Product Type: Fisher Price baby toys
Newest Review: ... 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 ... more
Laugh and Learn (watch it doesn't topple though!!)
Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Chair
Member Name: scooch12
Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Chair
Advantages: Lots of activities, nice for my daughter to sit in when watching TV
Disadvantages: Topples over easily, my daughter looks like she'll grow out of it by 18 months at the latest
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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)
Summary: A good chair but has some design faults