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0-2 YEARS


0-2 Years, Infants & ToddlersThese products have been selected with your baby's and toddler's development in mind. Your amazing little ones are quickly grasping and exploring their worlds, absorbing new information and new skills every day. Toys are their tools for learning. Parents and gift givers should choose a variety of different toys to stimulate their minds, their bodies and all five senses. Choose products that are tactile, colorful and that promote curiosity and movement. At this age, parents are still a child's favorite play partner, so select toys that encourage participation and interaction. Take an active role by providing opportunities for hand-eye coordination, motor skills, language recognition and nurturing. All of these early development skills are what your little ones need to grow into balanced and inquisitive toddlers.

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ABBY CADABBY PLUSH DOLL, 18 MOS+
The newest character on Sesame Street and a fairy-in-training, Abby Cadabby focuses on literacy. Twelve-inch supersoft plush doll with yarn hair, wand and glittery dress.
GUND, www.gund.com

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AIR BABY UNBELIEVABLY SOFT BABY, BIRTH+ One hug shows how unbelievably soft this baby really is. Change her softness from firm and plump to soft and huggable with natural pillows of air. Goldberger "Love It for Life" Lifetime Guarantee.
GOLDBERGER CO., www.goldbergertoy.com

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BABY DINO ROCKER, 12 MOS+
Soft padded plush Dino Rocker features a sturdy anti-tip hardwood construction. Textures and crinkles encourage touching. Bell in the tail jingles as it rocks. Gender-neutral design; holds up to 50 pounds. INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS, www.intplay.com

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BABY GENIUS SING 'N ROCK PLUSH, 18 MOS+ Favorite Baby Genius characters Vinko, DJ and Frankie are soft plush interactive pals. They sing individually and, when paired together, can sing in unison with two or all three characters thanks to infrared technology.
CREATIVE INNOVATIONS AND SOURCING

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BIG BIG WORLD BONGO BOOGIE SNOOK, 18 MOS+ Snook boogies to the jungle bongo beat. Press Snook's foot to wake him. Snook dances to three different songs, and encourages the child to play the bongo to keep him dancing.
FISHER-PRICE, www.fisherprice.com

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BRIGHT STARTS BABY’S PLAYPLACE, BIRTH+
A twist on the traditional play gym, this innovative convertible infant play environment is designed to grow with baby throughout multiple developmental phases; providing babies with endless ways to play. Includes multiple toys and eight Fun Links to attach your baby’s favorites play products.
KIDS II,www.brightstarts.com

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CRAYOLA BEGINNINGS FIRST MARKS BUV, 18 MOS+ Child's first palm-grasp markers promote motor skills and drawing confidence. Cute character markers have self-moistening brush heads for no-mess drawing. "Beginnings Utility Vehicle" combines drawing, sorting, role-play and vehicle play, plus storage.
CRAYOLA, www.crayola.com

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CUDDLE CUB WITH HEARTBEAT, BIRTH+
Soft, cuddly, plush bear, emits heartbeats and gentle vibrations for 2 minutes when it's hugged, helping comfort children. This beating/vibration simulates the feeling of being in the arms of a mother. CLOUD B, www.cloudb.com

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FLOATINGWHALE, 18 MOS+
FloatingWhale is a perfect bathtub accessory. Just drop the little fish into the top hole and they come out of the whale's mouth and float in the water! The whale comes with 4 small fish and a suction cup hanger for quick and easy drying. It's also machine washable, an added bonus.
OHIOART,www.ohioart.com/kskids

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I AM THE BOSS, 6–36 MOS
Big blue dinosaur with 60 balls zipped up inside his tummy. Multiple play options for babies of different ages and stages of development. Bright colors, tactile textures and reflective mirror.
OHIO ART, www.kskids.com

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THE INCHWORM, 2+
Children can bounce up and down or push forward with their feet to ride The Inchworm. Ergonomic saddle with heart-handle offers children additional safety, while integrated footrest allows kids to take a break.
RADIO FLYER, www.radioflyer.com

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KNOTWUD PUZZLES, 18 MOS+
A puzzle and 3-D playset in one toy. Looks like traditional wood, but is made of a durable, lightweight foam material. Pegs on puzzle pieces build fine motor skills.
CHILD GUIDANCE, www.jakkspacific.com

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MADE FOR ME MP3 MUSIC PLAYER, BIRTH+ This MP3 player is designed for the nursery. Parents create playlists, select music from a pre-recorded library of classic lullabies, transfer tunes from the internet or CDs or record their own voice. PLAYSKOOL (HASBRO), www.hasbro.com

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MAINSTREET VILLAGE COMMUNITY HELPERS BONUS SET, 18 MOS+
Bonus set includes play mat and storybook, Firehouse, Police Station, Doctor's Office, eleven characters and multiple play pieces. Doors open and close, vehicles have sounds and working features to stimulate role-playing.
STEP2, www.step2.com

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MELODIE SORBET, BIRTH+
Her soft plush cloth body and cheerfully painted face is framed with velour ponytails. With long, easily manipulated limbs and colorful French fashions, this plush doll is destined to become a child's favorite.
COROLLE, www.corolle.com

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MUSICALSTACK'NPLAY, 6–36 MOS
A two-in-one electronic stacking toy and ball game that grows with baby's needs over many months and several developmental stages. Bright colors, tactile fabrics, funnel-shaped body and musical balls encourage discovery.
TINY LOVE, www.tinylove.com

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MY TABLETOP EASEL, 2+
Double-sided easel has a chalkboard on one side and wipe-off board on reverse side. Simple design with easy assembly and no small parts. Includes large paper roll, 4 non-spill paint cups, 4 beginner brushes and removable storage tray.
ALEX TOYS,www.alextoys.com

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PLAY-DOH SUPER CRAFT CADDY, 2+
The PLAY-DOH Art Caddy brings "older" arts and crafts activities to younger kids that are easy to make and re-usable. Provides endless hours of creative fun including "sand art" activities, "stained glass," "bead making" and even "cake decorating." Includes 20 pieces: eight two-ounce cans of PLAY-DOH compound, tools, large floor mat, a handle for portability and storage.
HASBRO PLAYSKOOL, www.hasbro.com/playskool

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PLAYTIME PUPPETS, 18 MOS+
Adorable plush alligator hand puppet comes with two mini handpuppet friends for hours of make-believe friendship play between caregivers and kids. Also available in frog, cow, penguin and dog characters.
AURORA WORLD, www.auroragift.com

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RAIN FOREST JUMPEROO, 3 MOS+
Jumperoo's colorful rainforest toys and fun music stimulate baby's visual and auditory senses all around the rainforest—and overhead—with a rotating seat that helps baby explore them all. Three-position height adjustment ensures a custom fit.
FISHER-PRICE, www.fisherprice.com

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"SING-ALONG SPIDER-MAN," 18 MOS+
Spider-Man sings and dances to favorite childhood songs including "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes," "If You're Happy and You Know It" and the "Amazing Spider-Man" theme song. Kids can sing along with included microphone with "echo" feature.
HASBRO, www.hasbro.com

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SING WITH ME KITTY BOOK, 6 MOS+
In this interactive, bilingual speaking book, the kitty tells the story of its day through five amusing nursery rhymes with original melodies and rhythms. Pressing the buttons to activate the rhymes helps develop baby's coordination.
CHICCO, www.chiccousa.com

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TONKA SCOOT 'N SCOOP 3-IN-1 RIDE-ON, 9–36 MOS
Playskool Tonka-tough truck converts from push toy to walker to ride-on vehicle. Features removable steering wheel for on-the-go driving fun. Toddlers sort or scoop up three colorful, shaped blocks with the dump truck.
PLAYSKOOL (HASBRO), www.hasbro.com

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WILD ANIMAL MAGIC SOUND BLOCKS (ERIC CARLE), 18 MOS+
Six magical sound blocks bring colorful Eric Carle illustrations to life. When kids pair together corresponding animal images, they are rewarded and delighted by the lively animal sounds that are activated.
SMALL WORLD TOYS, www.smallworldtoys.com


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