body of this teddy bear teether has three different colors and textures for baby to feel and taste. Just right for little hands.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2000. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2000 Awards
Tolo Activity Cube
(Reeves International $10 Score:)

Glad to see this line back in the market place. We awarded the collection a Platinum Award in 2000. We're now adding them to our Blue Chip Classics award winners. What we wrote in 2000: We were really impressed with this new but classic-looking line of baby toys, crafted of sturdy primary-colored plastics. An Activity Cube for little fingers to activate has a mirror, squeaker, roller and spinning ball. The Gripper Ball has four easy-to-grab rounded handles and a see-through hourglass in the middle with beads that roll from side to side. Also highly recommended: Triangle Rings, Abacus Rings, Roller Rattle Ball ($5 each) with a jolly sound, and Reflector Rattle ($16) with colorful marbles that look almost liquid as they spin around a mirrored triangular well.

SNAP INFO: To develop two-handed play, kids need a variety of manipulatives with interesting payoffs. Tolo's Activity Cube has a mirror, squeaker, roller, and spinning ball for little fingers to activate. The Gripper Ball has four easy-to-grab rounded handles and a see-through hourglass in the middle with beads that roll from side to side. New for 2000, Play Triangle with spinning mirror and big beads.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2000. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2000 Awards
Lamaze My First Fish Bowl
(TOMY $19.99 Score:)

Babies can explore the interesting textures and sounds of a rattling star fish, a crinkly crab, a jingly fish, and a squeaky crab. All come in a fabric fish bowl with clear vinyl sides for filling and dumping.  EDITORS' NOTE: This toy has been slightly downsized since we first reviewed it. The product is now trimmed in yellow, not blue.

SNAP INFO: There's an assortment of textures and sounds built into the rattling star fish, crinkly crab, jingly fish, and squeaky crab. The clear vinyl sides of the fabric fishbowl make it easy to see what's inside and the big opening make for good filling and dumping games. ACTIVITY: Use the fishbowl for other fill and dump games. A bunch of colored socks will fit in easily and be fun to pull out one by one. Put several little toys inside and count them one by one as your tot pulls them out. 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: 2000. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Mozart's Magic Cube
(em-bry-on-ics $34.99 Score:) Too bad they forgot the volume control on this musical block. Babies are supposed to press the sides of the block to hear a French horn, flute, violin, piano or the whole orchestra. This is cheaper than Neurosmith's Platinum Award winning Musical Blocks but the latter are far more versatile, playing many kinds of music and have sound quality that is worth the price. These are a pale imitation.

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