December 2015 | Vol. XIV - No. 12
Spin Again by FAT BRAIN TOY CO.
This stacking toy also spins. When colorful discs are dropped on the threaded corkscrew pole, they spin all the way down. The base can be used either flat for a steady base, or turned over for a wobbling base that adds an extra challenge (and extra fun). 11/3/2015 (MSRP: $29.95)
Nello by KID O PRODUCTS
Nello is a magic object and versatile, open-ended toy that quickly becomes an indispensable accessory for countless play activities, indoors and outdoors. It is a color puzzle, a nesting toy, a marble run, a floating island in the bath or a sand toy at the beach. You can roll, spin and swing the rings, throw and catch them. Use them as targets for games like tiddlywinks or as beautiful props for role and pretend play. Nello is made from high-quality, food-grade HD-PE, 100% recyclable. 7/29/2015 (MSRP: $16.00; Age: 1 and up)
Tranquil Frog by CLOUD B
Like his cousin, the award-winning Tranquil Turtle, Tranquil Frog transforms any room into a serene oasis. Glowing in a relaxing lily pad green, the shell projects a magical underwater light effect and plays the soothing sounds of ocean waves and a seaside serenade. The total effect provides for a calm and relaxing environment giving children a peaceful night’s sleep. Tranquil Frog features a 23-minute timer with auto shut-off to ensure complete darkness during deep sleep, as recommended by pediatricians.
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award 6/19/2015 (MSRP: $44.95)
Giantte Deco by MINILAND EDUCATIONAL CORP
A new fun version of Miniland’s giant stacking and nesting game formed by 10 progressively sized cups. Each cup has a happy animal shape and a number in relief making it easy to stack in order. The bucket has a perforated lid with the silhouettes of 4 different shapes to match and insert 4 included shape blocks though the lid. Made for children ages 12-24 months.
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award 5/21/2015 (Age: 1 to 2)
Ambi Bath Toys - Duck by GALT TOYS
The essential toy for bath time fun. This colorful little duck has a uniquely designed beak that is set into motion by the slightest movement of the water. Mention ToyDirectory for special considerations
Busy Bead Maze by ALEX BRANDS
Get ready for a day at the races! Little ones can move the chunky bead pieces shaped like a car, plane, bus and trucks around the colorful maze. The beautiful sustainable table top design provides a sturdy surface for little learning hands to explore, move and discover. The beads even go through and under the tabletop! A great early learning toy for developing visual stimulation, hand eye coordination and cause and effect. For ages 10 mos+
— Donna Frederick, owner of The Play House Toy Store in Durham, N.C., told TDmonthly in a February 2015 survey that Alex's Busy Bead Maze is one of their store's best-selling wooden toys. 2/26/2015 (MSRP: $86.99; Age: 1 and up)
Baby Blanket Music - Billy Joel by BRAINY BABY
Soothing music for both babies and parents from popular artists. 10 volumes available: Billy Joel, Elton John, John Mayer, Madonna, The Beatles, Garth Brooks, Michael Jackson and more! 2/2/2015 (MSRP: $14.99)
LifenestŪ Breathable & Padded Mesh Crib Bumper by UBIMED
The Lifenest® Breathable and padded Mesh Crib Bumper was developed by a Medical Doctor in response to the concerns with baby suffocation raised by the research, but also with the aim of preventing injuries that bumper pads protect against. Made of Breathable Hypoallergenic Polyester Mesh material, the Lifenest Bumper simultaneously helps prevent suffocation and injury while at the same time, with its soft padding, promoting baby’s comfort. The Lifenest Crib Bumper collapses to prevent climbing and tucks below the mattress for additional protection. The bumper attaches easily with convenient ties complying with the ASTM standard to prevent entanglement. The Greenguard Gold Certification ensures that a product has met some of the world's most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds into indoor air. The packaging is BPA free and phthalate free. The durable Lifenest Breathable Crib Bumper is machine washable and fast drying. It fits most of the US rectangular cribs.
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Innovations Award 11/28/2014 (MSRP: $49.99; Age: 0 to 3)
LiL-Pro by REMARKABOWL LLC
LiL-Pro sports themed bowls, plates and sets by Remarkabowl are the perfect way to score big with your kids while they eat! Now they love and learn with every bite, as they feel the texture on our sports-bowls and see new shapes that are unique to every first time "Lil Pro" who tries them. Watching the big game has never tasted so good!
Ittybit by BUNNIES BY THE BAY
The Ittybit is a chubby little snowbunny which is rounder than he is tall. This bunny makes the perfect friend for all ages. The plush bunny measures 6".
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Top Toy Award
9/19/2014 (MSRP: $15.00)
Carter'sŪ Musical Owl Nightlight Soother by RASHTI & RASHTI
This sweet owl—that conveniently clips right onto the crib—plays approximately five minutes of gentle nursery rhyme melodies while its tummy displays a soft, soothing glow for your little one to fall asleep to.