“ Brand: John Lewis / Type: Bath Toy „
My daughter wasn't always that keen on having a bath, so to encourage her we bought a number of toys for her to play with to take her mind off the water. One of these was this family of ducks set from John Lewis, costing £6. It's such a shame that Dooyoo haven't got a picture on this item to show you as they are incredibly cute! But, if you're interested they are still available on John Lewis' website and there's a picture there.
The set consists of one large 'parent' duck, measuring around 15cm at it's widest point and two smaller ducks, that are considered to be the babies. They measure around 6cm at their widest point. They are all made from rubber - the parent duck is yellow in colour with an orange beak, whilst one baby duck is red and the other is purple so there's a nice range of colours. All of the ducks have very friendly faces on them too.
The large yellow duck has a big dip in it's back and is shaped in such a way that the two smaller ones can rest on it's back - the idea is then that the family can float around the water as one unit, as a family. To help them stay in place, there are designated ridges on the parent duck that the two smaller ones fit perfectly into and the plastic representing the larger duck's feathers rises high so that they can't topple out. That's the idea anyway.
Unfortunately, the concept is better than the toys themselves. My daughter never leaves the toys as one unit as she finds the two smaller ducks just the right size to grasp onto so the larger duck doesn't get played with all that much. The larger duck does still go in the bathwater sometimes but unfortunately does not float very well in the longer term. Not great considering they are rubber ducks and that is supposed to be their main feature! When it is placed in the water, the duck floats to begin with, but then starts to fill with water via the hole on it's bottom until it ends up sinking completely. When we do place the two smaller ducks on the back to show my daughter where they belong, that doesn't help things. The whole family falls to one side and capsizes as the two smaller ducks must make it far too heavy for the larger duck to stay afloat. If it does manage to stay upright, then it just ends up sinking quicker by filling with water faster!
The two small ducks are handy by themselves to keep her amused during bath time. She grasps onto them tightly during the whole bath so I suppose in that respect, it doesn't matter too much to us as they keep her mind off being in the water. We did eventually start using them away from bathtime because she'd want to keep hold of them after her bath and sometimes they make their way into her toy box. They serve their intended purpose of amusing her so that's good. These would not be suitable at all however for those who wanted to watch them float about the water as ducks! It is simply not possible for any length of time.
I don't think it's asking that much for the set to float, considering they are made specifically for bathtime. We're just lucky that my daughter isn't interested in using them in this way first and foremost but I expect for most children, these would be a major disappointment. They are very cute but unfortunately don't live up to their expectations. It's 2 stars from us personally because my daughter is happy to use them as a normal toy but I doubt they'd score anything if we wanted to use them as they're intended.
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I brought the Happy Duck Family from John Lewis to try to encourage my daughter to enjoy bath time - she used to hate it and the fun times I envisioned splashing around in the bath actually ended up with hysterical crying and the poor little thing clinging on to me for dear life terrified of the water! I tried to use the ducks as a distraction technique for her. At first she had no interest what so ever, but over the last few weeks, she has really started to notice the happy family of ducks floating past.
The duck family consists of a big mummy or daddy duck which is bright yellow with an orange beak. The back of the larger duck is hollowed out to hold the two little baby ducks, one orange and one pink, both with a green beak.
The smaller ducks have holes in the bottom so that if you squeeze them under water they fill up with water. They then make great squirting toys. I have squirted the water onto my daughters tummy and she seems amused by this.
Unfortunately when you remove the smaller ducks and put them in the water to float, they capsize! I tried many ways of putting them into the water - different angles, filling them up with various amounts of water, but nothing works. They are obviously weighted wrong. This is such a shame as they are so lovely and colourful. They just seem to have a design flaw and don't float as a duck should. For this reason I would not recommend them to anyone else, and the product only gets 2 stars from me. At some point I will be on the lookout for another little duck family for the bath and hope that they will all float!
The Happy Duck Family is available at John Lewis costing £6. It says they are suitable for children from 6 months, but as there are no small parts and no obvious hazards and my daughter just watches them at the moment, I have used them since she was about 2 months old.
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