“ Brand: Lamaze / Age: 3 months „
I was given this set of foot finders for my first child. They are a pair of high contrast black and white stripey socks, each sock has a toy sewn on to the top of it. The ones I was given have a butterfly on one sock which has noisy crinkle material for wings. The second sock is a bug with a gentle rattle inside it.
The idea of these is that as they are high contrast they easily attract the babies attention, and the toys on them encourages your baby to try and move them. This helps with motor skills as it helps them realise that their feet are part of them!
When I first put these on my son he was in his bouncy chair so he could easily see his feet. He was fascinated by them straight away and was kicking his feet constantly. He never seemed to be annoyed by them but seemed intent on getting them off as he kicked and moved so much eventually one of them fell off, he wouldn't stop until the second one came off too. It was fun to watch him and I had no idea he would find them so interesting.
Last week I put them on my 3 month old daughter for the first time, she is far more placid than her brother so I wasn't expecting a huge reaction. But she was obsessed with kicking and moving her feet around too. She didn't manage to get them off but they kept her entertained for about 20 minutes.
These are great fun to watch your baby play with and I definately think they help your baby realise sooner that they have feet that they can control and move as up until putting them on I wouldn't have thought many of thier foot movements were deliberate, but when they are on both babies seemed to make very obvious deliberate movements.
I think these are around £5 to buy. This is a good price as they don't really last long, as soon as your baby has learnt to reach thier feet then they will pull them off, but before that they are a brilliant way to teach your baby motor skills and they are fun to watch!
This is a great little toy with lots of lovely features that Little C and I enjoy playing with. I bought it before he was even born as I loved the look of the little bugs. My set has wrist rattles as well as the footfinder socks
What are the gardenbug footfinders and wrist rattles like?
This toy comes in four parts. There are two socks which are black and white striped with a gardenbug attached to each. One has an orange and green firefly and the other a sort of ladybird.
The second part of the toy is the wrist rattles which there are two of also. They are brightly coloured strips of material with Velcro so they attach round the baby's wrist. One has a little bee type bug and the other a spider or ant (?) with ribbon legs.
They are made of polyester & cellophane
What age are they best suited for?
Lamaze suggest that they are suitable for babies from 0 to 6 months however my nephew Baby M still loves to play with them when he comes over and he is eight months and counting... As for Little C he is only starting to really notice them now at 15 weeks. But they say every baby is different!
What are my personal experiences of the gardenbug footfinders and wrist rattles?
I was so excited about these that I have been regularly trying them on Little C since he was born however it is only in the last week that he's really started to engage with them which ties in with him starting to discover his hands and feet.
He enjoys sucking on the wrist rattles very much and likes pulling the bugs at the end of the footfinders usually until they come off!
Actually I am finding that is better to have either the wrist rattles OR the footfinders on at any one time with such a little baby as with all of them on Little C seems to be slightly overwhelmed!
I think they would make a lovely present for a new baby as (I have said before!) far too many people buy baby clothes - very generous but too much of a good thing unfortunately.
What about its Quality and Health & Safety aspects?
These are a very well made toy. The stitching is tight and secure so there doesn't seem to be any chance of Little C pulling off any of the bugs or small parts and eating or choking on them. I would always keep an eye on any baby with a toy like this just in case though.
On the hygiene front I'm happy to say the gardenbugs are all machine washable and I have washed them successfully a good number of times after much sucking from Baby M and little from Little C.
Where did I get it and for around how much?
I bought my set from Amazon in January 2011 for £9.99. I see lots of them are on eBay and as they are washable you could easily buy a second hand set for your own baby if you don't mind about them not being brand new. Also as a plus point second hand Lamaze toys seem to sell really well on eBay so after Little C is finished I could also sell them on however I'm hoping for a Little S,I and O also so maybe I should just pop them away for a while!!
Littlemommabear plus points
* Cute footfinders and wrist rattles which are probably most suitable from about 4 months
*They do encourage the baby to reach, grab, pull and kick about
*They have bright contrasting colours and lots of patterns which stimulate babies
*Rattles, squeaks and crinkle noises which Little C loves to hear
*Lots of textures to suck, lick, grip and grab - just baby's favourite kind of things to do!
Littlemommabear negative notes
*Unfortunately the footfinders are quite large so that they fit all babies I suppose but this does mean that often come off Little C's spider monkey feet on a regular basis even if he's just kicking.
I thought that these looked brilliant for little babies. I bought these in a set 2 wrist rattles and 2 foot finders for £9.99 which was the cheapest i could see them.
If i am being honest, our little one didnt really like them. The wrist rattles annoyed him and he ended up scratching himself trying to get them off. We then tried the foot finders, and spent more time putting them back on than he did playing with them or even looking at them. As soon as they were on when he was little would wriggle constantly until they were off. Now he is bigger, just reaches and pulls them off.
However he does play with them for a little while once he has removed them from his feet.
Think the idea of them is lovely, they are nice little rattles and it doesnt surprise me that quite a lot of babies enjoy them. Be warned not all babies do - especially if you have an inquisitive one like mine.
I purchased Lamaze in a box set of two foot finders and two wrist rattles very recently for my three months old daughter. I must say the price was a bit high for my liking (£12.99) but all the toys are pretty pricey and at the end of the day we like spoiling our children. She is just starting to play with different toys so I thought it will be ideal. I must admit this set looked so appealing to me as my daughter loves kicking and wriggling around. Both foot finders are very colorful and slightly noisy, keeps my little one busy for a while. The only downfall of them is that they are quite easy to fell off her feet. The finders are designed in socks shape but they are not very tight therefore they are very easy to kick off but I supposed it will change in time when she will finally start touching and playing with her feet. So I would say it is a must have toy if your baby likes to explore.
We spotted this set in Tesco not long after my little girl was born in October 2008. It was packaged as a set of two wrist rattles and two foot finders. It appealed as I was looking in particular for toys that were suitable for very young babies. I had read that newborn babies only have 4% of the vision of an adult and due to this can most easily see contrasting, striking colours and patterns. These were perfect!
The wrist parts fasten round babies wrists and each has a different colourful bug attached to them. The foot finders are black and white stripy socks, which also have a bug attached. Each item makes a rattling noise when shaken.
When we first tried them on the baby she was six weeks old and at that point was starting to kick her legs when playing and was beginning to find her hands. She got so excited; her arms and legs were going ten to the dozen! I really believe these have helped to advance the speed at which she has developed.
Only downside in my opinion was I found them fairly small. However, please note my little girl was 10lb 15.5oz born so it might just be a reflection of that. It has unfortunately meant that now at 11 weeks they are difficult to fit.
Amazon has this in stock today for £8.79 with free delivery (search for Lamaze Gardenbug Wrist Rattle & Footfinder Set). At this price I think this product provides excellent value for money.
My little boy was brought these as a gift when he was first born. It came in a set 2 Foot Finders and 2 Wrist Rattles. They are made by Lamaze who sell a variety of lovely baby toys.
They are soft straps with velro that go round the babies wrists of ankles, with soft bugs attached to them. The straps themselves are black and white striped which the babies just love to stare at. They all contain a rattle to encourage babies to kick and find there hands and feet.
The recommended age for these toys is 3 months, we did try them on our baby when he was around 2 months as there is nothing he could hurt himself with but he didnt really notice they were there, so we put them away and got them out when he was just over 3 months old. He loved them, at first I dont think he could quite make them out but it certainly helped him find his feet when he was around 4 months old. He loved the rattle of them when he kicked or waved his arms.
He is now 11 months and they are still in his toy box although hes not keen on them strapped onto his ankles or wrists he still shakes them about and plays with them.
These are an excellent baby toy especially before they are old enough to grasp and grab toys.
As these were a gift I am not sure where she purchased them but I have seen them on both ebay and in Bloomingmarvellous.
These things are truly wonderful!
My daughter was given these as a present when she was first born so we waited until the recommended time before letting her have them. Don't really think she would have appreciated them much before three months anyway. I think they came from Blooming Marvellous but only because that's the bag they came in.
The ones I have differ slightly from the photograph as they are a bit more colourful and simple in design. Both socks are black and white stripes and are stretchy enough to fit over the biggest of feet (with an elasticy bit on the top). I did have some others by a different company but the fabric wasn't stretchy enough so I couldn't put them on her feet. Hence I didn't use them and stuck with Lamaze. The socks did go a bit bobbly but that made no difference at all, gave me something to pick at!
One sock has a butterfly on and is green, purple, blue, yellow, orange and white. The good thing about these is they actually have little swirls and designs on the creatures for added wow. They have little smiley faces too! The other one is a ladybird and is red, purple, black, black and white. The different feet meant that my daughter could look at each one and not get bored of them being the same. She loved them to pieces, they kept her occupied for absolutely hours. She'd laugh at them, talk to them and generally have a blooming good time playing with them. Now's she's a bit older they are slightly frustrating as she wants to get to them and can't quite manage it but that doesn't matter as they aren't menat to last forever. They have well and truly fulfilled their purpose and you can even put them on your hands and wiggle them about and she loves that too. I've said thank you so many times to the person who bought them for us.
A good present for anyone with a babe and worth investing in, I would have bought them if someone hadn't bought them for me.
From 3 months - Rattles are attached socks & each kick gets a rewarding sound. Soft socks slide gently onto baby's feet and keep them warm & snug.