Product Type: ELC baby toys
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ELC Light & Sound Buggy Driver
Member Name: benz2922
ELC Light & Sound Buggy Driver
Advantages: Entertaining, educational, and fun!
Disadvantages: I would not recommend the age range given.
Throughout the first year of my daughter's life she had a real problem being strapped into things or being held down. This would cause problems whilst being in the pram, car seat, and highchair and when I tried to rock her to sleep. For all of the other problems I found an ideal solution: car seat - music, highchair - food! And sleepy time - milk. The only problem that I failed to find a solution for was her pram. She would press her little body up to the straps so hard her face would go bright red, either in a struggle or concentration for freedom.
Despite the ELC Light & Sound Buggy Driver being designed from 3 months plus, my daughter received this for her first birthday. Initially I was sceptical about using it. I had seen these types of toys on buggies around town and my first impression was that they looked rather tatty. Admittedly, this one in particular looked better than any others that I had seen but I was still in doubt. I let my daughter play with it in the house for a little while to see if she would like it, and she did absolutely love it.
I decided I had nothing to lose trying it out on the pram for a day out, for a little while she did still struggle and didn't pay any attention to the toy. After a while she seemed to give up on the idea of getting herself out of the pram and gave the toy a little look. For the rest of the journey she played with the toy and didn't struggle for freedom as she usually would. She didn't look very happy, rather just slightly amused but she did laugh once which was definitely progress. For the next year or so we used the toy and it resulted in the end of her struggle for freedom.
The ELC Light & Sound Buggy Driver is basically a toy that can attach to the pram. As far as I am aware it comes in two colours. The multi coloured pictured above and a pink one. Both are the exact same just the colour is different. Its designed as a car, it has a steering wheel which beeps, a key (already attached) you turn this and it turns the toy on as well as making the noise of a starting car. There are two side mirrors, there is a sort of gear stick, I guess the toy is designed as an automatic as this can only move forward and back. There are indicators as well. Some of the functions make car related noises however some noises are totally irrelevant and some produce songs or melodies.
My daughter's favourite functions were the mirrors as she, like most babies had a fascination with her reflection. She also enjoyed pressing all of the buttons, turning the knobs and playing with all of the little devises to get the toy to play the song. This was a guarantee to make her laugh every time as it is a happy and bubbly tune. I would guess that the buggy driver was designed to allow babies and toddlers to think they were driving the pram, however if this was the idea, my daughter never made the connection. As she got older she did think she was driving a car, but never did she associate the toy with the pram.
The buggy driver can be bought for £20.00. This is the price I have found it selling at the most and as well as it being sold at ELC it is also available from Debenhams and Boots. The buggy driver comes fully assembled and ready to use in the box. It has large grip (almost claw like) holders which are activated by a turn mechanism. This has rubber on the inside which allows it to fit to the pram securely and without damaging the pram. The buggy driver is not designed for all pram types and it would not fit on your average travel system. It is designed more so for strollers. We have only ever used it on our McLaren stroller and it fitted perfectly. There was also enough room between the toy and my daughter to allow her to move around but the toy was still in arms reach for her to be able to play with. In a way I disagree with the age range of 3 months as I know at that age my daughter was still in her travel system and the way she was lay down in this would have not just made the buggy driver hanging above her head dangerous, she would have also not been able to reach it. I also think the buttons and devices are too advanced for a baby of 3 months and I think they would struggle to even turn the steering wheel. I think anything after 6 months is ideal as by that age not only will the baby of made the transition from travel system to stroller they will also be able to get some play and understanding from the buggy driver.
Overall I found this a very useful and pretty looking toy. My daughter enjoyed it and admittedly it did look ok on the pram. This is definitely one I would advice buying over some of the others available. It is very durable and sturdy and also easy to clean and maintain. The buggy driver requires AA batteries but I found the ones supplied lasted us for the year we used it. I don't know where ours was bought but I would double check if batteries are supplied as there is nothing worse than buying a new toy and then not having the batteries to operate it! (Talking from experience here!) The buggy driver is highly recommended for car or non car lovers alike, it's a very entertaining toy.
Summary: Perfect for any wriggly caterpillar!
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