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Brand: Fisher Price / Age: 12 months / Type: Learning Toy

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      16.07.2013 00:47
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      A good chair but has some design faults

      My daughter received the laugh and learn chair for her first birthday, something I was made up with because I'd seen it in the shops and thought it looked great! The chair is recommended for children aged one and above and is available in most toy stores, Amazon and in Argos, where it currently costs £34.99. The chair comes flat packed and needs limited building (it's just a case of slotting a few pieces of plastic together and tightening a few little screws - it only took me around 10 minutes with no help!)

      Basics
      The chair we have is pink with a few purple bits too but it is available in a more neutral multi-coloured option of white, green and blue too, shown in the picture here. The first thing that struck me when I'd built it was that considering the age range is 1 year and upwards, the chair part actually looked really small! My daughter is quite small for her age yet even for her it looked a bit on the small side! It measures approximately 60cm x 33cm x 17cm. I say looked small because over the last few weeks she has used it a lot to sit down on and she will sit on it for a short while so it is obviously comfy enough for her - I think if it was too small, she'd just not stay on it. I honestly can't see it lasting much longer though - I think we'll get until she's 18 months at the most. Even her grandparents who bought it for her said that they thought she looked like she'd outgrown it already! The size of it does mean it's compact enough to store neatly though.

      Activities
      The table has a small book that tells the story of the laugh and learn puppy - it's very clever in that when each page is turned, it knows which page the book is on and reads the page out loud. My daughter isn't that interested in the words themselves, but loves to flick the pages back and forth as the pages are bright and multi-coloured and make a noise when moved. There's also some plastic crayons on the side (pretend ones) and these pop in and out when pushed. Finally, there's a small toadstool feature that lights up whenever the top is pressed in - it's supposed to represent a reading lamp. My daughter enjoys pressing on that as well, although the book seems to be her favourite part. The chair plays music and sounds although again, she doesn't seem that interested in those. Another nice touch is that it makes sounds when she sits on and gets off, as there's a sensor on the seat's bottom section.

      Downsides.....
      Alongside the chair is a small table - it runs along the side and isn't movable - I thought at first she'd be able to move it to in front of her. It's a bit of a minor fault to me as there are plenty of activities for her to look and do on the table yet she has to turn her body to the side to use them - yet because of the table's position, when she does try to move to the side there's nowhere for her legs to go so she sort of sits in a twisted position to play with the activities to stay sat down. I think because of this position being a bit uncomfortable, she eventually gets a bit annoyed with it and starts standing and leaning onto the table, presenting us with another issue. We have to be very careful at this point because the chair isn't sturdy enough to take her weight and topples over completely (and with her being a small one year old I'm sure this would happen with the majority of children who lean on it). We always make sure we place the chair on the rug and away from everything else in the room - we also make sure we're watching her really closely whenever she's near the chair because it can topple quickly once she starts to lean across.

      The next problem is that my daughter seems to think it can also double up as a step! After about a week of owning it, she made her way over to the chair, and I thought she'd just sit down nicely in it but she plonked her foot straight on the seat and pulled herself up onto it! Again, I had to immediately take her down from there and sit her in the chair to show her that it was for sitting in rather than climbing on.

      Conclusion
      I rate the chair 3 stars - she really likes it, but I don't feel that it's great value for money as we'll probably get a maximum of six months from it and it's not something that she uses constantly - once or twice per day she'll give it a bit of attention and she'll sit in it for a bit when watching some TV. I also feel that although it keeps her entertained with the activities on offer and it's compact for storing, it should be sturdier than it is to deal with inquisitive little minds! It's a lovely item to look at with a good set of activities but constant and close supervision is a necessity.

      Thanks for reading :o)

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        12.09.2012 13:27
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        A lovely chair - very impressed

        We brought this chair in the pink version for our daughter when she was about 16 months old.

        We noticed she would often sit on the floor to watch cartoons and we wanted her to have somewhere she could sit and this looked perfect. I shopped about online and eventually brought it from Amazon for about £17 including delivery.

        We were very impressed with how easy it was to put together, we just had to push the feet onto the bottom of the chair and then click the side table into place. It took about 2 minutes to do.

        It came with batteries already inside and no fiddly packaging, a small detial but it just made it really nice and easy especially as our little girl was bouncing around trying to sit on it before we had even attached the feet!!

        Our daughter loves pressing down the crayons and listening to the different songs the chair plays, the crayons are attached and just pop up and down when you press the.

        There is also a little table lamp which is very sweet, when you press it, it activates the chair and plays a tune and it lights up like a real reading lamp.

        There is also a little book (also attached to the side table) and as you turn the pages the chair tells you a story.

        There is also a sensor in the centre of the chair so when it knows when our little girl sits down and then comes to life, it also knows when she stands up and says 'you're getting off the chair' and it means the chair doesn't keep playing music when it's not in use.

        It is well made and has stood up to our daughter who is now 18 months climbing and standing on it!!

        Lovely bright colours and lots of fun for little ones, our daughter sits on there either to play with the activities or just to sit and have a snack or watch cartoons so it has been a great buy.

        I really can't fault this product at all (hence the five stars)

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        07.09.2011 13:39
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        A great buy!

        My daughter received the pink version of the Laugh and Learn chair for Christmas last year (she was 13 months at the time). I don't know how much my dad paid for it, but it retails at approx £40 and is available from Argos and Toys R Us. The chair also comes in a unisex green colour, but as my daughter loves pink (and so do I!) she had the pink version.

        The age suitability is 12 months plus - however I don't see any harm in a slightly younger infant using it, provided he/she can sit unaided and is supervised.

        The chair comes flat packed and takes about five minutes to assemble - it is literally clicking the legs in etc. and the instructions are very clear and easy to follow.

        The chair is a bright colour, with a smiley face on the back (where the child's back rests when sitting). It has a circular pad on the seat of the chair which is pressed when the child sits on it - this is how the chair recognises when it is being used and says things like "hello", "bye bye", "you're sitting on the chair" or "you're getting off the chair". The downside is that the pad is covered in a picture made of paper, and I found that this meant it couldn't be cleaned easily and it became worn very quickly.

        The rest of the chair is wipe clean and plastic, so very easy to keep clean. Next to the actual chair is an attached 'table' which has moulded books and a drawer on the side as decoration. The top of the table has a working oval shaped lamp which can be pressed, a plastic five page book entitled 'Puppy's Day' and four plastic crayons which can also be pressed. There are also holes where I assume the speaker is, and a switch to turn the unit on or off, and to change between singing and learning.

        The lamp turns on and off depending on the mode, and the book is read aloud depending on the mode. The book is clear and colourful and my daughter loves it despite not being able to read. The chair has 3 modes - singing, alphabet and learning.

        My daughter is 21 months now and she still absolutely loves this chair. It is a brilliant toy. The only thing I would suggest is that supervision is necessary - as toddlers love to climb and might use it as a step to something else! It is also quite slippery and easily slides across our laminate with or without her on!

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        06.06.2011 23:42
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        Absolutely fantastic, couldn't recommend it enough!

        It was coming up to my daughters first birthday and as always there are many different toys to choose from. This caught my eye as my daughter didn't have a 'chair' in our lounge (play room!), it's bright, funky, and everything that is associated with Fisher-Price.

        It was the night before the birthday so I decided to put it together then wrap it up, as we all know how frustrating it can be tearing everything out the box and trying to piece it together when the children want it NOW! It was amazingly simple to construct. I had a secret little play myself!

        There are 3 different modes of play on the side table... the lamp goes on and off, the crayons sing a colourful song, and the 5 page book can read a story. There is a switch, to change between music, the alphabet and singing.

        Instant love, that was the feeling my daughter had towards the Fisher-price chair. She promptly sat on it and it started a melody! Pure genius, I didn't notice there was a button on the seat that recognises when children sit down and stand up.

        It wasn't long before my daughter explored it further and realised she could stand on the chair, it's a slippy surface and the seat acts as a stair to the side table (which then acts as a stair to everything I moved out of her reach!!), so supervision is always vital.

        At around £40 it is quite expensive, but well worth it's weight in gold! Ours still gets used daily, and the batterys (3 x AA) are just starting to wear out now, 7 months later.

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          23.01.2011 17:47
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          Overall Another brilliant Toy From Fisher Price.

          This was another toy bought for my 17month old Daughter for christmas by my partners Mum. To say that I was delighted with it is an understatement. As I have said in precious reviews, I absolutely adore Fisher price toys as the child can get so much enjoyment and educational value out of them and they are always well made and dependable. I had spotted this chair and was going to buy it for her myself but then I was told that her Nan had it (in pink) so I didnt need to get it.

          The chair came flat pack and took around 10 mins to put together (that was when I took over, after my partner had tried unsuccessfully with the instructions upside down!!)

          There are three functions available on the chair (apart from off), Music Mode, ABC mode and one that is shown as a spiral which i have found is sounds.

          The Chair itself has a smiling face on the back of it and on the seat there is a large ''button'' which when sat on says ''sit down'' and ''stand up'', ''Hellp'' and ''Bye Bye'' The chair has a pictured sticker on it but I couldnt tell you what of as after 2 days of usage, the picture had totally faded!!.
          On the table which is attatched to the chair there is a ''lamp'', box of crayons and a storybook.

          When the pages are turned on the storybook,in ABC mode the chair tells a story, In Music Mode it plays songs and in Tones mode it makes the noises of the animals in the book.
          The box of Crayons are coloured red, yellow, green and blue. In ABC mode they ask you to find different objects or colours when you press each one, In music mode they play songs and in Tones mode they make sounds.

          The Lamp Is pink to match the chair and has the alphabet printed around the base of teh shade and lights up when it is pressed down. It also, says phrases in ABC mode, Plays songs in music mode and makes noises in tone mode.

          When my daughter first got this toy we had to sit her on it to show her how to do it, that was the only time, after that she found numerous ways to use it, standing on to climb on the couch, reach things higher up etc!!
          The chair is quite lightweight so on laminate/lino flooring it slides quite easily and Hallie has ended up on the floor a few times!!

          The toy can be found at most toy stores and is usually priced at around £35.00.

          A really good buy!!

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          05.07.2010 18:25
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          A good little chair which mixes fun with learning

          We've had this chair for around 18 months now and although my daughter doesn't play with it as much as she first did, it still features as an object of play for her whether that be reading a book on it or using it as a climbing frame (although I wouldn't advise the latter!)
          The chair itself is brightly coloured, which appears to get the child's attention and is made out of hard plastic with stickers that make a smiling face and music notes on the seat area. Comfort wise I wouldn't of thought this chair offers much due to the hardness of it and my daughter does sit on it, but its more of a few minutes sitting then she's off again as opposed to watching her favourite programme on it, which she quite often does on her bean bag.
          There are 3 modes on the chair; learning time, music time and play time with the lamp, book and crayons acting as tools to carry out these 'times.' Colours, shapes and counting can be learnt in a fun way and the music mode offers nice songs which are likely to be in your head quite quickly. When the child sits on the seat the chair comes to life informing them they are 'sitting on the chair' and then when the child gets up they are told they are 'getting off the chair,' which Fisher Price state is to encourage the understanding of on and off.
          The chair is marketed at children aged between 12 - 36 months, however I feel that if the child doesn't already have the chair by around 2 and a half then there are better products on the market which will encourage and stimulate their learning, however for a younger child I believe this chair makes a great and enjoyable toy/gift.

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          a fab 1st birthday toy

          We bought this for my daughters 1st birthday.
          Bright and colourful so definately attractive to little one, my daughter was instantly intriged by all the different features and the concept of her own chair was a winner.
          The exciting features include a seat pad that talks or signs when pressure is applied (ie someone sitting on the chair), a light which changes colour when pressed, a book which activates when the pages are turned.
          Probably the best feature was the sound activation on sitting this was a real novalty, i did have to make sure that the seat was pushed up against our sofa as it does seem prone to tipping over.
          Like alot of the fisher price they have been released in the girly pink colours meaning it a must have for any little girl.
          I would agree with the age range as i think that it benefits a walking child due to the active nature.
          Overall a great 1st birthday toy that will give a child hours showing of the new skill of sitting and standing up.

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          21.06.2010 17:36
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          Overall, a great learning practical toy

          Fisher Price is a name that you would always associate with baby toys over the years and for me they have also been linked with high quality and reliable toys too. Around Christmas we decided that our son could really do with his own seat in the living room and would actually love having his own seat that was just solely his rather than climbing up on the sofa and having to be turfed out when someone wants to sit down. So not long after, only a few months back now we bought this Laugh and Learn chair for around £30 which seemed like pretty good value. You might be able to get it cheaper if you shop around or buy off Ebay or something.

          The first thing that caught my eye with it was that it looked very interesting and also colourful and attractive. This means that the chair will be appealing to the child and you want him to use it and want to sit in it. I think this is a great chair for any toddler over the age of a year or if walking, but you may need to be careful so the chair doesn't tip over if it's not resting on something or up against something. We have put this chair up against a wall.

          As for the chair, it has a circle on the seat which presses down when your child sits on it and it lets your child know he or she is sitting on the chair and then says they are getting off when the pressure is released. The chair comes complete with an activity desk where your child can play things when sitting down. There are 3 modes here for this desk which are music, ABC learning or a story. A few tunes will be played in music setting. The alphabet mode teached the alphabet as you would expect, and the story tells a story as your child turns the pages.

          My son loves his own little chair and I think it's a wonderful idea so that they feel they have this all to themselves and can get hours of fun out of it.

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            18.06.2010 11:49
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            Brilliant!!

            This toy is very typical of the Fisher Price range - very colourful and has a cute smiley face which makes it immediately appealing to children.

            My daughter was bought this as a present for her first birthday, and we've found that its one of the best things she has received, even now at two and a half she still plays on it most days. The chair sits nicely in our living room so its always accessible for her to play with.

            On the table is a book, lamp and crayons. There are three play settings; ABC - learning time, this is where the book comes in, as the pages are turned the story is told. Press the crayons and it finds shapes and colours in the book and tells the child, e.g yellow triangle. The second setting is MUSIC TIME - different pages of the book play different nursery rhyme tunes, the crayons play different la la la sounds and pressing the lamp makes it sing to the child. The final setting is just PLAY TIME - the pages in the book make the sounds of the main thing on the page e.g birds singing, toast cooking, pressing the crayons enables the child to make their own tune and they can turn the lamp on or off. The seat of the chair has a sensor in so as soon as the child sits down the fun begins.

            Everything about this chair my daughter loves, and other children that have come to play also seem to really enjoy it. If they don't want to play with the chair, they can just sit with a book on it or even watch tv which my daughter does both at times.

            The only downside i have found with this chair is that it tips over quite easily if your child leans back but my daughter has only ever had this happen once where she fell off so i wouldn't say it is a main concern. All in all i think this is a fabulous toy and would recommend everyone to buy these!

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            26.05.2010 13:46
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            lovely product

            This is probably the best toy I have ever bought for my children, and the only one that they still use every day - almost a year after I first got it.

            I bought this chair for my daughters 1st birthday, and as soon as it was out of the box, both she and her older brother (2 at the time) were all over it - it hadnt even been put together!

            Once it had been set up, my daughter immediately planted herself on the seat and has been there pretty much ever since :)

            I bought the pink one,which is lovely and girly and looks very well made.
            It is strong enough to withstand a toddler standing on it and my now 3-year-old is still able to sit on it easily.

            It haslots of different modes, including "learning time", teaching colours and numbers, sound effects, singing abc and twinkle twinkle little star, you can turn the light on and off,turn the pages of the book and it reads to you...there is really so much to do and best of all, the songs and noises dont get annoying- well, not to me anyway!

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              14.04.2010 08:52
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              Good toy would recommend supervision

              Like all fisher price toys, this chair is very colourful and attractive, which makes it appealing to children. It is suitable for 12 months plus, but i would say if you child is walking probably be fine from then as you must supervise your child when in the chair. I have found that the chair is very easy to tip over so must be used rested on something, i make sure the chair is against my sofa. Well i did, which brings me to my next point. My son is 16 months now and im considering getting rid of the chair as he climbs on it then onto whatevers its leaning on so not really good.

              I bought this toy for his 2nd xmas, he had just turned 1, I had seen then for sale in different places for around £35-£40 pounds, but after looking on ebay i picked one up locally for £7.50 which impressed me! The chair has a circle on the seat which presses when you child sits on the chair and it plays toys and tells your child 'your sitting on the chair' or ' your getting off the chair' my son found it most funny to stand and sit and keep hearing this. The chair is made up with its activity desk part which is easily played with when baby is sitting down, it can be set in 3 modes, music, ABC learn, story. When the chair is in music it plays a few different tunes and the crayons make some great la la la la noices in different keys. The ABC learn mode teaches the alphabet, and finially the best part where the chair tells the story ready it out loud when baby turns the pages. When a crayon is pressed it will ask you chair a question about the page they are on. There is also a lamp to be pressed which lights up.

              The chair is very bright and colourful, which would suit boy or girl, but for really girly girls they have started to do a pink chair.

              In conclusion, with supervisor my son loves this chair, it may look like it doesnt do alot but it crammed with activies to keep baby entertained

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              14.02.2010 14:45
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              5 stars

              We bought our daughter this chair for her first birthday last May, and it is one of the few toy's that she plays with every day. They are a wonderful toy for your toddler to play with as well as being a chair, perfect for in the living room to sit down and have some quiet time.

              Firstly, I would like to add that these chairs were recalled a few years ago due to a choking hazard. This is true of the chair pictured above where a gap can be seen between the chair and the table, however all of these chairs have now changed to have a solid block of plastic here so this can no longer happen.

              The laugh and learn chair is also available in pink, however these are harder to get hold of. My daughter has the green and blue one, but I wouldn't for one minute think these were limited to boys. They are available from Toys 'r' Us for £36.98, although they can be picked up cheaper from Amazon / Ebay.

              The age suitability is 12 months plus, and I would agree with this. It's perfect for a young toddler who is just finding their feet, as it is quite sturdy and can't be tipped over easily. They require 3 x AA batteries.

              Benefits of this chair include:

              Magical seat that responds with music when baby sits down or gets up

              Activities such as a book, pop up crayons and play lamp all which play music if they are touched

              The book tells a different story for each page turned

              Recites the alphabet, numbers and colours and shapes

              The lamp when pressed teaches colours and opposites and lights up

              13 fun tunes

              With so many activities to keep your toddler entertained as well as educating them with the alphabet, colours and numbers, it is a fantastic toy which my daughter loves. The smiley face, silly sounds and songs encourages them to explore everything the chair can do and feed their imagination through play.

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                22.01.2010 15:11
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                A great toy - would recommend

                I bought this laugh and learn chair for my twin daughters (it's also available in pink) It is recommended for ages 12 months+ but my daughters started to use it from 9 months old with supervision (incase they fell off the seat!) They love it and my two year old son also loves it. It has three different modes - music mode, alphabet mode and sounds mode. It has an interactive seat so as they sit on it, it makes a sound, ("you are sitting down" etc) there are four crayons to press for various sounds, thelight can be pressed on and off and the book has pages to turn and a story to listen to. I also think this has helped my daughters learn to stand up as they have pulled themselves up to use it. It has two volume controls and takes three AA batteries (not included) I bought this for £38 and I would definately recommend it. It is worth the money.

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                14.01.2010 08:06
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                I highly recommend this, it is well worth the money.

                I actually can't recommend this enough for a child of 12 months and up. Although on first inspection the plastic seems flimsy, ours has put up with daily abuse for two years now and is only showing signs of wear on the seat, which has a sticker on it that has faded over time. We are still on the first set of batteries (!!- can't actually believe that but we haven't ever changed them!) and the only thing we do make sure to do is to put the back of this against something, a wall usually, to make sure it doesn't tip backwards -which it wouldn't do if used for sitting and standing, but our children do tend to climb on it!

                This is another easily-cleaned, quality product from Fisher Price. It has several activities on the 'desk' for the child to do; there is a plastic book which speaks as you turn the pages and tells the child different things about the pictures on the pages; there are some 'crayons' you push down which sing and ask questions about the book; and there is a lamp which lights when pressed. The chair also says hello and goodbye when the child sits or stands. it's great for a one year-old even if they can't walk yet as they enjoy pushing off into a standing position and it's also good because it lets them copy adults.

                I like the fact that the words are spoken in an English accent, rather than an American one. I would recommend this because as I say ours gets daily use and it really does seem like a quality item.

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                  08.01.2010 20:52
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                  Not bad for the £20 I paid for it

                  I brought this chair for my daughter for a Christmas present. Some of you may know that I am a big fan of fisher price so this looked promising for my daughter. Especially as it comes in pink.

                  I got it at an excellent price as I had a wonderful voucher code. They usually retail at about £40 and this seemed like a fair
                  price for all the features it promised.

                  On first inspection I was shocked at how small the chair was. From the pictures it looked bigger and to be honest I can't see my one year old being able to fit in it for a huge amount of time. It also don't seem that strong. The plastic is thinner than expected and I can't see it being able to
                  hold a great deal of weight. Thankfully my daughter is only small.

                  The chair which is pink but also comes in blu. Has a emily face on it which looks very friendly for children. To the right of it there is a table which includes lots of features like a story books and box of crayons. These are the things that talk to your child as he interacts with the chair. As he turns the pages the chair tells the story or as he tones the crayons they sing and tell you the colours. There are various different modes where your child can learn differnt things. Also when you sit on the chair it recognises that there is someonethere and starts interacting. Unfortunately I did think the chair would do more and was quite disapointed at how limited the stories etc are. I really think for the price this isn't worth it and at this I am disappointed as fisher price is usually huge value for money.

                  I don't feel totally safe with my child on this chair. I don't feel as though it is very stable and it almost seems like it could give way at any minute.

                  It takes 4 aa batteries which so far seem to have lasted well. It is small so quite compact making it easy to store.

                  It is widely avaliable as it is made by fisher price so can be brought in many high street and Internet stores. Prices vary as said before but I would rally recommend not paying anything over about £25 for it when it is on offer as I rally don't think it worth any more.

                  Having said all that my daughter does actually really enjoy using the chair and the songs are very catchy. I think in time she will learn things from it but only a limited amount. She sits on it often adn watches telly and she treats it like a friend. A good purchase but glad I only paid the amount I did.

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                  A chair built for your young one to enjoy three activities, attached to side table, along with a five page Laugh and Learn puppy storybook.