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ELC Blossom Farm Play & Perform Platform

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      11.03.2013 15:17
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      Should be designed far better

      Our baby got this for Christmas just as she met the age range (6 months plus) and is a great toy to entertain her for a while, there's lots of things to do on it. There's a detachable keyboard which is the main toy on it, a little plastic book with a couple of pages that has picture stickers on, a sliding bar with plastic coils on that babies can slide back and forth, a little mirror, some big buttons that they can press in and out to make a popping noise, three spinning toys and a detachable small soft toy. The child sits in the toy and the seat swivels around so that they can access all of the toys. The reason I asked for this for Christmas was because the legs don't have wheels on - I was afraid that in a walker she'd be able to topple over if she moved too fast along the floor. The legs move into two positions so that it can be highered/lowered depending on the child's height.

      It is very educational I think, the bright colours have kept our baby entertain and she used to spend quite a while playing on it, particularly on the keyboard that plays animal noises and tunes. It has an off button for times that it's not in use.

      There are a few downsides we've found with it though. These are with the seat, the detachable keyboard and the plastic books on the platform. The seat comes completely out of the toy when lifting our baby out of it, so every time you reach to get her you have to fix it back in place and this gets very tiresome. I'm assuming this is because of the swivel feature that the seat has but I still feel it there should be a way to stop this happening. The seat also doesn't have a setting to lock it in place so that the child can sit in it but without moving round. There are also no fastenings to secure your baby into the seat.

      The detachable keyboard was great at first and she had hours of entertainment from it, until she saw us detach it from the platform to clean round it and now every single time she's playing on the toy she goes straight for the keyboard and detaches it herself, throwing it around the room and it's not a light toy. The idea of it detaching is so that they can play with it on it's own when sat with you but as it's the main part of the toy, it should be able to withstand little fingers pulling it away from the frame. We fasten it back on for her and she just detaches it again in a very fast time. The little clips that hold it in place are just not substantial enough and this to us ruins the feature of the toy because when sat in the platform she won't use the keyboard the way she should. It's now become redundant and part of all of her other play toys in her room - as this whole platform cost £70 at Christmas from Mothercare it just seems like such a waste.

      The plastic books on the platform are the worst design in my opinion - the covering of them is basically a paper sticker and within 2 weeks of owning the toy, she'd used her new little teeth to scratch away the sticker, ending up with it all in her mouth and all over her clothes, to me this is hazardous and should be completely redesigned.

      I bought this so that she couldn't move around the room like a walker but another thing that she does now she's a little bigger (but still on the lower setting with the legs) is shuffle the toy around the room. It is light enough for her to now shuffle in it from one side of the room to the other - this may easily be sorted out by changing the legs to the higher setting.

      So, after having the toy for nearly 3 months, it now sits without the keyboard on and with chewed away stickers on the books. My daughter does still use it to sit in but I feel she doesn't use it as much as we expected now because of these faults. She will sit in it for a little while but to be honest I don't like leaving her in it for any length of time now as she's not got much left on it that's educational and stimulating her brain.

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        20.01.2010 22:38
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        Great for young babies but slightly basic for older ones

        My daughter recieved one of these as a present when she was 4 months old and she loved using it. The legs are adjustable so it can grow with your baby. Do make sure you make the legs longer if your little one can touch the floor though as my daughter tended to drag hers around the room like a walker! The legs are easily removed which makes it easier to store or transport. The seat can also be removed for cleaning. There are plenty of activities on the platform to keep your little one occupied. The keyboard is detatchable so can be used seperatly. This was a godsend for us as it became one of our daughters favourite toys. However as the keyboard is detatchable it didn't take much effort for our daughter to remove it herself and throw it across the room. The seat spins around so all the toys and activities can be reached easily. It is perfect for younger babies as the toys / activities are quite basic. As i said our daughter loved hers until she was about 9 months old and she seemed to get frustrated at being in it. She was an extreamly active baby though and perfered to be on the move. For the time we were using it it was great an kept her entertained and me able to do things without having baby attatched to my arms. I wouldnt have personally paid 70 pounds for it but it is a lovely toy and not as big as you would expect

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        18.03.2009 00:47

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        Helps baby to co-ordinate hands and eyes.

        My brother got this for my daughter as a suprise when she was 2 months old which is younger then the recomended age however i thought i would give it a whirl and she loved it. I put coushions under so that she was not hanging in mid air and she was really iterested in it. I was careful to make sure that she had full supervision at all times but she was happy to stay in there and shockingly for me she was able t press the buttons andshake the rattle. She hadn't attmepted to do this till she had been in the play and perform platform.

        I am really pleased with it. I am not sure i would have payed 70 pounds for it but as a gift it was lovely. I have been looking on the website for other things in the same range as i think it is really helping her development and also helping to wear her out and then she is having a good nights sleep!

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        12.02.2009 22:49
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        a useful station to allow your baby to be secure and stimulated in an upright position

        The Blossom Farm Play and perform platform is ideal for a curious and developing baby. It has lots of activities to promote cause and effect. It has a sturdy base and cushioned seat to hold the baby in an upright position. It has adjustable legs to change the height depending on your own babys current size.

        The top of the station is surrounded with toys which if the baby is big enough to move around, they can explore freely. The toys include a mirror for the baby to look at themselves while they play. It also has a detachable keyboard which lights up and plays classical music, such as Bach. It has a detachable wrist rattle. The activity station has many other added benefits which aid the babys development and comes complete with a carry handle that makes it easy to trasport.

        A little tip is if when you first purchase it your baby is a little small a rolled up blanket tucked around them makes the perfect support.

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        03.02.2009 20:58
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        This is a great product that I would definately recommend to others

        we chose this for our little boy for his first christmas, by 6 months old he was dying to get up and get a better view of the world! We gave a lot of thought as to whether we should get a standard play platform or a baby walker and decided against the walker as our house is simply too small for one. This is a great alternative as it holds him securely and helps him to stand while we know that he will stay in the same place and be safe.

        The seat rotates in the centre of the main unit and there are various toys around to hold the babies interest, including a small butterfly flip book some spinning toys and a fluffy rattle in the shape of Dillon the donkey from the Blossom Farm range. In addition to the fixed toys, there is a removeable keyboard that has two modes, one which plays single notes while the other starts up a classical tune each time you press a key. ( I think this is the difference, my son hits it so quickly that i'm not 100% sure but I do know that one is more noisy than the other!). The keyboard also has farm animals along the top which when pressed make the noise of the animal from the blossom farm range.

        With regard to the main unit there is the option to select two different heights, although i'm not certain this is going to last my son a great length of time as at nearly 8 months we already have this on the highest setting. However, my son is quite big for his age and is wearing clothes for babies aged 12 months.

        My son loves this and it states that it is suitable for babies that can hold their head up with confidence up to 26.46lbs and until they can walk. We put him in it at 6 months although at this age I felt that the seat unit was tipping him forward slightly and I wasn't convinced by the support that it offered. However, now he is a bit stronger and is able to sit up on his own I feel that he is much more stable in it and is also able to turn himself around.

        Overall I think this is a great product for my son. It's really chunky and sturdy in colours suitable for a girl or boy. Whilst I still have some reservations for really young babies I think that this is great for children that are a bit stronger.

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      Includes a detachable light-up keyboard, wrist rattle, colourful pages to flip, beads to touch and rollers to spin.