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I really like Lamaze toys, they are bright and colourful and very educational as well as being very fun. I have seen a number of different cube toys in the shops produced by different manufacturers but this has to be one of my favourites.
It is called a multi sensory cloth cube and the first thing that attracted me to it was the fact that it had handles for your baby to grab hold off. Sometimes I think a big cube can be quite a difficult thing for small hands to hold and play with. I remember when she was younger my little girl played with a rather big cube at the playgroup we went to. It had lots of fun things on it but it was so difficult for her to hold and it kept falling out of her grasp and she had a funny one hold hand on it that looked quite awkward so she got frustrated with it. When I was then choosing a cube for my little boy I knew a bit more of what I wanted and this one is perfect. It actually says that it encourages two handed play and thats exactly what he does with it, grab it with two hands and holds it in front of his face where he looks at it in wonder. The handles are soft so not only are you getting the exploration of touch they are easy to hold and fun to chew and play with. They are also different colours as well which is nice. Some of them have little plastic rings on them too, perfect of you have a little one who is teething or just likes chewing things as my little boy does. He always has these rings in his mouth and is chewing away on them. As they're a tough plastic they will do no damage to him or them.
The cube measures 205 x 12.5 x 17.5 cm so its not amazingly big which I like as it makes it easy to hold and its not too big.
The cube is nice and bright and colourful like most Lamaze toys. There is a different picture, scene or texture on every size which is nice as it really promotes exploring and introduces different colours and shapes etc. On one of the sides you see the picture of a nice butterfly with his wings spread and there is also a dotty side and a flowery side all with contrasting bright and fun colours. There is also some black and white sides which is perfect for very small babies on as when they are first born this is all they can see and really focus on so I love some black and white colours in all my little boys toys. The cube also has a mirror side which is great as all babies like to look at their reflection and my little boy really likes it when I show him himself in the mirror and then take it away and do it again.
The cube also has a bell inside it which makes a noise when you shake the cube. Add this to the sound of the rings rattling together when you shake the cube and it makes a really fun interesting toy from Lamaze that I recommend.
My daughter received a Lamaze gift set containing several items as part of her Christmas present from her grandparents, and one of the items in the set was this Clutch Cube which by itself usually retails around the £8 - £9 mark on the likes of amazon. I am a big fan of Lamaze, and all but one of the products that I have from them I have been extremely pleased with. My daughter loves the bright colours that are associated with products from Lamaze, and they do seem to last her for some time, rather than be a toy that only lasts a few months. I had watched a friends baby with a cube, different from this one, and it was toy that they played with a lot, and so I was pleased when my daughter received this.
This clutch cube has a variety of elements to it. Firstly, it has a large round hook meaning that you can attach it to a buggy or car seat to let baby play when out and about. My daughter also likes to chew on this ring as well, particularly at the moment when she is teething very badly.
Secondly, there are soft handles on various sides of this cube for baby to grab hold of and this should also help improve their motor skills as they grasp the handles. My daughter at almost six months has no problem now in grabbing these handles and bringing the toy up to her mouth or simply throwing it around, which she also does plenty of!
Thirdly, there is a rattle within this cube so when baby lifts it they should hear that rattle noise and it an be shaken as well. It also has two teething rings attached onto one of the soft handles which also clash together to make more noise. My daughter likes to make noise and so will turn when she hears this cube being pulled out of the toy box.
Fourthly the various faces on the cube are of different textures, that encourage baby to feel. My daughter is not at this stage yet of appreciating the different textures, but it is something that she will grow into. Some of the faces have patterned, some have pictures of animals like a monkey and lion, and there is also a face with a peek a boo mirror, where baby can lift the flap and look at themselves in the mirror. The disappointing thing about this is that the mirror is not quite clear, so I don't always think my daughter really realises that it is a mirror, as usually she enjoys looking at herself in the mirrors around our home.
THe other downside of this product, is that once it has been shaken and my daughter has chewed on either the handle or the teething rings, she gets bored with it very quickly and tosses it away. It certainly does not hold her attention for any length of time at all, compared to other toys that she will look at time and again for much longer periods of time.
As much as a love Lamaze products, and this is a lovely toy to look at and is certainly well made, it just doesn't hold the attention of my daughter. I am glad that she received it as a gift, as I don't think I would pay full price for this cube. THere are other toys that hold her attention better, and at her age, any toy that captures the attention for longer than a minute or two is worth its money when you are trying to entertain a teething restless baby!!