Product Type: Bruin baby toys
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Bruin Peek in Roller
Member Name: kiwiii85
Bruin Peek in Roller
Date: 08/12/08, updated on 08/12/08 (198 review reads)
Advantages: Encorages crawling
Disadvantages: Inflatable so pops easily, doesn't do much so babies bore of it easily
We bought this for our daughter when she first started crawling about as we thought it would be something she could chase and have fun with. I was a bit sceptical about it being inflatable because my daughter was at the stage where she was biting everything and i mean everything!
The peek a boo roller comes deflated but is inflated simply by blowing in the little tubes on the side. This was less than a two minute job so it was extremely easy to setup. It is made of PVC so it's very soft if your little one is like mine and liked to bash everyone (including herself) on the head with it.
You can buy this in green or blue (i think there might be a pink one around now too) and it features little windows on it for your baby to peek through. Inside there are several little balls that jingle - the idea is that your baby with hit it, hear the noise and continue to push it around.
There are colourful pictures on the outside of the ball for your baby to look at but they will bore of these extremely easy.
~~~The good bits~~~
There are a few advantages of this toy for a baby but i think the disadvantages outweigt these.
The toy is good for encouraging your baby to crawl as it strengthens the arms in two ways. The first is by pushing it, the second by trying to reach it and crawling around after it. In this respect, it also strenghens their legs. It can capture their attention too so they'll be learning new things all the time - like if you move the ball it makes a noise.
~~~The bad bits~~~
It's inflatable so inevitably it burst after a couple of months and we're still none the wiser how it happened. We went to bed one night with it up, came back in the morning and it was down. Needless to say it went in the bin though we did keep the balls from inside it and my daughter loves playing with those.
She got bored of this very easily and if she wasn't hitting it about, rather than crawling after it, she didn't want to know.
We bought this in Toys r us for £4.99 but i don't really think it was value for money. She did enjoy it at times, but she didn't really peek through the windows and she just wanted to hit us with it! I should also mention it doesn't require any batteries.
It's suitable from 6 months plus but my daughter was a very early crawler and could have had this a couple of months earlier than the recommended age.
I wouldn't buy this again as it wasn't very durable and it isn't the most interesting toy we've had. There are several different toys around for your baby to play with that will teach them exactly the same skills.
Summary: Give it a miss, you'll have it for a short time before it's unusable.