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


2009 Award
Satin Ears Bear Security Cozy
(North American Bear Co. $12 Score:)

One of those touchy feelie comfort objects that babies love to hold. This one is velour on one side, blue satin on the reverse and has a stitched on little teddy bear with stitched features, satin ribbon and licks of satin on the tiny ears. It’s likely to become a long term attachment object that offers comfort.  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

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2001 Award
Tolo Activity Play Triangle
(Reeves International $10 Score:)

Happy to see this Platinum Award winner back in the market! Little hands can easily activate the spinners on this rattling activity toy that's ideal for two-handed investigations. There's a ratchet dial on one side, a reflection bead chamber on the other side, and in the center there's a small spinning mirror, big egg-shaped beads, and a barrel for developing the use of individual fingers and as a colorful rolling toy for small social games. We have not received safety verification for this product and we have not tested it in an independent lab.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2001.

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2000 Award
Tolo Musical Activity T.V.
(Reeves International $20 Score:)

You can attach this musical toy to crib rails and use it later on as a take along musical. Totally low tech, this music box with a handle plays "It's a Small, Small World" as bunnies and bear pictures scroll slowly on the "TV" screen. Tots can wind the knob, spin a roller or beep a button.  We have not received safety verification for this product and we have not had it tested in an independent lab.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2000. Click here to purchase the product on

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1998 Awards
Deluxe Gymini 3-D Activity Gym
(Tiny Love $50 Score:) Sadly, this product has been discontinued.

This play mat remains our favorite with two arches and dangly toys baby can gaze and eventually bat at. It gets high marks for keeping baby entertained. We prefer this design to the classic plastic activity gyms. Available in high-contrast black, white, and red version. Not for babies who are beginning to pull themselves up. Deluxe version is slightly larger.

SNAP INFO: This soft fabric playmat with dangly toys on soft arches comes in a variety of choices. For bold visual graphics select the black. white and red version. Easy to fold and carry along, the deluxe version is larger than most, a plus for bigger babies who may not be on the move, but ready to reach out and activate things. Like all playmats, this is to be used only with supervision and is not intended for babies who are pulling themselves up. Adaptation: Babies stop noticing toys that are always in their sight- just as you stop noticing a vase that's always in the same place. Change the soft danglies positions or substitute others to add visual interest.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 1998.

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1998 Awards
Lamaze First Mirror
(Learning Curve International $19.99 Score:)

Newly updated with bright graphics, this fabric-covered wedge with a mirror for baby to peer into is ideal for tummy time play. Covered in eye-grabbing orange with multi-colored piping. The unbreakable safety mirror in a soft fabric frame can be removed and used separately. Birst & up.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 1998. Click here to purchase the product on

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2007 Awards
Lamaze Clutch Cube
(Learning Curve International $12.99 Score:)

Once again, an updated version of a classic. This newest version has new graphics and is slightly smaller and lighter for little ones to hold and explore. There's a chime inside the cube that makes a quiet sound as baby investigates the many patterns and differing textures on the four grabbers. A black-and-white graphic lifts to reveal a peek-a-boo mirror. There's a lot here for sensory feedback and two-handed play.

SNAP INFO: Big easy to grab handles with different textures makes this a good choice for tots to investigate. There's a jingle sound inside as well as interesting patterns to look at on each side of the cube. Activity: Encourage baby to grab a handle and play tugging games. But, remember, let the wookie win!

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

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1995 Awards
Wimmer-Ferguson Car Seat Gallery
(Manhattan Toy $12 Score:) We've tried many new entries in this category for car-seat entertainment and found that this remains the best choice for back-facing car seats. Hang this four-way pattern pocket chart on the back seat of the car to entertain your little traveler. There are 20 different patterns in black/white and primary and primary colors to gaze at. Ideal for newborns.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 1995.

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1997 Awards
Tinkle, Crinkle, Rattle, & Squeak
(Gund $10 Score:) A classic velour caterpillar-shaped toy with multiple sounds in each section of the bug's body and bright primary colors for eye-grabbing attention. For the youngest, you'll need to squeeze the toy to get baby's attention. In time baby will be finding ways to activate and investigate this toy. Available in black, red and white as well as in primary colors. SNAP INFO: Each section of the brightly colored worm has a different sound. An ideal toy that matches your infant's sensory learning style.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 1997.

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2002 Awards
Baby's Wind Chimes
(Tiny Love $11 Score:)

Sadly, this product has been discontinued. Here's one of the best new add-ons for the Gymini Play mat. It's a kicking toy with pleasing chimes. Baby activates the sounds by kicking or hitting the three colorful dangling chimes that are suspended on a small arch. This can also be attached to stroller for melodic walking tours. Has an old fashioned and refreshing sound quality in a world full of electronic noises.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Awards
Gymini Super Deluxe Electronic Lights & Music 3-D Activity Gym
(Tiny Love $65 Score:) All new graphics, lights, music, and a mirror have been added to this play mat. We were afraid the sound and lights would be over the top, but they are quiet and soothing with a choice of classical or nursery music. Like the original, this has two arches and dangly toys for gazing at and batting. Also new, Baby's Wind Chimes ($11 ), an add-on for baby to kick. Has a pleasing sound quality. SNAP: This is a good choice because the music and mirror add two more senses to the mix without making the mat overly busy.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2003.

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