Product Type: Baby Einstein baby toys
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An 'ipod' for babies!
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes
Member Name: CrazyEgg
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes
Date: 06/07/12, updated on 27/01/13 (40 review reads)
Advantages: Big, easy to press buttons, introduces baby to classical music
Disadvantages: Can't think of any!
What is it?
It's an ipod for babies! About the size of a real ipod the Baby Einstein version features a chunky, beaded, caterpillar handle, a screen that flashes different coloured lights and a big button in the middle to play and select tunes. There is a sliding on/off switch which allows the device to play at one of two volumes. There are seven music selections by the composers Vivaldi, Mozart, Rossini and Chopin. I do not know my classical music well enough to identify all the pieces, but three are Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Rossini's William Tell Overture. Each is played for over 30 seconds. The ipod requires batteries to operate and these are included with the product. The battery compartment is closed by a single crosshead screw.
The manufacturer's intentions
Baby Einstein was set up in the late 1990s by a parent who wanted to develop toys that had a specific focus on bringing the arts and humanities to babies. The focus was to be on quality, fun and interaction: encouraging babies natural inclination to discover the world. The takealong tunes ipod is intended to promote musical appreciation, visual perception and auditory development and obviously to introduce baby to classical music.
This is a favourite in our house because...
We received this at Christmas when Baby was effectively 3 months. She had very little strength in her arms she was still able to press the button to make the music play. It was the first real musical toy we had and we learned that when Baby was distressed or pretending not to be tired, the music on this had an instant calming effect. There is sufficient variety on it not to become repetitive too easily and there is a lovely tone to it, so it does not grate on adults either. She has also enjoyed looking at the lights flash on it.
Feeding has been our big issue. Baby is fed by nasogastric tube. We have had input from Speech and Language therapists and done food 'swipes' to enable her to have the sensation of taste. More recently we moved on to tiny tastes from a spoon. The way she was sitting in her chair and often looking downwards made this hard to achieve. By holding the takealong tunes above her in one hand I was able to make her look up and sit up straighter and this helped the feeding; took us a little closer to regular feeding in its own way (I am sure we will get there in the end)... Other toys were used, but none had the power of the takealong tunes. So- I have a fondness for it from these earlier times, and I include this as part of the review in case it can be of use to others.
Now Baby is ten months and the takealong tunes still soothes her. She beams when she manages to make it play, is using 'Peter Pointer' to operate it now and has shown more interest in the beads on the caterpillar handle. These she twiddles and chews.
This is a great modern musical toy for a baby, great music, handy size and flashing lights to boot.
Summary: A great toy for simple visual, auditory and kinaesthetic stimulation during the early months.
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