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Age: Infants
Categories: The Vertical Infant

 


2005 Award
Put and Peek Birdhouse
(Manhattan Toy $19.95 Score:) This cheerful fabric birdhouse is a parent-intensive toy with lots of possibilities for hamming it up. You an fly the four birds into the house (the roof opens wide, as does one side). Our nine month old tester favored holding (and tasting) the red bird as he watched his father fly the other ones about. Preferrable to Infantino's Puppies Playhouse (same idea, but the animals aren't as nice and the house is smaller and not see-through).

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2005.

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2006 Award
Earlyears Click & Play Triangles
(International Playthings $6.99 Score:) Ideal for two-handed play, these three-hinged triangles click as they are opened and closed. A central triangle has a small mirror and the textured triangles are fine for teething. Also new for , Busy Bead Rattle ($9.99 ); this hourglass-shaped toy has beads that drop from one cone to another. The cones turn with a quiet click and the colorful central ring has beads that turn. (800) 445-8347. 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: 2006.

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2006 Award
Bucket Buddies
(Infantino $20 Score:) Three fabric buckets with happy stitched faces and crinkle ears can nest or stack. There are squeakers, rattles, and jingle sounds along with three crinkly soft play pieces to put in and take out of the buckets. Beautifully crafted in colorful patterned fabrics, a good toy for parent–child games of “knock it down” or “hide and find.” .PLATINUM AWARD ’06. New for 2007, Hula Hut ($17.99 4 ) with a green roof is really much like a fabric block with an opening in the middle for an assortment of sea-inspired rattles to explore together. The new Baby Mail ($24.99 3 ) is a fabric mailbox and is chock-full of important “mail” including a postcard, a gift, and a cupcake. Unfortunately, the postcard has water/gel in it that we don’t care for. (800) 840-4916.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Peek Rattle and Teethe
(Infantino $13.75 Score:)

Four easy-to-grasp hollow fabric blocks, each has a teether attached and interesting textures and patterns to explore. Best of all, one side of each block has a soft see-through vinyl "window" so baby can see and hear the bright plastic rings that are locked inside. Stack them, roll them, toss or taste them, these are a good choice for sitting-up babies.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2006. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2006 Awards
Roll-a-Rounds Drop & Roar Dinosaur
(Fisher-Price $35 Score:) This is a ball run with multiple openings from which balls appear. Played with sounds and lights or in silence, it can be enjoyed by a sitting-down baby. That said, this is a large piece of green plastic and younger babies may have trouble fitting the balls into the holes on the front of the dino, rather than dropping them in—as they can in Roll-a-Rounds Swirlin’ Surprise Gumballs ($17.99 4 1⁄2). This is a much smaller ball drop with a lever that pops the gumballs out. It employs more direct cause and effect, but it does tip over easily. Either is a better choice than the Jungle Friends Treehouse (), a frenetic ball drop with over-the-top sounds and twirling bases. (800) 432-5437.

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Press N Go Inchworm
(International Playthings $12 Score:)

You can simply push this happy looking Inchworm back and forth or press down on its back and it zooms forward. There are little beads inside the domed wheels. A terrific toy that older siblings will love to demo for their little brother or sister.

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: 2006. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Awards
Fill 'N Spill Fish
(Playskool $14.99 Score:)

Designed as part of the “Let’s Play Together” collection, this happy-looking fish rolls like a ball and can be opened for filling and dumping games. Three fabric cube-shaped “fish” crinkle, rattle, or squeak and can be used as finger puppets by a parent. 6 mos & up. 


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

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2007 Awards
Sing and Go Choo Choo
(Fisher-Price $30 Score:)

Big chunky, jointed elephant, giraffe, and monkey have built-in clicking sounds. De igned for sit-and-play fun, the engine will soon be used for move-along fun. Fun to load and unload, crawling tots can easily keep up, as the train takes off on its slow journey accompanied by sound effects and music. They say 6 months and up, we'd say more like 9 - 24 mos. (800) 432-5437.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Awards
Amazing Baby Sound Balls
(Kids Preferred $17 Score:) Three baseball-sized, brightly patterned fabric balls come packaged together in a see-through tote. A black-and-white ball with colorful swirls crinkles, an orange velour ball with stitched stars jingles, and a multicolored ball with bold patterns chimes. A classic toy for sensory exploration and active play. (866) 763 8869. 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: 2007.

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2008 Award
Lamaze Chime Garden
(Learning Curve International $24.99 Score:) Our eight-month old tester enjoyed tapping the flowers on this colorful floor toy. Talk about making things happen, his touch set off a not-too-loud chime and a light, as well. This is scaled just right for the sitting up baby. Flick a switch and instead of single sounds each flower will play a familiar song. An attractive musical toy that gives baby a sense of empowerment and a beginning grasp of cause and effect. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. A sample of this toy was tested in an independent lab and determined to be lead free.

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: 2008.

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