“ Brand: Hugs & Kisses / Type: Buggy Bar / Travel Toy / Type: Travel Toys „
Now my daughter is incredibly alert a lot more of the time when out and about it is nice for her to be entertained by something. My toy of choice has recently been one by the Lamaze range but as it hangs off the handle of her babyseat/ carrier she can't always get to it or if she has it and lets go it ends up hanging at the side of the pushchair frame. When we went to Babies R Us to buy the Hugs & Kisses Travel Mobile sitting next to it on the same shelf was the Hugs & Kisses Curly Travel Toy and in the end we opted for this as again it matched the Travel Mobile and we already had the Hugs & Kisses Baby on Board sign (I also like everything to match!).
*~* What is it? *~*
The curly travel toy in the Hugs & Kisses range is essentially a long toy made of flexible material which can go on pushchair bar, car seat handle or cot top rail. It is meant to keep a baby entertained.
*~* Packaging *~*
The Hugs & Kisses Curly Travel Toy comes complete in its own clear plastic carry bag which is bound in a reinforced pink edging. It has a pink rope handle and it is done up at the back by a clear flap sealed with a bit of velcro. It's an ideal little case to store especially if you don't want to use it all the time.
*~* The Toy *~*
The curly travel toy is incredibly flexible and can be bent around most things. All you need to do is simply take it out its packaging and put it around your car seat handle or whatever you want it to go on.
It is covered in a lovely pink shabby chic type material which fits in with the Hugs & Kisses range (all their products are made out of the same material). At either end there is a padded, fabric heart and around the curls there are three attachments. They consist of a lovely padded bird, a house and another heart together with a plastic pink flower. The attachments all have different feels to them, there is a bell, crinkle material and a rattle and these all help to assist in sensory development.
*~* In Use *~*
What I found with this curly travel toy is that it isn't particularly long and I would have preferred it to have been longer so it would go along my daughter's car seat handle more as it currently ends up getting bunched up in the middle and every time I take the car seat out I end up having to pull it back into position which is annoying as it just doesn't seem to want to stay in place. Ideally I would like it to be long enough so it can around the whole of the car seat handle or at least three quarters of it and for it to stay there.
The attachments cannot be removed and hang down on a piece of thick, fabric covered elastic so if the child does pull on it, it won't come off. The attachments are evenly spread apart and sit happily in each curl, you can of course move them up or down in the curl should you wish them to be lower or higher.
Generally I am pretty happy with this toy as it does keep my daughters attention well and she responds to the different sounds of the attachments well and has started to try and reach them herself. My daughter doesn't seem to mind that it isn't long enough or doesn't stay in place too well unlike her mother! If my daughter likes it then it was a worthwhile purchase even though there a few little niggling issues I have about it. However, I do like the very girly shabby chic theme of the Hugs & Kisses range and the attachments are lovely but it would be nice if you could remove them to be able to put them elsewhere on the curly toy but it is hardly an issue that you can't remove them.
*~* Price & Availability *~*
The Hugs & Kisses Curly Travel Toy is available from Babies R Us and costs £12.99 which seems be quite an average price for the curly type toys.
*~* Overall *~*
It keeps my daughter's attention and she seems to like it so that is the main thing. I probably should have tried it on my car seat handle before buying it but hindsight is a wonderful thing! It's a cute, girly travel toy which pleases my daughter and it didn't break the bank.