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The Few, The Proud…The Award-Winning Toys

Who Made the Cut This Year?

By Alison Marek and Julie L. Jones

Thousands of products are introduced to the toy industry every year, but only a limited number are good enough, playable enough and innovative enough to garner an award.

In addition to issuing TDmonthly Awards, TDmonthly Magazine regularly asks manufacturers to present their award winners to our readers so that retailers can quickly identify products with great potential and manufacturers can learn and be inspired by others' successes. Here are the most recent responses:

Soft Floppy: The Bear for Hugs by VERMONT TEDDY BEAR

Soft Floppy: The Bear for Hugs by VERMONT TEDDY BEARThe Vermont Teddy Bear Company's “Soft Floppy Bears” are designed to give the best bear hugs anywhere. Featuring a huggable floppy body and cuddly washable fur, every bear is handmade in Vermont and unconditionally guaranteed for life. If it's ever injured, it can be sent to Vermont Teddy Bear's Bear Hospital and the company will repair or replace it for free.
Awards: 2009 Dr. Toy Best Picks Children's Products; 2010 Creative Child Seal of Excellence (Plush Toys for Kids)


 10/5/2009 (Price: $39.99; Age: All Ages) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle System by ZIGO INC.

Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle System by ZIGO INC.With this mom- or dad-powered family transportation system, the user places one or two children in the ChildPod, puts on a helmet and is ready to ride. The LeaderLink System allows the Leader to uncouple in 30 seconds or less, transforming it into the separate elements, Zigo ChildPod and Zigo Cycle. The Zigo Leader can be used as a Carrier Bicycle, Stroller, Jogger (with accessory), Bicycle or Trailer (with accessory). "The Zigo Leader is the only product that allows parents to transport children in full view, unlike a rear bicycle trailer," Michael Ehrenreich, CEO of Zigo, Inc., told TDmonthly. It received a JPMA Innovation Award 2008. Launch date: April 2009.


 10/5/2009 (Price: $1399; Age: 1 to 7) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


My Englacha Triple Model by ENGLACHA USA, INC.

My Englacha Triple Model by ENGLACHA USA, INC.The Englacha Triple Model is a three-in-one top-swiveled stroller with seat, car seat and bassinet. It boasts a "360-degree top-swiveled function by using two fingers only," Daniel Fan, president of Englacha USA, told TDmonthly. It received a 2006 Innovation Award at the 2006 Kind+Jugend in the category "World of Mobile Baby." Launch date: December 2009.


 10/5/2009 (Price: $499.99; Age: 0 to 3) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Cover-Me by LITTLE CARR LLC

Cover-Me by LITTLE CARR LLCThe Cover-Me is a fully adjustable strap that attaches to any baby blanket, converting it into a secure nursing cover. The Cover-Me is compact enough to fit in mom's pocket. "The Cover-Me is the only breastfeeding essential that can be used for other purposes! The Cover-Me creates a secure bib using a cloth napkin or cloth diaper [and] it keeps a blanket secure over baby in a stroller or front carrier," Natascia Carr, owner of Little Carr, LLC, told TDmonthly. It received an iParenting Media Award in 2008. Launch date: February 9, 2007.


 10/5/2009 (Price: $12; Age: 0 to 4) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Head Snuggler by MELROSE KIDS INC.

Head Snuggler by MELROSE KIDS INC.The Head Snuggler is designed to safely and properly support a child's head and neck while sleeping in a car seat. It provides support from above, which helps keep children in a proper posture to promote better breathing, and thus, more restful sleep. "It's the first head support that provides support from above where it is actually needed, which helps keep children in a proper posture to promote better breathing .... It's pediatrician approved and chiropractors are even using them," Melanie Risdon-Betcher, owner of Melrose Kids Inc., told TDmonthly. The Head Snuggler received a 2009 Mom's Best Award. Launch date: March 27, 2009.


 10/5/2009 (Price: $22.50; Age: All Ages) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Sprout Shell Infant Carrier Cover - Orange Kashmir by SPROUT SHELL

Sprout Shell Infant Carrier Cover - Orange Kashmir by SPROUT SHELLParents can protect baby in style with this infant cover that has an over-the-handle design to create a tent-like enclosuret. The hole in the top allows for a secure grip on the handle, a view of baby inside, and allows air into the baby. The all-around elastic keeps the cover securely in place. It's designed to protect babies from the sun, wind, rain and nosy strangers, and creates a cozy nap-time environment. When it's time to feed baby, Sprout Shell becomes a nursing cover to give a little added privacy on the go. At the store, Sprout Shell becomes a shopping cart cover to keep those nasty germs away from baby. It is made of 100-percent cotton corduroy and can be used for restaurant high chairs, too. It's "the only infant carrier cover that has multiple uses and can be used after baby is no longer in the infant carrier," Kirsten Reeder, co-founder of Sprout Shell, LLC, told TDmonthly. The Sprout Shell received a 2009 Baby Planner Seal of Approval. Launch date: September 12, 2009.


 10/5/2009 (Price: $45.00; Age: 0 to 3) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Award Winning – Cool Colors Mini Pack With CD by ARTS EDUCATION IDEAS

Award Winning – Cool Colors Mini Pack With CD by ARTS EDUCATION IDEASWith six, 27" square, washable nylon scarves in purple, lavender, royal blue, medium blue, kelly green and lime green, this set also includes an instructional/informational insert and IDEAS Primary Music CD along with a reusable plastic hanging storage bag. Launch date: 2008.


 10/5/2009 (Price: $19.99; Age: All Ages) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Award Winning – Warm Colors Mini Pack With CD by ARTS EDUCATION IDEAS

Award Winning – Warm Colors Mini Pack With CD by ARTS EDUCATION IDEASWith six, 27" square, washable nylon scarves, in red, pink, light pink, yellow, orange and peach, this set also includes an instructional/informational insert and IDEAS Primary Music CD along with a reusable plastic hanging storage bag. Launch date: 2008.


 10/5/2009 (Price: $18.99; Age: All Ages) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Award Winning – Pastel Mini Pack with CD by ARTS EDUCATION IDEAS

Award Winning – Pastel Mini Pack with CD by ARTS EDUCATION IDEASWith six, 27" square, washable nylon scarves in lavender, medium blue, lime green, yellow, peach and pink, this set also includes an instructional/informational insert and IDEAS Primary Music CD along with a reusable plastic hanging storage bag. Launch date: 2008.


 10/5/2009 (Price: $18.99; Age: All Ages) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Award Winning – Rainbow Scarf Mini Pack With CD by ARTS EDUCATION IDEAS

Award Winning – Rainbow Scarf Mini Pack With CD by ARTS EDUCATION IDEASThis pack includes six, 27" square, washable nylon scarves, one of each of the following colors: purple, royal blue, kelly green, yellow, orange and red. It also includes an instructional/informational insert and IDEAS Primary Music CD along with a reusable plastic hanging storage bag. Launch date: 2008.


 10/5/2009 (Price: $18.99; Age: All Ages) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]




Following are some of the programs represented in TDmonthly.com's section of award winners: Dr. Toy, iParenting Media Awards, TIA T.O.T.Y., Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, The National Parenting Center, and Parents' Choice Awards.

You may also access TDmonthly's review section to see which products earned 5 TD stars.

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