Product Type: Ikea baby toys
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Ikea Mula Stacking Rings
Member Name: Coffeetiere
Ikea Mula Stacking Rings
Advantages: Nice looking, good for motor skills
I really like wooden toys, I think it is something about them looking very traditional, but also it's a nice change of material as most hard toys these days are plastic. One day we net to our local Ikea when my son was a baby and spotted these stacking rings, I had to get them as they were attractive bright, simple but I felt they would have real worth in my son's playtime.
These stacking rings, called Mula, were a success. To begin with my son would grasp a ring and shake it around - I think he thought it was going to rattle and then put it in his mouth for a good suck and later when he was teething a good chew. To begin with I would stack the rings in front of him talking about the colours, they are the rainbow colours and stack in rainbow colours.
Idea recommends them for babies of 12 months and older, I got these for my son at around 7 months which was too early for him to stack them but with my interaction we could still play. I think watching me stack them eventually taught him how to do it himself as around 12 months he got really into copying me and started to stack the rings himself, even if not in the right order! It was a good way of getting him to learn colours as I would tell home the green one goes next, he would then find the green one, for example. This stacking toy is great for developing motor skills.
The rings are made out of very nice wood, I guess it is beach and varnished or painted. The centre core which the rings sits on is a hard kind of rubber, it's supposed to be soft so the baby wont hurt themselves if they fall on it, however it's not that soft, just softer than the wooden parts. The toy is 20cm high and 13cm in diameter at its widest point.
I think this toy is supposed to be a lighthouse, or at least it looks like a lighthouse and also makes a nice ornament in a kid's room! It's certainly very durable, we have a few bit marks on ours plus the odd chip along the edge but nothing much considering the battering it's taken. We paid £6 I think, I just checked the idea website and then are now on sale for £7, which for such a good solid wooden toy is great value.
Summary: A good traditional toy