Toy Awards 2015: Best Toys For Children Aged 0-12 Months

Judges — large and small — put the latest toys to the test and have picked the best ones for 2015

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Photo: Nyen; Illustrations by Wanton Doodle

0-12 Months

1. BEST SENSORY TOY

Crochet Rattle, $20
Sebra at Cuckoo

These hand-crocheted cotton rattles are a must-have for any crib. They are the perfect size for a baby to grip. Besides, made of soft cotton, it is safe for babies to chew on without hurting their mouths.

2. BEST POOL TOY

Baby Squeeze Toy Whale, $4.90
Tollyjoy

This toy may be small, but it will provide endless entertainment when your little one is taking a dip in the pool. Extra points for being BPA-free.

3. BEST ALL-ROUND EDUCATIONAL TOY

Sponky Abacus, $17.95
The Amazing Baby Company

This fabric plushy comes with a mini bead counter that will not only boost your child’s motor skills, it will give them an early introduction to maths.

4. BEST TRAVEL TOY

Sponky Clip Anywhere Toy, $27.95
The Amazing Baby Company

If you’re tired of losing toys on your day out, this clip-on toy is a must buy. It’s decorated with toys that will entertain your child and it remains in place when you’re on your journey.

5. BEST BIRTHDAY GIFT

Clifton Rose Baby Teddy and Bib Gift Set, $45
Cath Kidston

This is the perfect gift for a new arrival. Within a pretty floral suitcase, you will find a fabric teddy bear and towel-backed bib. Children will also love toting the suitcase when they get older.

6. BEST RIDE-ON TOY

Wobble Toddle Ride On, $156
Early Learning Centre

This two-in-one toy can be used as a car for a scoot around the room or as a walker. The seat also comes with a sorter to increase coordination.

7. BEST SOFT TOY

Sleep Sheep on the Go, $59.90
Cloud B at Pupsik Studio

This cuddly music box will lull your baby to sleep with one of four sounds: mother’s heartbeat, spring showers, ocean surf and whale songs. It comes with two sleep timers and has a tab that lets you attach it to the crib.

8. BEST BOOK

Sponky: The Lizard Hunter, $14
The Amazing Baby Company

This cute lift-the-flap book about Chihuahua Sponky will make story time more fun. Children will enjoy peeking behind rocks with Sponky and learning more about wildlife.

9. BEST PLAYMAT

Sponky Playmat, $84.95
The Amazing Baby Company

This soft playmat comes with a selection of toys that will encourage your baby to reach out, helping them develop their motor skills. As baby grows, the arches can be taken down so he or she can hold it for closer inspection. It makes a fun addition to your nursery.

10. BEST NEW TOY IN THE MARKET

Giant Activity Cube, $139
Early Learning Centre

This five-sided cube is filled with lots of fun activities for your little one to discover: From a drum that changes colour, to a fabric cube that will help spin animal characters around when it’s pulled. This cube will become a fast favourite with active children.

11. BEST BATH TOY

Baby Bath Squeeze Toy Duck, $4.90
Tollyjoy

Not just BPA-free, this colourful toy comes without the typical hole in the bottom, so you don’t have to worry about any build-up of grime on the inside. Fun and sterile for baby.

12. BEST TOY FOR TACTILE PLAY

Bite & Play teether, $12.90
MAM at Biconi

This colourful teether helps make teething a whole lot easier. Not only is there a small spinning ball to distract baby, there is a water-filled part that cools and soothes aching gums as well.

13. BEST CLASSIC TOY

Kawan Rubber Duck, $39.90
Hevea at Mothercare

This BPA-free and PVC-free rubber ducky makes the perfect bath-time pal. It’s easy for little hands to grip; and its beak makes the perfect teething soother. With no joints in its design for bacteria to form, it’s hygienic for baby as well.

14. BEST MUSICAL TOY

Baby Musical Toy Bear, $13.90
Tollyjoy

This toy develops your baby’s responsiveness towards sound and, with its soothing lullaby, helps calm them down before bedtime. Mum judges were pleased to note that they didn’t sound “electronic” either.

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