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2013 Best of Baby Award Winners

After a year’s worth of testing and reviewing (and lots of playing -- thanks to our baby testers!), we’d like to announce our Best of Baby Award winners. Here’s your definitive list of the 100 very best products on the market for mom, dad and baby. Scan away!

Baby and Toddler Toys

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Best for Toddlers 18-24 Months: LEGO DUPLO Creative Sorter

The LEGO sorter is an awesome learning toy for a girl or a boy. “The shapes are cool and you can change the tops to fit different animals,” says Francine W. “And we get a kick out of how creative my daughter gets with her animals.” $15, Lego.com

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Best for Babies 0-3 Months: Lamaze Baby Bling Take-Along Toy

Babies love all the different textures, crinkles and jiggle sounds, and parents love how it can keep baby busy on long car trips. “We use it on our stroller, car seat and at home on our play gym,” says Julie B. “We never leave home without it!” We see why. $18, Amazon.com

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Best for Babies 3-6 Months: Bamboo Zoo Monkey Soft Shaker

Safe to shake, pull and taste, the eco-friendly zoo monkey is a must-have registry item. Bumpies love that it’s made from certified bamboo viscose and babies love how durable it is -- it can be chomped on for hours! $13, Plushez.com

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Best for Toddlers 12-16 Months: SkipHop TreeTop Friends Busy Bead Tree

Baby can move the animals around the tree and mimic the sounds they make as they move. “We chirp and hoot our heads off when we’re playing with this together,” says Natalia G. Plus, it’s pretty! $25, SkipHip.com

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Best for Toddlers 16-18 Months: B. Zany Zoo Wooden Activity Cube

“I’m so glad I bought this,” says Danielle P. “My son just plays and plays and plays. There’s so much to do!” And there really is -- they spin stuff, trace routes, open flaps and more. $60, Target.com

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Best for Babies 9-12 Months: Talking Lotty Rock-N-Ride from Mamas & Papas

Gillian E. says that her daughter loves riding on top of this Lotty Rock-N-Ride. And who wouldn’t?! It’s pretty cool.) “She has no fear; it’s unbelievable. She just gets on and goes -- and it’s so fun to watch.” $130, MamasAndPapas.com

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Best for Babies 6-9 Months: Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn -- Learning Puppy

Baby is more observant at this age, and the interactive giggling Learning Puppy will keep him engaged and smiling. You’ll be into the fact that the pup is well made and meant to teach baby a thing or two. $23, ToysRUs.com


-- Kylie McConville

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