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Fantastic first toy
Kids II Baby Einstein Bendy Ball
Member Name: xmum2threex
Kids II Baby Einstein Bendy Ball
Advantages: My children love it
Disadvantages: Packaging a little hard to get off
While I was looking for toys for my little boy who was only 7 months old, I came across this little Einstein's ball on Amazon. I decided to order it, and I am so glad that I have as it has been hugely loved by my two youngest children. It is a simple soft plastic ball. The difference from other rattle we own is the design of it. The whole ball has hexagon shaped holes cut out of the main body of it. This means even small babies can grab at the ball with ease, as no matter where they hold the ball there fingers can tighten around the frame of the ball. The ball is made up of many bright colours making it appealing too even the smallest of children. It's easy to hold design, and the small rattle inside the ball that jingles every time the ball is slightly moved make it very appealing. All of these factors make it perfect for small babies just learning to use their hands. As the child gets older they will find the soft plastic of the ball bends between their fingers. This is great for little hands that are learning about different textures, and what they can do with their new found freedom of using their hands. The ball is very engaging with its bright prime colours attracting little ones attention straight away.
My little girl is currently using this toy and she loves it as much as my son did. She is only four months old, but she can hold it very easily. It is very light so she can even grab it with just one finger, and as it is not too heavy it will not hurt when little one manages to catch their face with it. We have found this is the only toy she can actually play with independently at this age, and for that reason it is a fantastic first toy. My daughter is starting to put everything to her mouth. As she is still learning what her little hands can do this means sometimes she brings it far too quickly to her face. The soft plastic does not hurt her at all, and she actually just giggles even though I was terrified she may hurt herself. It is of course designed for smaller hands meaning there is nothing that can hurt her at all as it is all rounded.
There is a friendly little caterpillar face pictured on the ball, and of course it acts as a rattle so little one is rewarded with the sounds of a bell as they learn to move it around. My daughter really does love this toy, she thinks it is fantastic and of she manages to knock it out of reach she tries to sit up to move towards it. Her little face lights up whenever she sees it, and she never seems to become bored with it. I was a little confused about the bendy description as when it first arrived I found it rather robust. On closer inspection I found it did bend under a fair amount of pressure but it was not until my son was older he was able to do this.
As the child grows a little and is beginning to learn to crawl, again this ball can be used to encourage them. By dropping the ball it rolls across the floor creating a jingle sound. This encourages little one to move towards the noise, and the bright colours visually invite little one to follow. We found this ball was better than the lights, and sounds ball we owned despite being much simpler. I was a little worried that maybe it may be a little heavy for younger children. I was unable to find an age recommendation for this toy so I guessed that it would be ok for my seven month old baby, and my daughter is happy playing with it at a much younger age. I found not only was it fine for my young baby, but it actually grows with little one as they develop and learn fine motor skills.
My children never seem to become bored with this ball. Although it is very simple, they find different ways to play with it so it adapts well. It is very durable lasting two children so far with no signs of wear and tear at all. I like to drop this in with some sterilising tablets every now and then as my little girl does put it to her mouth, and it is very easy to clean. My only downside is the packaging that comes with the toy. It is very minimal with hardly any information at all, and the plastic pieces that attach it to the small cardboard hanger are very difficult to get off. We needed to cut it off with scissors and I am not sure why toy manufacturers make it so difficult to remove packaging.
I would highly recommend this toy to for anyone that has a young child. It is very simple, but the bright colours and rewarding sounds make it perfect for young children. It helps develop find motor skills, and really is a fantastic engaging toy that is very simple. It is very durable as my son used it from when he was seven months old right up until now. He still enjoys rolling it around although he does become a little bored with it after five minutes. Now my youngest daughter plays with this toy, and at such a young age it is the only one she can actually grab on to. I have only ever come across this on the Amazon website, and we paid around £5 for it. I believe this is a fantastic price for such a well loved toy, and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Summary: A fantastic first toy
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