Product Type: Lamaze baby toys
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Lamaze Gardenbug Wrist Rattle and Footfinder Set
Member Name: Lools_24
Lamaze Gardenbug Wrist Rattle and Footfinder Set
Advantages: Colourful, washable, look great and fun to play with
Disadvantages: Very expensive, limited use, do not stay on smaller babies
Although Mr Lools and I did receive a large number of gifts and toys when our twin boys were born this did not stop us from purchasing yet more toys for them, even from a young age. Because we were given a lot of gift vouchers and gift cards we were itching to spend these on our boys and as a result made quite a few purchases in the first few weeks after they were born. As new parents, bright, colourful and pretty toys caught our eyes and one of these toys that we purchased in this "new parent haze" was the Lamaze Wrist Rattles and Feet Finders.
***Lamaze Wrist Rattles and Feet Finders***
The Lamaze Wrist Rattles and Feet Finders are described as "Easy to wear, comfortable rattles to stimulate and inspire your baby. Encourages discovery and rewards exploration."
Basically these are 2 black and socks with brightly coloured bugs that are attached to the sock which rattle when put on a baby's feet. There are also two long black and white straps with Velcro fastenings. Attached to these are a brightly coloured bug which makes a rattling noise and these straps can be placed around a baby's wrist.
Lamaze state the toys are suitable from birth.
The RRP for the Lamaze Wrist Rattles and Feet Finders is £12.99. The Lamaze Wrist Rattles and Feet Finders are very cute looking, well-made toys however for what essentially looks like socks that rattle and two bracelet rattles this does seem very expensive and on reflection after how little use my boys got out of these I do think the toys are massively overpriced. The Lamaze Wrist Rattles and Feet Finders are sold by a number of retailers including Mothercare, Boots, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Toys R Us. Prices vary and the toy is often on special offer but you can typically expect to pay in the region of £10-£12.
We started using these on my boys when they were around 8 weeks old. At this age they were probably smaller than most newborn babies and both weighed around 6lb. Although small and born slightly early (just over 4 weeks) they were not behind development wise and were smiling and making attempts to move their hands and would focus on toys.
When I first took the wrist rattles and feet finders out of the packaging I felt they did look slightly big in size but they did look like very cute toys. The "foot finders" were really socks which are black and white striped and each of the socks has a butterfly on each of the feet. These are brightly coloured and rattle and the butterfly on both of the "feet" have crinkly silky wings. The "wrist rattles" are made from a 1 inch wide bracelet of soft black and white material. One end of the strap has a Velcro section which is simply connected to the soft strap so there is no specific wrist size that these bracelet rattles fit as they can be adjusted as large or small as you like. On each of the wrist rattles there is a thick round bug with a friendly face which rattles and also has crinkly wings.
When we first tried the wrist rattles and foot finders on my boys (on separate occasions as we only purchased one pack) both of them hated the toys and screamed. The foot finders were huge on my boys who were quite small and almost immediately they both managed to kick the socks off their feet. Even with thick socks or put over baby grows with feet in these do not stay on the feet of small babies which is due to the larger size but the design of the socks means there is not an elasticated section around the top of the sock like you find with traditional baby (or adult) socks. Over the next four months when using this toy the foot finders were continually kicked off and we spent more time putting them back on their feet as opposed to them "finding their feet" and playing with the toys. Even at 6 months old the foot finders did not fit my boys properly and the poor design actually limited their enjoyment with this part of the toy.
As mentioned when we first tried the wrist rattles on my boys they hated them and I think was due to the sheer size of the rattles on their wrists as they looked very overwhelming. The bugs were a lot larger than my boy's hands and although they rattled and moved their hands about, the toys seemed to cause more annoyance as despite being very light they just looked so awkward and cumbersome on my boys' tiny wrists.
After a few attempts my boys started to tolerate these being put on their wrists (and feet when they stayed on). They seemed to get more enjoyment from just looking and touching the bugs attached to their wrists and hearing the crinkly material and sucking on the silky wings on the bugs. They did seem to take interest in waving their hands around and hearing the bugs rattle, which then encouraged them to move more but they did lose interest quite quickly in these toys because they would fall off their feet and wrists.
We got very little use out of these toys as I feel they are only really suitable for a baby for a limited time period during their development. The wrist and foot finders do encourage a very young baby to move and aid physical development by encouraging them to focus on objects because of the bright bold colours but also by moving their hands and feet around in order to hear the rattles. By 6 months old my boys had outgrown these toys in the sense that they were bored by the toys, and would actually pull the rattles off their wrists, despite the socks still being too large for their feet at 6 months old.
Durability wise these are very well made toys. The toys are suitable from birth and all of the pieces of the bugs are very firmly attached and securely stitched which is very reassuring as a parent as these are designed for very young babies who tend to chew and suckle on toys. The Velcro section on the wrist rattles is soft so it is not likely to scratch a young baby but I do think this affects how firmly it stays on the wrist and probably why it could not hold onto my boys wrists very securely. The toys are made entirely from material which means they easily get dirty especially as they get chewed and dropped by babies however are machine washable and after numerous spins in my washing machine the Lamaze Wrist Rattles and Feet Finders look as new.
I have kept these for the arrival of baby number 3 and hopefully will have more success and use out of the Lamaze Wrist Rattles and Feet Finders this time around. These do look like a lovely toy as they are bright, colourful and very well made and in theory sound like a fun toy for a young baby to play with and entertain themselves with. However our experience did not live up to our expectations and in all honesty I was very disappointed with this toy.
Both of my twin boys didn't seem too impressed with either the wrist rattles or foot finders and after a few shakes and smiles they lost interest very quickly in the toys. The design of the toys did not help matters and because both the wrist rattles and the sock foot finders constantly fell off my boys feet and wrists this did not help to keep their attention as I spent more time trying to pop these back on their feet and arms. My boys were very small babies so this is a reason why I feel for them these toys were not particularly suitable and I would not recommend to other parents with small babies, especially as the sock foot finders are large and are likely to fall off an "average" sized baby.
The toys only have limited use and by 6 months most babies will find these more of an annoyance or be able to kick/ pull the toys off. Therefore for £12.99 I feel this is a very expensive toy which in all honestly left us quite disappointed.
Summary: Toys from Lamaze that will help your baby (or babies) find their feet (and hands).
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