Product Type: ELC baby toys
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ELC Froggy Rattle - Like no frog I have ever seen
ELC Froggy Rattle
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ELC Froggy Rattle
Date: 16/04/12, updated on 16/04/12 (64 review reads)
Advantages: Rattle and teether, educational, initially entertaining, durable, easy to clean, safe, ok price
Disadvantages: Hard to get out of packaging, loses interest quickly
- Why We Bought -
When my son was about five months old we were shopping in Boots and he was getting a bit fed up. We were wandering down the baby isle when I noticed the ELC Froggy Rattle on the shelf had caught his eye. I gave it to him to hold while I shopped and he instantly loved it so I thought I better buy it for him! I actually had trouble getting it off him so the lady at the till could scan it!
- The Packaging -
The frog came attached by plastic tags to a piece of cardboard that had the Early Learning Centre brand on it. It was quite difficult to free Froggy from the plastic tags and a decent pair of scissors is needed to do this. The card said that Froggy is a rattle as well as a teether.
- The Rattle -
The frog is made from hard green plastic. He has a cute head with a big smile and a yellow spotted tummy with a see-through bit containing brightly coloured beads that rattle. On his back there is a convex mirror which when baby looks into this he will see a slightly distorted image of his face! Froggy looks like he has his hands on his hips because his arms are thin yellow plastic that are like semi circles by his sides. On each arm there is a hard rubber disk that looks a bit like a hand, one blue and one orange. These are ideal for a teething baby to chew on and they also move around so are fun to play with too. Froggy's legs are thin yellow strips and each has a textured plastic ball for feet, one blue and one red. On each ball foot there is a hard rubber edge that looks like webbed feet, again this is ideal for a teething baby to chew on. Overall the frog looks fun, colourful and appealing to babies.
- Playing With Froggy -
Froggy can be chewed as a teether, rattled or simply held and carried by baby. He was very easy for my son's little hands to hold onto and there were quite a few elements to entertain him with, especially for a relatively small toy (Froggy is approximately 10cm tall). Despite the initial enthusiasm for this toy my son got bored of it quite quickly and I wouldn't say it was a favourite. I think part of the problem was that by the time we bought this toy he was almost at the end of the stage of playing with rattles so I wish we had had it from around 2-3 months. It is still in his toy box and he will occasionally play with it but usually discards it quite quickly. He does show more interest in Froggy if we bounce it up and down and rattle it in his face! My son has never used Froggy as a teether as he always seems to prefer chewing on his own fists. I like the educational element as it helps teach babies about sounds, textures, colours and helps develop motor skills when they learn to hold it and shake it. Froggy seems to be quite a durable toy, as I would expect from ELC. He has survived being thrown around and dropped from the highchair. He is easy to clean with a damp cloth and I also put him in the steriliser a few times. I'm not sure if that is recommended but he survived the experience! This seems to be a safe toy to play with and has never caused any injury to my son.
- Age Range -
Froggy is suitable from 3-12 months. I think this is accurate as at three months most babies would be able to hold onto this and at 12 months most babies would no longer find it entertaining enough and would lose interest. I wish I had bought it when my son was three months as I feel we would have got more use out of it.
- Price and Availability -
The standard price for this toy seems to be £5 and it is available from the Early Learning Centre, Boots and Amazon. I bought ours in Boots using my Boots Advantage Points so I feel like we got it for free, but I think £5 is a reasonable price to pay. Similar rattles and teethers are around this price.
- Would I recommend? -
I would recommend the Froggy rattle as I think it is a nice rattle/teether. I would suggest giving it your baby around three months. I think my son had toys which he preferred but it does make a nice addition to the toy collection.
Summary: A nice frog design rattle/teether
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