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This was the first of many talking bears my son now owns, and is a bit special because it''s the first toy we bought for him once he arrived.
When my other half had to go to the physio again recently for more treatment on his back, I found myself with an hour to kill at the nearby shopping centre, so I headed for Mothercare for a bit of a wander round. With a four month old daughter (now six months), I was interested to see what baby toys they had as she was becoming ever more interested in the world around her and seemed to ned constant stimulation. There were the usual collection of baby gyms, soft toys and dangly pram characters, but nothing really felt suitable. And then I saw this teddy bear sitting on the shelf.
The first thing that struck me about the bear was the fact that he looked quite traditional. All the other toys around the place were brightly coloured - which I understand babies react well to - or had neon sections, which makes them look a bit strange at times. This bear was as a teddy bear should be! Nice and simple with a proper teddy bear face and patches on his body. It reminded me of the teddy bears that I used to have as a child and so picked it up for a further look. The teddy is SO soft, unbelieveably so! It is perfect for the delicate skin of a baby, and on showing it to my daughter she immediately started to reach out for it whic I took as a good sign! When I did get the bear home and out of the packaging (more of that in a moment) she was able to lift and hold the bear with ease; the softness meant that my daughter could squish and grasp the bear to her hearts content! The ears were also just the right size for her to put into her mouth and suck - every toy that she has is treated the same way!
Each of the patches on the bear has a stitched star; when the patch is pressed the bear speaks a phrase and then sings a song. The phrase relates to the area pressed (eg/ "This is my foot. Tickle me") I liked this feature as this willl help to teach my daughter different words and parts of the body (nose, tummy, hand and foot) and the song will also help with her verbal skills in time. What I did find strange was that the voice coming out of the bear was female. Now the bear to me is a 'he' and this voice just doesn't match. The voice is pleasant enough - it is a very well spoken woman - but it just doesn't go with this bear! For this reason, the bear gets four stars instead of five. Nevertheless, my daughter loved the bear even more when she heard the voice coming out! A huge smile spread across her face and even now two months on (when she is bored of a lot of her other toys) this still remains a firm favourite and provokes a happy reaction every time it is played with.
The bear is suitable from ages 3 months which was also another reason for my impulse purchase - a lot of other musical toys are from suitable from six months and I really wanted something age appropriate as a lot of websites seem to think that giving children toys out of their age range can actually be detrimental to their wellbeing/development (I'm no expert but as a first-time mum, I'm just trying to do my best for my daughter!) The battery pack for the bear is small and cannot be felt my your child whilst is use. It is easy for an adult to access and there is an on/off switch if the talking and singing become too much for a parent to put up with! The singing hasn't bothered me at all, but it would have been nice if there was a volume control switch on the bear as the singing is of a decent volume and it would have been nice to have used the bear to settle my daughter down for her sleeps.
The bear comes in simple packaging, but has lots and lots of twisty-ties at the back for the adults to work their way through! I am fairly patient, but even I was losing my rag a little with just how many there were! This is only a minor thing though and doesn't detract from the bear itself in any way. The batteries were also included which is good as it is really frustrating to buy a toy, get it home and then find you haven't got any means of switching it on! I paid £16 for the bear and it is without a doubt well worth the money. It is my daughters favourite toy, and as well as being something for her to love and cuddle, she will be able to interact with it when she is older and able to join in with the singing.
Such is the appeal of this bear that when I was round my in-laws at the weekend I left him safely tucked up in the corner of the room only to watch him being paraded around the house by my fourteen month old neice who had discovered upon him after dinner. She wouldn't let him go again and my daughter only got her teddy back when my neice fell asleep and we snuck off home!
My little boy got this teddy from his grandparents this past Christmas and he is so cute. What I really like about him is that he is a classic looking Teddy. A lot of these talking teddies you can get for little kids look a bit unrealistic. Don't get me wrong, they are very cute and educational but they are often a bright colour such as purple or green and have lights, buttons, shapes and numbers on them which often make them look busy and not as cute as just a regular teddy.
This teddy is really quite soft and squishy and very cuddly. He has shaggy light brown fur and the cutest little face. He has a little black button nose with a star on it. His nose is one of the places that you press to hear him talk. He says, "This is my nose, kiss me," and then he sings the put your finger on your nose song. I say he but the voice of this teddy is quite a well spoken ladies voice but to me the teddy just looks like a boy. The voice is quite loud as well which is a bit annoying but not too off putting. The thing I really like about this teddy is that his battery pack to activate the voice is quite small so when you cuddle the teddy you are not cuddling a big piece of plastic like is the case with some interactive teddies.
Ted also has a patchwork square on his tummy and then little patches on his paws, arms and feet with stars on. These little patchworks are the other places you press in order to hear him talk.
Ted will say, "This is my hand play with me," and then sings the Tommy Thumb where are you song on one hand and round and round the garden on the other hand.
He also says, "This is my foot, tickle me," and sings this little piggy went to market song on one foot and if you're happy and you know it on the other.
Finally he says, "This is my tummy cuddle me, " and sings the teddy bear touch your tummy song. All in all this is a great classic singing teddy that I definitely recommend.