Product Type: Baby Einstein baby toys
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A true classic
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes
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Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes
Date: 21/07/12, updated on 21/07/12 (58 review reads)
Advantages: Good music
Disadvantages: A little heavy for small babies
I love this toy as it is one of the few musical toys whose music or sound effects don't have me looking for the volume control within 5 minutes. I actually bought it whilst pregnant and used to play it to my bump.
It is quite small so good for small hands although it is a little bit heavy so I wouldn't give it to a baby under 6 months to play with in case they hit themselves with it. It consists of a bright courful handle in the shape of a caterpillar which my son likes to chew on, a central disc which is pressed to start the music and a screen which lights up in time to the music and is decorated with musical notes.
The music that is played are all familiar classical pieces which are easy on the ear. Pieces are by Mozart, Chopin, Vivaldi etc. For example the William Tell overture or the Lone Ranger music if you prefer its other name, the four seasons both spring and summer etc. My son likes to try to catch the lights as they flash as the music is played. There are two volume settings so you can select the one that you prefer. The sound is not too tinny and there are no annoying voices.
This is a handy toy for using at home or popping into your bag when out and about to keep your baby entertained. Do keep a good grip on it however as I did once see a mother drop it onto her baby as she was getting him changed after a swimming lesson. Her baby was ok but did cry for a bit as you might imagine. I have quite small fingers so can fit all four through the handle but if you have bigger hands you might struggled to do this.
My son was is was newborn seemed to enjoy listening to the music and now he is 8 months he likes to play with this toy on his own and can press the disc to start the music playing himself. He does sometimes press it several times so it jumps to the next piece which can be a little irritating but on the whole this is one of the less annoying musical toys he owns. I have found the battery life to be good as they haven't needed replacing yet. My friend has twin girls who are 18 months and they like this toy too
Overall my recommendation is to buy it either for your baby or bump or as a gift for a parent or parent to be. The cost is below £10 and I got mine from Amazon for around £8. At the time of writing this review it is selling on Amazon for £8.47. Update - having looked at the amazon image for this toy it has been improved and the new version now has a handle with beads on it and the central disc is a bit more colourful.
Summary: A great sounding musical toy
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