July 19, 2019

(Epoch Play $16.99)

All fabric blocks are not alike. Some are too big and firm for baby’s little hand to grasp. These four colorful blocks are easy enough for baby to grasp, since they are soft inside and have firm rims to grab. They also have some sound without overwhelming little ears. One has crinkles, another a quiet jingle, one has nothing, and one has a rattle sound. The are fun to stack so baby can knock them down. Light...

October 23, 2016

(Fisher-Price $9.99) 

Technically this is a shape-sorter, but the 10 blocks will be used to fill, spill and throw long before the baby can fit them into the shape-sorter lid of the container. Put the lid away for now. A no gimmick classic that is neither complicated nor expensive. We much preferred this toy, back in 1995 when it only had three shapes (circle, square and triangle)--the addition of the other shapes and more openi...

June 2, 2016


(International Playthings $15.00) 


Four soft stackable blocks have soft sides and corded piping that makes them easy for baby to grasp. Colorful graphics and patterns and quiet sounds make these good floor toys for beginners. Also, Earlyears Sweet Baby Blocks ($13 ). Six soft, squeezable vinyl blocks, easy to grasp, with a colorful single image on each face of the cubes. Fun for stacking, knocking down, and tossing. SNAP:Thes...

June 2, 2016


(Manhattan Toy $21.99) 


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. This new black hanger is the newer version. The original in a colorful holder of vinyl is still available and slightly less expensive. You won't go wrong with either. Hang this four-way pattern pocket chart on the back seat of the car to entertain your little t...

June 2, 2016


(Sassy $10.00) 


An update of an old favorite, this high chair toy has a big suction cup to fasten on the high chair or it can be detached from its stand and used for two handed play. The bold contrast spinners are sure to attract visual attention and delight babies who love the power of toys that they activate with ease. There are two see-through balls with spinners inside and bright colored clackers that invite exploration b...

June 2, 2016


(Manhattan Toy $29.99) 


There is not a better quality safety mirror for babies than this one. Recently updated with all new graphics, this is pretty much distortion-free and baby will enjoy gazing at his own moving images long before he recognizes who he is seeing in the reflection. However, even before baby can use the mirror side, the high contrast black and white graphics on the reverse side will be interesting for baby to...

June 2, 2016


(Ravensburger $25.00) 


A classic toy that has been missing in action for a few seasons. These spinning bears go round and round when baby pushes the knob on top. The brightly colored spinning top is made of sturdy plastic and has a flat bottom that sits flat on the floor. A fun toy for learning about cause and effect and for making things happen. Babies will need adults to activate the bears, but in time they will be able to...

June 2, 2016


(Manhattan Toy  $24.99) 


High contrast black and white graphics are now combined with bold colors so the mobile can be changed as baby grows. Designed without music or motor, this versatile mobile is nevertheless more visually stimulating than most. The images are displayed so that the newborn looking up sees the whole graphic rather than just a sideways glance. It's design is based on research that indicates that newbor...

June 2, 2016

(Manhattan Toy $14.95) 

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 "Wi...

June 2, 2016


(Ravensburger $15.99) 


Welcome back, Humpty Dumpty! Your sitting up baby will enjoy batting at this rolling toy that never goes too far. In fact, it rolls away and then comes right back, so even before baby can crawl, this is a fun toy for active play and making things happen.


Ages: Infants, Toddlers

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Award 2015


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