“ Brand: ELC / Age: Newborn / Type: Activity Toys „
The blossom farm activity dillon donkey is the perfect toy for a very young baby as there are no hard parts. It is fairly big and full of lots of touchy feely parts for baby to explore. My little girl loves hers especially the little bee on one foot which can be pulled and then vibrates. There is a little mirror on the donkeys tummy which is hidden behind a little flap waiting to be discovered. There is also a little pocket on the other foot containing a squeaky flower. The donkey is pale green so can be given to either a little boy or a girl. The age range is 0 - 12 months, although my daughter is a little older than this ( 15 months ) and still enjoys playing with hers. We got ours from the early learning centre for 15 pounds which is quite alot of money for what is essentially a teddy bear but it is now on sale for ten pounds. It is a pretty basic toy with limited activities but is perfect for very young children as a first toy.
When my little girl was born she received loads of teddy bears and the Blossom Farm Activity Dillon Donkey was one of them. To begin with she showed no interest in this teddy whatsoever (mind you what baby would play with something that is almost as big as them). So we put it to one side and forgot all about it.
Then recently I dug it out again and gave it to her to see if she would play with it (she is now nearly 5 months) and to my surprise she absolutely loves it. I would imagine it has something to do with all the various things that she can grab and chew.
So what makes this teddy different to the rest? This teddy is approximately 31cm tall so it's a nice size; it has two big floppy ears which have crinkly paper inside them so they make a noise when grabbed. It also has one blue hand and one orange one and again they are both filled with the same crinkly paper. On its belly is a carrot which has a baby safe mirror attached, the mirror has a flap which is used to cover it, this to is filled with crinkly paper. The left foot has a bee attached which when pulled out starts to vibrate and gets pulled back into the foot (my child likes chewing on this when its vibrating) and finally on the right foot is a flower (attached with a strip of material) the centre of which squeaks when pressed and the petals are again filled with crinkly paper.
The donkey is mostly pastel green and blue with splashes of red, yellow and orange (on the various toys). Now I have to be honest and say that I did not realize this was supposed to be a donkey (I thought it was some kind of rabbit) I only found out it was a donkey when I looked on the early learning centre website.
This teddy cost £15 from The Early Learning Centre which sounds a lot for a teddy but when you look at other similar products (for example the Sneezy the Activity Dragon on Amazon which is slightly smaller and has very similar toy attached it cost £24.99) I think the £15 price tag is not bad at all.
The age range for this toy is 0 - 12 months and it is supposed to encourage your child to look listen and touch or in my child's case just generally fight with it which is also great as it wears her out.
Baby Georgie received Dillon the Donkey from her grandparents this Christmas. He is suitable for babies from birth to 12 months. They purchased him online and told me that delivery was quite slow and they were relieved they had ordered well in advance of Christmas. Dillon is part of the 'Blossom Farm' toy range. When he was unwrapped our immediate reaction, as parents, was, 'Ahhh isn't he cute' .
He is a soft, activity toy in pastel colours with a few bright accents. He has a bee attached to one foot and a flower with scrunchy petals attached to his other foot. In his arms he holds a large carrot. On the front of the carrot is a pull out window (also make crackling noises when touched); when opened, this reveals a baby safe mirror. His hands and ears make noises when squeezed.
He is made of soft material and looks very durable. He is also quite large, 12 inches in height. We felt confident that he was safe to give to our little girl. Unfortunately, although he looks nice she hasn't shown much interest in him. Some amusement was to be had with the window that hides the mirror. Other than that though he doesn't have many features for baby to play with. When you take this into account he is actually just a rather expensive cuddly toy. For the price tag I would have expected him to do more, such as make sounds when pressed in different places for example. In conclusion, I wouldn't recommend this product, as I don't think he represents good value for money.
*About the store*
The Early Learning Centre sells toys and learning activities for babies and young children. It is a British shop that started off as a mail order company in the 1970s and now has 215 stores across the UK. The chain was bought by Mothercare for £85 million in 2007. There is also a number of Mothercare, Debenhams, Boots and Sainsburys that sell Early Learning Centre products. The brand is known for high quality toys that are made to stringent safety regulations.
Dillon is available on the Early Leaning Centre website for £15 (http://www.elc.co.uk/toy/blossom-farm-activity-dillon-donkey/ )
Soft cuddly donkey equipped with textures and activities for your baby to experience and enjoy.