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Manufacturer: Lamaze / Age 0-24 months

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      22.11.2012 22:05
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      A great toy, great for teething and keeping your baby occupied

      I bought my 6 month old this Lamaze Morgan the Monkey toy from kiddicare for around £9.99. I picked it out as it is so bright and colourful and my son instantly loved it in the shop when I gave it to him to hold in the pram!

      This monkey is quite a large toy, about 30cm long, and it has a clip on the top to hang or clip onto things such as your pram etc. I find that when I hang it on the pram at the top so it dangles in front of my baby it is too big and long, you can't see his face in the pram, the monkey is in the way, although its a nice toy to hang in a playmat gym, where your baby lies and plays with the toys dangling above him. This also can clip onto your car seat, which we often do as it keeps him occupied in the car nicely.

      This monkey is not just a teddy bear toy, it has some great teething parts on it for your baby. One hand is holding two plastic ringswhich have ridges and bumps, which my son loves to chew on, one is purple and one is red. The ears are plastic and bumpy for your baby to chew on too. The hands and feet make crinkly noises which my son loves, he loves rustling/crinkling noises, he absolutely loves the sound of a tesco/asda bag!

      This monkey also makes a squeaking noise, but instead of pressing it's belly or other body part, you have to shake the monkey up and down for it to make the noise. I would prefer it if you could press it to make a noise as this is much easier, as its not easy to make this squeak, you have to shake it quite hard, and so far, although he is only 6 months and I am sure he will learn, my son has not managed to get it to make a noise even though he does wave it about everywhere and even throws it. When I shake it in front of him though he really smiles at the noise it makes and just looks fascinated by it!

      All these different textures and sounds, apparently are good for helping your little one development motor skills. It is really easy for babies to hold and I can see my son liking this toy for years to come, it is definitely one of his favourites.

      Overall, my son loves this toy and loves to chew it and wave it about all day, I am glad I bought it, its so bright and colourful and it feels very solid and well made, so I can see it lasting a long while. I think it is quite expensive, but worth the money as my son spends so much time with it.

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      13.07.2012 09:58
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      Quality monkey toy from Lamaze

      Morgan the Monkey is another excellent baby toy from Lamaze, the company that seems to do no wrong. High quality products that focus on motor functions and simple sounds and behaviourist methods are what Lamaze is all about, and this product is no different.

      Morgan is a blue monkey with a big head. Somewhere inside of him is a squeaky part that requires only the smallest amount of shaking to activate. It makes our 11 month old son giggle whenever it squeaks, and although Morgan is not his favourite toy, it's one of many we have that please him. While not as wide ranging in terms of stimuli as Octivity Time, for example, there are still some instructional and motor functional elements to the toy. Each limb Morgan has offers something different.

      His left hand has a couple of teething rings on it, two different textures there, as well as a crunchy element to the wrist. There are also colour changes along teh arm. The right arm is holding a crunchy banana, which makes it relevant to the animal this is based on, and the legs are loose and scrunchy as well. The colours vary throughout the legs and arms, which is nice to see. He also has a curly rainbow tale!

      Morgan's ears are also teethers, which is a good addition, but this is pretty much it. By Lamaze's standards, and for the size, this doesn't do a whole lot, but it's good to see a certain amount of difference compared to the usual all singing and dancing toys. This brings it back to basics without undermining the importance of the motor functions it endeavours to develop and it helps to not confuse kids as well by not having too much choice and variety in the toy.

      The quality of stitching is top as ever. Lamaze makes sure their products are reliable and don't fall apart with a slightly over zealous child playing with them. Their durability is impressive. I liked how the shape of the toy stays the same as well, despite any kind of level of play.

      Overall, this is another quality toy from Lamaze. I liked the fact that the right level of interactivity was used here, with each limb doing something small while the focus is on the squeaky element once it's shaken. Another recommended Lamaze toy, that should cost you around the £10 mark, representing good value for money.

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      05.05.2012 22:22

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      A lovely lamaze toy

      We bought this before our baby was born, my fiancee chose it as he liked that it makes a squeaky noise when you shake it also that it has lovely bright colours and lots of different things on it, also the monkey has a nice smiley face.
      We gave this to our daughter from birth as it was bright colours she could look at it, we have hung it on her playgym so as she got older she could grab it. When she hit teething this monkey was great as it has 2 plastic teething rings on one of it's hands, one is bobbly and the other is a little smoother, she would grab hold of these and chew away on them for ages.
      On the monkeys other hand is a banana which crinkles which is great to hold and squeeze to make it crunchy. The legs are elasticated and soft so can be pulled about as are the arms.
      The monkey is soft all over with soft plastic ears which can also be used for teething. This toy is great for feeling different textures which is good for babies as they can get so much from it and learn something new each time they play with it.
      My daughter really enjoys this lamaze toy and plays with it everyday under her gym, she gives it a good pull to hear the noises it makes and gets the plastic rings to bang together, chews it all over to get a feel for it.
      I think the lamaze range of toys are lovely and really well designed for babies with their bright colours and varied textures. Although they can be a little on the expensive side they are just too nice not to have at least one in babies collection, they are very well made and built to last so am hoping this is going to last a very long time.

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      26.01.2012 10:06
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      Lamaze Morgan the monkey

      We were given this toy as a present for the birth of our little baby boy and it or he, should I say, currently hangs on our car seat. It's one of the smaller Lamaze toys that you can get but I like the size as it works perfectly on the car seat and is small enough to dangle in my little boys line of view when it is in front of him so I think that is the main thing. Lamaze produce a wide range of baby and toddler toys that are some of the best around in my opinion and are designed to be good for their educational development as well as full of playtime fun.

      Lamaze say that they enlighten babies through all stages. Your baby will grow, discover and learn with the right toy at the right time. Learning Curve created the Lamaze Infant Development System working in tandem with parents, babies and childhood experts.

      Morgan the Monkey has a white hook attached to the top of his head. This allows you to hook him on places like your car seat or cot and I think this is a really good idea. Morgan is bright and colourful and very cute and friendly looking. He has a big elongated yellow mouth with a big cute smile and then he has two big wide eyes. Morgan's ears are plastic and have bobbles all over them which make them an excellent teether and something that is really easy for little babies to get their gums around. My little boy is not teething yet but I'm sure when he does he will love chewing on this monkey.

      Morgan has crinkly sweetie paper material in his tummy so when you squeeze his tummy he will make a fun crinkly noise. My little boy finds it really funny when you hold this in front of his face and make the noise and it really attracts his attention. Morgan has nice long limbs and at the end of these you will also find different items and textures designed to pique curiosity. On the end of one arm is a ball with a bell in it which jingles and then there are lots of ring stacks which clink against each other and make different noises. The rings have different textures such as little bead shapes and serrated edges so your baby will get used to feeling different textures. There are so many different colours on Morgan and he's so bright and colourful which I also like and it much look so exciting and wondrous to babies.

      Morgan is designed for babies from birth and costs £8.95. All in all a great, fun, learning toy.

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      05.12.2011 08:48
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      Lovely toy for small babies

      **Firstly, before I start my review I would like to point out that the toy I am reviewing seems to be a slightly different version to the one pictured. I have no idea if it is the more recent or older version but the name is the same & the version we have is still available to buy online too**

      When my son was born, one of the many gifts that he received was a Lamaze Play & Grow monkey from his Nan. Being blue in colour I think it seemed an obvious choice for her first grandson. We have had several Lamaze toys now and, despite it being a brand I knew very little of prior to having my son (when I think of baby toys I think of the more obvious brands like Fisher Price), I have always been impressed with the toys. They are well made and brightly coloured to stimulate baby and this monkey is no exception.

      It is a simple toy and is priced at around the £5 mark. Basically being a soft to, it is safe for baby from birth, although my son showed little interest in it until he was 2-3 months old when we would wave it in front of him (thus giving him little option but to show an interest!).

      The main part of the toy is a large monkey's face. This fits comfortably in the palm of an adult's hand. The monkey is blue in colour apart from the area around it's mouth and ears which are both a bright yellow colour. The material is polyester but is soft to the touch. Within the face there is some kind of scrunchy material as this makes a scratchy noise when squeezed. From the face there are three ribbon-like attachments, the material is bright, stripy and multi coloured. At the top of the head the attachment links to a large white plastic hook. This means that the toy can be attached to pushchairs, car seats and shopping trolleys to keep your little one amused when you are out and about. My son did like to use this hook as a teether too though, so I was forever wiping it with a anti bacterial wipe! The other two attachments are from either side of the monkey. They look like arms but, given this is just a monkey's head, I'm not sure that's what they are! On one side there is multi coloured ball, about the size of a ping pong ball. This has various colours on and is made of two different materials that are different textures. Inside the ball is a bell, so this makes a ringing noise when moved. There are three small plastic hoops in red, blue and green around the attachment here too. These jangle together when the toy is shaken and can be manipulated by little fingers too. On the other side, there are two large plastic rings - one purple and one green. These are great teethers and have different textures, the purple one is bumpy and the green one more ridged.

      My son loved this toy and it was one of the first ones that he showed any interest in. At 8 months he has pretty much outgrown it now, preferring instead much bigger toys that can make a lot more noise. He will still pick it up from time to time and chew on the teething rings though. It is a really well made and thought out toy, with a lot of stimulation of baby's senses - from the bright colours to the different textures to the different noises. I really can't speak highly enough of the toy if you are looking for a basic rattle-type toy for a young baby. The teether rings are a really lovely size and one of the first things that my baby gripped, he also regularly chomped on these.

      There are some negatives to be aware of though. Nothing major and certainly nothing that would prevent me from recommending it or buying it again. One is that it is sponge clean only - not very practical when you have baby sick, dribble and sticky fingers to contend with. Another is that it has a huge label on it's back that I can't really see the need for. It can be cut, but I was worried about sharp edges if I did this. Turns out not to matter for us anyway as my son developed a fascination with labels..... Lastly, when baby learns that shaking this is fun and causes noise, beware! The teething rings HURT if you are hit with them!!

      Overall, a great little toy for stimulating little babies.

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      22.04.2010 16:18
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      A fun activity toy

      This fun and friendly cheeky monkey named Morgan was gifted to my son quite some time ago, and he is still hanging around. Although I adore monkeys I'm not quite sure about bright blue for a monkey, however I'm not the target audience for this toy, so what do I know. This friendly primate is suitable from birth onwards. His recommended retail price is £9.99, however he can be found cheaper if you shop around.


      Lamaze are an award winning reputable toy manufacturer that produce activity toys that are suitable from birth. They have a vast assortment of bright and colourful soft toys that are competitively priced. Their range of colourful interactive toys are popular with little ones and they make ideal gifts for newborns.


      ~Cheeky Monkey!~

      Meet Morgan the monkey, he is a bright blue tactile interactive toy that is made up of different textures and colours for little ones to explore. His body is made from a soft valour material and his limbs have different textures and various patterns that will entice and attract a little one. Morgan is also equipped with areas that are designed for teething, with chewable ears and two teething rings making him the perfect companion for infants as they approach the teething stage. His ears are textured so they will stimulate a little ones gums, and the two teething rings feature different textures, they also make a nice 'clanky' sound when they are rattled against each other.


      He has a squeaker in his tummy that generates sound by shaking him up and down, this produces a lovely 'chatter' or 'giggle' sound, he also 'chatters' when his limbs are pulled on which shakes his body about as his limbs feature elastic so they spring when pulled on. His hands and feet are designed to be squeezed as they produce that lovely crinkly sound. He is holding a banana which also rustles when squashed and this has two different textures, one side is valour and the other side has a smooth, silky, shinny material. He has a multicoloured coiled tail that begs to be pulled, and as it springs back and hits his bottom he makes a cheeky giggle sound. The textured areas and springy limbs will entertain a baby and keep them interested. He is a cheerful little thing, with a happy expressive face that is sure to brighten the mood of any tot. Packed with lots of interactive features this is sure to delight little ones. He supports a plastic ring so he can be clipped onto a buggy or you can hang him from it, so it would be ideal to hang from an activity centre to entice a little one to reach out for him and bat at him.


      ~Schooling Your Monkey~

      Children learn to manipulate their world through colourful interactive toys. This is a great fun activity toy that is suitable from birth and a baby will grow and learn with Morgan. The monkey is vibrantly coloured which will appeal to a little one. The bright and contrasting colours will develop a little ones senses, and it will stimulate baby's vision and auditory skills. This tactile toy features lots of different textures which will encourage exploration, a little one will learn about the different textures. Curious teething tots will enjoy exploring the different textures on the teething areas with their mouth.


      Newborns don't perceive the world the same as us adults do, in the beginning they are learning to focus, so contrasting colours are great for newborns to focus on. Morgan's large friendly eyes will appeal to a newborn as they learn to focus they will soon be staring at his large eyes which will promote healthy eye development.

      The crinkly areas encourage a little one to feel and squeeze to produce sound which stimulates a baby's auditory skills. The monkey also produces a lovely chatter noise which baby's will enjoy learning to shake him to generate sound from him.

      He is great for cuddling too!


      ~Monkeying around~

      Morgan has been living with us for quite a long time now. When my son first clapped eyes on him, his face lit up with a big smile. Morgan has been flung around and my son has had great delight in exploring the different textures, the crinkly areas intrigued him and the springy elastic limbs have been eagerly pulled time and time again. My boisterous little monkey has had fun shaking Morgan to hear his rings clank together and to hear him chatter. He has been trying to teach him how to fly which Morgan doesn't seem to mind, he also doesn't mind being dribbled and chewed on. My son gets great pleasure from stretching Morgan's arms as far as he can to watch them spring back into place, he finds this rather amusing. He also enjoys playing with his springy tail, as well as bouncing him up and down on the floor whilst he is in his own little play world.


      Morgan gets dragged around with my son and is usually sat next to my son whilst he plays with his other toys, and he will pick him up and 'talk' to him, possibly telling him what they should play with next.
      The hook is great to hang him from as he can be hung from different things, he has been hung from my sons cot rail and hung over the stair gate, my son will ask me to take him down so he can play with him then when Morgan is tired he will bring him to me to hang him back up again.


      Morgan is a bit cheeky as he likes to giggle at my son and hide behind my back; this is a fun game that elicits lots of giggles from my son.
      He has been a great companion for my little boy as they have had many happy hours playing together.

      Soft cuddly toys can be very comforting for a child and this is a lovely toy for a child to become attached too. I'm sure that the material that the hook is attached to could be cut to remove the hook as a child grows they may prefer not to have the hook attached.

      My son has had Morgan for quite a long time now and he is still looking great. He does like me to hang him back up for him. I do wish that the hook could be detached though as it is quite big.


      ~Taking care of Morgan~

      Morgan is machine washable and he comes out fresh and clean ready to be gnawed on and thrown around again and again, he has been flung around in the washing machine many times and he hasn't lost his vibrant colours or his soft feel, he is still in great condition.


      Although this is a well made toy that that has lots of interesting features that will intrigue a little one, I would probably be more inclined to choose a different animal from their range as this is not really very monkey-like with it being so overly colourful, having said that though my son has still had lots of fun with Morgan.

      To see the full range of toys from Lamaze you can visit their website.

      www.lamazetoys.co.uk

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