Product Type: Lamaze baby toys
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Lamaze Octotunes - my daughter always comes back for more!
Member Name: karlsm93
Advantages: Cute, colourful, makes baby smile
Disadvantages: Heavy and big for a child
My daughter is starting to get a little tired of some of her very babyish toys and certainly doesn't spend as much time playing with her teethers etc as she used to. She is much more into the all singing all dancing toys at the moment, however I felt that I wanted her to have something durable that didn't require batteries and would be of interest as she grows. Since I am a big fan of the Lamaze range of toys I had a look on Amazon, which was where I first seen this toy the Lamaze Octotunes, which is essentially a large octopus soft toy that creates tunes with its feet.
This isn't a cheap toy, costing around £16 on amazon, but unlike some of the battery driven toys, I think this will be the kind of toy that will last more than one child and could be put away in the attic for any future grandchildren (!) and so is therefore worth its money in my opinion.
What initially caught my attention with this toy was that it looked very very cute, with its big eyes, happy smile and colourful legs. The material of the toy has also been given a vanilla scent which is meant to relax the child. I can't really say I have noticed whether this has worked or not with my daughter, but since I like the smell of vanilla it is lovely to smell.
Like a real octopus this Octotunes soft toy has eight legs/tentacles. Each tentacle is a brightly coloured with various patterns and textures for baby to chew on or feel. The key attraction of this toy however is the fact that each tentacle plays a different musical note when it is squeezed. With all these different notes, you can actually play a tune just by squeezing the legs, such as frere jacquez or twinkle twinkle. My daughter absolutely loves hearing the tentacles being pressed. At almost 8 months she is unable to press the legs herself, although she does like to feel the legs and loves me or her daddy playing a tune of them.
There is one downside to this product and it is the size of it. It is not a toy that is easily carried around as it is heavy for a child to carry and too difficult to move easily as a child plays. I do think my daughter finds this a little frustrating as she is at the stage of picking things up and throwing them down only to do the same thing seconds later. Obviously she cannot do that with this toy, so sometimes she gets bored quickly. However, the funny thing is, is that she could be happily playing with one of her other toys and suddenly with Octotunes appears she drops everything to try and play with this toy, and she instantly lights up!
All in all, I do think this is a super toy. Although it is big and heavy for a child, it is very attractive and colourful catching the eye of a baby with its patterned tentacles, and when they are pressed to play tunes together, this is great for making my little girl smile and I do think it will be much more durable than some battery operated toys. Another great product from Lamaze.
Summary: A lovely musical toy from Lamaze
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