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MSRP: $25.00
Age Range: 1 and up
SKU or Item #: 3576
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Wooden Toys



The 12”-long, three-piece body has lopsided wheels that happily waggle the caterpillar across the floor.  With a smiling, friendly caterpillar face, the product features sturdy beechwood construction with non-toxic, water-based, lead-free stains. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22720      (added 3/6/2009)
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Age Range: 2 and up
SKU or Item #: TBD
Launch Date: March 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Preschool
Construction



These building blocks have soft connectors so children can easily build with them. They are tactile and great for early spatial learning.
Awards: Parent's Choice Award 2010. Launch date: March 2009. (Product was formerly dist. by PlaSmart)
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21019      (added 10/27/2008)
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MSRP: $4.99
Age Range: 0 to 4
SKU or Item #: 1000
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Safety
Award Winners



The Safe Sizer, a colorful child’s plate with a distinctive safety feature, is designed to help parents reduce the risk of their young child choking on food. It incorporates a half-inch diameter raised ring that reminds parents and caregivers of the recommended maximum bite size for kids under 4 who are eating solid foods, and helps them measure it properly. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25032      (added 8/19/2009)
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MSRP: $44.99
Age Range: 1 and up
SKU or Item #: 3017
Launch Date: February 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Eco-Friendly
Wooden Toys



Winner of a 2009 TDmonthly Top Toy Award!
2009 Award Winner The Toy Insider Top Holiday Toys!
Multi-activity, multi-color and multi-character train set with building blocks included so it is a 2 in 1 - classical building blocks and train play. Learn shapes, colors and characters. Develop motor skills. The pull along feature encourages children to walk. Tested to meet European and U.S. safety standards.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22976      (added 3/25/2009)
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MSRP: $40.00
Age Range: 2 and up
SKU or Item #: G02232
Launch Date: March 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Preschool
Infant & Toddler
General Toys



Suitable for children 18 months and up, this rocket lights up and emits realistic rocket sounds with the push of a button. It has a handle for take-along play and comes with an alien, a moon crate, a dune buggy, a space puppy dog and two astronauts. The rocket features a cargo hold, a Murphy bed and toilet, a cockpit and an on/off switch and volume control. "The Lift-Off Rocket by iPlay is designed to encourage young imaginations and introduce them to new worlds. This high-quality playset has a space theme with an at-home-feel," Sue Tice, public relations director and product manager at International Playthings Inc., told TDmonthly. Awards: TDmonthly Top Seller 2007. Launch date: March 2007.
— As of 5/12/2011 this product had 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com from 98 reviews. Cons: Doors fall off too easily; the dog and alien figurines are too large to fit in the rover.
— Lynda Blankenship, owner of Smart Toys & Books in Knoxville, Tenn., told TDmonthly in late Spring 2011 that Lift Off Rockets were among her best-selling activity kits and playsets.
— “One of my favorite toys this season, for 18 months and up, is the iPlay Lift-Off Rocket," said Deb Necker, owner of Necker’s in Simsbury, Conn., when discussing hot-selling infant toys in her store.
— The Lift-Off Rocket is popular at LB Toys in Media, Pa., according to Owner Jamie Burdette. “It’s a great 1- to 2-year-old toy for a boy,” he said in April 2008. “Rocket ship toys for this age are hard to find.”
— Want this? As of 05/11/2011 this product was available at Smart Toys & Books

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MSRP: $35.99
Age Range: 2 and up
Launch Date: January 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Educational



The Potty Monkey is designed to make potty training fun for ages 18 months to 7. It comes complete with a plush monkey, a toilet that makes real flushing sounds, a timer that can be set to 30 or 90 minutes, a diaper, underwear, a certificate of completion, a book for children by Dana C. Smith and Denise McClure titled “Monkey Learns to Potty,” and a guidebook for parents called “The Potty Trainer” by D. Preston Smith. Potty Monkey asks to use the toilet, based on the timer setting, helping kids develop a healthy routine. “What sets us apart is the fact that this is a potty-training system focusing on education,” Jennifer E. Marma, director of PottyMD, told TDmonthly. Launch date: January 29, 2007. Read Review
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11546      (added 2/21/2007)
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Handmade in Toronto, Canada, RiNGLEY is a natural teething toy constructed with Canadian Maple wood and 100-percent organic terrycloth. RiNGLEY is designed to provide babies and toddlers with two safe and efficient textures that enable children to satisfy their teething needs.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24559      (added 7/15/2009)
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MSRP: $22.00
Age Range: 0 to 3
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Balls
Developmental Toys



This 6" sphere features a reflective mirror, pullout bear, ribbon tags, chime, crinkle, flaps and rings, set amid bold patterns and several textures. Launch date: April 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24568      (added 7/15/2009)
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MSRP: $18.90
Age Range: Adult
Launch Date: October 2006
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories
Infant & Toddler
Gifts



These donut- and heart-shaped pendants mimic real gemstones and hang on a black, silk cord with a breakaway clasp. The jewelry is made from a food-safe, phthalate-free, non-toxic, lead-free, federally approved silicone, so it is safe for babies to handle and chew. Eight colors are available. Teething Bling makes “a great shower or new baby gift,” Director of Marketing Amy Maurer Creel of Smart Mom told TDmonthly. Awards: TDmonthly Innovations 2008. Launch date: October 2006.

Where to Buy: Creative Kidstuff

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MSRP: $7.00
Age Range: 1 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Gifts



This rubbery, tri-colored ball is a staple for any child learning cognitive and social skills and developing fine- and gross-motor skills. Ideal for children with a special need, the ball is durable and has a skeletal structure that allows for easy catching. "Kids and teachers agree that Oballs are the easiest balls to catch and hold. The cool design already has won five awards for excellence and innovation, including an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award and a Dr. Toy Best Vacation Products Award,” said Suzanne Silverglate, owner of Rhino Toys.
— “Everybody buys it,” Dalene Lockhart, owner of Toy Town in Casper, Wyo., told TDmonthly in 2007. “Right now it is head and shoulders above others [in the infant/toddler category]. It's probably been that way for two years.” Retailers reported average monthly sales of five to 25 a month.
— In summer 2008, four of 66 specialty retailers named the Oball as one of their top-selling gifts for babies. “We sell more of them because our store does gift wrapping and it makes a good topper,” said Jill Jernigan, owner of J. Christopher Toys in Jonesboro, Ark.
― Ask retailers about top-selling balls and the Oball is an answer that’s sure to come up, winning the graspable toy a TDmonthly Top Seller 2007 award. Six of 64 retailers named the Oball as a best-selling baby toy in March 2009, and two of 39 said the same a year later. “[It] is definitely the best-selling gift for babies,” stated John Naisbitt, owner of Thinker Things in Del Mar, Calif., in June 2009.
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MSRP: $34.95
Age Range: 1 to 2
SKU or Item #: 683981061354
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
General Toys
Wooden Toys



Children can watch the baby animals follow them as they pull the animals along on sturdy wooden wheels. This product is intended for children over the age of 18 months. Awards: TDmonthly Top Toy 2009. Launch date: January 1, 2008.

Where to Buy: The Satin Button

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18387      (added 4/11/2008)
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MSRP: $43.95
Age Range: 2 to 4
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Inflatable Toys



Ideal for learning balance and coordination, the Rody Horse allows children to hop around and can even be attached to a base that transforms it into a Rocking Rody Horse. The soft ride-on is often used in therapy for handicapped children, and is made of super-strong, latex-free vinyl. It inflates according to the size and weight of a child with a hand or foot pump. The maximum inflated height to “saddle” is 12".
— “Rodys have always sold well for us. Over and over, people tell us they were the hit of the party,” Elaine Hackney, owner of Boing! JP’s Toy Shop in Jamaica Plain, Mass., told TDmonthly in summer 2007.
— Nobody can resist a bounce or two on this high-quality rubber toy from Italy. Rody comes in assorted colors and has been a steady seller in specialty stores for more than a decade. The combination of high quality, great play value and universal appeal earned this toy a TDmonthly Classic Toy 2007 award.
— “We sell a ton of Rodys by TMI. This is one of the best sellers in the store,” Peg Scholtes, owner of Capitol Kids Ltd. in Madison, Wis., told TDmonthly in March 2008.

Where to Buy: Really Great Toys

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 14605      (added 8/13/2007)
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MSRP: $15.99
Age Range: 0 to 2
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Developmental Toys
Wooden Toys



RiNGLEY is a natural teething toy made with a combination of Canadian Maple wood and 100-percent organic terrycloth. RiNGLEY is created to provide babies and toddlers with two safe and efficient textures that enable children to satisfy their teething needs. It was designed with a child’s development in mind. RiNGLEY is handmade in Toronto, Canada. Launch date: 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24558      (added 7/15/2009)
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MSRP: $29.99
Age Range: 2 to 5
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler



Ernie Fire Engine comes to the rescue with his powerful friction motor and crew of firefighters. Little firefighters can ring his push-button bell and watch his revolving light before using the click-and-turn ladder to fight any imaginary blaze. The firefighter’s hand opens the back door to reveal two emergency barriers. Ernie is great for long-lasting role-play fun.
— “Wow is an excellent line of cars, especially for the 1- to 1½ -year-olds,” said Fred Rosenberg, owner of On the Park in Kingwood, Texas, in spring 2007. “It’s hard to find things as well made as [Wow] that you can actually sell to that age. In the fall [2006], we brought them in, and they’ve done very well.” They’ve also become a best seller for Brain Station and Tree Town Toys in Ann Arbor, Mich., Owners Hans and Tricia Masing told TDmonthly in fall 2007.
— “This is my baby’s favorite toy. She plays with it every day,” shared TDmonthly's Baby Roundtable reviewer Sharri Hefner. She and her co-reviewers voted Ernie No. 1 for lasting value out of the 12 toys they evaluated from March to July 2007.
— Ernie Fire Engine is full of “wow” for toddlers — from its friction-prompted motion and siren to its friendly face and likable figurines. Doors that open and close, a workable ladder and attractive packaging also contributed to its receipt of a TDmonthly Top Toy 2007 award. Saving trips to the store to buy batteries (it doesn’t need them) helped, too!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12722      (added 5/10/2007)
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