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You'll not find Dee Dee on any David Attenburgh natural history programme but when you meet her you'll have to agree that she is a truly amazing creature. The photo above doesn't do her justice. She's a 3-D, multi sensory miracle.
Dee Dee the dragon is part of the 'play and grow' range from Lamaze who are owned by baby behomoth Tomy. The Lamaze movement is synonymous with baby expertise. To create this creature, every page in the child development manual has been consulted. Dee Dee is the output.
Stimulating toys for new borns are few and far between. Browse the stores and you will find most toys are aimed at 6 months plus. 'Play and grow' toys are designed to entertain babies 0-24 months. Dee Dee has been designed with the developmental needs of the child in mind. Although Dee Dee is a case of the sum of the parts being greater than the whole, I'll describe her and breakdown her colours, patterns, textures and sounds.
Dee Dee is approximately 20 cm head to toe and 25 cm from front to tail. She comes with a plastic ring to attach her to a pram or such like. She carries a rattle, a flower and (this was the clincher for me in store) sports a mirror at the end of her tail. Visually, she is a sight to behold. Her predominant colour is pink. She has a yellow underbelly, orange ears, brown spine, white teeth, blue claws, green and blue wings and purple foot pads and rattle. There is a black and white (high contrast) backing to the mirror, trimmed in brown, green, yellow and blue. Her legs and arms are striped in shades of red and pink. Her wing backs are camoflage patterned whilst the front is scaled. The cord attaching her plastic ring is striped white, green, bluie red and purple. Dee Dee breathes ribbons of red, yellow and orange fire from her mouth. Ribbons of purple, green, yellow and orange are tagged beneath the wings. In short, she is a magnificent sight!
Dee Dee's body is soft, low pile fur. Her rattle is hard plastic, with scalloped edges and a raised spiral on the back. Her teeth, spine and claws are rigid. Her wing back is silky smooth, as are her ribbons. Her yellow belly is made of cord giving a bumpy yet soft feel. Her tail is curved, creating ridges along the inner fold. Her arms and legs are velour and feel slightly grippy.
Dee Dee is a noisy dragon. Her foot pads, ears, wings and flower crinkle. Her rattle, which contains four coloured balls, adds to the sound.
At nine weeks old, my baby, Little Loz, doesn't have or need a lot of toys. He can't reach and grab yet and his vision isn't fully developed. He also spends a lot of time either dropping off to sleep, waking up from sleep or sleeping. I waited until he was in a fairly alert stage of his day then produced Dee Dee. His eyes were, quite frankly, on stalks! Dee Dee 'flew' in and we spent, maybe 45 minutes examining all her features. That's an eternity in baby time. Little Loz tracked and followed her, cooed and craned his neck for a better view. The mirror, as I predicted, was a big hit. He examined his face in it and tracked the light reflected from it. The rattle kept his attention when he was flagging a bit. I stroked his face and hand with all the textures, then finally left Dee Dee on the sofa where little Loz gazed at her, taking in all her glory.
I came across Dee Dee in Mothercare. The Lamaze range stood out to me as it is suitable for very young babies, it is based on sound principles of child development and, whilst in my opinion the designs are glorious, they are based on appeal to babies not to adults. She was priced at £11.99. This seemed reasonable to me as she is fairly large and has many features offering good play value. Unlike many children's toys, she is also well made - no mean feat considering the number of fabrics and features that are incorporated. I can now see that Dee Dee is available on Amazon for a mere £7.99. I don't feel too bad about this though as she is hard to photograph and understand before you meet her in person, so I doubt that I would have selected her whilst browsing the web.
Improving Dee Dee would be like gilding a lily. If I had to suggest something, I think the eyes could bigger as babies are attracted to faces. Also, a snout as bulbous as Dee Dee's is just begging for a squeaker! No complaints from little Loz though - he is still agog at her magnificence!
I am a huge fan of Lamaze toys. When I saw Dee Dee the dragon in Toymaster, I absolutely had to have her! She is a lovely pink plush cuddly toy, with many different textures and colours on her. Her tummy is bright yellow with a textured feel to it, her wings and the flower she holds feel all crinkly , she holds a ball filled with smaller balls to make a lovely rattle noise, and she has a mirror on her tail. The bright colours capture the childs interest and help them as they get older to identify different colours. The different textures mean that baby can learn what different things feel like. The different sounds help to develop auditory senses as the child gets older. The mirror helps the child learn their own reflection and recognize it, and provides a great game of peek-a-boo! All these different learning oppurtunities are fantastic for any child from birth right up to 24 months, helping them in different ways as they grow. The white ring attached to Dee Dee's back means that she can accompany your child in most situations. It is a clip which attaches to a playmat, cot, pushchair, highchair, and bouncer meaning your child will never have to be without her favourite companion!!
I adore this brightly coloured, stimulating toy and believe it helps children to learn so many new skills. As they get older, Dee Dee is also a fantastic toy for imaginative play, and there are endless possibilities with Lamaze!
You can buy Dee Dee from most toy retailers eg. Toys r us, Toymaster, Lamaze and she can also be found on Amazon, Ebay, and Asda amongst many others. she ranges in price from about £5-£10 with Amazon probably being the cheapest I have found so far. I would recommend her to anybody as well as the other Lamaze toys available as they are just fantastic!!!
I spoilt my niece this christmas, and one of the many toys I bought her was a Lamaze Dee Dee the Dragon.
Dee Dee is a really cute little dragon, multi coloured and multi textured, just like many of the Lamaze toy range. She has blue wings, pink and red feet, a yellow body and a pink head. She even has 4 teeth sticking out of her mouth, which makes her really cute in my opinion. The back of her body and her tail are both pink, the same shade as her head.
Her arms and legs, body, head and wings are all made from different materials, so your child can play with the different feels and textures. There is a plastic loop attached to her back, so you can hang her from a pram, mobile or side of a cot, so your child can have easy access to play with her. Dee Dee is holding a rattle in one hand, which is an actual rattle. The other hand is holding a material flower, made up of different layers, which is cute for a little one to play with. At the end of her tail is a little mirror, which my niece has had plenty of fun looking at herself in. Her wings are crinkly, so everytime you move them, they make a sound and I found that this seems to amuse my niece to no end.
This toy is suitable from birth, so you can be assured that it is safe for your child to play with no matter how small they are.
Dee Dee is really nice and colourful, which my niece seems to enjoy. She takes her almost everywhere with her, and as she is soft, she is great for a child to hold on to and hug when they want to go to sleep. Dee Dee is also machine washable, which is great seeing as my niece has managed to get Dee Dee covered in everything from Food to Mud!
My niece seems to love Dee Dee, and just like her other Lamaze toys, it is very good quality with no problems arising. She provides hours of play time and fun for my niece, and they say that the colours and textures are great to help your childs development and education.
I give Dee Dee a 5 out of 5, as I seem to see her most days (and have had her thrown at me many a time lol! ) and she does her job perfectly! If you want to buy yourself a Dee Dee, you can buy her in most toy stores like Toys R Us etc and also you can buy her on Amazon.co.uk. I found her on Amazon for a much cheaper price than anywhere else.