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Product Type: Toys
Award: Platinum
Age: Infants
Review Year: 2013

 


2013 Award
Earlyears Teether Toes Tiger
(International Playthings $11.99 Score:)

A soft plush blankie with satin on one side and plush on the reverse. It has a sweet face with stitched features that will attract visual attention. Chewy feet with interesting textures, each in a different color are nice to explore with little fingers and will no doubt end up soothing sore gums. Newborn and up.

 

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

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2013 Awards
Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car
(Fisher-Price $60 Score:)

You know how car salesmen tell you the car they are selling is fully loaded? That would be a good description of this red activity center that is shaped like a car. It has wheels but does not move around. It's designed for sitting up, crawling, and even toddlers who are cruising. There's a dashboard with steering wheel, lights, and buttons to activate--always a favorite of toddlers. The back wheels spin and one side door opens and closes so tots can go in and out. There is a shape sorter on one side and a ball run on the other, a windshield wiper that talks about the weather. All the pieces are sized up for young players. This toy takes some time to put together with screws and stickers. It says 6 months to 36 but we think this will be used most by babies who are crawling, cruising and beginning walkers. Lots of ways for them to make things happen and for early games of pretending.

SNAP: There's still plenty to do even though the wheels of this sporty red car do not move the vehicle about.  A good choice for a child who is ready for pretend without the need for pedals or foot power. Think of it as a pretend setting with so many ways of making things happen.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Manhattan Toy Push & Spin Carousel
(Manhattan Toy $15 Score:)

A classic spinner that baby can activate with push on the big top knob. Inside the see-through dome there are puppies and beads that spin faster and faster. A fun way to learn about cause and effect and gain a powerful sense of making things happen. 12 months & up

SNAP: A satisfying toy for learning about cause and effect that needs little or no adaption. The big knob on top is easy to grasp and the base is broad enough to be stabile. If needed, you can add velcro to surface and bottom of the toy to make it stay in one place. Children like the repetition and sounds as well as the action. Good for building hand and arm strength.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Sassy Rings Around Rattle
(Sassy $6.99 Score:)

An easy-to-grasp kidney-shaped ring rattle. There are beads that roll around inside a see-through part of the ring and textured black and white bands on another part. Three little colored rings clack between a black and white ball and an orange textured ball. Well designed for sensory learning. Bring this home when baby is able to reach out to take hold of things to explore. 4 months & up.

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

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2013 Awards
Mamas and Papas Large Activity Floor Mat
(Mamas and Papas $39.99 Score:)

A brightly patterned floor mat that is big enough for twins to share. It's 55 inches by 33 inches with a reversible waterproof red side that can be used out of doors and has some texture that will keep it from sliding around indoors. The topside is cotton with bold graphic squares, each with a happy pattern. Stripes, dots, and graphics of bird, tree, snail, butterfly with liftable wings, a hidden squeaker in the apple graphic, and more.  One square at the far end has a mirror for baby to discover and there are loops for attaching toys. 

 

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

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2013 Awards
Green Toys My First Keys
(Green Toys $9.99 Score:)

Four pastel teething keys on a yellow ring that babies can chew, shake and manipulate. They make a nice clattering sound and are made from 100% recycled plastic in the USA. They contain no BPA, phthalates, or PVC. Infants

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

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2013 Award
Bunnies by the Bay Hopscotch Blossom
(Bunnies By the Bay $14 Score:)

A sweet little six-inch bunny with fat legs that make it easy to clutch and light but soft to the touch. The under-stuffed body is filled like a beanbag at the bottom, so the doll can stand or be handled or tossed with ease. The bunny's head is in contrasting white velour with stitched features. A good choice for first lap games and one baby can grasp once she starts to reach out and take hold of things.  Newborns and up.

 

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

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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 Amazon.com.

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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 Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Sassy Non-sters Buppy-Uppy Touch and Giggle
(Sassy $ 19.99 Score:)

One of the non-sters line, this silly cuddly toy has a shaggy texture, is soft to the touch and push its belly and it giggles. Like all the huggables in this collection it is anything but a monster. It has stitched features, patterns to gaze at and contrasting textures on hands and feet.

 

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2013.

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