We are so excited for our 2019 NAPPA Award winners showcased in Bundle: Baby, Toddler & New Mom Gift Guide. We have the best products, all tested and evaluated. Flip the pages to find the perfect holiday gift including toys, accessories, books, strollers and other baby, toddler and new mom must-haves.
We know you’re going to be out and about this holiday season and we have award-winning products for when you’re on-the-go.
b.box Insulated Food Jar
Keep food at the perfect temperature—warm for up to five hours or cold for up to seven hours. $24, www.bboxbaby.com
EVLA’s Baby Food Freezer Trays & Reusable Food Pouches Set
Keep home-made food ready to go with this set—silicone freezer tray and lid with 9 separate storage containers and 6 non-leak reusable food pouches. $35.99, 3+ Months, www.evlas.com
b.box Tritan Drink Bottle
Unique triangle shape bottle designed specifically for little hands. Easy push button pops open the lid for easy drinking and keeps straw tops clean when closed. $15, 2+, www.bboxbaby.com
Mamapod Baby Carrier
Innovative, sleek and ergonomic baby carrier that addresses common issues like back and shoulder support, child’s protection, comfort and breathability. $139 with support pole/$129 without pole, 4-36 Months (12-44lbs), www.mamapod.com
WutsupBaby Original Quinoa Cereal Pouches
Features naturally Occurring Omega 3,6,9 Protein, Iron, Magnesium, B2 in travel packs that make eating on-the-go convenient, fast & versatile. $10.97, 4+ months, www.wutsupbaby.com
Tiny, great sounding music player for newborns – comes pre-loaded with award-winning lullabies that soothe, calm, & relax both baby & you. $49.50, www.lullabuddy.com
Build-A-Straw Reusable Silicone Straws Starter Kit
Contains 4 sections—3 straight and 1 bendy—so you can create any straw height. Easy to clean and take anywhere. $9.99, 3+, www.bigbeelittlebee.com
Welly Bravery Badges Kids
Be ready for any adventure with this first aid kit — premium materials, playful designs and stackable and easy to organize tins. $6.99, www.getwelly.com
L.A. Baby’s Ultimate 9oz Stainless Steel Baby Bottle, Sippy Cup, Insulated Toddler Water Bottle All-in-1 Set
Convert to a baby bottle, sippy cup, toddler water bottle and travel bottle with all the interchangeable accessories included. $64.99, Birth+, www.lababycom.com
Eight-Panel My Play Portable Play Yard
Creating a safe play area in seconds, this lightweight, foldable play yard is ideal for home, park, beach or travel. $79.99, 6-24 Months, www.amazon.com
One hand and one smooth motion is all it takes to fold this stylish stroller, weighing in at under 15 pounds. $399.99, 3 Months-50 lbs, www.uppababy.com
Stuck On You Mini Bento Box and Cooler Bag
Perfect for lunches, road trips and picnics and personalized for an extra touch of fun. $46.95, www.stuckonyou.us
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Looking for a holiday gift that will bring fun and fitness together, check out these award-winners.
Primo Foldable Lights
New dual-color, wide deck design and extra-large, wide integrated brakes. $79.99, 3+, www.globber.com
A new take on the classic game with erratic bounces and rolls. $19.99, www.funsparks.com
Crazy Cart Shift
Features a simplified drift system, small, light frame and a speed control switch. $199.99, 6+, www.razor.com
Kid Trax CAT Shovel and Sift Dump Truck Activity Ride-0n
Push or ride this dump truck with realistic construction sounds. $35.99, 1-3, www.kidtraxtoys.com
Electric-powered mini bike. Compact and portable, perfect for rolling and trolling the neighborhood. $159.99, 8+, www.razor.com
The Globber One K E-Motion – E10
A fast electric scooter for urban explorers and a fun ride for teens and adults. $299.99, 14+, www.globber.com
Ezyroller Drifter X
Once you’ve mastered how to curve your way, back wheel design lets you “drift” on corners. $119, 6+, www.ezyroller.com
Free Wheelin’ Rider Sport Convertible Balance Bike
Start off as a 3-wheel push bike, then convert into a 2-wheel balance bike. $59.99, 1+, www.playmonster.com
Fold & Go Rally Racer
Parent-powered and folds in 3 easy steps. $59.99, 1.5- 4, www.simplay3.com
Dino and Unicorn kick scooters designed to help new riders learn to balance and build motor skills. $34.99, 30+ months, www.razor.com
Kids can plow through rocks, dirt, wood, snow and toys. $59.99, 6+, www.jakks.com
Turbo A Black Label
Kick your ride into high gear with this Razor electric scooter hitting speeds of up to 10 mph with up to 25 minutes of continuous riding. $129.99, 8+, www.walmart.com
Colorful bounce balls with a spiky texture. $8.99, 6+, www.kess.co
EzyRoller Drifter Pro X
Curve your way longer with X-series seat, accessories and drifting mechanism. $139, 10+, www.ezyroller.com
Kid Trax Rideamals Dino
Tot-sized triceratops featuring multiple types of interactive play: feed, pet, walk and ride. With a maximum speed of 1.5 MPH. $129, 18 months – 30 months, www.walmart.com
My First Workout
Kit comes with 8 essential pieces of exercise equipment to create your own home gym, along with educational videos to build skills. $149.95, 5-10, www.myfirstworkout.com
Teach My Yoga Mat Set – Hop and Learn
Encourage active learning through hopscotch and yoga. $9.99, 3+, www.teachmy.com
Ezyroller Pro X
Designed to carry more adult weight and allow for longer legs. $129, 10+, www.ezyroller.com
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If you’re looking for toys that also teach, check out our Fun & Learning selection of award-winning toys and games.
An augmented reality robotics kit that combines construction, coding and creativity. Kit contains 130 uniquely shaped, easy-to-grip blocks, plus 30 interactive augmented reality puzzles. $99.99, 4+, www.pai.technology
Moving Creations with K’nex
Learn to apply STEM principles just like an engineer using experiments and “Think Bigger” challenges. $39.99, 8-14, www.hand2mind.com
Train the Interactive robot to do more than 12 awesome tricks. $24.99, 6+, www.spinmaster.com
Interactive pets that introduce critical thinking, problem-solving and STEM skills. $39.99, 4+, www.LearningResources.com
Create and control your robot by connecting any combination of gears, claws and heads to a motorized base. $49.99, 4+, www.lakeshorelearning.com
STEM at Play POWER!
A great introduction to electricity with easy-to-use snap circuits. $49.95, 8+, www.hand2mind.com
Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit
Combines hands-on play of Friedrich Froebel’s and Maria Montessori’s manipulatives with advanced computer vision for a personalized and highly engaging experience. $79, 3-5, www.playosomo.com
LeapBuilders ABC Smart House
Build, create and learn with this interactive 61-piece house-themed block set.$39.99, 2-5, www.leapfrog.com
Color Chemistry Arctic Lab
STEAM-infused, playful experiments exploring color, texture and temperature. $24.99, 7+, www.shop.crayola.com
Design & Drill Space Circuits
With 20 different space-themed missions, kids create circuits that really work. $49.9, 6+, www.educationalinsigts.com
Sleek, easy-to-carry stylus brings compatible books and activity sets to life and uses video to provide a deeper learning experience. $49.99, 4-8, www.leapfrog.com
Beaker Creatures Alien Experiment Lab
Mix up some fun with slime science, fizz science and more. $19.99, 5+, www.beakercreatures.com
Marbleocity 4-Bar Link
Use the hand crank or attach a motor (sold separately) to watch the marbles ascend and then flip-flop down again. $24.99, 9+, www.playmonster.com
Play Smart Preschool Workbook Series
Features fun-first activities specially designed to keep little ones entertained as they develop school-readiness skills. $6.99 – $12.99, 2-4, www.amazon.com
Smithsonian Planetarium Projector
Three disks feature 24 high-definition space images that you can project alongside the stars, planets, nebulae, moons, asteroids and other celestial bodies. $39.99, 8+, www.nsi-intonline.com
Just Add Egg
Add parts of an egg for multiple bio-organic experiments and art activities. $29.95, 8+, www.griddlygames.com
Little Songs, Big Science: Musical STEAM for Kids
Musical inquiry of STEAM, plus a full kids’ science curriculum connected to each song. $15, www.jeffandpaige.org
Canta las letras
Latin Grammy-winners present 38 bright and catchy songs to learn all about letters and letter sounds in Spanish. $15 CD, $8.99 digital, www.123andres.com
Techno Kids Stack & Spin Playland
Put together the base plates in any configuration, add the gears and play with your kid-powered machine. $23.99, 2+, www.tlji.com
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check out these hot holiday gift items — all NAPPA Award winners.
Rainbocorns Sequin Surprise Series 2 Plush
Features a unique gem heart and other surprises. $9.99, 3+, www.zuru.com
Drop Dot Love Em’s
Collectible and playful characters made with slow-rising foam perfect for maximum sensory play. $7.99, 6+, www.kess.co.
Ryan’s World Super Surprise Safe
Push and reveal, smash and surprise, decode and discover all of the amazing surprises inside. $39.99, 3+, www.JustPlayProducts.com
My Singing Monsters Exclusive 3 Pack of Musical Collectible Figures
Sing and harmonize with one another just as they do in the game. $34.99, 6+, www.amazon.com
Enchanting interactive pets featuring multiple play modes and a Magnetic Power Pod that lets you attach them to your clothing. $12.99, 5+, www.wowwee.com
Crayola Glitter Dots
Just squish each dot to create glitter-infused outputs for any craft or project. $4.99-$19.99, 5+, www.shop.crayola.com
Rainbocorns Big Bow Surprise
Packed with more than 25 layers of fun and a giant cuddly surprise. $49.99, 3+, www.zuru.com
There’s a party in every piñata. Surprises include charms, bracelets, rings and tons of confetti. $7.99, 4+, www.jakks.com
These dolls mix imaginative, over-the-top hairstyles with an awesome blooming effect for a surprising toy “reveal.” $9.99, 5+, www.BlumeDolls.com
Dino Smashers Epic Egg
Explore the Jurassic world of the wackiest dinosaurs. $24.99, 3+, www.smashersworld.zuru.com
Smash and build a dragon army. $9.99, 5+, www.spinmaster.com
Feature super glittery hair, wiggling wings, poseable heads and sculpted fashion inspired by their Hatchtopia homes. $9.99, 5+, www.hatchimals.com
Take home the incubator and open to reveal which baby animal you’ve received. $9.99, 6+, www.redwood-ventures.com
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All we want for Christmas is…joy, love, family and fun. Our annual Jingle Holiday Gift Guide is here to bring the fun your way. Page after page of award-winning products for moms and kids. We have toys that mix fun and learning, we have creative gifts, we have books, CDs, games, dolls, surprise collectibles, bikes, scooters, yoga mats, wacky toys and so much more. Turn the pages, circle the ones you love and start making your list for Santa.
Kids are out of school, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Check out these latest NAPPA Award winners that keep the fun and learning going all summer long.
ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy by Age of Learning, Inc.
ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy is the leading and most comprehensive online early learning resource for children ages 2–8. It offers an expert-designed curriculum for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. With more than 9,000 individual learning activities and 800+ complete lessons along their Step-by-Step Learning Path™, ABCmouse.com encompasses reading and language arts, math, science, social studies, art, and music. It is available on computer, tablet, or smartphone. Ages 2-8, 9.95/monthly or $59.95/annually.
Smithsonian Mega Science Lab
Learn about volcanos, weather, outer space and more. The Smithsonian Mega Science Lab is six different STEM kits in one. Observe the process of crystal formation; assemble and paint a model of the earth and moon; and erect and erupt your very own volcano. Create an Eco Dome Habitat where you can catch, collect and study bugs. Assemble and install your own weather station and start logging temperature, wind direction and speed, barometric pressure, humidity, clouds and precipitation. Put on your safety goggles and chisel away at your sand block as you excavate bones that you can assemble into a model dinosaur. This kit is a science sampler that offers six amazing adventures that are safe and easy to do. Detailed instructions are included. Ages 10+, $34.99.
Smithsonian Planetarium Projector
The Smithsonian Planetarium Projector brings the nighttime sky into your room. Just aim the projector at a light-colored wall or ceiling, and project a rotating star pattern of the northern sky. Three disks also feature 24 high-definition space images that you can project alongside the stars: planets, nebulae, moons, asteroids and other celestial bodies, as well as a satellite, space station, astronaut, space shuttle and more. Project more than 50 different image combinations. The Smithsonian Planetarium Projector features a 15-minute auto-shut-off, so you can fall asleep under a magical night sky. It comes with STEM educational content and requires 3 AA batteries (not included). Ages 8+, $39.99.
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YULU is a winner of multiple NAPPA Awards and an up-and-coming family and kids entertainment company that burst onto the international toy scene less than 4 years ago. Since then, their success has been spectacular.
In 2017, only a few years after attending University in The Netherlands, YULU partners Jochem van Rijn and Thijmen de Schipper arrived at the International Toy Fair with their own main floor Javits Center booth — a great start for two not-even-30-something-year-olds. We enjoyed learning more about YULU and co-founder Thijmen de Shipper.
Congratulations on the success of YULU. What would you say is the guiding mission of YULU?
We have a very simple mission: “More Play, More Fun!” But at the core of what we do is storytelling with all of our kids and entertainment properties. It’s all about making fresh, innovative toys and games that deliver creative, imaginative and active play experiences that recognize how today’s kids play and communicate. Bringing smiles to kids of all ages is always our top priority!
We would like our readers to get to know you better. Tell us a little about yourself growing up. What were your favorite activities as a child? What did you enjoy playing the most?
When I was very young I actually played a lot with Playmobil toys. I specifically remember going into the woods with my playset that had a teepee and covering it in mulch to hide it from the cowboy cart that was racing by with six horses and some nasty gunslingers! I loved creating my own stories; I even wrote them down in a little booklet that I still have to this day.
Actually thinking about it, a lot of my experiences when I was younger have had an influence on the toys we create today at YULU. My partner Jochem and I first met when we were in University in the Netherlands. During those days, we bought a huge world map, sand stripped the table and glued it on top of our coffee table as a massive Risk board. A weekly battlefield was organized! Looking back, it really was a start of my fascination with and love of games.
I’ve also loved all things James Bond and I’ve been watching those movies for years as a kid. These spy-themed films have been a great source of inspiration for our brand of Spy Code games. And our first outdoor item was a product called Helix, which was based on a game I played while I was as an exchange student in China.
It was also at University that Jochem and I became entrepreneurs as we developed an app for the rules of soccer, which was sold to the Dutch government just before the London Olympics. That definitely opened several doors for us with many people supporting and encouraging us to start something new. And YULU was born!
What do you hope kids experience when they are playing with a YULU toy?
We want our toys and games to really nurture creativity in kids, ultimately encouraging them to become more inquisitive about their surroundings and as a result, more interactive with people around them. We’re passionate about trying to create new play experiences that people have never seen before. One of our newest introductions, our #SNAPSTAR fashion doll brand of “social influencer” dolls, does just that by connecting with ‘tween girls in a way they can relate to in today’s world of YouTube and social engagement. We’re really proud of this brand.
Where do you envision YULU in the next five years?
Our growth over the last few years since we launched the company has been almost unbelievable.
This year, in addition to taking a giant leap into the world of fashion dolls with #SNAPSTAR, we’re launching a really fun line called Pop Pop Pets and Pop Pop Snotz, which combine the hottest trends in toys – collectibles, slime and fun reveals! New games include King of the Ring, an ice crème-themed stacking game called Oops Scoops, and our new Survival Skillz brand which includes both an obstacle course game called Torch Run and an action game Fish For Fish. New in our YULU Sports category is Double Juggle, in which we put a fresh spin on the traditional game of paddle ball.
Today, we’re an international creator and maker of a full line toy and games in over 40 countries. Pretty exciting. As we continue our journey, we hope to be able to expand the breath of our toys into new areas and new entertainment, and continuing having fun.
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Watching babies discover and explore new sounds and textures is so rewarding. These NAPPA-Award winning toys are perfect for enhancing your babies development and they are super fun!
Lights & Stripes Zebra
Dance all day with the Lights & Stripes Zebra™. Upbeat music and playful sing-along songs encourage your baby to move and groove. This zippy plush zebra features bold black and white stripes, colorful patterned fabric and a variety of textures to enhance tactile awareness. The friendly zebra’s tummy plays endearing phrases and introduces colors through catchy songs while glowing in five different colors. The plush zebra has a washable surface with removable electronics. This snuggly striped sidekick is perfectly sized for your little one to hug and bring on-the-go! $14.99, ages birth+
My First Farm
My First Farm is a farm set for toddlers, which playfully introduces them into the BRIO wooden railway system. This frustration-free play set will give small children hours of fun and help teach them about farmyard animals. The five wooden animals fit into the animal wagon ready to be transported by train to the farm. Each animal also comes with three distinct sounds, which are activated automatically when placed in the farm meadow. Learning about animals has never been so much fun! $59.99, ages 18 + months
Butterfly Counting Pal
Enjoy a flutter of color with the Butterfly Counting Pal™ plush learning toy. Five colorful number buttons play a variety of songs to teach colors and numbers. A kaleidoscope of color, Butterfly’s light-up wing shows the colors of the rainbow. She also helps your baby fall asleep with soft, classical melodies. Each segment of this on-the-go toy features a dangling toy that rattles, squeaks, turns or crinkles to help develop fine motor skills. Learn at home or on the fly by using the included straps to secure the butterfly to infant carriers and strollers. $17.99, ages birth+
Lalaboom Educational Beads
Lalaboom Educational Beads are designed for exploration and learning. Featuring vivid colors, unisex patters and soft texture. These beads are designed to guide children through their developmental learning curve based on the Montessori educational approach. Children will be able to explore five developmental functions by manipulating the beads at their own pace. All beads can be easily washed and cleaned.
10-15 months: Explore Colors, textures & shapes with basic POP IT action.
15-18 months: TWIST IT.
18-24 month: MIX IT.
24-36+: STACK IT!
36+: LACE IT! $5.99 to 29.99, ages 10 to 36+ months
Whimsical Wheel High Chair Toy
Capture baby’s attention with the spinning wheels, cascading beads and bright colors of the Whimsical Wheel! The spinning wheels encourage baby to reach, tug, and bat, strengthening hand-eye coordination. Trapped within the clear structure are colorful beads, which help baby connect the sound to sight. One wheel features a mirror, which is perfect for self-discovery. Plus, the suction cup base attaches to flat surfaces such as high chairs and table tops for frustration-free play. $9.99, ages 6+ months
My Peek-a-Boo LapPup
Learning is important business with My Peek-a-Boo LapPup™! Open the toy laptop and say hello to Scout or Violet before getting to work on learning about rhymes, shapes, colors and numbers. Press Scout’s or Violet’s name tag button to move their paws in front of their eyes and hear cute peek-a-boo phrases. Five crayon buttons light up while playing phrases and songs about colors. Shape buttons play rhymes about shapes, colors and numbers. Slide the clicking mouse up and down for additional imitative play. Close the lid and say goodbye! Available in Scout or Violet. $14.99, ages 6+ months
Do-Re-Mi Textured Tunes
Dance along to three fun melodies on the Do-Re-Mi Musical Toy, teaching baby cause-and-effect by pushing the buttons to hear each song. At the bottom are soft, textured surfaces that encourage mouthing, aiding in the development of communication skills. The easy-to-grasp handle has a black & white pattern and click-clack rings to stimulate baby’s vision and auditory awareness. A great toy for playtime on-the-go! $9.99, ages Birth- 24 months
Scout’s Learning Lights Remote Deluxe
Learning is on every channel with Scout’s Learning Lights Remote™ role-play toy. Explore all 17 buttons on the learning remote to hear more than 100 phrases, sounds and music while building fine motor skills. Flip between modes for role-play excitement or learning activities that introduce numbers and letters. Silly pretend channels inspire imaginative play. Switch to the Spanish channel to hear common Spanish phrases, listen and dance to three different music styles on the music channel and hear rain, snow and wind sound effects on the weather channel.$12.99, ages 6+ months
Spin & Chew Ring Rattle
Whether at home or on-the-go, keep your little one entertained with the Sassy Spin & Chew Flexible Ring Rattle. Perfectly-sized for little hands, this rattle is easy to grab and features a spinning ring and ball to stimulate senses. $6.99For Ages: Birth to 24 months
Bend & Twist Rattle
Sassy Baby’s Bend & Twist Rattle is soft and squishy — perfect for baby. The bright colors, different materials and variety of surfaces help stimulate baby. Rattle beads and click-clack rings stimulate baby’s developing vision and awaken auditory awareness. The soft, squishy material is perfect for baby’s environment. Dishwasher safe. $6.99, ages birth-24 months.
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Meet our latest NAPPA Award-winning toys that will make great new friends for your kids.
Rubber Ducks from Wild Republic
These are not your mother’s rubber ducks! Wild Republic’s Rubber Ducks are free of any opening making them mold-free due to the unique hole-less design that does not allow moisture from collecting inside the duck. Rubber ducks are the perfect collectable for a water or land. Wild Republic has 31 different unique designs that can be used to educate children on animals of the world! $6.99
Squishmallows Hug Mees
Newest additions to the Squishmallows family have a “3D” look with hands, feet or paws for even more cuddling. Hug Mees are ready to give and get lots of love and are sure to please the ever-increasing Squishmallows fan base. Kids, tweens, collectors and toy lovers of all ages can look forward to adding the Hug Mees to their #SquishmallowSquad collections. Eight super soft, colorful, Hug Mees include two unicorns, two foxes, alpaca, blue bear, sloth and a raccoon available in four sizes: small (10”), medium (14”), large (18”) and jumbo (20”). $6.99, $14.99, $19.99 and $24.99, respectively.
Flutter Friends are birds that interact with kids and each other! Pet the hummingbird’s head or back to unlock over 40 realistic hummingbird sounds. Each tap will activate a variety of movement and sounds. Each Flutter Friend features soft, shimmery wings kids will love. Kids can help their Flutter Friend learn to fly by tapping their back twice. Their Flutter Friend will open their wings as she is guided through the air. $14.99, ages 5+
Hairdorables Pets Series 1
The Hairdorables Pets are just about the cutest fur-friends you’ve ever seen! Lovable, loyal, and with lots of “Big Hair Don’t Care” style, the Hairdorables Pets express their unique personalities. Each pet comes with their own brush, so girls can style their Hairdorables Pet’s hair, just like their Hairdorables Dolls. Pull, peel, and reveal 8 surprises inside. Each pet includes 2 accessories, 2 stickers, one brush, one adoption card, and one collector list. $7.99, ages 3+
Lights & Stripes Zebra
Dance all day with the Lights & Stripes Zebra™. Upbeat music and playful sing-along songs encourage your baby to move and groove. This zippy plush zebra features bold black and white stripes, colorful patterned fabric and a variety of textures to enhance tactile awareness. The friendly zebra’s tummy plays endearing phrases and introduces colors through catchy songs while glowing in five different colors. The plush zebra has a washable surface with removable electronics. This snuggly striped sidekick is perfectly sized for your little one to hug and bring on-the-go! $14.99, birth+
TLC Kritters need your care and love. Take home the incubator and open to reveal which baby animal you’ve received. Time for the gender reveal. Drop the included packet into water to reveal if your Kritter is a boy or a girl. The packet will include a gender reveal card and accessories for your Kritter. Use the included bottle to feed your new pet and – give it a squeeze to make it sneeze. Take off the Kritter’s diaper and dunk it in cool water to reveal a dirty diaper, noted by emojis. Clean the diaper by soaking in warm water. Collect all the TLC Kritters! $9.99, ages 6+