Product Type: Lamaze baby toys
Newest Review: ... I bought but it did look colourful and interesting so was worth a try. The Octopus has a little handle of the top so you can hold it or han... more
Member Name: sparkymarky1973
Advantages: Bright, colourful, welcoming big friendly face, musical....
Disadvantages: Some of the tentacles are a bit hard for baby to squeeze suffiently to produce sound
My daughter Emilie loves CBeebies and one of her favourite shows at the minute is Woolly And Me which features the everyday adventures of a young girl with her cuddly toy spider. This musical Octopus from Lamaze was one of several baby toys that we were going to get rid of recently, thinking our daughter had long grown out of it, but, because it reminds her of Woolly, she now insists on keeping it. Which is fine with both me and her mum because actually you know what, this toy is really quite cute!
The idea behind it is a simple one. Basically each of its eight tentacles is a slightly different colour and each one makes a different and individual musical note. When bought from new, this Octopus also had a slight, pleasing vanilla scent but this has since faded into obscurity over time. Brightly coloured in order to attract your baby's attention, the Octopus also features lots of different textures to keep them interested and a big smiley face that always looks welcoming!
By playing the notes in a certain order, you can just about manage to get the first few lines of Twinkle, Twinkle or Mary Had A Little Lamb out of it but this does take practice and a few of the tentacles are a little bit hard to squeeze for a young baby's delicate hands but that is okay because really this toy is just a bit of fun and just the fact that it makes any musical noise at all makes it instantly appealing to the very young. Likewise, a few people on Amazon have complained that it is not pitch perfect but I think this is just being picky ~ it's a kids toy for chrissakes, what do you expect?
Overall, this toy is as well made as you would expect from Lamaze and is both strong, cuddly and versatile. It is designed for ages 0-2 but like I say, my daughter is 4 and still loves playing with this now. One of her favourite pastimes is giving it to one of her dollies to play with so you can see, it is something that could well be around in ytour house for quite awhile!
At around £20, this toy is great value for money and as well as being lots of fun, is also quite useful for building your baby's development skills at the same time! I think it is saafe to say then that this toy comes highly recommended from me!
Summary: A toy that is both interactive and fun and helps build early development skills
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