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My daughter was given the tiny love take along arch when she was a baby. She was initially given the 'tropical' one being reviewed but we were also given a second hand oe that is a different model. That one was blue and more 'boyish' as one of the toys on it was an aeroplane- we used the tropical one, as it is green but with pink trim on it so seemed more 'girly'.
The point of the arch is that it will clip onto various things e.g. moses basket, car seat, push chair and is transportable entertainment for the little ones. My daughter had this from only a few weeks old, so obviously initially she did not interact with it very much, but the bright colours can be good for developing eyesight even from this young age.
The arch had 3 toys hanging from it, that included a rattle a mirror and a musical one. You have to press the musical one quite hard to get it to play the tune and my daughter had outgrown the arch before she had developed the ability to squeeze this herself.
I liked the fact that you could move the arch onto different things. It fitted on the pushchair well, but I have to admit we had some problems with fitting it on the carseat which is thicker.
We used the maxi cosy brand car seat, and although you can just about get the clips of the arch over the carseat, it wasn't a very firm grip and often had to be readjusted. Although this was a pain, as we used our carseat as a travel system too- it didn't render the arch unusable in any way so I do still think that this is a nice toy or gidt for a young baby.
As I have said in a number of previous reviews, Mr Frank, Baby Frank and I are lucky enough to be the poor relations on Mr Frank's side of the family, and as a result have inherited lots of baby items that we would never otherwise have bought. This Tiny Love arch is one such item.
The arch can be purchased from many different retaillers; from the Early Learning Centre to Argos. I have seen prices ranging from £12.44 to to £17.99. There are several different types of arch available; the one currently being reviewed is the 'tropical' arch, but there are other coloured arches available which have different toys attached to them.
The Tiny Love Arch is basically a plastic arch with several joins along it, covered by brightly coloured felt-like fabric which has fish, heart and butterfly motifs along it. At the end of the arch on both sides are large clips which can attach to various items. From the arch are five small loops to which you can attach toys. Three small soft toys are included with the arch; one which plays a tinny (but mercifully short) nursery rhyme when you press it at a certain angle (not possible for a baby to do!), one which rattles and one with a baby-safe mirror on it.
We have used our arch over a Moses basket (quite thin) and a car seat (quite thick), and have been pleased that it has attached firmly and securely to both of these items. I am especially pleased with it when we use it over the car seat, because it enables Baby Frank to be entertained with toys she can reach but not loose by dropping them out of her grasp.
I also really like the arch because it is easy to move out of the way when you need to get your baby out of the seat or pram to where you have attached it. You simply fold it down rather than having to take it completely off. This i a real plus when you never seem to have a spare hand when you're travelling around with a baby.
Baby Frank has been interested in the toys from a really early age, and still loves the arch 5 months down the line. I have found that a few of her other toys are the right size to fit on the arch and have enjoyed ringing the changes with what is on there. Although there are five loops, the bottom ones at either side seem obsolete as I just can't find a small enough toy which is suitable for babies that will hang on them. Plus, I think being underneath five dangly toys in close quarters would be rather overstimulating for most babies!
I'm really pleased with this product and think it would make a good present as it's versatile and fun (especially if you can find it for £12!).
When our daughter was born we didn't have a fancy car seat that you could hang things from so we went to Mothercare to see what we could find to keep her occupied on car journeys. There were lots of arches similar to this for sale, but I tried this one and it fitted to both my car seat and the buggy. We bought it when our daughter was about 1 month old.
The arch is green with a yellow clip on each end to attach it to a buggy or car seat. The arch has other shapes on it as well in bright colours to attract the babies attention. There are 5 loops to hang toys from but the arch only comes with 3 already attached. All the toys are brightly coloured and hang slightly from the loops. There is a bee that has crinkly wings, a snail that plays a tune when pressed and a mirror with wings. The whole arch can be adjusted to the desired angle over the baby.
I found this to be an excellent toy for my daughter. When she was very young she enjoyed watching the toys swinging above her and it kept her entertained when we were out in the car. As she got older, she was able to reach the toys and play with them. She never worked out how to press the button to make the snail play music but she used to talk to him whenever we pressed it for her. She really liked the bee and when a bit older, would pull him off the bar so she could cuddle him. We eventually had to take it away from her when she became strong enough to pull the bar right down on her.
This toy bar was an excellent purchase and I would definitely recommend and would be happy to buy it again. It cost me about £15 which was about average for this item and I think it was well worth the money.
I'm a great fan of baby toys and activities that can be used for more than one purpose and it was the versatility of this portable play arch that initially attracted me to it. Manufactured by popular brand Tiny Love, this is widely available from the usual nursery suppliers, including Mothercare and Amazon, for around £15-£17.
The arch comes complete with three small toys which are all suitable from birth. The toys are attached by a thin velcro strap and can be adjusted, rearranged or even attached to different toys or just detached and used as independent items. My son's favourite was the toy with a baby safe mirror as the shiny reflections used to fascinate him. There is also a soft toy which plays a gentle nursery rhyme when pressed. Obviously a very young baby hasn't got the co-ordination or strength to operate the music independently but the song was short and not overly loud or too annoying for parents or newborns alike.
The arch is not rigid as you might expect. Instead it flexes at various points meaning that an older baby can actually grab hold of the toys and pull them. It also means that the arch is very lightweight and portable which is exactly what you would expect for an accessory described as a 'take along' item.
The main disappointment for me was that the arch wasn't quite as versatile and adaptable as I'd imagined it to be. Despite having two jumbo plastic clips which expand quite a long way to enable the arch to be attached to different types of baby equipment, I found the clips to be quite temperamental. They had a tendency to spring off if the clips weren't securely attached. I had intended to use this primarily in the car as entertainment for longer journeys. Sadly, the clip didn't fit securely on to our first stage (Britax) car seat and tended to slip off the slightly shiny fabric after a couple of minutes. Likewise, the clips didn't attach very well on to the Britax travel system pushchair we used at the time, ruling out another potential use. The one piece of baby equipment that the arch did fit on to without problem was the moses basket but, unfortunately, both of our boys hated their moses baskets with a passion and this arch did little to sway them!
In all honesty, the main use we ended up having from the arch overall was through the separate use of the three soft toys. My little ones liked to play with them, suck them, chew them and generally take them about so we did get some use out of the product. The velcro straps also meant that the toys could be attached directly on to different surfaces in their own right.
I would not have purchased the arch at all had I realised that it would not fit the majority of baby items we planned to use it for though. If you're lucky enough to own a car seat and/or buggy that this arch will fit, it might be a useful product but it was a bit of a disappointment for us.
Tiny love take-along arch is a very flexable arch which clips on each which can be clipped onto prams and buggys and other baby seats, it has detachable toys which hang down for babies amusement.
This is a very popular and must have essential and it has been around for a good few years.
I had one that I used for all three of my children when they were babies and proberly used it from about 1 month old to 5 or even 6 months.
It is bright and babies like bright things to stare at! And as soon as they can start reaching out they will start to bat the little toys and soon enough be grabbing and playing with them.
The little toys are bugs and they can also come off the arch. They have crinkly bits in that make noise and one of them plays a little tune when pressed (I think it was the snail on mine!)
What makes this toy such a essential is that not only is it amusing to the child but it is easy to clip on and can go onto just about anything - there is no special fittings or specific buggy for it to go on as it is so flexable it bends too. So it can also be used while out and about or even in doors on a bouncer I used to even clip mine on my cot changer.
They are about £15 in most shops I think I got mine in Argos for just over £10.
I would definatly reccomend this toy to people with young babies.
I really liked this arch when I first saw it, it has a variety of textures and things to explore on the dangly insects like music and mirrors. The colours are good and the toys are very cute. It was OK hooked onto the pram but I never managed to fix it onto the car seat without it popping off. I don't think my son ever managed to get the best out of it as he was an Autumn baby so tended to be wearing big coats or snowsuits in his pram which stopped him doing more than looking and swiping at the toys. When the weather warmed up enough for him to come out of his coats he was in pushchair mode and the arch just didn't work properly on that.
It hasn't left me with a great impression but I think we were just unlucky with the time of year.
If you are expecting a baby or looking for a surefire winner for a gift for a newborn this tiny love arch is an excellent buy.
I've been working my way through all the baby things I have amassed over five years as I have completed my family, and this is one of the things that I am really glad I bought but sad to be passing on. Unlike some toys you can buy for newborns this really does interest small children and is a very adaptable item.
The arch consists of two clips joined by a flexible arch which is fabric covered. There are 3 toys which clip on to the arch, these can be removed and also added to, tiny love produce other items which attach to the hooks. The tropical arch pictured is the exact same one I had - it had one mirrored toy (babies love mirrors), one crinkle toy, and one toy (the snail) that can be pressed to play a tune, the tune is loud enough to engage baby's attention but not too grating.
The bright colours attract your baby's attention, and there are other themed arches available too, including a fish and transport theme.
What I think is really excellent about this arch is that it can be clipped to first stage car seats, bouncer seats and also it worked well on my pushchair.
I bought this item for my second child. It was actually one of the very few items I bought second time round, by then you have worked out that you don't actually need most of the things that you think babies might want. Now it is true that most new babies are quite happy looking at leaves moving or faces, but this arch really did engage my baby as it moved around to gentle movement in the car or buggy. This toy encourages baby to make the first batting and grasping movements.
You can purchase this item for about the £15 mark, there is always a brisk trade of them on ebay too, it is an item that tends to be looked at rather than pulled or chewed at the early age for which it is intended. I would say that this item is good for newborns up to about 5/6 months or so, I(the tiny love claims an 8 months as the upper age range) but as it is likely to have daily use it is still a good buy.
This activity arch is suitable from birth and is available in shops such as Mothercare, Toys R Us as well as online stores and is priced at around £14.99.
This is the 'tropical' theme activity arch and consists of a green arch, with a large yellow squeeze open clip on each end. There are 3 toys hanging on the arch.
The arch itself is flexible so folds down quite small for storage and also helps it to fit on different sized car seats/prams. The arch is green with with coloured fabric shapes along it's length such as a fish, a heart and a star. There are 5 loops on the underside of the arch to allow you to move the toys around and add other toys to the arch for your child to play with.
The clips to attach the arch are a little stiff to begin with but at least you know it's not going to fall off easily. The clips also allow the arch to be set at a variety of angles which makes it easy to set the arhc up at an appropriate distance from your child depending on their age/ability.
There is a 'bee' which has a yellow and lilac striped body with green legs, pink feet and pink wings. The wings are crinkly and the body rattles too.
There is a 'ladybird' that has a green and blue body with a mirror in the underside. It has yellow wing with lilac spots, the wings again are crinkly and the body rattles.
The third toy is a snail which is yellow, blue, pink and lilac. It is quite squashy and plays a tune when pressed (indicated by the treble clef embroidered on the snails body). It plays 'Twinkle Twinkle little star'
It provides a great deal of stimulation to your child ad helps them develop visual and motor skills.
Initially the toys will be hanging within your baby's visual range allowing them to develop their ability to focus on objects and ability to track objects moving.
The arch also aids hand eye co-ordination as your baby hits/touches/grabs the hanging toys.
Initially your baby will hit the toys by chance as he/she moves their hands/arms and as they get older will be able to hit the toy on purpose making it move and teaching your baby about cause and effect.
Once your child has more control he/she will reach and grab a toy with purpose and hold it, pull it to his/her mouth to explore it. They may even be able to activate the musical toy which up until this point they would only hear if you had started it for them.
We got this when my son was a couple of weeks old and would have it either on his car eat or pram. When he was too big for his pram, unfortunately it would fix onto the pushchair so it stayed on the car seat all the time. He loved to stare at it then play with it as he gained control of his arms and hands (and feet!!) and when he moved into his next stage car seat I think he missed his activity arch!!
This flexible and fun filled activity arch is easily attached to pushchairs, baby carriers, bassinets and small play pens. Featuring 3 soft hanging toys including a musical snail, butterfly mirror toy and rattling bee. The Take Along Arch has additional loops to hang baby's other favourite toys.