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I bought this product because I was looking for something which will help entertain my baby when I put her in her cot. I have tried putting on music or her mobile but it just doesn't seem to stimulate her enough to entertain her until she falls asleep. She would lose concentration quickly with the mobile and so I looked around the different baby stores trying to find something else which may do the trick! This is a toy which you strap to the side of the cot and is covered in fabric so isn't hard like every single one of the other toys I found which was slightly similar. This one is much more baby friendly as it's softer. It is a keyboard that you strap to the side of the cot and the notes react when the baby touches them. The touch doesn't even have to be hard or with much force so it is really easy for them to make sounds and distracts them. When kicked the different shaped lights flash and play music. There are 10 different songs which is another benefit! So many children's toys just play the one or maybe two or three and they always drive me mad with the same tune going on and on! This one is good with having a variety. It can be adjusted to play notes like a piano with notes sounding chords too, say letters of the alphabet depending upon which shape they press as each shape has a letter written on it, drum beats, make animal noises and plays music. It doesn't haev to be used on the cot, it can be laid flat so if your child is sitting up or toddling around it can interact with it this way instead. It is very bright and colourful with animals, shapes, patterns and letters on it so it's very attractive which is what babies need. So many nursery items are now in very neutral colours so as to blend in and look good but what babies need are bright stimulating colours and this does just that! There is an automatic shut down where it will stop working after a certain amount of time has lapsed (assumes that your baby is asleep) so this saves on the battery life which is always useful as I'm forever buying new batteries for toys now! It is easy to clean as the fabric cover is detachable and washing machine friendly! It is a really good interactive toy, it is suitable from birth and it will last for a good time as it has the different settings which will be more suitable for when your child is slightly older. It is educational as it teaches different letters and basics of music and animal sounds. It's attractive and fun for the babies and so definitely worth it's price i think. Oh and another positive- there is a volume control! This is something I miss on some of my baby's other toys!! The price of this is approximately £59.99 which seems pretty expensive but when you think how long your baby will use it for it is a bargain... a bumbo seat may only be used for 2/3 months and that costs £40 whilst this can be used for a long time from birth to school age! It's available online at Amazon and from toy stores and baby shops such as mothercare. I really recommend this if you're looking for something to make bedtime fun and enjoyable.
I bought the Fisher Price Kick N Play piano when my daughter was a baby. When she had got to about 6 months old she would happily lay in her cot in the mornings whilst I got ready so felt it would be handy to have something in there to entertain her. The piano simply ties on to your cot bars. We put ours on the side so she could not only reach it with her hands and feet but she could also watch the flashing lights and look at the cute characters on the piano. The piano itself is a simple plastic rectangle which is then encased in a quilted cover which has a picture of a piano on and several cute characters. There are five shapes across the top which flash different colours in time to the music. The piano has several settings helping your baby to learn colours, count, animals names and noises. There is also a lullaby section and we often used this at night rather than a mobile as our daughter seemed to settled more easily to this. It comes with a handy on and off switch, volume control and automatic shut off so you wouldn't ned to go back into your babies room to switch it off and risk disturbing them. This is suitable from birth but I found my daughter got more use out of it from around 6 months upwards when she would properly play with it. As she got older it came out of the cot and for a few months she used it as a toy on the floor. You battery took 3 AA batteries and even though we used it every night for months I can't recall ever changing the batteries. A big bonus of this toy I found is you can take the cover off of the plastic and pop it in the washing machine so you can ensure its kept fresh and clean at all times. This toy was a big hit in our family and because of that I also bought it for my sister in law when she had her first baby. They retail around £15 but can be bought cheaper on Ebay.
In 2003 I discovered I was pregnant with my first child, he was the first baby of my generation to be born into my family and as you can imagine he was thoroughly spoiled, he received all manner of gifts when he was born, something that hasn't changed even though he's now 4. One of his favourite toys that he received as a baby was the Fisher Price Kick & Learn (or Kick & Play, it goes by either name) Piano, a toy that is able to be in or out of babies cot. The Kick & Learn Piano is for the most part made up of fabric, the actual piano keys are touch sensitive pads underneath the fabric outer and there is a small plastic display above the keys that has different shaped and coloured flashing lights as well as the mode dial and volume control, the piano has fabric ties in it's corners allowing you to fix it to the inside of babies cot and has 3 different play modes including tunes and lights, animal noises and single musical notes. The fabric of the piano is brightly coloured with primary tones, it's wonderfully eye catching for a youngster and features pictures of animals, shapes etc.. Christopher started off sleeping in a swinging crib which is considerably smaller then a regular child's cot, this allowed us to fix the piano to the foot end of the cot meaning we could switch the piano on whilst he was in bed and he could kick away producing lots of fun sounds and tunes, this apparently was very exciting for baby Christopher and he would gurgle along happily as his skinny little legs kicked about maniacally, at such a young age he couldn't really control his leg motion and so the noises were nothing if not random, however with more control he was able to better select which buttons he kicked. When he moved to his larger cot bed the piano was too small to fit at the foot end and so we tied it to the rails on the side of the cot instead, this meant less random kicking but did allow him to hit out with it with his hands as well as his legs and he was able to see the lights much better, by now he could move around better, roll onto his front etc so he was able to play with the piano in a more deliberate way. As well as fitting inside the cot you can also use the piano simply led out on the floor, this is great for babies who enjoy tummy time and can press at the buttons whilst supporting their bodies. Now the problem we found with having the toy in the cot, whether it be on the foot end or on the side rails was when we forgot to turn it off! We would settle down to sleep when all of a sudden the room would be filled with growls and meows and bright coloured lights, all of my children have been wrigglers in their sleep and it's so easy to forget to turn it off. Fortunately 4 years on I've learnt my lesson and always turn the piano off at sleep times. The piano is suitable from birth to children up to the age of 3 years and while Christopher would have lost interest in it by that age I'd say its appeal would certainly still be present for a child of 18 months to 2 years. As far as it being able to last that long, I can assure you this is a durable and long lasting toy, the fabric is easily cleaned and the plastic sections of the toy are wipe clean, it has great sound quality, the AA batteries are easily replaced and with the toy having an automatic shut of if it's not been touched for a while they last a long time, this auto shut off doesn't stop it springing to life once touched though, you touch one of the keys and off it goes. I not only used this toy for when Christopher was a baby but his sister used it 2 years later and Jack will be using it as soon as he's put into a proper cot, it's still in perfect working order even after all these years, a testament to the quality of the product. So far both of my kids that have used the piano have loved it, they would spent their time happily punching away at the keys making music, Elsa always liked the animal sound mode best kicking out at one of the animal pictures on the keys and setting off their noise, the monkey in particular always raised a giggle and would always lead to games of us making animal noises at each other which was always great fun. It's not easy to find the piano nowadays, after all we are talking 4 years ago that we received ours however I have seen the pianos still available in smaller local toy stores, at around £20, as well as on Ebay, you can pick up very good condition ones second hand and as they last so long they're certainly worth picking up. If you can find one of these you wouldn't go wrong by snapping it up for your little one, it's great fun for babies, stimulating and great for encouraging their development, not to mention long lasting.
I bought the Kick and Play Piano as my daughter had had problems with her hip at birth and had spent 2 months with her legs in a cast. I though this may encourage her to use her legs more now that she could. I strapped it to the bottom of the cot about 4 months since and it has never been used by her. The pads inside that she needs to kick are extremely hard to hit in just the right place and even i have trouble when using my hand to start the tunes. They are also too low down when fixed to the cot and i even found myself holding it up so that when she kicked it was in the correct position but she still could not kick it hard enough to make it work. The only good thing that this toy has offered is a board at the bottom of the cot to cover the slats to stop her legs from sticking out of the end. Maybe she will use it as a piano when she is a little older but for that purpose it is very limited having only 5 keys!
Am I the only one who thinks this product is a waste of money? I have read other opinions who all glorify this product, but, for me.....I don't like it! I bought this for my daughter last christmas when she was 6 months old, because she has always been a very active baby and liked kicking her legs around alot! I got it out the packaging before I wrapped it to see if it was in proper working order (or just to have a play myself!!) and I was thoroughly disapointed. The music was'nt very loud at all, I know loud musical toys can drive you mad, but this was pathetically quiet! I also found I had to hit the keys quite hard in order to get a tune out of them, my baby is no kickboxer so I was a bit worried she would'nt be able to do it all herself, meaning I would be getting up and down like a yo-yo to play 'Old MacDonald'. I thought the material it was made out of looked cheap and nasty, and the ribbons should have been thick cord to prevent choking. I wrapped it up anyway in the hope my daughter would do something with it that I, perhaps, had forgot to do. Christmas came and I attached it to the cot. She stared at it for a while, then kicked it........NOTHING! She was kicking quite hard but obviously not in the right spot. I had to hit it for her and she enjoyed it but I wanted to buy her something that might educate her, making her aware that she can do things for herself. I took it back to the shop and got a refund. I bought her something else with the money and i'm glad I did. £22 is a lot of money to throw down the drain. I have since spoken to other people who have bought this and I have had mixed reactions. Some love it, some say it's OK, and other's, like me, hate it. Maybe Fisher Price sends out a dodgy batch every now and then, who knows?
I read another opinion, and the writer did not really like this toy. I feel that I have to disagree, and I think that my littlest one would too. On his cot he had the old Fisher Price Bear, (the one with the rattle in one hand and the mirror in the other. It is bright yellow, and has bells on it and rattles that you can press etc)and he likes to kick the string that hangs down in the middle and makes a really big racket with it.. It annoyed the devil out of me, especially at 5-6 in the morning when I want to sleep. (He shares our room at the moment you see...!) And out of complete desperation I wanted something that he could play with, that was QUITE!! (or at least did not do that annoying grating noise..!) I looked around, and saw an assortment. Things that put pictures on the ceiling and played endless music....no thanks... We then went into Toys R Us.. Where I saw the kick and play. I wanted to know how loud it played, and what it was like. A very friendly shop assistant, that I approached said that she wasn't to sure, so would I like a demonstration? I said a dubious ok..especially when I saw that it plays music for 10 minutes (please no more torture!!). She put in the batteries while I read the instructions... It has three modes..suitable from birth up to three years. Maybe there could be a use for this toy...I like things that grow with my child... It is soft to feel and colourful too look at. It has little pictures on it of all different animals. Ok, so she demonstated the thing in the shop. I for one was pleasantly surprised.. Having had other toys for the kids that play annoying music....... this one is quite different. It was not unpleasantly loud, and I felt that I could live with this... So we brought it. The first mode is all that we use at the moment, this is the one that is designed for the younger child. When he kicks it..or hits is as is the case, it turns on the music part. This is accompanied by lights that flash in time to the music. As our son sleeps in a dark room, I think he finds this quite soothing, he almost always listens to it and falls asleep. I sometimes wish the music was longer. As I like the music myself!! It plays all the nursery rhymes that are well known, and has my two year old singing along with it in the morning!! The other two modes are meant for older children.. It has one mode that plays the animal noises on it, if the corrosponding keys are pressed. For instance it will bark like a dog, and whine like a cat, and play a quick tune. The last mode is one where older children can make music themselves..It has music scales on it.. The batteries are in the back of the toy, and this is locked into the soft thing that you tie onto the cot. You have to unscrew some really small screws to access the battery compartment, and this was the bit I found annoying..I do not for the life of me like fiddly things, but it was worth it in the end. I am however a bit miffed..If the toy is meant for older children, and meant to be taken out of the cot, then what are you meant to do with the ties that attach to the cot?? Surely this can reprsent as a health hazard as child gets older?? I will leave and ponder over this and let you know how we overcome this at a later date.... **Ok this is an update!:** Let me tell you something that at the time I did not know!! I have now got to the stage of pulling out my hair, as my adoreable little son <and at this present time I'm using this term reluctantly!!> decides that he must play with this piano as he is going to sleep. Nice idea or so I thought, but just as he decides to go to sleep, it turns itself off. At the moment my life is spent running up and down the stairs every ten minutes, if he's still awake, to put thi s machine back on, aaarrrgggghhhh, help!! Also I have the added trouble of him waking up at night <usually at about 4'o' clock> and turning it on to play with, which at first I did not mind, but having "Old McDonald" going off in your ear when you are trying to sleep, is terribly irratating!! Still I do think this toy is worth it, if you can withstand it!!!
When my son was born, I wasn't sure whether to get him a Kick & Play piano or the Sparkling Symphony Baby gym. In the end I got him the baby gym because he could lie under it while he was small and didn't do much! (He loves this & it keeps him quiet for hours.) However, a week ago I spotted the Fisher-Price Kick & Play piano in a shutting down shop for only £15, which was half price. My baby is very lively and his little legs are always going! People say to me that he's going to be a cyclist, a long distance runner or a footballer! so I bought him this to see if he could put all that kicking to good use! The Kick & Play piano has a brightly coloured washable cloth covering, which is detatchable from the electronic piano part which is very useful to keep it clean. It has 3 modes, one where it just plays tunes and flashes coloured lights, the second which makes animal noises & tunes when kicked and the third which plays musical notes when kicked. Finley was absolutely fascinated by it and the flashing lights also looked good in the dark. He kicked his little legs excitedly and was making very happy noises. I left him to play with it in his cot and when I came back he had turned himself over and was on his hands and knees hitting at it. He really likes it, especially the pig and cow noises! Being very fussy I don't like the colour scheme at all, red, sickly pinks & orange and horrible looking cartoony animals. I think that primary colours would have been far more tasteful. I also thought that they should have used the same light colours as the sparkling symphony baby gym, reddy-orange, yellow, green, blue & purple. It seemed a shame to have two reds, orange, yellow and green - all different colours would have made it much more interesting. However, despite the tasteless colours, it keeps my son very amused and happy for ages. It did say that this toy lasts up to 3yrs, but only time will tell if that is the case. I definitely don't think that it is worth £25-£30 as I have seen it sold for, but if you can pick one up for £15-£20 I would definitely get it as it's a good entertaining toy.
When my son Kian was born my mum bought him a kick and play piano as I had seen them and thought they looked really good. It is tied onto his cot. When I leave him in his cot to go to do something I switch it on and it plays all different kinds of nursery rhymes. It can also play animal noises. Kian is not over keen on it but I am hoping that when he starts sitting up I will beable to take it off the cot and he will get more enjoyment out of it. I think this is a great buy as it can be used from birth to probably about 3 years old, if their still interested in it!!
We bought the Kick and Play Piano for our daughter for Christmas when she was about 4 -5 months old. Although it kept her entertained for a while when she was younger, she doesn't seem that interested in it now. Apparently it is supposed to keep the child amused until they around 2 -3 years old, as they can play notes on the piano keys. I have sat with her on a number of occasions to see if she would like to press the keys, as on one setting it does different animal noises. She plays with it for a minute or so and then gets bored. I suppose that all kids are different so what might entertain one child, might not amuse another. Up to now I think that this piano has been a waste of money, but she might like it again when she is older...who knows!! All in all it is great to attach to the bottom of the cot when they are really small, so that they can kick the keys to play music and keep them amused for a while.
Baby will soon be ready for concerts outside the crib!