“ Brand: Lamaze / Type: Baby Toy „
When my daughter was only a couple of months old, like most babies of that age she loved looking at black and white high contrast patterns, and had a baby book of this kind which she would be mesmerised by. So, when I saw that Lamaze, which is a firm favourite of mine, had a range of high contrast toys I was sure this would be a hit with my little girl, and ordered this High Contrast Little Knotties Raccoon Toy, which at the time cost me around the £4 mark on amazon.
These high contrast toys have been specifically designed to encourage the development of a babies vision. It is suitable from birth, although you not likely to be giving this to a newborn baby (!) but it has been designed for little hands to be able to hold it.
Although there are other colours on this raccoon, it is largely made up of black and white high contrast patterns, such as that on the tail which is striped in black and white. THe tail of the raccoon is also made of crinkly material which most babies enjoy either feeling or listening to the sound of it being crunched. The head of the raccoon is overly large with big black eyes to attract baby, and then a smaller body, with long legs which baby can chew on. On one hand of the raccoon there is an orange felt fish, which to me seems a little unnecessary!
Apart from the high contrast pattern, this raccoon when shaken makes a rattling noise, which again I thought my daughter being very small at the time would enjoy listening to, and catch her attention.
From the day and hour that I got this toy, my daughter, who is now 8 months old has only ever given this toy a glance. If I give it to her and she reaches for it, which is also rare, she will immediately drop it in favour of other toys. It has never ever caught her attention, which I was surprised at. It has laid at the bottom of her toy box for a long time now, and I have finally put it away in the attic, in the hope that any future children we have may find more enjoyment than my daughter did.
I don't know if it is just my daughter, and maybe another child would find enjoyment from this toy, but for me it was a complete waste of money, which was surprising given how much I love the brand Lamaze.