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Eddie the Elephant has been living with us for two years now and he unfortunately spends most of his time sitting on a shelf. He can be purchased for £15.99 on the Amazon website (May 2012). Eddie is suitable from birth and measures 10.5 X 8 X 11.5 cms.
Eddie looks great he is purple and made from soft plush material, he has a long colourful trunk that has 8 different brightly coloured shapes sewn onto it that when pressed play a musical note. His ears are made from a shiny material and are crinkly to the touch, they are also quite big so are used as handles for picking him up. He sits upright and on his feet he has a number of different features, one has a star on, two are stripy and crinkly and one has a musical note on it that when squeezed plays tunes. He comes with a song book that you can use to create pieces of music with and by playing his trunk and firstly pressing his bottom foot you can record and then play back a song or tune that you have created.
I gave this to my son when he was able to sit up, so around 4 months old, he would chew on it and squeeze it and generally just play with it, he was however, unable to get a tune out of the trunk and after a while he stopped playing with it so I put Eddie away for a while, when he was about 1 years old I reintroduced Eddie to my son thinking that he would now enjoy playing with him, he was able to get a note or two out of his trunk, but overall you have to be very precise when using the notes and your often get nothing out at all or you get the note above or below. We tried to use the song book that Eddie came with, but gave up in the end, as my son got bored. Again Eddie was put away and having brought him out once more my son, now 2 years old still finds the notes difficult to master, and as for following a song book, he as no clue.
Overall, Eddie is a lovely looking toy, he is interesting to play with when you are a little baby as he is brightly coloured, crinkly and plays an interesting tune now and again, however, I just think that the recording your own tune feature is too advanced for the age range that Eddie is aimed at, really is it up to the parent to master the song recording and then play it back to the child, so in conclusion, Eddie is now back sitting on the shelf and I would not recommend him to others.
Lamaze Eddie the Elephant is a fun and enjoyable toy for babies from 6 months onwards, it combines beautiful design, a really interesting combination of materials and music and the ability to make music easily.
What does it look like:
The elephant is about 6 inches high, it is blue with patchwork ears which are crinkly and fun for baby to feel and play with, two big cartoon eyes, soft tusks, different coloured and textured feet to give baby more stimulation and a nose with different musical keys on it, which allow you to press them to make different noises.
One one foot is the ability to play different songs including 'baa baa black sheep' on the other is the ability to play the previous notes played on the elephants noise, push the icon on each foot to make the magic happen. There are two patchwork ears for baby to hold the elephant and drag it around also.
Does it work:
I've had lots of fun with it personally, playing tunes and finding lots of things to do with it, being honest we bought it from birth as advised but a baby is too small to find this anything other than intimidating until they are at least 6-7 months when they are co-ordinated enough to press the buttons and enjoy what they have done, so don't expect anything before then. It looks great, apparently a song book was included but we didn't receive this, nonetheless its great fun.
We had grandparents visit and it was a great success with them too, the great thing about it, is its cuddly, looks beautiful and colourful and stimulates baby without being overwhelming and gadgety.
The quality is excellent and the design is superb, it looks and feels amazing and our little one is really starting to love this, it is fairly big for a small child but they will grow into it. The vanilla scent the toy gives off is also relaxing and makes baby want to give it a hug.
This toy is available in all good toyshops and Amazon and cost us £15.99 from Amazon, i'm more than happy for this and would recommend it to others as a fun toy.
The toy requires 3 AAA batteries which you have to open up the back of the toy to place in, the back is the only slightly clunky area of the toy as the battery compartment sticks out just slightly causing it to be a little bit abrasive to baby when they bump their hear on it, the padding doesn't quite cover this enough, although its not a huge thing, its enough to drop this excellent product from 5 to 4 stars.
I have a bit of a soft spot for elephants and I also have a soft spot for Lamaze toys, so this little cutie was a must when I spied it on Amazon! As it is suitable from birth, It was a perfect Christmas present for Ruby - three month old babies obviously don't need much in the way of christmas gifts, but I didn't want my eldest to wonder why the little ones didn't get much from Father Christmas, so any presents I did buy had to be good to grow into.
Eddie is soft, cuddly and purple in colour (the usual gray is a little less stimulating I suppose) and he has wonderfully bright patterned ears and feet. His ears are more like handles, very easy for little ones to grab hold of, and they crinkle when touched, as do all four feet. He has a purple and lime green stripy tummy and a lime green tail which stretches. His bum is rather large, all the better to help him sit on! The feet are circular, but sewn into the body flat, which makes them adorably floppy. His eyes are large and embroidered on and he has two little tusks sticking out either side of his rather long trunk. The trunk is decorated with 8 different coloured shapes descending in size and when pressed you can feel a little button underneath which plays a musical note. There was a little leaflet included with Eddie which shows you which coloured shapes to press to play some nursery rhymes, but unfortunately I put ours in a safe place - and can't remember where that safe place is! However we have managed to self teach Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (I know, I'm a musical genius). On Eddies right arm is an embroidered purple star which when pressed and held will beep, you can then record yourself playing a tune on Eddies trunk. It will only record for about 10 seconds and will beep again to let you know when times up. You can hear your masterpiece by pressing the star again (but don't hold, or it will start recording again and erase your previous tune) On the other arm is a purple note symbol, which when pressed will randomly play one of six nursery rhymes.
So as you can probably tell, I love Eddie! Luckily Ruby likes him too, she's only four months so unable to manage any of the activites, but she finds him very attractive, her eyes are like saucers whenever he's placed near her and she can grab his ears and throw him around. Logan being 20 months is quite took up with trying to play tunes on the trunk, which he can do, but sometimes the little buttons underneath the shapes will move slightly because the trunk is soft. My only gripe with Eddie is his battery pack, which is hidden in his back. The pack is quite large (8cm x 4.5cm and 3cm thick) and hard, it's not heavy, but it would hurt if rolled or fell onto. The good thing to mention here though is that the pack can be easily accessed if you need to replace the batteries (first ones are included which is always a nice touch), the on/off switch is also on the pack. The opening secures with some of the strongest velcro I've ever encountered, so there is very little chance of your little one getting inside.
Eddie is smaller than I expected, from head to foot he measures 30cm. He only cost £14.90 which I thought was very reasonable compared to similar soft activity toys. Unfortunately, I've noticed that the price has now risen to £19.10 on Amazon, so if you like him, probably best to add him to your wishlist and keep checking to see if the price has changed.
My daughter was given this lamaze toy for her first birthday. Like many of the lamaze products it is very bright and attractive and all the adults in the room certainly had a good coo over it. It is clearly a quality, well made product with no danger of any loose threads or weak seams.
In each of the legs there is a different musical note that you can play by squeezing the leg. Lamaze include a small booklet of possible (very simple) tunes that you could play. Again, all the adults in the room were very entertained by this and were all very keen to have a go.
However, the problem with this product is that my daughter was actually unable to use it. She couldn't squeeze the legs quickly or hard enough to play the note. She is now 20 months and I realised the other day that she has got the hang of it- but she certainly didn't eight months ago. The problem is, to play the notes you need to squezze the legs in a short, sharp movement. If you squeeze more slowly (like a child) the note doesn't play. So since my daughter's birthday this has been on her bed as a cuddly toy. It is a bright and attractice cuddly toy, without doubt, but this was not the intention of the person that gave her the present!