Product Type: Fisher Price baby toys
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Weird Retro Phone-nomenon!
Fisher Price Chatter Phone
Member Name: davydoug
Fisher Price Chatter Phone
Advantages: Cheap & has some learning benefits
Disadvantages: Won't hold attention for too long
Now, I'm about to sound really old, and to be fair in some peoples eyes I am really old (33!!! How did this even happen????) but I remember living in a time when everyone had phones like these in their house. And you know, phoning that house phone was pretty much the only option you had for contacting the person you were after. You couldn't try a phoning a mobile, or texting or facebooking, if they didn't answer the big old fashioned phone (or their mum didn't answer and then yell out the back door for them) you were screwed.
So the fact that there is a toy for babies based on this old type of phone seems a bit unusual to me (a phone with wheels and a smiley face is fine, that's not unusual at all). Anyway, I liked the retro fun and bought one for my son anyway. I figured if they'd been around since I was a baby and they still made them now, they must be good.
Right, this is a very basic toy. The child can dial on the phone dialer, they can pull the phone along by the string (and watch the wobbly eyes wobble as it rolls along), they can chew on the receiver, throw it out of their cot, generally swing it about (the rope bit attaching the receiver and the main body of the phone is quite short which can be a bit annoying, but I think it's to avoid babies strangling themselves so you can't really argue with that) and that's about it.
My son has always enjoyed playing with the phone. Right away (from about 6 months) he learnt to pull the phone along (well more of a 'get over here phone' type action were he didn't move but the phone was whipped over to him). It's well made so can take a good battering, plus it not expensive - £8 on amazon, maybe a bit cheaper in some shops.
I know I've said it doesn't do much but i have hopes that the boy might go back to this toy again in the future when playing - maybe even play at using it as a phone, when pretending to time travel naturally.
Summary: Decent cheap toy
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