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Now my daughter has mastered how to hold things the new thing she has learnt is to wave them around, drop them and throw them (just about!). However, any little thing she can get her small hand around is picked up so in order to keep her occupied and amused with safe baby friendly toys I was finally able to unpackage a few toys that we had received for Christmas (and it will free up some space!).
One toy that I, well my daughter received for Christmas was the Wishing Wand in pink from Bright Starts. I've received a few things from the Bright Starts range and have been really impressed with the toy not to mention the price. My cousin bought Miss Peach the Wishing Wand as it was very girly and it was suitable for her age. The Wishing Wand comes fastened to cardboard backing so at least if you buy it in store you can hear the sounds the rattle makes as well as feel the product as to how soft or hard it is. The Bright Starts packaging is bright and colourful with plenty of information on what the product is.
The wand is really only suitable for older babies who can manage to pick things up and actually hold them rather than grasp and drop immediately but still having it will encourage a baby to pick it up. As soon as I unpackaged the wand I found it to be really light and the handle is slim enough for those little hands to hold. The handle is also curved so they will find it easier to hold in the middle where it is at its slimmest.
The Wishing Wand is made up of the handle which at the top there is a plush heart covered in pink floral fabric which is incredibly soft. On the heart there is a lovely butterfly which has wings that make a crinkling sound when touch and played with giving an extra sound for the baby. The handle is turquoise in colour and is made from a tough plastic which is smooth, with a rounded edge. At the bottom of the handle there is a bright pink plastic gem type detailing which makes it fit for a princess!
The handle has beads inside so when the baby picks it up and shakes it around the beads will rattle inside making a lovely sound which babies love. When the wand is waved around the sound effects are classed as magical sounds and I guess they do. They are the same sort of sounds that you hear in tv programmes when a wand is being waved. It really is hard to describe the sounds but the magical sounds the wand gives are quite gentle and loud enough to be heard but not overly loud to annoy the parent when the baby has figured out how to wave it and does it repeatedly!
My daughter has been playing with the wand for a few weeks now and at first she used it to chew and suck on as it was something else she could try and get her mouth around but now she knows that she can pick it up and wave it around although her grip still isn't quite as strong as it will be because it is really light she has no problems being able to hold it for quite a while and wave it in the air.
The heart is really soft which just in case my daughter does bang herself on the head with it when she is waving it around it doesn't hurt her and most of the time she ends up giggling and smiling. Although the Wishing Wand is quite simple in design my daughter seems to really enjoy playing with it and has mastered how to wave it around. The butterfly wings I think have been crinkled to death but surprisingly they are still going strong! As I said above the handle is curved slightly so it can be held easily and my daughter's little hands manage to hold it well. I really like the magical sounds and although not as varied as some toys you can buy it keeps my daughter occupied and happy so I can't really complain.
This really is a lovely rattle for any little Princess. Although it isn't a toy that I would have rushed out to buy I do really like it and my daughter's grip certainly has strengthed since using this and I do like the variety of sounds (crinkle, beads and magical sounds) that the rattle provides. I can't complain about it at all, it is easy to hold, very lightweight and colourful so on the whole I like it and would recommend it. I give 4 stars just because it is basic and I know my daughter will loose interest in it the older she gets.
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Availability: Bright Starts stockists - Boots stock it
Age Range: 3 months +
Price: £6.99 (Boots)
Other: A percentage of the proceeds of the sale go towards Breast Cancer Research
Batteries: Non required