Basic Toys Your Sitting Up Baby Needs
Does Your Vertical Baby Have These?
Tags: crawling, making things happen, teething, cause and effect
Posted: 2014-11-10 11:49:15 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




2014 Awards
Shake n Beats Tambourine
(Fisher-Price $8 Score: )

A fun combo rattle and mirror that involves all the senses. Marked for 3 months and up, this will be all right for early lap games or for gazing during tummy time. We think it will be even more fun for sitting up babies who can shake the rattle and discover their faces in the baby-proof mirror. Sitting up babies will be interested in turning the color rings and tapping the tambourine to make sounds. Look for the newest version of this toy. It was recently updated from an earlier version that did not have a mirror; this is a real improvement.  A sturdy toy, but on the heavy side, especially for young babies.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2014.




2014 Award
Kids Preferred Eric Carle Push and Spin Popper Toy
(Kids Preferred $29.99 Score: )

A classic push and spin toy for sitting up babies. Truly easy-to-activate, baby simply pushes on the big red knob to make the colorful balls inside the dome spin and rattle. The colorful dots on the center-post, borrowed from the end pages of an Eric Carle book, also blur into bands of color. Babies are empowered with a sense of being able to make things happen. A hands-on way to learn about cause and effect.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on




2014 Awards
Earlyears Flip n Spin Triangle
(International Playthings $19.95 Score: )

Sitting up babies are going to be busy with the eight active actions of this colorful plastic toy. Talk about making things happen, a monkey on a barrel shape spins from one side to another, beads that roll and bounce inside a see-thru-tube, butterflies twirl, a spiral spins on a slide, bugs spin on a wavy track, beads clack, beads roll on a corkscrew rod, and a peek-a-boo mirror will reflect baby’s amazement. Turn it over and do it all again! Develops fine motor skills, sensory learning and early lessons in cause and effect. 9 months & up.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2014. 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




2014 Awards
Sassy Peek-a-boo Barnyard Blocks
(Sassy $12.99 Score: )

Four textured fabric blocks with interesting patterns, sounds, and peek-a-boo flaps that make them easier for baby to grab and explore. Use these for looking at, touching, and talking games. Stack em up and use a swipe of the hand or a ball to knock them down. They put numbers, letters, and words on them, but by the time baby is ready for those the blocks will be old news.  Just enjoy them for their sensory possibilities and for playful games.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2014.




2014 Awards
ELC Bendy Bird
(International Playthings $14.95 Score: )

A strong suction cup holds this zany looking bird to the high chair tray and invites little hands to twirl its wings that have tiny rattle beads inside; push the beak for a squeaky sound, push the tail feathers up and down or use them for teething; and make the birdy’s neck bend with a swipe of the hand. May be a good diversion for a few extra minutes of high chair sitting.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on




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




2014 Award
Earlyears Lil Shopper Play Set
(International Playthings $26.99 Score: )

So many goodies in this green felt shopping bag. An apple with a crinkle leaf and rattle, and orange that opens and closed with a rattle inside, a banana that has Velcro peels to pull open, a cabbage with crinkly leaves and a soft container with a cow on front and a mirror when you lift the top. Babies love the repetitive action of filling and spilling and these items are ideal for that. Learning to grasp these playing pieces, to pass them from one hand to another and to purposefully let go, helps to develop their fine motor skills. These fruits and veggies are also good for knowing and naming as well as early pretend. Or choose the bright yellow bag with a constuction set inside. There's a fabric vehicle, a stop sign, safety cone, a basket with a fabric rock, and a hard hat with mirror inside. This is the kind of toy that is a good choice for travel with lots of surprises to pull out of the bag as you spin a story and put the toys in baby's hands to explore. 6 months & up.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on


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