The Tommie Tippee Wobby Bug Teether is another great item form Tommie Tippee. We bought this as a spare teether/toy for the grandparent's house and it went down a treat with our little boy. The Wobby Bug is a little ladybug type design surrounded by a soft plastic circle. The plastic circle is designed to act as a teething ring and help relieve pain when they bite down. You do not need to put this in the fridge like other teether's however. The lady bug design in the centre, has a colourful appearance and has some rattles in the top. There is also a little button you can fit to make the bug squeak. The Wobble Bug is around £5 and is a bargain at that price. Our son will play with it for ages and it seems to help when his gums are playing up. It probably would be a little better if the teething ring had the liquid in that you could then pop in the fridge to help even more with the teething. The Wobble Bug is also nice and compact and doesn't take up much room if you wanted to take it out and about with you.
I saw a fellow mothers baby with this product at the nursery one day and she said how her little one got on really well with it and was something they played with and used a lot so I decided to give it a try for my little girl and I must say that ever since day one she has loved it. Given that you can buy it for under a fiver it has represented excellent value for money. What I really like about this toy, and part of the appeal I guess for my daughter, is that it is really easy for her to grip onto, it has a radius of about five centimeters and there are lots of gaps and textures for her to explore, it is also brightly coloured and makes a noise as well. We only bought it when she was 6 months old however it is shown as being suitable for babies from birth so we could have bought it earlier it is just that I had not really noticed it before that day. There is an outer ring which is easy to grip and then there are rubber bits that attach the bugs body to this ring, on the back of the bug there is a reflecting mirror and the face is made of plastic. Pressing down on the body makes him squeak and also he wiobbles when pressed against a hard surface at the same time, the teeth are a rattle effect and he also has a couple of purple ears (or whatever bugs have instead of ears) and these are moveable. For my little one it is the rattle effect that she seems to like the most, she struggles with getting it to squeak and certainly when it was first bought we had to do that for her however more recently she has learnt how to do this. Naturally it ends up in her mouth a lot and she gets on really well with the outer teether ring as something to chomp and drool over. This ring is textured as well which helps. She also likes the mirror although this does have to be wiped clean quite a bit due to all the finger marks but the whole toy is easy to wipe clean. It is also well made, I did worry a bit about the rubber attachments to the ring but they seem robust enough. This is something I would recommend as it is a good toy and also a teether and it is good value for money.
With babies it's not always the most expensive, flashiest toy that becomes a favourite. The Tommee Tippee Wobble Bug, a teether that I bought on special offer for just £3.49 has been one of eight month old Freddy's most played with toys for over four months, and one that he will still play with for up to an hour at a time. Of course, the way he's played with it has changed over those months, but I have to say this is a remarkably good toy. Tommee Tippee Tommee Tippee, itself, is a large well known producer of baby related goods. I haven't a clue how long they've been in operation, but have bought products from their range for my other, grown up children. So Tommee Tippee products have been on supermarket shelves for at least 20 years and probably a lot longer. The majority of the Tommee Tippee range are feeding or health related, with them manufacturing bottles, breast pumps, weaning spoons, beakers and even baby monitors. The wobble bug fits into their teething range, although personally I would say it is more a toy than teether. The Bug The wobble bug is a perfect size for little hands, being approximately 10cm in diameter. He consists of a textured outer ring and then the actual bug is attached to this ring by some rubber legs (well I'm calling them legs). The bug's body is made of hard plastic and features a baby safe mirror on his underside. Unlike many baby safe mirrors this actually gives a very accurate reflection. The bug has a sweet smiley face and a couple of activities on his back. Firstly there is a squeaker, then there is a rattle (semi-circle with some tiny balls in it) and finally his antennae move from side to side. If you place the bug flat on the floor and then push the body down, he not only squeaks, but also wobbles from side to side. As far as the bug's colouring goes, he's not the brightest of toys, but still colourful with muted shades of blue, green, orange and pink. Freddy and the bug As the wobble bug is advertised as being suitable from birth, we bought this for Freddy when he was just a couple of weeks old and just starting to be able to turn towards sounds. I wouldn't really say that it's that useful a toy for a newborn though, we really did have to help Freddy access it for the first few months. He did respond when we made it squeak though, it was one of the first toys he smiled at, and he also enjoyed looking and cooing at the baby in the mirror. The bug really came into it's own when Freddy started teething at about four months old. Freddy really didn't (and still doesn't) like the soft teethers that you put in the fridge, he's always preferred harder, textured teethers. The ring surrounding the bug was the perfect size for Freddy to hold and fitted in his mouth perfectly. From about four months old Freddy could easily pick this up from the floor and transfer it to his mouth to chew on. For the first few times this was all he did, then he noticed the mirror and would spend a good few minutes just staring at the 'baby' and smiling. Then he discovered that if he shook the bug about it would rattle, so he started to wave it about like a mad creature every time he got his hands on it. Unfortunately he has hit himself in the face a few times doing this and it did leave a red mark on his forehead once, so be warned this is hard and it will hurt if you get hit with it. Although Freddy couldn't, at this point, press the squeaker for himself, he did learn quite quickly that if he hit the bug against the floor (or his tummy) he could make it squeak. The look of triumph on his face the first few times he did this was a truly wonderful Mummy moment, and after that first few times he steadily found more and more ways of making it squeak, including kicking it and bashing it on Mummy's knee. Now at eight months, Freddy is far more proficient at accessing all the activities the bug has to offer, and can press the squeaker with his hand (even though he still prefers the bashing method), fiddle with and chew on the antennae and of course he still chews on the outer ring (especially as he has more teeth coming through right now). But Freddy has one particular game he plays with the bug that's perhaps not exactly what it was intended for. He holds it with both hands, with the mirror facing out and then reflects light from the window onto the wall (just like I used to with watches). The look of concentration on his face when he does this is rather sweet and he'll spend ages moving the flash of light around the room. Although he can't crawl, Freddy is perfectly capable of getting around the room, and if this toy is out he will make a bee line for it, which shows just how much he loves it. This is also one of the few toys that will distract him when he's being particularly clingy (he's at that age), if I need to go to the toilet, I'll often give him this toy so that I can go out of the room without him screaming. A Bug's Life Freddy's wobble bug has been played with extensively over the last few months and it's been chewed on daily. In the most part it looks as good as new, especially considering how sharp Freddy's teeth are. Most of it's features are still intact, it hasn't cracked or broken, even after being bashed against hard surfaces and thrown on the pavement on rather more than one occasion. In fact, the only signs of wear and tear is that the pupil of one eye has a couple of scratches on it and the mirror is normally adorned with Freddy's fingerprints. Being made of solid plastic, the bug is easy to wipe clean, but it isn't really suitable for sterilising or being immersed in water, although a wipe down with sterilising solution doesn't do it any harm. Learning Through Play Although this is technically a teether, in my eyes it's actually much more, it's more a toy and one that will aid your baby's development at that. Although it's billed as suitable for newborn, it's not a toy a baby can independently access until they get to three to four months old. But with your help the bug can help your very young baby develop their visual, social and auditory skills, as he looks in mirror and listens to the rattle and squeaker. As baby gets older the bug rewards improving hand-eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills as baby learns to pass the teether to his mouth, press the squeaker, play with the antennae and even (as Freddy does) use the mirror to create flashes of light on the ceiling and wall. As a teether, it may not be suitable for all babies, if your baby prefers to chew on softer, chilled teethers then he probably won't like chewing on this. But the activities will still take his mind of the pain. Final Words Tommee Tippee Wobble Bug Teether is an excellent yet inexpensive toy, that Freddy absolutely loves. Although it's perhaps not the best teether for all babies, it is a toy that will take their mind off of the pain, and Freddy actually prefers to use this to soothe his gums. If Freddy could rate this, I'm pretty sure he would give it 10 stars out of five, but seeing as he can't and the maximum rating I can give is five out of five, then that's what it will have to be. This truly is one toy that we couldn't be without, and should it ever break I would have no hesitation in replacing it, even at the full price of around £4.99 (from Superdrug, Amazon, Boots and Savers).