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We received this toy bar when my son was first born, and it has provided much entertainment over the last eight months. The bar is from Bright Starts, and is currently priced at £10 in Asda.
The idea behind this toy is that it can be attached to pushchairs or car seats to keep baby amused when out and about in situations where their attention span can be limited. We mainly used this in the car, by attaching it to the car seat, and it kept our baby entertained on car journeys. The bar has straps at the side which attach by a Velcro fastening, and despite my initial reservations, this was actually strong enough to keep it fastened.
The bar has three toys on it which provide different sounds and textures to stimulate baby’s interest. Firstly, there is a rattle in the form of a zebra. The stomach part is the rattle, and obviously this has little balls in it to make a rattle sound when the zebra is spun on the bar. The middle toy is a lion, who has teething rings attached, and his nose lights up and plays four different melodies when pressed. And finally, there is (plastic) mirror, which babies love as they spend ages trying to work out what their reflection is.
In use, this toy had lots to keep our baby entertained from a young age. He has always been fascinated by mirrors, and so this alone was always going to be a winner with him. He also enjoyed making the zebra spin and hearing the rattle, and although it was a good few months before he could press the lion’s nose by himself, he kicks his little feet about when he hears the melodies. The melodies aren’t overly loud or intrusive, and this is one toy I never really tired of hearing. The only slight issue we found was that it couldn’t really be used on longer car journeys as it would get in the baby’s way as he was sleeping. He moves a lot in his sleep, flapping his arms around and so on, and would occasionally wake himself up by hitting the bar.
The bar is quite a useful toy for young babies. My son is eight months old now and although he still smiles when I get this out, he isn’t really entertained for long enough to put it on his pram or car seat. Having said that, I think that is just because he’s at an age where he’s entertained by his environment now. I also wonder if the Velcro would be strong enough to keep it in place now he is older and stronger, but that's not something I'd like to test.
I would recommend this toy bar for young babies. It is a good distraction when out and about, and has proven to be good quality.
At a Glance The Bright Starts Take & Go Tiger makes car seat time fun and engaging for your baby. The fun tiger lights up and plays songs when your baby pushes his nose, alongside the spinning zebra roller, spinning mirror and textured rings. Features and benefits for Bright Starts Take and Go Tiger Toy Bar Tiger's nose lights up and plays 4 fun melodies when your baby pushes it Spinning zebra roller ball with colourful rattle beads Spinning paddle mirror for self discovery Bead chaser with colourful textured rings make a fun clacking sound Straps attach easily to most infant carriers Suitable from birth Mothercare loves...??this travel toy for fun on the go. Your little one will be happily entertained by the friendly characters and cheerful music.Want to know more?The Bright Starts Take & Go Tiger Toy Bar with fun activities, melodies and lights hangs over your baby's infant carrier for engaging fun on the go. The tiger's nose lights up and plays 4 fun melodies when your little one pushes it. Also included are a cute zebra roller ball with colourful rattle beads and a spinning paddle mirror for self-discovery. The bead chaser with colourful textured rings make a fun clacking sound, stimulating your little one's senses. Straps attach easily to most infant carriers.Don't forget...Mothercare stocks batteries for all your little one's toys. What's in the box: 1 x Bright Starts Take & Go Tiger Toy Bar