2019 Infant/Toddler Toy of The Year Nominees are unveiled. The Toy Association announced the 123 finalists for the prestigious 2019 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. Known as the “Oscars” of the toy industry, the TOTY Awards program recognizes the top toy, game, and licenses in the industry, and supports children in need by serving as a critical fundraiser for The Toy Foundation.
Families can visit www.ToyAwards.org to vote for their favorite playthings in each of the 17 categories, including Action Figure of the Year, Innovative Toy of the Year, Collectible of the Year and one of my favorites, Infant/Toddler Toy of the Year.
Vote for your favorite toys and enter to win the best toys for babies and toddlers below. Our giveaway is closed but voting continues until January 2019. The Toy Association provided product in exchange for this post.
2019 Infant/Toddler Toy of The Year Nominees
Dolce Baby Aardvark by Magformers LLC
Dolce Baby Aardvark plush is perfect for stimulating your child’s tactile and auditory senses. This cute Aardvark character has its own Dolce teether, bright contrasting colors in interesting fabrics, and its own dragonfly friend. A child’s tactile senses will awaken when they feel the brightly-colored ribbons and crinkle feet.
Fisher-Price® Laugh & Learn® Smart Learning Home™ by Mattel, Inc.
An interactive playhouse updated with “high-tech” amenities – smart home hub and thermostat. Includes 200 songs, tunes and phrases while teaching numbers, shapes, and weather with rewarding music and lights as they explore 15+ role-play items. Three Smart Stages™ learning levels with four languages to choose from in English, Spanish, Mandarin, French.
Grippies® Shakers – 30 Piece Set by Guidecraft
Grippies Shakers bring kinetic energy and sound exploration to the award-winning toddler STEM platform, Grippies! Connect the two-sized, magnetic rods to each other or combine them with the over-molded metal ball connectors to create a uniquely soothing acoustic building experience. Available in 20 or 30 piece sets.
HEXBUG Cuddlebots Garden Carousel by HEXBUG
The HEXBUG Cuddlebots Garden Carousel employs interactive learning features to help refine a Toddler’s fine motor skills through the power of play. As the carousel rotates, the smaller blossoms spin and bob. This playset comes to life as a toddler pushes and spins different elements to activate sounds and movement.
Kid O Hudson Glow Rattle by PlayMonster
Adorable motion-activated rattle with lights and sounds! Lean the puppy’s green legs down to see him glow green; lean his red legs down and watch the spots glow red! Hudson’s textured legs are just right for teething babies, and the soft rattling sound will both entertain and stimulate the senses.
Learning Friends 100 Words Book™ by LeapFrog
Encourage your child’s language building skills with Learning Friends! Touch the words on each page to hear the animals introduce words in both English and Spanish. In Fun Sounds mode, your child can touch the pictures to activate silly sound effects. Explore colorful pages for an immersive language experience.
Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog by Learning Resources
Our hedgehog lost his quills and only your little ones can help him get them back! Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog helps kids build up hand muscles and fine motor skills as they replace the chunky, peg-shaped “quills” within the holes that dot the smiling hedgehog’s back.
Vote for the Infant/Toddler 2019 Toy of the Year
The finalists were selected from more than 550 nominees submitted by over 200 companies of all sizes. Nineteen judges, including toy and play experts, retailers, academics, and journalists, reviewed and ranked the products in specific categories relevant to their areas of expertise. The judges then participated in a live discussion to determine the finalists in each category. They considered each product’s creativity, design, play value, and marketing.
One winner in each category, as well as the coveted “Toy of the Year” award winner and the “People’s Choice” winner (based solely on consumer votes), will be announced at the TOTY Awards gala to be held on Friday, February 15, 2019 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City.
Voting will close on January 6, 2019 at 11:59pm EST and winners will be announced at the TOTY Awards on Friday, February 15, 2019. The toy of the year nominees was supplied by The Toy Foundation in exchange for this post and giveaway.