“ Manufacturer: ELC / Age: Newborn „
The photo pictured above is the older, better style of Blossom Farm toys. The new style is much softer and paler looking; they all look depressed and as though they have lost their zest for life! I am reviewing the above style.
My daughter was bought this at three months old by her four year old cousin. I think it cost her approximately £8.00 of her pocket money, God bless her!
A lovely, brightly coloured bumblebee, and very soft and squidgy, he will soon become your baby's best friend. he hangs from a yellow loop, which is one that you can open and hang from bars on buggies and cots. When you pull the bumblebee down, he vibrates and moves upwards quickly. When my baby first felt this, she cried her eyes out as it shocked her; so try and prepare your baby beforehand!
He has crinkly wings and is brightly coloured which is great for sensory development. he has large parts for gross motor skills, and small parts for fine motor skills. he is also very hardy and can take a HUGE amount of chewing! As he is made from fabric, he isn't wipe clean or machine washable, but I found that using hot, soapy water and a sponge worked just fine at getting sicky stains off him.
Not really a lot more I can say about this bumblebee, just that he is a fabulous toy by Blossom Farm and has now been passed down to my baby son by his big sister!
As two month old Freddy has become more aware of the world around him, we've been looking for toys to amuse and stimulate him. We bought the ELC Busy Bugs Wiggly Bug specifically to attach to Freddy's car seat and it's been brilliant at keeping him amused on longer journeys.
The Wiggly Bug comes with a plastic clip that allows it to be securely attached to buggies, cots and in our case, car seat handles at just the right height for Freddy to reach. As well as featuring bright colours on the body, the feet of the bug are high contrast black and white, which attracts the attention of even very young babies. The shiny blue, crinkle wings add yet another visual and tactile dimension to the toy. But the best thing is that if you pull the bug it will spring back making a satisfying whirring noise that Freddy thinks is really funny.
Freddy loves his bug, it's soft bodied with no sharp edges and so very safe for him to handle. The clip means that it can't be dropped and lost. The light shines nicely off the wings (what is it with babies and shiny lights), the friendly smiley face encourages him to chat away and although he can't manage to pull it himself, he loves it when Mummy or Daddy make it work. The only real fault I can find is that the whirring only lasts for about a second, it would be much better if it lasted a lot longer.
Wiggly Bug can be bought from The ELC, either in store or online, is suitable from birth to 12 months and costs a very reasonable £6. This is a great price for such a cute little toy that does such an exceptional job of stimulating baby's senses and encouraging them to look, listen and touch. It's not the biggest toy in the world being about 4 inches long and is small and light enough for little hands, and it doesn't play tunes (thank goodness) or need batteries. Although the bug can't have a bath (or go in a washing machine), it is easy to wipe clean. And with no fancy electronics to go wrong it's very durable, although I'm a little concerned that Daddy pulls it a little too hard sometimes so far it's not been affected by his heavy-handedness.
If you have a young baby I can't recommend this toy enough, every time I watch Freddy chat away and smile at the bug, I know just how glad I am that I bought it for him and am therefore awarding the Busy Bugs Wiggly Bug a maximum five stars out of five.