Product Type: Fisher Price baby toys
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Fisher Price Chatter Phone
Member Name: i_am_joy
Fisher Price Chatter Phone
Advantages: Looks lovely, nice noises from the dial
Disadvantages: The cord is ridiculously short, frustrating for baby, not as much fun as the original version
I bought my granddaughter a Chatter Phone from Fisher Price around 4 months ago when she was 14 months old. She had been walking for a while by this time and was stable enough to be able to pull the phone along behind her, I remember my daughters' had the 1970's/80's version of this toy and they both loved it so I was in no doubt that my granddaughter would adore it!
To cut a long story short, she didn't. And the temper tantrums that this silly phone caused meant that every adult in the family loathed the toy within a month!
Yes, it's still a lovely looking chunky phone with a happy smiling face. It still has the same tinkly dial on the front of the phone, and it still has the lovely red receiver so your little one can phone Nanny, Mummy or Iggle Piggle. But it's the receiver that causes all the trouble, which is a shame considering this and the dial are the two main (only) functions of the toy.
You see, the twirly cord which attaches the receiver to the body of the Chatter Phone is just like a real phone. Only much, much shorter. It's ridiculously short, perhaps being only around 10 inches long even when fully stretched with no twirl in it at all. It's silly because it means that to make a 'phone call' my granddaughter has to physically pick up the whole phone and try to hold the bulky toy while holding the receiver to her ear. It doesn't work, she's only a baby and hasn't either the co-ordination or strength to do this properly! Otherwise she has to stoop down to use the receiver and this frustrates her as she likes to be on the go at all times.
I know Fisher Price would probably argue that this is a health and safety point as obviously you wouldn't want the cord to become wrapped around baby's neck. I realise this, but by making the cord so ridiculously short it has taken away the charm and fun of this toy which has definitely stood the test of time.
But there's another irritating thing, although this one is easily solved. While the cord attaching the receiver to the phone is too short, the cord to pull along the wheeled phone is much too long! There really is no happy medium when it comes to this toy! I'm not sure how long it was as I quickly cut away the excess with a pair of scissors, but before I did this my granddaughter was pulling toy but there was so much cord there that she was halfway across my living room before the phone moved and then she found it terribly hard to control because of all the slack in the cord.
I paid £4.99 for the Chatter Phone and had been expecting it to become a much loved toy as she loves getting hold of our mobile phones and having a natter to Dipsy or whoever. Unfortunately she found it a frustrating toy and it ended up causing so many tantrums that her Dad finally snuck it into the charity bag when she wasn't looking!
PS - The Chatter Phone my granddaughter owned had an old fashioned dial and not the push buttons shown in the photo above and yes, the cord really is that short!
Summary: A very, very frustrating toy - just what you need when baby is heading for the 'terrible twos'!
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