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Lamaze - Freddie the firefly.
I brought Freddie for my little girl as a treat when I was doing an order with amazon. It came up in the 'products you might like' area and I decided to spoil her just a little bit more (my first child spoilt rotten)
Freddie arrived quickly in an oversized box as amazon often tends to do. He, like all Lamaze toys is very brightly coloured to engage my little girl's attention and has plenty of interactive features for her to play with as she develops her co-ordination skills. He is a firefly shape (though I feel he looks more like a butterfly) with four wings each with their own feature.
One of his wings has a small pocket which holds a teething disk. Amelia loved this and it probably proved to be the most used part of the product. It is a flat smooth shape and just the right size for her to be able to hold and have a good chew on at the same time.
The toys also had different textured materials and a small mirror under one of the flaps on his wing. The mirror doesn't really prove to be much use as it's far too small to see anything in and is more for decoration than anything else.
There is a squeaky button on the lower wing though at the time of purchase Amelia was much too young to be able to squeeze this and still has trouble now at 19 months. So it is a bit pointless in her case. However there is a rattle inside the toys which she does enjoy shaking to hear the sound.
Like all Lamaze toys Freddie comes with a hook to attach him to the pram or play mat so that it won't get lost. I always feel like this is a brilliant idea as my little one does love to throw.
In conclusion, though there are a few features on Freddie that I do not feel are fully utilised the toy itself has proven to be a hit with my little girl and one of the more played with Lamaze toys.
Armed with vouchers from work and heavily pregnant I stormed down Oxford street to spend spend spend! While in John Lewis I decided my poor little one had no toys to play with (not realising that he wouldn't actually care for toys until he was older) and I absolutely fell in love with Freddie the firefly (or as grandma calls him fredfly she just can't get her head round it!)
My little mate Freddie the firefly caught my attention because he is so brightly coloured. His body is bright and bold primary colours in solid blocks, with the "activity" wings being patterned and bright. The back of the wings are strong black and white designs, this was better when my little one was a newborn as they have no concept of colour and it is said that you should stimulate their sight using black and white patterns.
Freddie is a tactile toy, with a variety of different textures, sounds and colours to help mould young minds, I have found it means my little one uses four out of 5 of his senses; touch, hearing, sight and of course being a baby with everything going into his mouth, taste!
Freddie's body is made up of 5 primary coloured sections in the shape of a caterpillar. Each section is a different fabric giving little fingers a chance to explore and stroke. My sons personally favourite is the top section where the face is, though that is possibly because of the way Freddie's nose is means that it fits perfectly into his mouth (for a kiss not to bite of course.....) the 6 legs are all knotted for another thing to explore as are the antenna and again these are all different fabrics to help exploration. When my son was littler the body was far to large for his hands so it wasn't really a toy we could hand to him, this has changed now he is older and he can hold Freddie in a variety of ways, including his body!
At the top of his head is a sturdy hook which means you can attach to car seat handles, prams, bouncy chairs so when your baby decides to fling (and fling they will) you can be sure of not losing Freddie. This hook has also become an extra feature for my little one, when not attached to his car seat he will use it to fling Freddie round and as an extra teething tool.
At the bottom of his body are 2 plastic rings in orange and red. Again these are either used to hold Freddie but more often than not these are straight into his mouth to bite down on. Very sturdy rings and I have no worries that they might unattach themselves from Freddie and even if they did, they are of a big enough size for me not to worry (too much) about a choking risk until I could shoot across the room to remove from his (tight) grasp.
This is where all the activities of Freddie are situated. Each wing is split into 2 with each portion having a separate activity on. All the wings are that lovely crackly noisy variety that babies, in particular my baby, loves, he likes to scrunch and suck the wings.
The top left wing is just a cotton feel crackly wing with a ladybird in felt sewn on, my son isn't that interested in this wing as the others hold much more appeal. Below this the wing has a squeaky ball and a fluffy ball attached. My son loves the sound of the squeak and it captures his attention across the room, but he has no strength to actually make the squeak himself even now at 10 months old when he is well versed in making his other toys make noises by squeezing. The right wing top section has a lift up flap with a mirror underneath, mirrors are our absolute favourite for laughing into, for hitting (though this one is too small to hit) and most of all for licking. William gives this one top marks for licking as the whole thing can fit in his mouth! Below this is a wing with a pocket and this has a teether that sits in the pocket. All was well and good when I just looked at Freddie and he wasn't an actual plaything but now he is rough housed with the teether no longer lives in the pocket. Again this is another mechanism for William to hold and swing Freddie round. Not the best as he then tends to hit me/himself with the toy, generally the HARD plastic rings at the bottom making one of us cry!
This became a firm favourite about 3 months old when William realised that there was more to the world than eating, sleeping and of course pooping. We went on a 12 hour flight round this time, making Freddie fly passed about 2 hours of this. Of course when younger the interaction was more mummy and daddy waving this in his face! Nowadays this toy, while still loved has been relegated in favour if toys which make more noise and are generally more irritating, however this is still a firm favourite when out and about as it fits easily into my changing bag, clips on the pram and cars eat and it isn't a matter of life and death if it gets left in the car overnight. He will now be entertained by Freddie as long as there is nothing more interesting to go after, and by entertained I mean flinging and chewing!
As with all baby things it is inevitable its going to get grubby, its more inevitable that at some point it will end up covered in baby sick. Reading the instructions AFTER I bunged it in the washing machine on a normal 40 degree wash I discovered that it is actually hand wash only. Freddie came out no worse for wear from his ordeal in the washing machine (and is due back in again soon) remaining bright, with all parts in tact and no running of colours and I will definitely just do again this rather than hand wash, though obviously wouldn't recommend you ignore the instructions. Bad points here is that it does take rather a long time to dry, especially in the winter. This is where my bathroom towel radiator and the hook came in handy. Again probably not recommended but nothing melted and Freddie is as good as new.
I bought Freddie at the premium price of £10, as small baby toys go it is at the higher end of the scale, but you're paying for a trusted brand which will stimulate them in a variety of ways, some which probably aren't even intended by Lamaze such as sucking the label! In my opinion its well worth the money and although he is being passed up for other toys, he is still taking pride of place in the portable toy box that is my handbag.
We definitely got the most use and love out of Freddie between 4-8 months, once William was mobile he was off to the more interesting noisy toys only loving Freddie when confined to pram/carseat. Obviously mobility varies between baby to baby, and babies all enjoy different things.
Freddie has definitely been a welcome addition to our toy box and I won't be relegating him to the cupboard "for the next one" just yet!
I was looking for a pram toy for my baby while I was pregnant and didn't know the gender. I wanted something whch was brightly coloured and had plenty to do on it, so as to grab and maintain my baby's attention if s/he got fed up with the pram whilst out and about. I had seen a lot of people with Lamaze toys on their prams and decided to check it out.
There are a LOT of Lamaze toys which are very similar and my daughter also has a princess one, but this one seems to be the most popular and I can see why.
Freddie has a lovely, friendly face and a multi coloured body. Each section of his body is also a different texture and it finished off with teething rings attached to a small springy tail. Perfect for pulling, grabbing and chewing.
The variety continues with his lovely wings - each of the four has a different sensory experience - including a little mirror, another chew toy, a squeaker and textured feelers. On th eback of his wings, he has a black and white shaped pattern which research has shown grabs the attention of very small babies.
My daughter absolutely loved this toy - we would fly it around for her and she would follow with her eyes and a huge smile on her face. She enjoyed crunching the "fistly" wing and lookinh at herself in the mirror.
It is quite expensive at around £8 but it manages to have so much to look at, do and feel on it without feeling overloaded - the designers really have thought of everything to make the most of it. It is also the must have toy, I don't know a child who hasn't got a Freddie! Well worth the price tag, for lots of fun for tinys.
We brought freddie the firefly for our daughter for christmas. He is very bright and colouful with lots of textures and sounds to explore.
Freddie has clinking rings, teether, and knotted antennae to chew. His wings make a lovely crinking sound which she loves and there is a mirror and squeaker.
My daughter took to him right from the start, the toy is easy even for her to hold and is quite light.
Freddie has really come into his own from when she reached about 5 months and had better control of her hands to make the most of all the features. She also loves to chew on the teethers now that she is teething, and I would recommend this as a teething toy alone.
She loves freddie so much and he is the one toy she always wants and never tires of, we are thinking of buying a spare in case we accidentally leave him somewhere. If we are going out we can quite happily take freddie and know he will keep her amused without needing to take other toys.
The only problem I have had is trying to borrow freddie long enough to write this review. We were so impressed with freddie we have brought her other Lamaze toys, which she loves but this is most definetely her favourite.
This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.
I was given a couple of Lamaze toys when my son was a couple of months old and thought they were great for the amount of things they have on them. I was drawn to the bright colours, and the quality of them was excellent. So I started to buy a few more over the next few months.
The Lamaze Firefly is one of my favourites. It is a good size, it has a soft body with 5 different coloured fabrics, all with a different texture, and 6 soft knotted legs coming from the body. On the bottom is an elasticated tail with two teether rings attached to it. All four wings have noisy crinkle material inside. One top wing has three smaller wings with different textures on; one is ridges, one towelling and one soft with bobbles. The other top wing has a flap where underneath you find a mirror.
One bottom wing has a squeaky button and a fluffy bobble, and the other bottom wing has a lovely knitted pocket inside which there is a teething ladybird attached to a rope so it reaches your baby more easily. In the head there is a bell, and two silky antenna. The head also has a large ring on the top so you can attach it to cots, buggies and car seats etc. When you turn it over the four wings have bold black and white patterns on which are great a they have been proven that babies can see these most easily from birth before they start noticing other colours.
The quality of Lamaze toys never fails to impress me and the range of similar toys they have are all very impressive as they all have different features and all look fantastic. I think I paid around £8 for this, so they are slightly pricier than other toys but this is certainly a case of getting what you pay for.
Freddie the Firefly was the first Lamaze item I have purchased. I bought him from Amazon for £6.99 in June 2012 for my little boy who was 3 months old at the time. There is a lot of confusion amongst friends and family who insist that Freddie is in fact a butterfly, despite my protests to the contrary!
Freddie has bold black and white wings which are very attractive to young babies and these make a crunchy noise when touched. The front is brightly coloured and I have seen several different colour schemes. There is a covered mirror, a plastic teether which has a little pocket it can be put in, the wings are different textures, some smooth some lumpy. There is a squeaker in one of his wings and 2 plastic coloured hoops attached to the bottom which my little one loves to hold on to. It can be attached to a pram/ buggy easily.
This toy is appropriate for use from birth designed to stimulate vision and hearing. Freddie keeps my little one entertained for fairly long periods. It is not machine washable, wipe clean only which is a shame as my son was rather sicky when he was little so Freddie has been wiped down with baby wipes rather a lot!
Freddie can now be purchased for £5.00 inc P&P from Amazon (correct as of Sept 2012) which is a fantastic price for such an entertaining toy.
When my baby was born I was given so many Lamaze toys I could have started my own shop. Freddie the Firefly was one of them and he can currently be purchased on Amazon for £7.95 (May 2012). Freddie has been designed so he can be played with from birth.
Freddie is a fantastic looking Firefly; he has a soft velour body that is multi coloured, and beautiful wings that have multiple textures and crinkly effects. Also on his wings are 2 small little mirrors, a plush squeaky toy and a small pocket that houses a red flat plastic ladybug that can be chewed on. At the bottom of his body is 2 plastic rings that act as a teething ring or it can be used to attach it to a Lamaze play mat. At the top of Freddie's head is a white plastic link clip that allows you to attach him to car seats, pushchairs, or high chairs - I used to link the toy onto the cot and he currently resides on my sons door handle.
Freddie is designed to develop strong developmental logic using the unique patterns and fabrics he is made from. He has lots of stuff going on what with his crinkly sounds and squeaker, Freddie also learnt to fly very quickly in our house as my son would hold onto his link rink and flap him from side to side. As my son has grown he now plays with Freddie pretending that he is an aeroplane.
Overall Freddie has proved to be a very stimulating toy and has lasted well. As my son has grown and developed Freddie has been able to provide him with new things to discover and new ways of playing with him. Overall I would recommend others give a home to a Freddie of their own.
I'd barely heard of the Lamaze range when my oldest two boys were little but by the time I had my youngest son sixteen months ago, they seemed to be all the range. No self-respecting newborn baby seemed to be without a bright and colourful toy from Lamaze's extensive 'Play and Grow' range! Not wanting to miss out, I decided that Santa should bring Freddie the Firefly as a gift for my little one's very first Christmas.
I paid just under £6 from Amazon at the time, with the price fluctuating anywhere between the £5-£10 mark. I think the price offers very good value, as the Lamaze brand name is associated with well made educational and stimulating toys for little ones.
My son was around four months old when he first recieved his Freddie the Firefly toy. I was initially surprised by quite how large and bulky this actually was, particularly as a toy deemed to be suitable from birth. Realistically, I think is the kind of toy that will be appreciated by babies from around three months upwards, when they start to spend larger periods of time awake and are becoming more aware of their surroundings and in need of more stimulation. There is nothing here to prevent this being given to younger babies, however, as there are sharp edges or choking hazards to be concerned about.
The firefly offers a surprising number of features for a toy of its size. The main body of the caterpillar section is sturdy with different coloured ridges along its length. There is a cheerful smiling face to capture a little one's attention as well as a selection of clinking plastic rings, offering baby the opportunity to mouth, suck and chew them as much as they choose. The real attraction of this toy is contained within the numerous, colourful wings. Here there is an array of different textures and fabrics, designed to make this a really tactile toy. There are wings which crinkle, others that lift up to reveal a baby safe mirror. There is even a little rubberised teething tag that can be hidden away inside a little pocket and pulled out by small, curious fingers. The squeaker always managed to distract my little one, if he was becoming a little tetchy although even now, at sixteen months, he still hasn't got the necessary strength and co-ordination to activate the squeaker by himself.
The whole toy brings together all of the different tactile features, sounds and textures that babies are drawn to. The attention to detail is amazing. Even the little antennae have knotted ends and I used to watch my baby exploring these knots with his tongue and gums, gathering an awareness of the different texture and sensations as he did so.
The firefly even comes with a sturdy hook attached, making it perfect as a toy for securing to play bars, pushchairs or bouncy chairs. It was a little too long to hang from the bar over our bouncy chair, but I found it ideal for the play bar surrounding our highchair. During the very early stages of weaning, this bright and colourful toy was enough to hold my son's attention and distract him when necessary. The hook was also utilised as an additional teether by my son, too.
The main drawback and disappointment with this toy (and a particular issue for me when attached to the highchair) is that it is described as being surface wash only. To me, for a toy specifically aimed at newborn babies and above, I think it is absolutely ridiculous not to ensure that it is machine washable. There is no obvious reason why this kind of toy should not be machine washed, as there are no batteries or electrical components of any kind.
Personally, I don't think it is realistic or hygienic not to regularly wash toys of this kind, especially when this is sucked, chewed and handled constantly. I have shoved this through a 40 degree machine wash on many occasions and can reassure parents that it hasn't suffered any obvious deterioration or damage. The colours are still vibrant with no signs of colour run or fading. The plastic teethers and the wings are all still intact and undamaged and the squeaker still squeaks so, to all intents and purposes, I believe this to be machine washable, regardless of what the label might say.
The other disappointment with this toy is that my son's fascination with it was relatively short-lived. In theory, this should be one of his most loved toys as it contains so many different ways of stimulating and entertaining him, even as a tiny baby. In reality, he showed a preference for other toys, even those that I, as a parent, did not think were as 'good'. Lamaze actually promote the range as being suitable for babies up to the age of two. Personally, I think that may be a little optimistic as my little one has shown little interest in this toy since the age of around nine months, at which point he was mobile and could make his way to more interesting toys!
Based on our experience, I would say this is most appreciated around the three to nine month mark and wouldn't recommend buying one of these for a baby beyond that age, although I dare say that other babies may well have a stronger attachment to their own Firefly.
I think this is a very beautifully and cleverly designed so it is a little disappointing that my son lost interest in it so quickly. For the money paid, this was still worth every penny and I would certainly consider buying other Lamaze toys as gifts for other newborn babies. I do find the surface wash only instructions to be more than a little irritating, however, but I suspect most other parents will quite simply ignore those, as I did.
When we were looking for stuff for our little baby we checked out Amazon and Dooyoo keen to find out what kind of toys were highly rated and why.
The Lamaze Freddie Firefly received over 205 votes on Amazon at 5 stars and is also as highly rated here, this was more than enough encouragement for us to add this to our growing connection of Lamaze toys, for the first few months it seemed like money wasted, but this was pure impatience on my part, now I think Freddie is awesome, he has been more than worth the money and is a valued family member, although he is probably the most put-upon member of our household, behind slapped, bitten and generally treated like a punchbag by our enthusiastic youngest householder!!
The Firefly cost us £6.99 on Amazon, it is currently £8.39 but the price goes up and down dependent against sales in other stores, this is great value for this multi-purpose toy/baby botherer and I would suggest even £8.39 is very good value.
Freddie is a colourful chap with multi-coloured wings, which are black and white stripes on the back for younger babies to see well and an explosion of colours on the inside, Freddie has a green face and his body is made up of different textured and different coloured bumps, they all look great and he really is a colourful chap who adds a spark of panache to babies room alongside some of the more normal looking toys. Overall the toy is about 20cm long with a clip on the top so it can be clipped to buggies or the baby gym and it has all manner of things including a small toy, some teething elements and some holes for baby to put their finger in on one of the wings as well as a squeezy piece which lets off a high pitched noise.
The thing is multi-textures so there is crispy material which crackles when touched to stimulate baby, there is soft carpet like material, harder plasticy feel, each wing and body part feels different to keep baby interested, it is a wonderful stimulant and a great idea.
Does it work:
Without a doubt after 3 months we noticed that the toy really started to appeal to our young un, we clipped it to the baby gym so baby could look at it but before too long Freddie was being pushed this way and that, baby was attempting to grab different parts of the toy and explore how they felt, nowadays we use him as something to get the little one going once a day, there is so much to feel and look at and each part stimulates baby differently. The toy is awesome and lives up to its reviews fully, I think it is the most played with toy in our house currently, it is a little bigger than I would have hoped but is an essential in ensuring the little one has something enjoyable and developmental to play with.
An excellent purchase, it looks fantastic, it is well designed, it is really multi-layered and baby can find about 20 different elements to enjoy within it, from visual stimulus to different elements of touch, it is a vital ingredient in our happy household and i'm joining the 5 star club to celebrate this flamboyant and happy little chap who brings a smile to our little one every single day.
I hadn't heard of Lamaze toys when we had our first son, indeed they may not have been quite so popular seven years ago. However, with our youngest son being only just over a month old, we have been given a few Lamaze toys as presents for him, including this one, Freddie the Firefly.
Although not much smaller than our son itself, the firefly is quite the perfect little stimulator to put in his moses basket with him, although we wouldn't really like to leave it in there with him unsupervised. It's very colourful, uses plenty of different fabrics and has a wide range of sounds and visual effects that would stimulate kids very well indeed.
The bright colours are key, really, to try and intrigue babies. The body has four main segments, green, two shades of blue and purple rings, before a pink tail which scrunches up with a red and orange hard ring at the end. A smily yellow face completes the trunk parts, with tiny orange antennae on top. The little brown arms aren't instantly noticeable among all the bright colours, especially with the bright and interactive wings that come with Freddie.
It's a medley of various different colorus, for sure, which stimulates babies when it comes to sight, but what also impresses me are the multitude of different touches involved. The fabrics used include, ridged, smooth, rough, ringed, squared shiny smooth, squidgy, hard - the whole range. Our son is still developing his interest with things such as this, but as he learns to use his arms a bit better, he's certainly showing signs of reaching for things and this is one that is so tempting that he's going for it.
There's even a teether attached to it, which could come in handy in a few months time. The toy is suitable from birth and they say up to 24 months, although this upper level is a guideline, as by the age of two, other toys will be far more important to them. It's easy to clean, although it's a surface clean toy only, so you mustn't go chucking this in the washing machine or it'll get ruined.
Really, it's a great toy, with excellent ranges of sight and touch sensory enhancers to stimulate your baby. We didn't have to pay for it, so price wise it hasn't really factored in our judgment of it, but you should be able to get it from amazon for around the £6 or £7 mark. I highly rate this, and we have a few other Lamaze toys that are also easy to recommend. Great toy for your newborn baby.
I wrote a review recently about another Lamaze toy Eddie the Elephant that my almost month old baby seems to like. Another Lamaze toy that she got given as a gift was this Freddie the Firefly, which ranges anywhere in price from £5 - £10, although Amazon are usually the best deal around. Up until a week ago, my baby daughter showed zero interest in this toy, despite liking Eddie the Elephant, and I put it to one side and thought I'd leave it for a few more weeks and try again.
This firefly is suitable from 0 to 24 months according to the information that comes with the toy. To capture your baby's attention, like most of the Lamaze range of toys this firefly is very brightly coloured and is actually quite large in size - larger than it may appear in the photo above. According to the Lamaze, this firefly is 'full of developmental features that capture baby's imagination and stimulate the senses'.
The four patterned wings of the firefly have various activities connected with them. One wing is made of crinkly material, another has as squeaker toy on it, a third wing has two little mirrors, and the fourth wind has a ladybird teether attached that can be put inside the wing or left to hang out. On the bottom of Freddie the firefly there are 2 clacking rings that can be puled, and there is also a jingle at the head of the firefly as well as a round hook to hang from a buggy for example.
Now as I said at the beginning, my baby daughter had shown no interest in this toy up until last week when we bought her a playmat and were able to hang Freddie the firefly from it. Suddenly it appears to have become her favourite toy as she lies watching it hanging from the top of her playmat, and is slowly trying to reach her little hand towards the rings that hang down at the bottom. She will now also listen intently to the crinkly wings as I press them, and also the little squeaker on the other wing. Obviously the teether is of little use at the moment, but it won't be long until it will.
All in all, at the beginning, although Lamaze claims this toy is suitable from birth, I honestly thought it would suit my daughter better when she was a few months old - but that all changed when I was able to hang it up, and suddenly it becomes very eye catching to her, and she will study it greatly as well as try to reach towards the hanging rings, although again she is not quite able for that yet. I am really pleased with this toy, and I am certain that as my daughter develops this toy will continue to capture her imagination and help with her development.
I was buying some gifts for my friends new baby in a baby shop close to my home when I spotted Lamaze Freddie Firefly. I thought that it was really cute and very colourful and decided to buy it for her. It cost me £8 which I thought was an ok price as it was on offer and was so adorable I couldnt resist. My friends baby starting playing with it when she was about 6 months old as we thought she might have been a bit too young for it previous to that.
When her mother first showed it to her, her whole little face lit up and she grabbed it and hardly wanted to let it go. She plays with it all the time and my friend has told me it is one of her daughters favourite toys. Its a soft toy so comfortable for baby to hold and cuddle and has lots of different textures to it which is brilliant as the baby seems to love the feel of it in her hands.
My favourite thing about it though after the colour is the cute little mirror on it. The baby loves looking in it and giggles everytime she sees her reflection in it. To clean, my friend wipes it down well with a cloth and soapy water and lets it air dry before giving it back to the baby.
It has a squeak toy and is even good to use when the baby is teething. The baby loves this toy and it keeps her entertained for hours playing with it, she seems to be completely fascinated by it.
My friend is annoyed that she didnt give the toy to her baby earlier than she did as she loves it so much it would have keep her entertained for months on end. The baby loves scrunching it up in her hands to hear the crinkly sound which is similar sound to bubblewrap.
I think this toy is brilliant for distracting the baby when she is crying and it seems to do the trick every time. It is so detailed and there is so many things to look at on it that I actually have fun playing with it myself. I am so glad that I bought this toy as the baby completely loves it and for the price compared to the hours of playtime I fun, I think it is excellent value for money.
I am pregnant myself with my first child and will definitely be buying one of these for my little baby as I think its a brilliant well made toy. Available from good baby shops, Ebay and other online stores.
I bought this for my daughter while I was pregnant. I had seen on Amazon that this was the highest rated toy in the baby section. I bought mine from Smith's toys and it cost £7.50.
The Lamaze website states that;
Lamaze delivers ages and stages approach to development. Strong developmental logic with unique patterns and fabrics that stimulate baby's senses. Uses animal icons to reinforce the ages and stages product segments. Lamaze stimulates baby's vision and auditory skills. Lamaze strikes a balance between bright, high contrast patterns that help stimulate baby's vision, and bold solid colours that give baby's eyes a place to rest. Sounds like crinkle, squeakers and jingles also help stimulate and develop baby's auditory skills. Whether they're playing or preparing for a nap, your little one will enjoy hours of delight with the Lamaze range of toys. Safe and easy for little hands to manipulate, Lamaze products feature soft velour material that invites snuggling and playing, different textures and interactive components like the mirrors, teethers, clinky rings and textured links which keep baby engaged as he/she grows.
The firefly itself is bigger than I expected it measures 30 x 22.1 x 1.3 cm.
The main body of the firefly is made up of 4 rings which are coloured differently. He has a bright yellow head with big eyes and a smile, he has two antenna, at the top of the toy is a white clip which makes it easy to clip the toy to a pram/car seat etc. The bottom of Freddy's body has a plastic ring which is attached to a slightly elastic piece of material which can be pulled by your baby. The firefly has four wings, each again is brightly coloured and made of different textured material. Each of the wings makes a crinkle noise when it is touched. One wing has a mirror, one has a little squeaker, one has a teething attachment which is attached to a string and the final wing has three extra small wings which have a bendy plastic in them. Freddy also has legs which are made from knotted string.
My daughter loves this toy. The material is soft and the main body is plush. The toy is great value for money as he has lots of different features! I clip it to the side of my daughters cot but she also likes to have him attached to her pushchair. He can be wiped clean with a sponge if he gets dirty too.
I would give this toy 5 out of 5, I have since bought my daughter a pink princess toy from the same range, they are great value for money and also make a nice gift.
When my son was born 10 weeks ago, i really struggled to find him presents for christmas. Toys were too big and clothes would only last weeks.
A good friend of ours bought him the Lamaze butterfly, a colourful soft toy around 7 inchs long with big wings that have many activities and stimulation aids for children on.
On the butterflies head there is a large white clip which can be attatched to a pushchair, car seat or cot bars. (this works better though if you have those spare links to extend it)
On the wings there are various activities for children to play with, textures to touch and sounds to hear.
Although Riley (my son) cant hold anything properly yet, because the butterfly is so colourful he can focus on it and follow it around with his eyes when i move it around.
There are various sqeakers on the butterfly, Riley likes these the most. There are lots of different textures to the materials and some make crinkly and cruchy noises when scrunching them. He also finds it nice to have the different materials rubbed on his face and hands.
There are no small pieces on the toy for him to pull off and swallow, and the toy is stitched together well to avoid it coming apart.
Riley especially likes to grab the two rings that hang down on the butterflys tail, this makes a jingley noise.
I really recommend this toy, it is colourful to help stimulate vision, makes sounds to stimulate hearing and has different textures to aid children to differentiate between different materials.
The toy was bought for £9.99 from toysrus but the price varies from other retailers and online.
This is a good quality toy that can bring enjoyment to children of all ages. I cant find any disadvantages with this so i am giving it a 5 star rating. (so does Riley)
I Seen some good reviews on here about Lamaze toys ands how well made they are so when I seen Freddie for just £5.40 I had a gift voucher I brought him with nothing to loose. Freddie the firefly can be used from birth so this was another appealing aspect as I was looking for toys for my bump who had not yet arrived.
When Freddie arrived I was pleasantly surprised as he was larger than I expected around 30 cm long and 22 cm wide and he was very brightly coloured. It has a multi coloured body with 6 legs tide in knots sown to it. Also there are wings sprouting of of it these are where the activities are. At the bottom of the firefly is a yellow and blue
rings and at the top is a clip so Freddy can be attached to prams cots etc.
On the left hand side as well as 2 wings there are 3 strips of material with a different texture on each. All four wings are made of material that crinkle which catches babies attention. On the left hand side the top wing has a little lady bird embroidered on it so its yet another different texture for little one to explore. On the bottom wing is a raised squeaker covered in green material and next to that a woolly blob for baby to explore. On the right side the top wing has a mirror on it with a piece of material over the top with two circles cut out so baby can explore with or without the flab lifted. The bottom wing has a pocket which holds a red ladybird shaped bit of plastic for a teething aid held on a string.This is one of my sons favourite parts as his first tooth is coming through so he loves chewing on it.
I think Freddie is brilliant and so do my children. Its a rattle activity centre and teething aid all in one its big but the wings make it possible for a smaller baby to hold. It is bright in colour which attracts little ones attention and it is so well mad it has already lasted two of my children. It can we be wiped clean and it grows with the child as they get older they learnt to explore a little more. I would recommend this to anyone to sit on the pram to keep little one occupied even if it is just for a newborn to stare and explore the bright colours.
Freddie has clinking rings, a tethered teether and a knotted antennae for chewing