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iParenting Media Awards Announce Greatest Products for Holiday 2008

iParenting Media Awards

EVANSTON, Ill. --(Business Wire)-- Dec 01, 2008 iParenting Media today announced the winners of the iParenting Media Awards Greatest Products of 2008, highlighting holiday gifts including high-tech toys, educational DVDs, safety gear to helpful books and audio CDs and more. Award-winning products were selected based on their fun value, product quality, ease of use, play duration, educational nature and uniqueness, among other criteria.

Key winners include: PICTIONARY MAN™ Game, a new twist on the classic game that combines Pictionary with Charades by asking players to sketch directly on the Man and his props, and use them to act out the answer before the buzzer goes off; Grippees™ by BellyLaf, wash mitts that are functional and composed of eco-friendly fabric made from a 60% bamboo and 40% cotton blend; Life with Toddler Parenting Guide, a 30-minute DVD and companion booklet featuring parents talking about actual experiences with their own toddlers; and Sprig Adventures Series Discover Rig, a battery free vehicle that harnesses the natural kinetic energy of push-and pump action play to generate lights and sounds. The complete list of winners from all categories is available at

“We are proud to announce the 2008 Greatest Award winners just in time for the holiday season,” said Alvin All, Director and General Manager of iParenting Media. “This season’s award winners continue iParenting’s decade-long tradition of honoring some of the best products available to families.”

Hundreds of products were submitted for judging in 20 categories. All products submitted for the iParenting Media Awards Greatest Products of 2008 underwent a thorough evaluation process that uses internationally recognized standard of quality assurance.

To be considered for an iParenting Media Award, companies submitted four identical samples of each product that were precisely matched using iParenting's state-of-the-art technology to experienced reviewers within iParenting's database. Products were thoroughly reviewed and evaluated by a variety of sources including experts and families. Results were compiled and submitted to the iParenting Media Executive Committee for final approval.

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About iParenting Media, an online community for parents and parents-to-be, is part of Disney Online’s network of family-focused Web sites including Disney, and

Founded in 1996 the company has grown from a single pregnancy site,, to an award-winning network of more than 40 sites, in English and Spanish. The iParenting sites address a range of parenting issues from preconception through raising teenagers and beyond. iParenting Media’s Editor-in-Chief, Elisa Ast All, MSJ, writes a monthly newspaper column and co-hosts a Chicago-based radio show, Points on Parenting.

iParenting Media produces the highly-respected iParenting Media Awards program. Consumers can learn more about iParenting Media Award-winning products, and where to purchase the products via a retailer network online directory, by visiting