Babble Best Toys of 2012
The New York Toy Fair is one of the biggest toy conventions in the world, with everyone from toy giants (like Hasbro and Fisher-Price) to innovative start-up companies (like Begin Again and iBuKu) sharing their newest designs and imaginative ideas for kids toys. We were the envy of every child this week, sorting through hundreds of thousands of new products to find the very best toys of 2012. And we have to say it was an impressive year, filled with tech innovations, toys made of unique eco-materials, and a few brand new companies that deserve serious recognition. If we missed one of your favorite new toys of 2012, nominate it here! - Michelle Horton
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Baby Gym | Hape
Known for their quality educational toys made from wood and bamboo, German-based Hape is one of my all-time favorite toy companies. And although Hape has a range of lovely new additions for babies – from rattles to pull toys – this new baby gym is my top pick. Made with simple geometric shapes, hanging toys, and bold, water-based colors, it makes those giant plastic monstrosities with blinking lights and repetitive music that we typically see for babies seem completely unnecessary.
Available: Now at Hape