“ Age: 12 months „
My sister is 2 1/2 and I know she's getting out of In The Night Garden but when I saw this pack of mini Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka for only £5.00 I decided to get them for her to keep her quiet on the bus into town. The picture Dooyoo have got up is of 2 sets, you don't get all of the toys pictured and have to choose between the top row of characters that I got and the Tombliboos which are the weird looking little things on the bottom row.
Each toy is about 6 inches tall and is a perfect mini version of the full sized toys you can get in the same range. They don't sing or move or anything like that and are just plain soft toys. My sister hasn't been very interested in them actually and I ended up putting them up in her bedroom today because they're just taking up room in her toy box downstairs and she hardly ever plays with them.
I think the toys are proper cute. My fave out of the 3 is Upsy Daisy and I think this mini one looks loads better than the big sized doll my sister has got because the hair is done better. In this set Igglepiggles blanket is sewn to his hand and that's a better idea than the velcro that they have used to attach the blanket on the bigger toy. This means the blanket won't be lost like has happened with talking Igglepiggle after my sister took him out and lost the blanket somewhere between the car and the supermarket check out!
I like how chunky these toys are and the bottoms of them are filled with beans, I wouldn't actually call these beanies because there is only a thin layer of them enough to let the toys sit up without having to lean them on anything. It works good and when my sister first had these toys she played sitting them up for ages because that's one thing she hates about her Peppa Pig toys..... they just won't sit up on their own! lol Makka Pakka is the only one who won't sit down and that's because he's such a fat tubby character and his legs are too short, he's still got the beans in his bottom though so that makes it easier for leaning him up.
It says you shouldn't put these toys in the washing machine but I did and they come out fine, Makka Pakka took for ages to dry though even on the radiator so I reckon you should do it when your kids are in bed or you'll end up with them being all grumpy when they can't play straight away.
Recommended..... wicked toys to get your In The Night Garden collection started, careful though because older toddlers will find them boring I think!
When my older granddaughters' came to stay at the weekend I also offered to have their baby sister who is almost 18 months. She is absolutely obsessed with In The Night Garden and (horror!) managed to forget her lovely talking Iggle Piggle in the rush to get out of the house, she noticed as soon as she was deposited with me and spent the next hour or so fruitlessly searching for her squidgy blue friend.
She looked so lost without him that I decided to give her one of the gifts I had bought her for Christmas, a set of three In The Night Garden soft toys to take her mind off Iggle Piggle.
In the set you get Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka although when I was in Woolworths yesterday I noticed a similar set of the three Tombliboo characters which is very sweet but probably not quite such good value for money as one Tombliboo is very much like another!
Anyway, my granddaughter loves this set of characters and the toys have become firm favourites already. The toys stand around 6 inches tall, Makka Pakka is slightly smaller as he is in the programme, and are nicely substantial unlike the Teletubby beanies I bought her for her birthday which are terribly flat now. These In The Night Garden toys are bulky enough for my granddaughter to hold comfortably in her chubby little hands, and the three of them look so wonderful placed in her cot when she's sleeping (you can't put them in her cot before she goes to sleep as she'll just sit up all night playing with them!).
They are all very sturdy toys and look identical to the larger In The Night Garden toys, which in turn are true to the character you see on the TV. They are very safely made because these are suitable for babies from 12 months old, whenever I give my granddaughter a new toy I always have a tug on the eyes and things but there really is nothing on here that could cause any harm to your little one.
Everything about these three toys is soft; the bodies are beautifully soft and fluffy feeling, even the eyes are soft and securely stitched into the toy so your baby is certainly not going to choke on anything contained in this lovely set of toys. Funnily enough my granddaughter adores Makka Pakka from this set and the little Iggle Piggle was left in her cot while she shared her breakfast with Makka Pakka - this is really unusual for her as she is an Iggle Piggle nut but I can only think that perhaps Iggle disappointed her as she is used to her larger talking character? I must say the small size of these toys does make Makka Pakka look lovely and rotund so he is very sweet in this set!
Upsy Daisy is wearing her bright colourful clothing as she does in the TV series, the clothes are soft and silky and attached securely to the body of the toy. My granddaughter kept trying to take off her skirt but to no avail, the sewing machine used to stitch this toy is much stronger than an average 18 month old hand!
I think they are all a lovely addition to her toybox though and I'm sure they will give her months of entertainment yet, we have a theme going for her at Christmas and almost all of her presents relate to In The Night Garden so come the Big Day (note the capitals, I LOVE Christmas!) she will have so many characters that this set will I'm sure join in with the odd games she seems to play!
If I had to moan about something, and these toys are so sweet that this is a tall order, it would be that Iggle Piggles blanket is only attached to his hand with velcro. This is a problem with the larger toy too, I cannot understand why they didn't sew the blanket to his hand as it's easily lost and the fact that it's removable doesn't add anything to the toy itself. In fact within minutes my granddaughter noticed she'd lost the blanket so the four of us spent a long time searching for it, only to discover it had attached itself to my cats velcro mouse and was hidden behind other things. I shall probably put a stitch in it myself next time she visits me (providing it isn't completely lost by then) because Iggle looks really sweet carrying his blanket and I'd hate to see her lose it.
I paid around £12 for this In The Night Garden set and I think this is an absolute bargain price considering the small beanies in this range cost £4.99 in Sainsbury's. This set came from Boots when I did my big shop in there a couple of weeks ago, but I'd suggest having a look in Woolworths too as their range of In The Night Garden items is brilliant and also on special offer at the moment so you may find it a little bit cheaper.
Harry gets obsessed with things quite a bit, he's like his Daddy in that respect. His latest obsession has to be the new hit children's show on C-Beebies, In The Night Garden. They were THE must have toy for Christmas, but luckily Harry wasn't into it then, so I didn't have to Toys R Us at 1am to get a bloomin' Iggle Piggle. But he had a bit of Christmas money left over so we decided to get him these as an extra little present.
In The Night Garden, as I said, is the latest craze for toddlers all over the land. It consists of 5 main characters, Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka, the Tombliboos and the Pontipines, who all live in the garden. They sing, they dance, and have lots of fun, encouraging your children to sing along with them. However, I think the best thing about this show is that it is aimed at sleep-time - all the characters are going to bed at the end, and this way, like me, you can say 'oh look, Iggle Piggle is going to bed, that must mean it's time for you to go too'. Hahahaha.
As you have probably seen in the shops, there are many different ITNG products available to buy, and Harry only has a book so I thought it might be nice for him to have something squishy to cuddle and have in bed (as if his huge polar bear and giant bear aren't enough hey?), so when I saw these in Boots, I thought it would be a good idea to get them for him.
So what do you get for your money? Well, the pack contains the three main characters from ITNG in the form of a soft plush toy. They are incredibly soft to touch, and are squishy enough to leave in bed with your child for them to hug at night when they're feeling lonely! They come in a nice cardboard packet, sat in a row so your child can see all the toys easily (although this isn't good if you're trying to get your toddler past it without them seeing it!).
As mentioned, you get 3 toys. Firstly, Iggle Piggle, who is the blue one of the bunch. He is about 6 inches tall, and comes with his red blanket. This is attachable via a velcro patch on his hand and also on the blanket. The blanket is quite small though, and easily lost so keep an eye on it! He has a nice soft body, soft eyes and nothing to hurt your child on, so incredibly toddler-friendly!
Makka Pakka is the short fat brown one, who looks like a lump of stone or something! He is Harry's favourite, and in our house is known as Makka Makka. Again, Makka Pakka is wonderfully soft and cuddly, even the things sticking out of his head and soft, so no tears will come from this toy either. He is probably the simplest of the bunch, no bits to add on, just his nice soft body! Makka is the shortest of the bunch, about 5 inches tall, but he's bit fatter than the others lol.
And finally you get Upsy Daisy, the girl of the group. She is very similar in looks to a rag doll. She has coloured strands of hair coming out of her head, and a lovely silk skirt which is sewn to her, and is also very soft and child-friendly. Again, she is about 6 inches tall, so around the same size as Iggle Piggle.
The box recommends that these aren't suitable for children under 12 months, perhaps because of Iggle Piggle's blanket but if Harry was younger than this, I still think I would feel comfortable with him having them, as they are all so soft and cuddly, I really can't see anything dangerous about them. They really are lovely, and the softness makes them even more appealable to me! Just so sweet!
This set is exclusive to Boots, and can be purchased from there for £12.99. Considering each of the beanies usually sells for £4.99, you are making a saving by buying them as a set. It is also nice to have the main 3 as you can re-create stories with your children with them, as I sometimes like to do with Harry! Also, they are small enough to carry to town or something in a bag, which is handy! One thing I would say is that when you are taking them off the box, be careful as they are held on by metal strips which can be a bit sharp, so make sure little fingers aren't close to you.
For more information and pictures of the products, see the Boots website at www.boots.com, just search for Night Garden Soft Toy and this product should come up.
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