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One of the things that I wanted to get for my daughter on her first Christmas, was this Hasbro Playskool Lullaby Gloworm, as she already has the Playskool Gloworm playmat which is great. When her uncle bought it for her, I (rather than my daughter) couldn't wait to get it out of the packaging! These gloworms come in two different colours - blue and pink, obviously for boy and girl. There is a wide variation of price, however Tesco recently had it on sale at around £10.
When I was little I used to have a gloworm that we put under our duvet and it light up. This is obviously much more up to date and sophisticated. I was a little concerned initially that this would be a hard toy that my daughter wouldn't be able to cuddle, however with the exception of the head, the body is totally soft. In the middle of the body is a button that you press to make the lullabies play, and as each lullaby plays the face lights up and glows brightly. There are 6 lullabies offered by this gloworm, and they are all well known, and are soothing and relaxing to listen to. My daughter;s gloworm already came with batteries, but it does require only 3 AA batteries, which is the norm.
As I said this gloworm comes in two main colours blue and pink, for the main part of the body and the head covering, but all have a green bottom half. THere is sation stitching around the edges, and two little fabric ears which my daughter loves to chew on.
When I first took this out of the packaging for my daughter, she was engrossed in the lit up face and seemed to listen intently to the music, wanting to reach out and grab it. I have now started to use this during the day as a way of winding her down for her naptimes, and I do find that the lullabies do help her to relax and get ready to sleep. Very often she will begin rubbing the eyes when she listens to the lullabies.
The BIG disadvantage of this product is the fact that in order to keep the lullabies playing you have to keep pressing the tummy of the gloworm. Now my little girl who is almost five months old cannot do this herself, and so requires me to keep pressing it. The lullabies only last for about 10 seconds each and so it needs to be pressed very frequently. It is such a pity that it will not play the whole lullabies through at least once and then you can re press for the series to start again. THe other slight downside is that the lit up face only lights up when the lullaby starts and you can;t seem to keep the light on the face on all the time.
All in all, this is a cute toy and is has its advantages in helping a baby unwind and relax and get them into sleepy mode, however, there is a big disadvantage in that you have to keep pressing in the tummy of the gloworm to keep the lullabies, which are very short, playing, which is obviously tedious. So a cute toy but limited!!
Many a fight and argument has broken out over this cute little worn in my house. We actually had three of these as my husbands brother bought one each for the boys a few years back, I think the thought was there for the baby (at the time) but not for the elder two boys as they were a bit puzzled as to why their uncle had bought them at ages 5 and 7 years a Gloworm!
I must admit I was a bit flumoxed too but there you go!
My now 8 year old.. then 5 year old was afraid of the dark (sometimes I may add... Not often just when he remembered!) so this wasn't too bad for him, rather than the night light that wasn't the best he could simply give the Gloworm a squeeze for a bit of light. My little one loved his Gloworm and my eldest son left his in the box and hid it in his wardrobe!
The novelty of the glowing worm light didn't last long with my then 5 year old and his Gloworm quickly got discarded and ended up being lost when we moved home, as did the still boxed one!
Cam's one however remained in the toy box. I recently came across the Gloworm after purchasing one for the baby for Christmas, the design has now changed slightly and you van get a pink or blue worm, the one we have in the house now is the one pictured and is in greens and lilacs. I took out the inside part and popped the worm in the washing machine on a handwash setting. When the machine finished the Gloworm looked as good as new and after drying him I popped his insides back in! The inside bit is a chunky bit of white plastic that houses the batteries (which last brilliantly), the button and the light. The light needs to be inserted back in the head part in order for the Gloworms face to well.... Glow!
The Gloworm when squeezed gives a little twinkle, twinkle little star tune and the face glows an orangey colour. It only stays on for between 10-15 seconds but this doesn't detract from the overall cuteness of the worm.
Cam used to say that this was his baby and now my little one has a lend he snuggles into the Gloworms soft squidgy belly.
For the £10 or under price tag this is a cute toy that all children will love.
I alwyas wanted a gloworm when I was little but I never got one so I was very excited when my little girl got one this past christmas from my best friend. I actaually think that she bought it more for me than for my little girl but I have been gracious and given the toy to my little girl.
A Gloworm is a childrens toy from the makers Playskool and is an actual worm, but it's a very cute worn with a smiling face and big bright blue eyes. You can get the Gloworm in blue for a boy but as I have a little girl my friend bought me the pink version. The gloworm has a green fabric body and is wearing a pink hooded top with cute little ties on either side of the head to give it quite a night time hat look. The battery pack is located in the middle portion of the gloworm but there is enough padding around it to make this quite a cuddly toy and one that my little girl loves to snuggle up with at night.
This is definitely a night time toy and there are two reasons why. Firstly as you would expect from a glow worm this toy lights up. When you press the little picture on her tummy her whole face lights up a lovely orange colour. I think it's quite a soothing colour and provides a great night light for your baby when you are trying to put her to bed. It's quite comforting to have a friend in your crib with you who will light up and provide you with a bit of light when you are going to bed. THe button is quite easy to press and my little girl got the hang of it in a few days so she takes great pleasure in pressing the button again and again to see her face light up. The light doesn't last that long. You can switch a button on the battery pack to change the worm to glow mode where it will glow for a bit longer but I prefer it just glowing for a few moments as sometimes this is all my little girl needs.
The second reason why this is a great bedtime toy is that the gloworm plays lullabies when you press the button too. There are various tunes that it plays, rock-a-bye baby, frere jacques, being a few of them and are songs designed to put your baby to sleep. Whenever my little girl hears them she puts her hands to the side of her head to indicate that these are bedtime songs. My little girl has now come to associate seeing the gloworm with bedtime as I keep this toy solely in her bedroom and it only comes out at night so it is a good way to train then and introduce something fun and loved at bedtime to make the bedtime process a little easier. The gloworm takes 3 AA batteries and these are safely secured in a battery pack at the back of the toy hidden by the top the gloworm is wearing and secured with some velcro.
In 2003 the gloworm won the Toy Awards Nappa Gold Winner. I have seen this on Amazon on sale for approximately £17.99 but I'm sure you can get it cheaper other places but is definitely a toy I recommend.
I used to watch the "Gloworms" Television Program as a child back in the 1990's and I had no idea that there was any kind of Gloworm products still around anymore, so when I spotted the Playskool Lullaby Gloworm in the Argos Catalogue I just had to get it for my son! It was available in either Pink or Blue but of course I opted for the Blue since I have a little boy.
The Gloworm came in Cardboard backed Packaging which it was easy to remove from and there was no hastle of having to put Batteries into the toy since it already came with the 3 X AA Batteries that it requires. So I was able to let my son play with it straight away. The Gloworm has a really cute little face and his body is Soft on the outside, you can still feel the hard Plastic part of the toy inside where the Batteries are though but it is not so hard that it would hurt my son if he were to drop it on himself when playing with it.
The Main feature of this toy is that it "Glows" when your baby hugs it close to them, it is actually the face of the toy that glows and it turns a Light Amber colour. But I found that you actually have to press the Gloworm's tummy quite hard to get the light to come on and it doesn't actually come on at all when my son is holding or playing with it, even when he pulls it close to him. Instead I have to press the Gloworm myself to get the light to come on and show it to my son. The light then gradually fades until it goes off, but this happens in a matter of about 6 seconds which isn't really enough to keep my son amused. If it stayed on a bit longer then my son would probably spend more time loooking and playing with it. It would also be a lot better if my son could actually make the light come on himself because I was hoping to put this in the Cot with my son so he could hug it and make it Glow at night, but there's no chance of it lighting up without me being there to press it.
The other feature of the toy is that it plays 6 Soothing Lullabys, you can opt to have just the Glowing feature turned on, or have the Glowing and the Lullabys on at the same time. All 6 Lullabys are nice and ones that you will recognise, but again they don't play for anywhere near long enough for it to be soothing for my baby. Each Lullaby literally plays for about 8 seconds and then goes off. It's such a shame because when a tune does start up or when the toy does start to Glow my son will look straight at it, but then because it goes off within seconds it kind of disappoints him!
If your Gloworm gets grubby, you can take the hard plastic Battery compartment out of the toy and then Wash the soft worm part - but ours hasn't been used enough to be that dirty yet.
I'll probably pass our Gloworm on soon to someone else who might like it because we sadly aren't getting much use out of it. It is £9.99 to buy and available in the majority of toy Shops and Department stores.
When you get to a certain age you start to remember things from when you were a child. This glow worm was one of the things that I remembered and I can remember loving mine to bits. It wasn't the most attractive toy that I owned but it lit a dull light in my room and I would press it over and over every night.
My sister in law asked what she could buy my girls for Christmas, due to having so many children I tend to try and find things that don't cost a lot of money for people to buy. I spotted this glow worm at first I had some reservations because it was priced at £9.99 and looked so small in the catalogue. My eldest daughter likes to have her nightlight on when she goes to bed and my younger daughter loves anything with lights and music so I put my reservations to one side and told her to buy this toy.
When they were opened at Christmas both daughters just threw them to one side due to having so much as they do. I took them out of the box and noticed they didn't need batteries putting in because test ones were already in them. When I press the tummy of the toy the face lit up and bought back so many memories of mine and music also started playing. My younger daughter stopped in her tracks and looked at me all of a sudden she scooped it out of my hands and started hugging it. It took her a while to find out how this worked and why and I have noticed that she only likes one song on this toy.
This toy is bout 10 inches tall which is much smaller than the one I had as a child and is either pink and green or blue and green, these colours are good so there is one for a boy and one for a girl. I can remember that mine was all blue and definitely not as attractive looking. This worm has a plastic face with big puppy dog looking eyes and a smile on its face which makes it look very cute. The hat on its head has a knot at either side and there is a picture on the front of the belly which is where you press to make it work.
When you press the button the face lights up reddish colour and is a claming dull light. When the short song has finished the light on the face fades. The songs are only very short so this button tends to be pressed a lot and the next song will not play until the light on the face has faded. There are 6 songs with this toy played in relaxing tones to help the child wind down. My eldest daughter likes her night light better but my youngest has taken this to bed with her every night and loves the little worm. They have both found it easy to press the button on this worm and due to its size it is easy for them to carry this around with them which I like.
Overall I think this is a very good toy and bedtime aid. I think this is worth the money and I good for ages 1 upwards. If your child is unsettled at bed this is a good investment. It may take some time for the child to get used to it due to never seeing anything like this before they can be a bit unsure but they will come round and cuddle up to this with no problems.
My daughter has had this toy since she was born however it is only in the last three or four weeks that she has really shown any signs of being aware of it and responding to it, the one we have is different to the one in the picture above, the gloworm has the same lime green lower body but the upper half is a pink colour for both the jacket and the hood.
The face is the same which is plastic which makes it easy to clean and the rest of the body is rather soft and made for cuddling, it is a cute design with a nice smiley face.
If you squeeze the stomach then the face will glow brightly and also you get to hear one of six lullabyes that it plays on a set cycle and they are all very recognisable and include the French lullaby Brother Jacques which is nice and soothing to sing and also old favourite Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
I like the way that this toy is designed with teh battery compartment inside the body and secure away from prying little hands. It takes three AA batteries and so far we are still using the set that was provided with the toy despite a fair bit of use.
It is a cute little toy which cost £8.99 to buy and hopefully it will provide a few years of enjoyment.
Hasbro Playskool Busy Basics Lullaby Gloworm
This was bought for my,now 11 month old daughter, when she was born but she didn't seem to like it until she was older and able to appreciate it more by touching, feeling and discovering it more.
I am a fan of the Playskool brand as they are a brand which supply high quality, fun products.
The Lullaby Gloworm gives a very positive and soothing first impression. With its soft body and inviting arms it must make a real comforter for babies. Each Gloworm wears a 'hoodie' (blue or pink) with a knot on each side at the top looking like ears with a motif on the front with a picture of the moon on it. It has a soft round bottomed body and a harder plastic face which glows up during play. The Gloworms face has a button nose, smiley mouth and wide, bright blue eyes.
The Lullaby Gloworm has three different modes of play, Light-Up Only where the face lights with no music playing, Light and Play is the face lighting up with one of the six available soft and soothing melodies accompanying it and Short Light and Play, which is light with a shortened version of each melody.
My daughter has started to appreciate the Gloworm even more now and her face lights up about as much its own face does when she sees it and she has now learnt that throwing it on the floor will not make it light up and instead hands it to me to press the tummy to activate the play.
As I have said, I did not personally bought one of these but I do know that they are available to buy from most good toyshops inc Argos and online inc amazon and are usually priced around £10.00 if not sometimes cheaper - well worth buying.
This toy was bought for my youngest child as a present when he was a very small baby, he is now two. The Playskool lullaby gloworm is played with every day in our home and my son especially likes to have it with him when he is going to sleep.
Basically it is a little gloworm that lights up and plays some lullabies. The child presses the gloworm's tummy and this causes the little face to light up and also to play a short medley of some lullabies. My little son loves his gloworm or bug as he calls it. The light fades as the music finishes and it is only on for a matter of a minute or so.
The toy has lasted nearly 2 years and is still going really strong. The 3 AA batteries can be replaced but they last so well, I think I have replaced the batteries only twice in all the time we have had it. The batteries are contained in a little compartment in the gloworm's back, this compartment can also be removed to allow washing of the gloworm.
It is a good size for little hands and is easily carried around. The gloworm has 2 outstretched arms, a plastic face and a hard body with soft tail and it looks very friendly and inviting to any child. The one we have is exactly like the Dooyoo picture, but it is also available in other colours, I think with a pink hood. I don't think the colours make it a toy for a boy and it would be suitable for boys or girls.
This is a very simple toy, it is really meant as a soother as it does not really do very much but then again it is meant for young children and they have great interaction by pressing the tummy and seeing the face lighting up while playing soothing music. This is a very pleasing little toy for small children. It is reasonably priced and readily available.
I got this for my daughter when she was about a year old, just as I moved her cot out of my room and into hers - I wanted some toys she could take into the cot with her at night that would keep her quietly entertained yet still calm enough to sleep.
Mine differs from the picture above, in that my glo-worms hoody is pink rather than blue . It has the same lime green soft body, soft pink hands, arms outstretched for a hug, big happy blue eyes, sweet smile and wipable plastic face. Pressing it's tummy makes it give out a warm glow from it's face- nothing too bright, just a gentle soothing light. It also makes the glo-worm play a lullaby from it's selection of six. The tunes include a couple of well known nursery songs, which are great as when my daughter got a little olde I was able to teach her . The tunes on this toy are : Frere Jaques, Twinkle Twinkle, Hush Little Baby, Go to Sleep, Rockabye Baby, and Brahms Lullaby. Once the tune has finished, the glowing face will turn off.
The toy takes 3 AA batteries, which are included . The battery compartment is tucked inside the worms padded body, so it's out of the reach of children.
My daughter has had this toy for about 6 years now, and it is still a much loved bedtime companion . It's body is a little grubby, as the electrical
bits and bobs inside make this surface clean only - this could be a problem if it gets particularly dirty, but I've found I can scrub most stains and smells out of it easily enough, and the face is easy to wipe clean . In that time, the batteries have only needed to be changed twice, although my daughter tends not to play the lullaby songs anymore, but just to cuddle this at bedtime.
I very much appreciated this when my daughter was still very young, as it would keep her calm and comforted in bed - when she was a toddler I would often hear her having conversations with her worm!
I paid £10 for this - and for a toy that has lasted so long and is still a favourite, that is excellent value! 5 stars! The toy is suitable from 9 months old .
I'm so glad I bought this gloworm! I bought is at soon as I saw it, I remembered how much I loved my gloworm as a little girl. To be honest I didn't think they made them anymore!
They are covered in soft material either in blue and green or in pink and green. They aren't as big as they used to be though. priced at £9.99 in Argos.
You can press it's belly, pretty easy to do, and it plays a lullaby for your child. This is a great comfort for my little one as she puts herself to sleep in the night (she is not rocked to sleep) and is left alone in her bedroom. There are about five different lullaby tunes and they can be put on either setting, short or long play. The short is really short and wont put your child to sleep! The gloworm's face also lights up when he is playing a lullaby. This gives off quite a bit of light.
It works off batteries (3xAA) and you place them in the gloworm's back and screw the cover back on. There is no chance of the batteries coming out. The battery unit is covered by the gloworm's 'clothes' and they close with a strip of velcro. It is suitable from birth.
Gloworms are made by Hasbro Playskool and have been about since 1982. As they've been about for so long, I thought the product would make an ideal Christmas present for a couple of little ones... My baby niece (who was 7 weeks old at Christmas) and my friend's little girl who was around 18 months old at Christmas.
Gloworms have changed slightly since I was a kid and are now slightly shorter, but I think they look better and are easier for little ones to cuddle. They wear a hooded top (blue or pink) with 2 knots in the hood and have big blue eyes. The Gloworm's arms are out-spread as if asking for a hug. The Gloworm is primarily soft, but has a plastic face which glows when it's tummy is pressed. You can also feel the box inside the Gloworm (which controls it and holds the batteries), but only when you squeeze its tummy.
The Gloworm has 3 modes:
Play Light - The Gloworm's face glows to the full length of each melody.
Short Play - The face glows to a shortened version of each melody.
Lights Only - The face glows without a melody.
The setting can be changed via a velcro opening in back of the Gloworm's hoody. This is also where the batteries are held - It takes 3 AA batteries, which are supplied already in the Gloworm when bought.
For the face to glow and the melodies to play, you or baby simply press the Gloworm's tummy. It plays 6 melodies and so you get a different melody each time you press the tummy. My brother & sister-in-law keep the Gloworm on the Play Light setting as that's the one my niece seems to like the best.
As my niece has only just turned 3 months, we press the tummy for her and hold the Gloworm in front of her to see. The melodies are soft and calming, and not noisy and harsh like some baby toys I've seen. My niece loves to watch the Gloworm's face glow, her eyes light up when she sees it. The melodies are soft and gentle, and so we've found they have a calming effect on her. Before now, she's been crying and a simple press of Gloworm's tummy sees her eyes focus on Gloworm and she calms down. I haven't yet seen her fall asleep to the Gloworm's soft melodies, but I think that's because she gets so focused on the glowing face.
As I'd decided at first to just get a Gloworm for my friend's little girl for Christmas, I found there seemed to be a shortage of them for sale. My local Argos didn't have any in stock and Play.com were selling them at £19.99... A lot more than what other shops were selling them for when they were in stock. I resorted to going to the Hasbro website and visiting each of the websites in their "Where to buy" section... After going through most of them and having no luck, I finally found them in stock at The Entertainer (www.thetoyshop.com) for £10 plus P&P, so I ordered one straight away.
Then, days before Christmas, I decided that a Gloworm would make a nice present for my baby niece too. Thankfully, I managed to find one (with a blue hoody) for £9.99 from my local Argos... They had just the one in stock, so I reserved it online and rushed down to pick it up. I had wanted one with a pink hoody for her, but I really don't think my niece cares what colour anything is at the moment, just as long as it interests her!
I think £9.99 is well spent on a Gloworm. They are suitable from birth, right into the toddler years. They have been around for nearly 30 years now, so it's obviously been a popular toy over the years. I would definitely recommend Playskool Gloworms!
Hasbro Playskool Busy Basics Lullaby Gloworm
When I saw this toy it bought memories of the 80's flooding back to me as I had something similar when I was younger - they looked a bit different back then!
I decided to get this for my daughter as I liked the look of it and it looked like a good toy for a good price.
~ Age Range ~
For babies from birth
~ Toy Information ~
The lullaby gloworm is made by Hasbro, it has a soft body and mostly hard, plastic face. It takes 3 AA Batteries which were included when I got this.
You can buy it in blue or pink, we went for pink.
When you squeeze the toy its face lights up and gives a glowing effect and it play lullabies depending what setting you have it on. The toy plays 6 lullaby tunes
There are 3 settings which are: Light only, demo and play.
Light only is what it says! It lasts for around 30 seconds then you need to squeeze it again.
On Demo setting it lights up and plays a very short tune for around 10 seconds
On Play setting it lights up and plays a tune for around 30 seconds.
~ My Summary ~
This toy supposedly 'helps transition from busy time to bedtime' but my baby will not go to sleep with this. It does have a nice soothing glow to but I don't see how it would ever help a baby go off to sleep when the light only stays on for such a short space of time!
You are supposed to cuddle this toy to make it work but it needs quite a good squeeze to get it going which isn't much good for a small baby plus the face is quite hard and I can imagine it would hurt a child if they accidentally hit themselves with it.
My baby daughter is not very interested in this at all, I have tried waving it around in front of her and she just ignores it. I think she quite enjoys the tunes it plays but I have to keep squeezing the gloworm every 30 seconds to get it play again.
I do like the look of the toy and it seems to be quite durable and well made.
Overall I am not very impressed with the toy at all and would not recommend to anyone but looking at other reviews I see there are mixed opinions on the Lullaby Gloworm so it must work for some babies and might be worth a try if you like the look of it.
~ Price & Where to Purchase ~
Widely available in most toy shops or online at Amazon, ebay etc. I purchased mine from play.com for £10
I think these must be timeless as i remember having one when i was little, although they do seem to have become a bit cuter over the years and i think maybe the tunes have changed. There are a couple of modes, one which plays 6 different tunes and lights up, and one which just lights up. My baby girl was bought this as a gift when she was only a couple of months old and liked it straight away. The only thing is i wish it would stay on for say 5 minutes as i have to keep pressing it and when she is drifting off to sleep it sort of defeats the object if i keep appearing to switch it back on! It would also be nice just to be able to leave it on the light mode like a night-light. However this is a really cute and popular toy that i think she will enjoy for a few years and is already a firm favourite.
We got this for our little girl when she was about eight months old and she seemed pleased with it; she smiled, cuddled it, and waved it at us when she wanted us to squeeze it to make it light up and play music. Like I would think a lot of parents my age did, we got it partly because of the memories of our own childhood toys; both myself and my husband had a younger sister who had one. and we liked the look of this version.
This could be because I remember my sister's from when I was a child, but - I'm sure it's got smaller since the 80's! It didn't play music back then either, I'm sure. Anyway as a bedtime toy I think this misses the mark somewhat by playing music and lighting up, it doesn't seem like a good thing to send to bed with the child unless they are still too young to be able to squeeze it to get the light and sound - I would think they would keep themselves awake. The light and sound don't last long enough for the baby to fall asleep listening to it. Ours lives downstairs now! As a cuddly it works great - it's just the right size - my little girl likes rocking her toys like a baby and this is fine for that. She also seems to like the music, which is gentle and soothing.
Help baby's transition from busy time to bedtime. With a soft hug, Lullaby Gloworm lights up with a friendly glowing face and plays one of six different soothing lullaby songs.