Basic Toys Your Sitting Up Baby Needs
Does Your Vertical Baby Have These?
Tags: crawling, making things happen, teething, cause and effect
Posted: 2013-04-23 10:09:42 By: Joanne Oppenheim




2012 Awards
Wimmer-Ferguson Learn and Play Ball
(Manhattan Toy $20 Score: )

Amazing play value has been rolled into one fabric ball. For newborns, the high contrast images printed on the fabric ball will be interesting to gaze at. They have used faces, targets, and patterns that will attract the visual attention of infants. The panels of the ball are piped with bright satin with lots of colorful ribbon taggies. Give it a shake to hear the jingling bell. This is one of those wonderful fabric toys that plays to all the senses and invites you to play early socializing games with your sitting up baby. A terrific gift for a baby shower or first visits.  Marked for 6 months but this will be good as visual stimulation long before baby can reach out and touch.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on




2013 Awards
Manhattan Toy Winkel
(Manhattan Toy $14.95 Score: )

Easy for little hands to grasp, this colorful toy can be used for tracking games with newborns and will be perfect as baby begins to reach out and take hold of things. It is easy to clean, light-weight and fun for passing back and forth and teething when baby gets to that stage, as well.  It contains no water, but if you refrigerate it, it may be soothing for teething babies. The company says that the "Winkel is made of PU tubing (polyurethane) and as such does not contain BPA or PVC and meets the SPSIA and European requirements for phthalates." Newborn and up

SNAP: An uncomplicated but lightweight toy with endless ways to play. No lights or whistles, but it will be used it for tracking, grasping, rolling, tossing, tasting and teething.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on




2013 Award
Sassy Non-sters Ba-bee
(Sassy $9.99 Score: )

One of the smaller non-sters, from a new line of silly cuddly toys. Ba-bee is wedge shaped owl, with stitched features with a soft squeezy body all done up in an interesting velvety teal blue cord fabric. It has a small high-contrast black and white pocket, cut out fringe on top and sides and a quiet rattle inside. Ba-bee comes packages with Sassy's two teething keys on a bright yellow ring. The keys have bumpy and smooth surfaces and are chunky and easy to hold.


Age: Infants. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on




2012 Award
Corolle Babicorolle Lili Cherry
(Corolle $39.99 Score: )

With all fabric features (including her eyes) and soft plush body, the Babicorolle makes an ideal first huggable. We loved the bright, cheerful colors of Cherry's outfit.  As you would expect from a little French doll, she is very stylish.  For older babies and toddlers, this vanilla-scented armful will be a favorite.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on




2013 Awards
Manhattan Toy Mod Baby Shake-a-Shape Set
(Manhattan Toy $22 Score:)

A three-piece fabric play set with lots of textures, patterns and colors to explore. Squeeze the ball and it squeaks, shake the triangle and it jingles, press the a cube and it crinkles. Light enough for baby to hold and pass from one hand to another as he explores the fussy, silky, and bumpy sides of these first soft toys with bits of ribbons and colorful bumps. Use them for little hide and seek games to engage baby's growing awareness of object permanence. Roll the ball for a little game of roly-poly.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on




2011 Award
Sassy Loopy Ball Attachable Ball
(Sassy $8.99 Score: )

A bright colored ball has a quiet chime inside. It has multiple patterns and six easy-to-grab loops. Several of the loops have rings that can be fingered and that make a quiet clacking sound. Attach it to the stroller with the black and white plastic loop that baby will enjoy grasping. This is a perfect little toy for all the senses. It will attract newborns gaze and then be ideal for reaching out and touching, hearing and tasting. It's bound to grow on as baby begins to crawl and can chase it. Newborn and up.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2011.




2012 Awards
Hape Little School Bus
(HaPe $10 Score: )

Beep, beep! A little wooden yellow school bus with finger holes for easy grasping. It has no sounds, except the sounds you and your little one provide. Scaled for early games of pretend, this is a good choice for crawling babies 10 months & up.

SNAP: The finger holes on this little vehicle makes it easier for grasping than others. 

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on




2010 Award
Playskool Explore 'N Grow Push 'N Stack Gears
(Hasbro $14.95 Score: )

With its big hand grip, this big eyed blue critter is easy for baby to grasp and it's just right for rolling along the floor. It is colorful, light, has textures on each wheel and three fabric tufts (cotton, satin and corduroy) on top of its head. Best of all the gears on its side twirl as it goes along. Lift the gears out and they can be stacked in a tower and then fitted back into their slots. A fine choice for a baby learning to crawl. Over 9 months.
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: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on




2012 Award
Chicco Aquarium Spinner
(Chicco $19.99 Score: )

A new version of a classic spinning toy that is easy for baby to activate. Press down on the big green knob to make the colorful fish spin in the see-through dome. The centerpost is silvery and reflects the moving fish. There's a musical feature that may be too intrusive, but the good news is, you can turn off the sound and still get the action. This is one of those toys that give sitting up babies a sense of power by being able to make things happen. 6 months and up.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on




2012 Awards
ELC Stacking Faces
(International Playthings $14.99 Score: )

A wonderfully designed set of four stacking cups with amusing faces clipped to the side. Use them for nesting, stacking, pouring and sprinkling. Each of the cups has sprinkling holes that make them ideal for experimenting with in the bathtub. They are wider than most stacking cups and easier to grasp by the rims or faces. Also, thanks to the holes in the bottom they are safe and will not pose a hazard that solid cups can do. They are also of unusual sizes; the tallest being the inside one and almost transparent for looking through. The bottom cup is 4 inches wide and the set stacks to 6 inches high.  These will also make good beach toys for sifting sand or water. 6 months-2years. 

SNAP: Big and easy to handle cups that empower kids to stack, nest and best of all use for fun in the tub.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on




2012 Awards
ELC Music Garden
(International Playthings $29.99 Score: )

Talk about making things happen, this is it! Touch the flowers and set off the music and lights and sounds. There is no right or wrong way to make this work. We really like the musical selections, not because they ar classic melodies, but the quality of the sound is excellent! That alone sets this toy apart from all too many of the so-called musical toys for tots. There are several modes of play to explore: the scale, animal sounds, silly ones and pure music. The tote handle will please toddlers who like carrying their favorite toys as they move from one room to another.  This does have a volume control and teaches kids about cause and effect as well as empowering them to make music.  6 months & up.

SNAP: For all the reasons above, this is a pleasing and interesting toy for learning about cause and effect and giveing children a sense of power, by making things happen. It has a lot of sensory play value.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on


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