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Little B has got so many toys that we could open a toy shop with them all! There seems to be toys for all occasions- bedtime, car journies, out and about, creative toys and also these toys- highchair toys.
The idea of a highchair toy is that it keeps your baby entertained whilst in the highchair and if you know anything about babies you will know that toys tend to get thrown around which is why the highchair toy is different- the highchair toy sticks to the tray of the chair so it can't be thrown (in principle anyway!)
Lamaze make a variety of toys and we have several of them. They always appear to be very colourful and friendly looking and this high chair bug is certainly no different!
This bug is very colourful indeed! He is a little bit like a caterpillar insofar as he has different round segments that make up his body and each of these segments are different colours. The top segment is the caterpillars face and is lime green with big black eyes and a big black smile. At the top of this head are little yellow antennae. The next segment is see-through blue with little multicoloured beads inside which shake around when the bug moves. THe middle section is red and has a ring around it with brightly coloured beads that can be moved around. The next segment is plain purple and the bottom one is orange with blue circles. The base of this bug is bright yellow.
So as you can tell this bug certainly is very bright! I think this is what made it stand out for us and made Mrs B buy it, as bright colours are very important for babies so that they can focus and recognise the difference in colours. It certainly caught Little B's attention when we bought it and now that she is bigger she is learning what the different colours are and is beginning to name them.
The bug fixes to the highchair with a large suction pad on the base of the bug. This is able to be pulled off by making air get underneath it which is done by lifting it off using the little tab which is on the side of the base. It sounds complicated but trust me it certainly isn't as even Little B could pull this off the highchair within about 60 seconds when she was just 7 months old!
WHen you stick it to the highchair it does actually stick very well and securely. The bug can then be bent back and forth without falling off. The body is designed to bend and then wobble back into the upright position which creates lots of fun! When your baby is playing with this and actually enjoying pulling it back and forth then it works very well but if your baby decides that they just want to pull the toy off then there will be no stopping them!
So yes this bug does stick to the hair high tray but it is easy to pull off and throw onto the floor making it rather like any other toy that your child can have.
This bug doesn't claim to be all singing all dancing but I do think that as well as entertaining and providing something colourful and friendly for a little one to look at it also does educate too. It helps your baby to develop their sense of touch and hand-eye coordination because the beads can be moved around the ring which helps to develop these skills. It is also educational for your baby to realise cause and effect- as they pull the bug and let go it snaps back into upright position.
Now that my daughter is talking this bug is educational insofar as it teaches her about colours and patterns. She is beginning to be able to name the different coloured segments and to be able to point to the spotty ones and knows what the beads do and how they can be moved.
This is a very bright and colourful toy that will grab your little one's attention. Young children like colourful items and this certainly is that! The smiley face makes this bug very appealing and friendly looking and it very different. I have come across a few highchair toys before but I haven't come across one which is like this so I do like it.
I don't think this toy does a great deal- it doesn't light up, it doesn't play music and it isn't all different textures but I don't think that's important, I think sometimes it is more simple toys that have a better effect on a child. This toy is entertaining for your child to pull back and forth, to move the beads around, to shake like a rattle and to learn about colours.
The fact that it sticks on the highchair is great but I wouldn't fool you into buying it thinking that it will just stay on the highchair tray because once your baby has mastered how to pull it off then they will keep doing this and you will end up keep picking it back up off the floor. We are yet to come across a toy which actually does stay on the highchair like it claims it does!
This toy cost us around £7 from John Lewis and although it doesn't do a great deal I do think that it is good value for money because it is very durable as it is made from plastic so it withstands being thrown around and is easy to clean which is obviously important because it usually is around during feeding times! We have had this toy for nearly 18 months now and it is still played with and provides lots of fun and smiles so for £7 I do think it is good value for money.
4 stars because it does easily come off the highchair once you know how!
***What is it***
This Lamaze Busy Bug Highchair Toy has a suction cup at the bottom of it, allowing it be fastened to flat smooth surfaces. It consists of 5 interlocking squashed sphere shapes of plastic. The top green part has pentagonal eyes and a huge smiley face printed on it, with softer yellow plastic feelers sticing out of it (they look like rope, but they are plastic). The blue layer is transparent and has several small coloured balls inside and these provide a rattle noise when the toy is moved. The next red layer has an outer ring around it that has 6 different little shapes (3 thin rings, a star, a heart and a triangle) that are free to move around the outer ring halves. Then at the bottom part of the toy is a purple layer, an orange leyer with blue spots printed on it and then at the very bottom is a yellow suction cup. It is very easy to press the toy onto the high chair tray or other smooth flat surface, to release it again simply pull the yellow tab at the bottom to break the suction. This toy stays stuck 4 times out of 5, sometimes my baby can pull it off himself and that results in him throwing it on the floor and then crying for it! But this has much better suction power than a previous similar toys r us branded toy i have used in the past. The toy is designed so that it has quite a lot of flexibility to wobble the toy around, i would say you can bend the top layer (the head) so its lays at a 90 degree angle in all directions) and this also makes the toy rattle as its moved. It is labelled as for age 6 months plus, so about the same age that they can start using a high chair.
***How much is it***
Its suggested retail price is a hefty £10.99, but it can often be found on offer, for example its currently on offer on Amazon for £5.97 (actually its gone up to £8.95 whilst writing this review), which is a much more reasonable price. Camelcamelcamel tells us Amazons average selling price is £8.04. At the moment it is £9.50 at Tesco. I bought mine when they had it on offer at Tesco's in a special where they had 1/3 off all Lamaze toys, so it was just over £6. But then it is also included in the Baby and Toddler Clubcard double up boost scheme, so as i purchased it with some dummies and bibs etc i used my club-card vouchers and effectively got it at a bargain £3!
***Why i bought it***
I had a toy like this from toys-r-us for my older children, but the suction wasn't very good and so i think it was eventually binned, the suction cup got distorted to the degree it was unusable. I knew that once my baby got the age of being able to sit in a highchair that it would be useful to have a toy that he cant drop straight onto to the floor and will keep him occupied whilst he is sat in the dining room with us whilst we are eating. I love Lamaze, so when i saw they made a version of a suction high chair toy i knew it was the one for me, especially at the bargain price (see above)
***Do we like it?***
Yes i love the bright colours and the fact it stays put most of the time, and most importantly my baby loves it and will happily play with it in his highchair whilst the rest of the family eats their meal. Once he can self feed then i imagine this toy will got a lot less use as he can then eat at the same time as us. Its also great used in a Bumbo chair with the tray.
***Would i buy it again?***
Yes i would, and would recommend this to others wanting this type of toy. But i would try to shop around to avoid paying full price - but then i do like a bargain!
This toy is designed to sit on a child's highchair to help keep them amused whilst they are sitting in it.
It is a caterpillar which is made up of a variety of segments all of which are different bright colours. A see through pale blue one, a red one with a ring around it on which are some colourful beads that can be moved around, a purple one and then an orange and yellow spotty one. These all come out of a big solid yellow base and at the top is the green head with big black eyes and little ears out the top. It certainly is very bright which will help to capture your child's attention and also help teach them about different colours.
There are little beads inside one of the segments so that it makes a rattly noise. The beads around the red segment are nice to be able to push around the wire they are on.
The big solid yellow base secures onto the highchair by using suction. This being said it is not completely stuck on, once your child works out how to lift it off they will- this took one of my grandchildren about a week to master! Once your child knows how to get it off it will not stay upright for long! This is a bit of a design flaw as it means that it can still get pushed and thrown off the chair just like all other toys manage to do.
We use this as more of a general toy than a highchair one as now. When it is upright it can be bent and then spring back into the upright position which little ones find very fun to do!
I don't think it's an amazing toy really and it does disappoint that the suction is not baby proof! But it is bright and very cute looking so it gets 4 stars from me.
I've been extremely impressed with Lamaze's Play & Grow range of toys, so when I was looking for a toy that would encourage 7 month old Freddy that sitting in a highchair was fun, my first port of call was the Lamaze website, where I saw this the Bendy Bug Highchair toy on sale for £8.49. As I had an Amazon voucher, I decided to order one from there at the unbelievably low price of £7.47 (although it's now even cheaper) and Freddy has now had this for almost a month.
==The bit about the looks==
The bendy bug is a fairly large highchair toy, standing at about 24 cm from his base to the tips of his antennae. This means he's just tall enough to for his friendly smiling face to be at baby's eye-level when he's on a highchair tray. His body is made up of four segments, each of which has different colours, textures or activities. The bottom two segments are rather plain, with the very bottom being orange with blue spots and the next being purple. The third segment is perhaps the most interesting, as this features two half rings, one of which has some smaller rings on it, while the other has some transparent shapes, all of which move freely. The final body segment is transparent and filled with tiny beads that rattle at even the slightest movement. As I've already said the head features a lovely smiley face with wide open eyes and is topped with a pair of rubbery antennae that are perfect for chewing on.
The head and all the body segments are connected to the bright yellow base, via a bendy rod that allows all the various segments to turn independently and the base itself features a sucker cup which, in theory, allows the complete toy to be attached to any smooth surface. The majority of the bug is made of a solid plastic, which is easy to wipe clean, but will hurt if it's thrown at you. From what I can see the bug is extremely well made, with plenty to keep baby entertained whilst sitting in his highchair.
==The Bit About Playing==
Freddy is seven months old and really doesn't like sitting in his highchair, so this was bought to try and persuade him to sit still for a few minutes while Mummy and Daddy are getting his dinner ready. As with all his other Lamaze toys, the bugs bright colours and friendly face immediately captured Freddy's attention and he couldn't wait to start exploring the activities. And so I came to the first and only problem, while the bug will quite happily stick to a wooden dining table, it doesn't stick quite as well to the highchair tray. Although I pushed it on with some force, as soon as Freddy (rather enthusiastically) grabbed at it, it came away in his hand. Not that Freddy was complaining, because he immediately started exploring the bug with his mouth and found the antennae are just the right size and texture for him to chew on.
After giving the bug a good slobber, Freddy discovered that it made a great rattle and even now likes to spend time shaking it and banging it against any hard surface he can find. The next surface I tried to attach the bug to was Freddy's Bumbo tray and the really strange thing is that this was much more successful. Once the bug is firmly attached Freddy has a great time exploring all the different segments. He loves to grab the head and then let it go so that it 'boings' away from him. It's really lovely to see the look of concentration on his face as he plays with rings and shapes, and the look of triumph when he manages to turn one of the segments is just wonderful.
As I've already said the surfaces the bug will firmly attach to can be a bit hit and miss and due to this it has been thrown on the floor a fair few times. I was a little worried that it would shatter, but so far it has escaped without a scratch. I am also a little concerned at just how hard the transparent shapes are, Freddy tends to try and eat everything and I do worry that he'll try and bite on these and they'll hurt him. But, I must say that so far Freddy has only really chewed on the rubbery antennae.
==The Bit About Learning==
Although a baby will learn new skills no matter what toys they play with, I do like to buy Freddy toys that I think go that little bit further to helping him develop. I must say that Lamaze toys appear to fulfil these expectations and the bendy bug is no exception. Lamaze themselves state that 'the Bendy Bug teaches cause and effect as the bug bends and rattles when batted by baby'. Now I would say they are selling themselves short here, even at Freddy's age this does far more. It helps baby develop their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as they play with the shapes and rings as well as rewarding the less refined 'batting' movement. Although he doesn't seem to take much notice, I also use this to introduce colours, shapes and even counting.
I do, however agree with Lamaze's suggested age range of six months and up. Freddy loves this toy and is able to play with it, but I don't think it a baby below 6 months would be able to use half of it's features. If no other reason than that to get the best from the toy it needs to be attached to a highchair tray and so the baby needs to be able sit confidently with minimal support.
==The Bit About Recommendation==
In a world full of high tech, flashing, musical baby toys, it's refreshing to find such a delightfully simple highchair toy that keeps Freddy entertained while helping him develop new skills. As with all Lamaze toys, bendy bug is extremely well made with no sharp edges and as a bonus this is easy to wipe clean. I love the bright colours, simple design and lack of batteries. But the person whose opinion really matters is Freddy himself. And although he can't tell me what he thinks in words, he is quite capable of showing how much he likes (or dislikes a toy). As soon as he sees the bug, his eyes light up and he tries to grab it before I've had chance to attach it to the tray or table and once it is attached he'll spend a good ten minutes playing with it before demanding to be fed or taken out of the highchair. (Which is a vast improvement on the 30 seconds he used to last. Therefore I can't help but recommend this toy and give it a very healthy four stars out of five. Losing a star simply because it is so temperamental as to which surfaces it will securely stick to.