October 2011 | Vol. X - No. 10
QuickSmart™ Scramble Bug by QUICKSMART PTY LTD
The QuickSmart Scramble Bug has four quiet wheels that move 360 degrees. Four cute characters. Folds flat to store & travel; Teaches to push and steer; Ideal inside or outside; Quiet, non-scratch wheels; Ready to roll - no assembly.
Awards: Dr. Toy's 10 Best Active Products - 2011 9/16/2011 (MSRP: $64.99; Age: 1 to 3)
Elf Grenadine by COROLLE DOLLS
Soft and light, this adorable snuggly will delight the very young. It jingles softly when shaken and has lots of "handles" for tiny fingers to grasp. 9.5 inches tall. Machine washable. Available in 2 more colors: Elf Sky (blue) and Elf Apricot (peach). Launch date: January 2011. 9/14/2011 (MSRP: $20.00; Age: 0 to 3)
miYim Organic Disney Plush - Winnie the Pooh by GREENPOINT BRANDS
New from miYim, beautifully made organic Disney plush toys are the ultimate in safety and softness for baby. Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet are joined by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in this collection of earth-friendly infant playthings, with embroidered details and muted colors.
— In a May 2012 survey, Barbara McVeigh from the Turtle's Nest in Johnson City, Tenn., told TDmonthly that "anything infant & toddler" with Winnie the Pooh is their best selling licensed product. 8/30/2011 (MSRP: $25.99)
Wooden Hamburger Educational Stack Toy by CHARLIE'S WOODSHOP
The Wooden Hamburger is a non-sequential educational stack toy that delights kids of all ages, from 1 yr to 101+. Hand/eye color coordination, finger dexterity, and non-sequential stacking capability, can all be measured with our stacking wooden Hamburger. There's no right or wrong way to stack it. Made of rugged Western Ponderosa White Pine. The colors are non-toxic stain-like impregnated finishes. Launch date: September 1980. 8/29/2011 (MSRP: $39.95; Age: 3 and Up)
CityBLOCKS™ Stacking Blocks by CHRONICLE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
These blocks can be stacked to over four feet tall—a foot taller than most stacking blocks. Kids can also arrange the blocks into cityscapes filled with skyscrapers, houses, vehicles, trees, and traffic signs, and then use the blocks as a play space for action figures, dolls, or toy cars. Includes 10 stacking blocks. Launch date: August 2011. 8/23/2011 (MSRP: $21.99)
Pure Nature Clutching Figures by HABA USA/HABERMAASS CORP.
Soft and snuggly organic cotton clutching toys will be a hit with mom and baby. Choose from an adorable blue Bob Burrow (bird), green Freddie Frog, or Lisa Long Ears. Each clutching toy is filled with Oeko-Tex Standard 100 polyester filling, which means they’re machine washable and hygienic. (Natural fillings don’t dry as well and are more prone to mold.) Approx. 5 ½” Launch date: 2011. 8/23/2011 (MSRP: $24.99; Age: 0 and Up)
Baby Dipper Spoon and Fork Set by Baby Dipper, LLC
This spoon and fork set matches the patented Baby Dipper bowl. The ergonomic design fits perfectly with the lower corner of the triangular Baby Dipper bowl. The curved non-slip handles of the spoon and fork make for easy handling by toddlers who are learning to feed themselves. "The curved non-slip handle is just the right size for toddlers," Barbara Schantz, president & CEO of Baby Dipper, LLC, told TDmonthly. Launch date: August 2011. 8/23/2011 (MSRP: $3.99; Age: 0 to 3)
Thermobaby Babytop Booster Seat / Toddler Chair by JUVENILE SOLUTIONS, INC.
BabyTop Booster Seat is a two-level booster seat & a small toddler chair. It can be used with or without the tray and can also be transformed very easily. Babytop folds making it very transportable for use at restaurants, friends, & at Grandma's house The feet of the armchair fold into the base for use as a booster. The straps can be stored in the small compartment formed by the tray and the back rest. The non slip tray attaches to the back of the Babytop when not in use. Child stability and support is provided by the safety traps and the encasing shape. Colors: Pearl/Blue, Blue/Green, Black/White and Plum/Lilac Case Pack: 4 Units. Launch date: September 2007. 8/12/2011 (MSRP: $43.00; Age: 1 to 4)
ZooLEY by RINGLEY NATURAL TEETHING TOYS
Each ZooLEY teether is made with 100% certified organic cotton terrycloth as well as untreated, naturally antibacterial Maple wood, two items which are safe and soothing for children to gnaw on as they cope with the soreness of teething. Launch date: September 2011. 8/10/2011 (MSRP: $26.00; Age: 0 to 3)
Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders™ Soothe & Glow Seahorse™ by FISHER-PRICE INC.
Sometimes baby needs a little help falling asleep. With a gentle squeeze, the cuddly Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe & Glow Seahorse glows and plays soft music, lullabies and soothing sounds of the ocean. After 5 minutes the music fades, the lights dim and baby drifts off to sleep. There are 8 lullabies to please baby and power/volume control for quiet play.
— As of 08/08/2011 this product had 4.8 out of 5 stars from 331 reviews on ToysRUs.com. Pros: Comforting; the soft glow helps babies who don't like being in the complete dark. Cons: Velcro closure doesn't stick after a bit of use; the music can be too loud for some babies.
— As of 8/22/2011 this product had 4.8 out of 5 stars from 96 reviews on Amazon.com. 8/8/2011 (MSRP: $14.99; Age: 0 to 2)