Product Type: Lamaze baby toys
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Teaching my son to Prance...?
Member Name: chrisandmark
Advantages: Looks fab, really well made, a decent size
Disadvantages: None really, although baby will obviously lose interest over time
Sir Prance-a-lot was a gift from Hollie to David at Easter last year, at just (then) four months old he was too young for anything egg-related so together we chose this toy for him. Made by Lamaze it's very reasonably priced at £7 and is one of those shockers where when it arrives the toy is actually bigger than it looks on the Amazon piccie, instead of the other way round where what look like huge toys are actually the size of newborn kittens when they're delivered!
It's a really odd design for a toy, but one I fell in love with straightaway. The bulk of the toy is a cheerful looking horse, to me it looks like a medieval war horse as he's designed to look like he's wearing battle get-up (albeit a bit brighter than the real war horses of the time would have worn!). Sitting on the horses back is a gorgeously basic little knight, there's just enough detail to make him recognisable for what he is but this is fine as it makes the larger horse the main feature of the toy.
David loved him instantly; it has a clip to be used as a pram toy but really is too bulky for that so lives in the toy box. Like a lot of Lamaze toys, this one features a gorgeous tinkly rattle which is responsive enough that even the smallest baby can get some sound from it - the plush knight conceals a squeaker, but this is a bit awkward and even at a year old David can't manage to squeak it himself.
The horses four floppy legs are each knotted at the middle to give baby a different texture to explore and the brightly contrasting feet have a 'crinkly' sound/texture, again to add some interest and exploration to this sweet soft toy. David's an odd child, he doesn't get excited about crinkles at all (unlike me, I love the sound of baby crinkly toys!) but despite the fact that this horse is nearly ALL crinkle (thanks to a large portion of crinkly material on his back) he still treats Sir Prance-a-lot like his favourite toy.
The horses tail is made up of two clacky rings, these make a fab sound when knocked together - to be honest with you these tend to be used as carrying handles for David to lug the toy round with him, but I have seen him deliberately banging these rings together to create the noise.
Aside from all the jingle jangle crackles there's much more incorporated into this toy to keep baby entertained. The fabric used to make him is a mixture of soft velvet and smooth silky material, there are also short ribbons attached to the bottom of the horses 'armour' and making up his mane - this gives Sir Prance-a-lot a slight Taggie feel, non-parents would be surprised at the pleasure a few cut ribbons can give a very young baby so to me this is a fab addition to the toy.
Sir Prance-a-lot is a brilliant baby toy, definitely one of the few Lamaze toys that I think lives up to it's claims (Lamaze generally being overpriced crud, in my humble opinion). One recommendation I would give is to try and introduce the toy to your baby as early as possible to gain the most from the various functions - it's suitable from birth and the clip can be used to attach it to the side of a barred cot, the upper age limit of two years is debatable as there's not really enough variety to keep an actual toddler entertained for long. David has pretty much 'grown up' with Sir Prance-a-lot so I think he'll use it as a soft toy for some time yet, although his interest in the knotted legs and crinkles is definitely abating now but I'm not particularly fussed about that as considering the low price he's definitely had his money's worth.
Summary: A brilliant toy to help baby learn about textures and sounds - he looks fab too!
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