“ Manufacturer: Lamaze / Type: Newborn „
My attention has been drawn to this toy again due to the birth of my second child. Lamaze toys are 'full of developmental features that capture baby's imagination and stimulate the senses' (www.lamazetoys.co.uk). Lamaze toys can be spotted a mile off, with their bright colours they stand out massively from other toys of this kind made for babies and toddlers.
The RRP for this toy is around £10, I bought mine from Amazon, it is selling there at the moment priced at £7.94.
Captain Calamari is designed for ages from birth up to 2 years. He is the largest Lamaze toy we have owned at a height of ten inches. He has a purple crinkly hat and eight tentacles with different activities on, I particularly like the tentacle with two blue rings on and the tentacle with a ball on with small balls inside to make it rattle. There is also a mirror underneath his body. This toy is fantastically engaging, my daughter loved it as a baby, using her hands to make the different noises. It often ended up in her mouth but this toy has no small parts or anything that can come off, very baby friendly. My daughter often still picks him up at the age of two and a half to role play with, possibly due to him being a pirate and she loves Disney's Jake and the Neverland Pirates at the moment! At only 9 weeks old, my son already loves this toy, obviously at the moment he is unable to use his hands to try the toy out but I have often lay him down next to him and he has not taken his eyes off him, I'm assuming due to the bright colours.
The majority of Lamaze toys have a white ring on the top that can be attached to pushchairs, car seats, floor gyms etc, this is very handy when out and about to prevent them getting lost! It also means I can hang him over my son on the car seat or gym so he is able to see him properly whilst he can't use his hands.
Captain Calamari is a brilliantly educational toy. It stimulates the eyes and ears and encourages motor skills when the child is able. I would not hesitate to buy this again. It has been very durable, we have had it a few years now and is still in good condition.
I would give this toy 5 out of 5- educational and fun, exactly what you want in a toy for your child!
My son received the Lamaze P&G Captain Calamari octopus toy for Christmas when he was six months old. I was thrilled as I loved the look of the toy and I am a huge fan of Lamaze toys in general.
- Play and Grow -
Lamaze has a range of toys called Play and Grow (P&G) which are designed to entertain babies but are also learning toys so they help educate your baby and stimulate his/her senses. I really love this range and every toy we have from it has been a huge success.
- Captain Calamari -
The best way to describe Captain Calamari is that he is a pirate Octopus. He is approximately 20 cm high and is a soft toy but with lots of stimulating accessories. His face is made from soft dark turquoise material. He has a big smile and a patch over one eye. He wears an orange head scarf as well as a crinkly purple hat with a yellow felt feather on top. At the centre of his hat there is a piece of multi coloured stripy material with a white plastic loop attached, allowing you to attach the octopus onto a buggy or car seat etc. As you would expect, the Captain has eight tentacles each with a different design: a soft green tentacle with a knot at the end, a silky brown patterned tentacle with a knot at the end, a soft orange tentacle with a silky yellow sock on, a soft pink stripy tentacle with a knot at the end, a soft purple tentacle with a knot at the end, a silky blue patterned tentacle with a textured orange see-through ball containing beads attached, a soft red tentacle with a knot at the end, a yellow patterned cotton tentacle with two textured blue rings attached. Quite a few of the tentacles crackle when touched. If you open the tentacles out you can see that underneath the octopus there is a mirror. Overall Captain Calamari is a very attractive, colourful toy that certainly appeals to my son (and me!).
- Playing with the Captain -
There is lots to stimulate a baby's senses with this toy. The bright colours are very are fun to look at and the rattling and crackling are nice to listen to and encourage babies to interact with the toy. My son enjoys shaking the octopus as hard as he can so the beads in the ball rattle and the plastic rings clink together. There are lots of interesting textures for babies to touch and grab hold of. My son likes to tug and chew the little knots on the tentacles and also likes to hold and bite the textures plastic rings. The mirror is also a nice touch as it is quite hidden until the baby holds the toy upside down. My son loves suddenly being able to see his reflection suddenly (or another baby as I'm not sure if he knows it's him!) For a while we had the octopus attached to a shelf above my son's cot and he loved staring up at it. As with all our other Lamaze toys, Captain Calamari is a very durable toy and has survived being thrown around and dropped with no damage what so ever. At 11 months my son still loves this toy and will play with it regularly.
- Age Range -
This toy is suitable from birth to 24 months. I think this is quite accurate because although a very small baby might not be able to play with it themselves, it is a nice toy to hang up so they can look at it. I wish we had the octopus when my son was born. My son still loves this toy at 11 months and hopefully he will continue to play with it over the next year.
- Price and Availability -
The RRP for the octopus is £10.49 but you can get one on Amazon for £7.95 including postage. I think this is an amazing price as this isn't a small toy and it has so many features. I would have expected it to be much more expensive as Lamaze is such a good brand and the octopus looks very well made and attractive.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would definitely recommend Captain Calamari and it is at the top of my list of gifts to give people who are having babies. I love the look of this toy and my son loves playing with it. I think this is one of the best toys we have received as a gift.
When my son was born he was given a Lamaze toy which was to hang from the pram or car seat. We attached it to his baby gym and he loved to bat it around once he was able. I decided that he needed another one to give him some variety and so we found Captain Calamari in the Early Learning Centre.
My attention was drawn towards Captain Calamari because of the large shape of the octopus' head and the bright colours of his tentacles. All Lamaze toys have lots of bright block colours and patterned materials which help to stimulate babies visually. Captain Calamari has a wonderfully patterned bandana on underneath his velvety hat (which crinkles when touched). Every other tentacle is also crinkly and velvety to the touch while the others are made from silky patterned materials. Each one has a knot at the end which is perfect for baby to grab at and chomp and chew on, and one tentacle at the front has a silky yellow hook to go with his Pirate character. There are two blue plastic rings with different textures attached to one tentacle and these clack satisfyingly together when baby takes a swipe at them. They are also great for baby to chew on and will help when baby is teething. There is also a plastic ball which hangs lower than the tentacles containing little plastic balls which rattle when batted. Baby can also see the little balls rattling around through the transparent fabric. He also has a hidden mirror squirrelled away between all his tentacles, helping to encourage a baby's inquisitive nature.
As with most of the Lamaze toys, Captain Calamari has a large white plastic hook at the top which allows him to be attached to a pram, car seat or playgym. We have him attached to the playgym so that the baby can bat him around as he's lying down. The part which attaches the hook to Captain Calamari is elasticated to allow the toy to be pulled without it being put under unnecessary strain.
In the Early Learning Centre, this toy cost £14 but could be found cheaper online elsewhere. There is minimal packaging with the toy; a small plastic hanging tag which needs to be removed before given to a child, and a cardboard tag outlining the benefits the toy has for a baby's development and the different features the toy has.
Lamaze toys can be quite expensive, however they are made very well and have such lovely patterns and textures making them irresistible to buy for your own little ones or as gifts for friends. Captain Calamari is a big hit with my little one!
In the past year I have become an aunty and my sister and nephew have moved back home with me since he has been born. The house looks like its been invaded with many toys and gadgets, but we all keep spoiling him everytime we go shopping as we just cannot resist. Which means that I can write more reviews on a lot of the products.
When I was shopping around for toys to purchase I realised that Lamaze have a wide variety of toys that grow with baby as he grows and develop.
One of the toys that he was given when he was born was a Lamaze Play and Grow Captain Calamari the Octopus Pirate and I thought that as he grew up he would not play with this toy but how wrong was it still keeps him amused today.
What is he?
Captain Calamari is a creature that looks like an octopus, he has 8 legs that each have a different feel or sound, one has a plastic ring while another has a rattle attached. He then has a hat that crinkles and on his belly if you move his legs there is a mirror hidden underneath so that baby can see their reflection.
All of which help to aid baby's learning to help stimulate vision with its bright colours and patterns, the rattle, squeaks and crinkling noises all help with babies auditory senses. A lot of toys like this one are quite small but Captain Calamari is a little larger than you standard toy at over 20cm. If you are looking to purchase one they retail at around £10.00.
You can take this anywhere with you, if you are out and about shopping and do not want to risk losing this toy then there is a big plastic hook from Captain Calamari's hat which allows you to clip him onto the straps of the pushchair, so that Captain Calamari is in easy reach of your at times child times, keeping them amused. But you also do not have to worry and keep looking out if they drop him as he is attached securely to the pushchair.
Captain calamari is now almost a year old and he is played with daily and he looks as good as they day that he arrived, which is great especially as he is 8 months old and has been chewed and sucked to bits. My nephew really likes the plastic hoops on one of his tentacles as he chews it which helps sooth his teeth and gums as he is teething. The mirror he loves, he loves looking into it and then seeing his reflection, which he then has a great big smile on his face.
Captain Calamari is great for boys and girls and he is worth every penny he offers hours of fun for your child and with 8 different tentacles your child will be spoilt for choice. What's more he is made to a great quality standard as he looks as good as new and has been chewed and dragged everywhere as my nephew crawls around the house.
When our baby son was born we were asked what we would like as a gift for him, having already received a full wardrobe of clothes, blankets and towels so I suggested my friend purchase a toy for him as at 3 weeks old he seemed bored in the evenings and the toys we did have were for when he was 3 months old and Captain Calamari was his gift.
Captain Calamari is a toy from the Lamaze Play and Grow range and it suitable from the age of birth through to 24 months.
He is 5" x 4" x 10" (L x W x H ) and is a pirate themed octopus with tentacles that offer baby lots of different textures and sounds to stimultate baby's senses and imagination, Look, listen and touch.
The hat on Captain Calamari is purple with a little yellow felt feather on the top, it crinkles to touch and encourages the baby to look where the sound comes from and to listen to the noise. Alex has this given to him when he was just 3 weeks old and it was a little too big for him to hold so we used the toy to interact with him when he seemed bored and wanted a bit of attention but like most of the Lamaze toys it offered him a toy that would grow with him.
There are 8 tentacles some are knotted and each one is different, one contains clacking rings, another has a rattle containing balls inside that baby can see moving around inside, a silky hook and as well as that the legs are made out of different materials to encourage baby to recognise the different textures some also crinkle. Within the tentacles is a hidden mirror which really caught Alex's attention in the early stages as he was really inquisitive.
The knots and the rings are ideal for baby to chew on and the different textures are great for the baby, when Alex was really small he loved grabbing onto the tentacles or the hat and once he got a firm grip he was not willing to let go and we had to leave him snuggling Captain Calamari until he fell asleep.
The toy is very robust having been played with quite a bit the knots remain still in place and there seems to be no sign or wear and tear as of yet.
The colours are really bright on Captain Calamari with his turquoise blue soft head with pirate eye patch and the orange and yellow headscarft that peeps out underneath his crinkly hat. Attached to the hat is a large ring which allows you to secure it to the pram or car seat so baby can be entertained out and about and you don't have to worry about it falling on the floor or it getting lost.
Alex loves Captain Calamari and he is definately an excellent present to get a newborn when normally toys are not on the list for a good few months, we kept getting him out at random times when he was smaller to introduce him to Captain Calamari and to try and get him used to him and get him to play with him as he gradually got older.
The toy is soft and cuddly and even the plastic parts or do not cause injury when he gets a little over excited and launches a ring into his face or the plastic rattle falls into his face when he jingles it about.
*~*About Lamaze *~*
Lamaze have created a range of toys that are designed to grow with your child. The toys are developed with parents, babies and childhood experts. They are taken through vigorous checks to ensure that they are safe for children to play with and to ensure they are long lasting.
Lamaze are so sure that you will love their toys that they offer a 30 day moneyback guarantee if you are not happy with them for any reason a pretty good reassurance tool when purchasing any item for a baby.
The Lamaze infant development system consists of three developmental themes, awakening the senses from birth, exploring and experimenting from 6 months and moving and doing from 9 months.
Captain Calamari is an awakening the senses toy as a newborn baby cannot see very far but can hear very well so the crinkling noise, the rattle and the clacking rings are great for interacting.
When it comes to Lamaze I had heard lots of recommendations from friends and one of the first toys that was recommended to us for Alex was the foot and wrist rattles from Lamaze and when I visited their website I discovered that they had so many toys developed for exactly the purpose we wanted to interact with our child and to help him to develop.
The colours are bright on the Lamaze toys and they are easily recognisable in the shops, my only grievance is with most other toy manufacturers is the amount of packaging that gets used and how securely fastened the toys are to the packaging which means it can be somewhat of a nightmare to open the products.
The toys ae widely stocked in most baby stores or online at amazon or direct on the Lamaze website where they are currently offering small reductions, ideal if you have some christmas money that you want to spend!!
RRP is £10.99
Although he's not exactly spoilt, 7 month old Freddy has a doting Great Grandmother who loves to buy toys for him. Whenever she asks what toys he would like I point her towards the excellent Play and Grow range from Lamaze. The toys in this range are remarkably well made and feature lots of textures and activities for baby to explore and encourage his development. Captain Calamari is no exception and quickly became one of Freddy's favourite toys.
===Aye Aye Captain===
Captain Calamari is a wonderfully made soft toy masquerading as a pirate octopus. At approximately 13cm x 10cm x 25 cm and 110g he's the perfect size for Freddy to pick up and cuddle, but perhaps a little too large for younger babies. His blue plush head is hugglebly soft and his smiling face (with eye patch) is friendly, almost as if he's asking to be cuddled. His silky purple pirate hat is filled with a material that just begs to be scrunched so that it crinkles and has a felt feather so give another texture to explore.
Turning Captain Calamari over, he has a baby safe mirror on his underside so that baby can talk to himself. And then each of his eight legs feature different activities and textures. Some of the legs are made of plush material, while others are silky, some contain crinkles while others are simply soft and squidgy. Five of the legs end with knots to be chewed on, while another has a silky foot. Of the other two legs one contains two rings that are the perfect size for Freddy to hold and chew on, while the other contains a rattle filled with tiny balls. Captain Calamari's final feature is a clip allowing him to be attached to a buggy or cot, which is attached via a 'springy' strip of material which allows the octopus so bounce slightly when pulled.
As a whole Captain Calamari is extremely well made, facial features are sewn into place and having pulled and tugged at all the seams I'm confident that he will be able to survive anything Freddy can throw at him. My only real concern is that Captain Calamari is not machine washable, from experience with Freddy I know that he will get sucked on, and eventually get quite grubby. Mind you, after two months of being played with and 'eaten' he does still look as good as new.
===When Freddy Met the Captain===
I was really shocked at Freddy's first reaction to the Captain, personally I didn't think he looked nearly as exciting as many of the other Lamaze toys. But obviously Freddy saw something in him that I didn't and he barely let him go for the rest of the day. Even now a couple of months later, Freddy will still play with his octopus several times a day, and even though he's not crawling he is quite capable of moving around the room and will make a beeline for Captain Calamari.
How Freddy plays with the Captain has changed considerably over the last couple of months which bares out Lamaze's claim that the toy will grow with your child. To begin with Freddy was simply interested in the rings, that were just the right size for him to hold and he enjoyed exploring the different textures with his mouth. As time as has gone on, Freddy discovered the mirror and will spend time looking at his reflection and chatting away to the 'other baby'. He also spends a lot of time exploring all the different textures and sounds with both his hands and mouth. He can spend a good ten minutes just checking out one arm after the other.
The rattle was one of the first toys he passed from hand to hand, and he can often be found holding that part in front of his face trying to work out how to get at the balls inside it. As well as being used to attach the Octopus to his buggy, Freddy regularly uses the clip as a teether, or simply to hold the Octopus so that he can bash it against surfaces to make a noise. He has hit himself in the face a couple of times when he's become a little overenthusiastic, but as the toy is so soft he's not caused any injury.
The final way Freddy interacts with his Octopus is something that's only happened in the last few days and is something really sweet to watch. You see, Freddy has just learnt to ask for a cuddle by making a very particular "Ahhhhh" sound and he will pick up his octopus and cuddle it while making this noise. All in all, it's safe to say that Captain Calamari is one of Freddy's favourite toys, surpassed only by another of the range, namely Freddie the Firefly.
===Learning Through Play===
Although a baby will learn something no matter what toys they play with, I do like to buy Freddy toys that go that little bit further towards aiding his development and encourage anyone else buying him toys to do the same. The Lamaze Play and Grow range of toys fit this bill exactly and while the toys themselves don't change, the way baby plays with them does (as Freddy has shown). This means that the toy that visually stimulates a newborn also helps an older baby develop new skills. Although I must say that I'm not sure that Captain Calamari is the best of the range for a younger baby, as it features far more subdued colours in the range, 4-5 months is probably a better age. From this age upwards, Captain Calamari will help develop baby's hand-eye coordination as they explore the different textures and are rewarded with the different sounds and feelings. He also aids communication skills, as baby talks to himself in the mirror and eventually works outs that the 'other baby' is actually him. He can also be used to encourage baby to move, if like Freddy he absolutely adores the Octopus. Baby might even use the rings and clip as a teether to soothe his sore gums, And finally as he has such a cuddly body he can provide comfort at bedtime.
===Price & Availability===
Although I didn't personally buy this for Freddy, I did order it from Amazon for his Great Grandmother. Although the standard rrp is £9.99 which is a very reasonable price for such a well made toy, Amazon are currently selling it for £6.45 with free delivery, an absolute bargain if you ask me.
While I personally wouldn't have rated Captain Calamari, the person whose opinion really matters adores him. From the very first moment Freddy laid eyes on this octopus he was entranced and couldn't wait to get his hands on him. Even now two months later the novelty hasn't worn off and Freddy will still play with the Octopus at every opportunity. He even had to go on holiday with us and comes on regular trips in the buggy as one of the few toys that doesn't get thrown on the floor. Therefore I can't help but give Captain Calamari five stars out of five, simply because he does seem to be perfect for my special little man and has helped him learn through play. Oh and just as a little extra, Captain Calamari does not require batteries.
ince I bought Alfie the "Jacques The Peacock" from the Lamaze range my mom has got a bit addicted to it because he absolutely loves the toys from this particualr brand. Now with that in mind being the wonderful daughter I am (HAHA) I decided to buy him some more toys from Lamaze. This "Captain Calamari" was the one I settled on - he's so damn cute! Captain Calamari is actually a really colourful octopus and if you hadnt guessed already he is dressed as a pirate - god knows why Im saying he! As I mentioned in a previous toy review before I bought these I had no idea what a big name brand Lamaze was and is but apprantly one of the best fun/educational toy ranges there is...well so they say! And I have to agree.
Lamaze toys are so great because not only will the baby love playing with them but they also help to teach them skills such as sensory and cognitive which is said to help them in later life. This particular toy is so great because it will stimulate new born babies right up until they are toddlers so hopefully Alfie will have "Captain Bob" (as we call him) for some time to come. So this is entertaining and educational - trick your baby into learning before they even realise LOL.
This is definately one colourful baby toy and that is actually meant to help their skill developments and make distinguishing different colours easier for them in later life. This toy is a bit bigger than other toys from Lamaze but Alfie is only 3 months old and he can hold it properly with no trouble so its still okay to give this to a newborn. Each of the tentackes are a different colour and pattern and believe me these colours really do capture a babies attention straight away - although Alfie prefers to suck the toy rather than actually play with it LOL. All the tenticals also have different textures which ensures it doesnt gte boring I suppose. Not only that but this toy also has a big range of sounds which aso help define their skills. The hat crinkles, the rings on the end of the tentacles clank together (and also are great for babies that are teething), there is a small rattle on the tentacle and he squeaks! Theres also a hidden mirror underneath the body - thats the one bit Alfie doesnt like!
This toy also has a little clip at the top which means you can take it basically anywhere: pushchair, carseat, cot, highchair anywhere that has something stable it can be clicked onto that so its great for when your out and about and want to keep your kid occupied. This is definately Alfies favourite toy at the moment because he lies there for ages just shaking it to get the nioses and then just chews on the rings - if he is having fun why not! I guarantee your baby will love it and they are learning important skills at the same time so I highly recommend this to everyone. The fact that your child will use this literally from birth is great because that makes it fabulous value for money as it will be a constant toy for years.
This toy will cost you about £9 from amazon and that is great value for money in my opinion - highly recommended. I bet your baby will love Jacques!
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