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I bought this for my 4 month old daughter and she loves it!
It's a brightly coloured soft-toy octopus with a different 'activity' on each of it's tentacles. It's bright colours help attract her attention and the different textures on the tentacles also help her to interact and stay focussed which is important for her development.
The different activities include a spinning star fish, a teether (which doubles as a clip which will attach it to a pram/cot/high chair), different materials, squeeks and crinkly noises as well as differen pictures.It's a nice way to introduce different textures and noises to a little baby. It's nice to watch her look at it and show reactions when she makes it make a noise. It's nice and soft and so bright I'm not surprised she likes to look at it and reaches out for it. it's helping to encourage her to move more as she tries to get him.
It says it's suitable from 3 months but I don't see why it can't be useful for earlier as it is so bright in colour it would be perfect for newborns who can only see short distances and bright colours only.
It's really child friendly as it's soft and fun and interesting. It's surface wash only as are most kiddies toys. It's smiling face is really cute and definitely has won my baby over! She loves him! It was a great purchase!
It cost me £11.99 and I bought it from John Lewis. I know they are also available online at kiddicare and other websites.
Just a quick review
on this item for a change! But it's fairly self explanatory! Oh and another positive it doesn't need batteries! hurrah for a toy which doesn't mean me stealing the batteries out of the tv remote!!
I had a £10 Amazon voucher and decided to get my son a toy. I was looking around for a good one for a six month old and I thought this might be a good one, especially as it is form Lamaze and I had seen some good reviews on it. I bought it from Amazon for close to £11 with free delivery.
As opposed to the image shown, the one I have is a blue coloured octopus. It has eight legs, all of which are differently coloured and textured. On the part facing upward, alternating four legs have the same blue colour as the head of the octopus. The intervening legs have a soft patterned fabric on them, with the predominant colour being orange, purple, green and red. These legs all have an attachment on them.
The orange one has a green tag attached, with a green knitted surface and a crinkly sound and texture when touched. The purple one has a round blue velvety patch on it, with a border of multicoloured ribbons. This patch also has a crinkly sound and texture when rubbed. The green leg also has a tag attached, covered in a soft yellow cloth and with a crinkly sound and texture. The red leg has a round white furry patch, and the leg gives a crinkle when touched.
The blue leg next to the red one has a purple starfish on a green base, which can be rotated with a ratchety noise. The opposite blue leg has a round mirror on it. Of the remaining two, one has a plastic orange coloured seahorse hanging loose on it and attached to the head with a tag, and the other one has two plastic rings attached that can be clanged together to make noise or to suspend the toy.
On the bottom part, each of the legs are covered in a plain coloured soft fabric in the following colours- yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, green- dark and light. The middle bit has two velcro strips by which you can attach the toy to a pram or car seat.
The head of the toy has a nice smiley face on it, and squeaks when pressed. It also has four coloured ribbons on top. The toy is fairly large, around 30cm x 20 cm. The material is very good, quite soft and easy to clean with water .
Having read many good things about Lamaze toys, I have to say that this one was a bit of a disappointment. I certainly like the toy in the way it looks, and I think it is meant to offer the scope of various colours and textures to a child, but I think it is a bit boring. And I would say my little one agrees, as he has never seemed very interested in this toy. He hardly plays with it if I leave him on his own with it, but I do make him play with it when I am around. Even with the squeaking, he prefers his little rattle to this one. I think I might use this to teach him the different colours when he is older.
This toy has been a bit of a disappointment for us, I am certain there might be something better I could have got him for £10.
Lamaze is a company that produces a wonderful range of toys - we have an 8 year old son who didn't really benefit from their products, but also an 11 month old son who absolutely loves them. His favourite is this Octivity time toy.
It's a soft toy, in the shape of an octopus with a smiley face. The head squeaks when you squeeze it, encouraging that motor function in the baby's hands. It also teaches them that this is what happens when you squeeze it, getting them used to something, a behaviourist approach to learning that is so common in babies.
Each leg has a different 'activity'. Our son's favourite is a little starfish dial on one leg that you can rotate. He isn't quite there with rotating it himself yet, but it fascinates him and he is able to communicate with us to tell us he wants us to turn it, and he then tries to copy it. This encourages communication as well as us being able to see the pure concentration and fascination on his face when he's using it.
The other activities are also very good. There are a range of different textures, from a fluffy/woolly pad that tickles, to a crunchy black and white mini pad that is a little surprise (the crunchy feel, not that it's there!). It's a cleverly thought out toy. The mirror isn't the greatest, but then it's designed to be suitable for kids, so it's more reflective plastic than actual glass. There's a teether (hard flat plastic pad) on there as well in case your baby's teeth are coming through and they need something to soothe them a little.
It also gives a good range of colours. Strong green for the most part, there's some yellow and blue and orange and red in amongst it all, and also quite well created in terms of quality of design. This isn't the sort of thing that will fall apart after a few weeks of use. Good stitching, parts held together well, and you don't get a feeling that anything could come off in your child's mouth, apart from one leg which has little frilly ribbon type bits around a crunchy pad, although even these seem very well attached. I'm clutching at straws really!
The toy is a good size, about 20 cm across I'd say, maybe a bit more. It's handy to hold, easy to find, and certainly one of our youngest's favourite toys at the moment. Highly recommended, and depending on where you shop for it, it should be around the £15 mark. I've seen a blue one on amazon, half price for around £8, so hurry if this is something that takes your fancy. I certainly would!
Octivity is a small (12 X 4 inch) octopus that can currently (May 2012) be purchased on Amazon for £11.62. He is designed for babies from 6months onwards and is a fab little addition to a baby's nursery.
Octivity is made of soft plush brightly coloured material that looks great and his face is nice and cute to look at. He has 8 tentacles, each with a different feature that include a link ring, squeaker, spinning starfish, mirror, plastic crab, fluffy material, crinkly material, velour material with small ribbons, each of his tentacles can be lifted up.
He has ribbons on his head, that my baby would love to play with and when turned upside down he resembles a flower. He has a velour and Velcro link on the underneath of his body that allows you to attach him to the side of a cot, pushchair or car seat.
Octivitiy is designed to encourage your baby to grip and also develop their imagination, it also helps dexterity, especially the spinning starfish, as it twists round and makes a clicking noise. The different textures also help your baby to feel different things and also he is brightly coloured so that encourages your baby to identify colours as they get older. If you give him a big hug he will squeak, though this feature difficult too use when you are only 6 months old.
Octivity is easy to clean with a bit of soap and water, and is safe to play with; none of the pieces have fallen off or become frayed. My son started playing with this toy when he was about 5 months old, so when he could sit up, he enjoyed putting it in his mouth and lifting the flaps and scrunching the different textured tentacles, however, he soon got bored of it, so within a few months he had stopped playing with it altogether.
Overall I think this is a lovely looking toy that is interesting to play with, but overall it has had a very limited life span in our household, unlike some of the other Lamaze toys we have accumulated over time. I think that if this is given as a present then it is great, however, I would probably not have bought it myself. Therefore I give Octivity an average rating of 3 stars.
For Christmas my son was given a few different toys and Octivity Time was one of them.
As a first time parent it is very hard to know what are the best toys for development and that will keep baby entertained, fortunately we are very lucky with Alex as he is quite happy to play with any toy and keep himself occupied but Octivity Time he has taken a very keen interest in.
For those that are not familiar with baby toys or Lamaze as I wasn't until I had our son they have a great feature
which they call the Lamaze Infant Development System which basically covers main developmental stages.
0-24 months Awakening the Senses.
The toys are designed around textures and sounds and helps baby with their developmental stages.
6-24 months Exploring and Experimenting
With all of the Lamaze toys, babies will discover new skills no matter when the toy was originally bought. The toys will evolve as baby's senses evolve.
9-24 months Moving and Doing
Their motor skills will be developing at a great rate so babies should now be able to start playing the musical notes available in some of the Lamaze toys and will be able to better play with the stacking rings and shape sorters. So toys that you bought when baby was much younger because of their textures and contrasting patterns and colours will become more practical now.
All of the Lamaze toys go through a vigorous safety check so that parents know that when they purchase a Lamaze toy they have a quality long lasting toy that their child will grow and love.
~*About Octivity Time*~
The soft activity octopus is suitable from 6 months and upwards although our son has played with this from a younger age and not had any problems with the toy. The octopus is quite large measuring 25cm across each of his legs has a different activity to keep baby occupied and fascinated with the different textures and sounds the toy can offer.
The background of the octopus is a lovely vibrant lime green colour that is lovely and soft and contains different coloured legs which can vary from toy to toy.
Our son's octopus has a green/red leg which features a spinning starfish and I have to say that he seems to love this leg the best as each time he spins the starfish he is greeted with a loud click which makes him smile.
An orange and yellow leg contains a soft velour disc which when rubbed gives a crinkly sound.
A green leg has two clanking rings in orange and pink which are great for tugging on, gnawing on and clanging together, another favourite leg of Alex's to play with.
A red and orange leg contains a large purple ribbed disc with different coloured ribbons around offering two different textures and is great for developing the pincer motion when feeling the ribbons.
A gree and turquoise leg contains a mirror on one side which is perfect for our son as he just loves looking in the mirror and smiling back at himself, even if the image itself gets a little distorted when he pinches it with his little fingers.
A purple leg contains a satin textured disc which when rubbed makes a large crunching noise and a lovely feel to it.
A green and pink leg holds a plastic yellow seahorse for baby to gnaw down on when teeth are proving troublesomme. Easy to clean with a anti bacterial wipe and perfect for him to play with.
A blue leg with a fluffy paw is another of Alex's favourite as it is not only soft but offers a crinkly noise when it is stroked.
This toy is great for baby to explore different textures and noises and the octopus has a squeaking head when pressed and with a sweet looking expression it's easy to see why our son smiles when he finds his octopus friend to play with. The 4 multicoloured ribbons popping out of the octopus head as well has given us many giggles as the ribbons have tickled Alex's nose!
In terms of durability this toy still looks as good as new and Alex has slobbered on it and thrown it out of the car on a few occasions but after a quick surface wash it is back to new.
Our son loves Octivity time and it has been one of the best gifts he has been given as he loves rolling on his back and playing with it in his feet as well as tugging on the rings and squeezing and touching all the different textures. It really keeps him entertained for hours and when we go out Octivity time always comes with us.
The handy little velcro fastener underneath the octopus is ideal for attaching to the pram or car seat to prevent baby from throwing out of the pram.
My daughter has quite a collection of these toys and each and everyone of them has given her hours of pleasure. I went to Toys-r-us a fortnight ago with the intention of getting the 'octotunes' however I thought he was a little too advanced for her, she is only just over 4 months old so I decided to get Octivity time.
The octopus is available in three colours, green, pink and blue. I bought a pink version for £12.50. I have also seen this in Mothercare and on Amazon for a similar price.
The octopus is made from plush material, the main body is a squeaker my daughter is unable to squeak him herself but she is in fits of giggles if mummy or daddy help her out.
The octopus has several coloured ribbons for hair.
Each of his tentacles has a different feature which includes;
a spinning starfish
different textured material (silky, fleecy and velvet)
Octivity time is recommended for 6 months plus, however my daughter will quite happily sit in her highchair or bumbo and play with him for hours on end. There is also a little velcro 'loop' underneath the octopus which you can use to hold him for your baby to play with or for you to attach him to a cot or pushchair. He is a little larger than other toys in the range 12 inches in length and 4 inches in height so we tend not to take him out too often.
My daughter has hours of enjoyment out of this toy, the colours are really bright and vivid and capture her imagination, she seems really happy to play with his ribbon strands of hair most of the time. Each of the tenticles is a different colour on each side too! I can see her playing with this toy for a long time yet, it is great value for money.
When my older granddaughters' were small they both had one of the famous Boots octopuses, the nine year old even had the silver limited edition Millennium one because we all loved them so much. When my twenty month old granddaughter was born though we had an accidental change when my son in law bought this Lamaze Octivity Time octopus, not realising the difference between this and the Boots one.
It's turned out perfectly though as my granddaughter loves it, she's kept it from birth and it's played with every single day. Overall it's a softer toy than the Boots one which is heavily padded and rather stiff to the touch, the legs are floppier and the head is much softer and comfier for baby to handle.
The Octivity Time octopus looks lovely, he's brightly coloured with a cheerful smile and plenty of things to visually stimulate babies. The recommended age is 6 months plus, but from around eight weeks old we would show my granddaughter the octopus and she showed an interest in it very quickly. As she got older she would smile at the octopus and eventually was big enough to play with him properly.
I think it was the colours that initially attracted her but over time learned to appreciate all the sensory input this octopus can provide. Each of the 'arms' have a different appeal for my granddaughter; some of them crackle, others have fluffy sections, one holds a mirror and the arm which held the lovely seahorse shaped teething toy has come in useful several times. She's always liked the sound of the crackling arms and now I'll watch her sometimes deliberately choosing to make this lovely crackly noise, she also likes to have a peep at herself in the mirrored arm and it's really sweet to watch her pointing the arm up to catch sight of herself.
The octopus is very well made; in the nineteen months my granddaughter has owned it it's been thrown around, chewed, dropped from the pram in the rain and been dribbled or even sick on several times. Obviously I don't see my granddaughter 24 hours a day so would have had many more accidents than this over the months but the toy literally still looks as good as new. My daughter machine washes it on a very cool wash and it washes well, she dries it on a warm radiator which also seems to suit the toy very well. The water or heat has not affected it in any way, the head squeaker still works as well as it did on the day my son in law bought it and the crackling is still wonderfully loud.
A clever addition to the Octivity Time octopus is a velcro strap across the bottom of the toy which folds in on itself so you can attach it to a pram bar or cot side, now my granddaughter likes it velcroed around her wrist although this makes it a bit awkward for her to pick it up when she wants to play! The velcro is strong enough to stop young babies from pulling the toy off but as your child grows she'll find it easier and easier to undo it so don't rely on it to keep the toy safe when you're out and about. When my granddaughter was around five months old my daughter started attaching it around the bars on the cot so that my granddaughter would have something to look at and reach out to when she woke, this turned out to be a very good idea as the toy so interested my granddaughter that she would lie and look at it thereby giving my daughter a much needed lie in.
You can buy this lovely baby toy for £10.63 from Amazon and I thoroughly recommend it for anyone expecting a baby, or who has a new baby to buy a welcome gift for.
A delightful and colourful cuddly octopus with 10 engaging features including clinky rings, spinning starfish and mirror which entertain and help in baby's development.