Product Type: Leapfrog baby toys
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Baby Tad - what a lovely little chap
LeapFrog Hug & Learn Baby Tad
Member Name: AmandaB123
LeapFrog Hug & Learn Baby Tad
Advantages: Sings lullabies, teaches colours and shapes, value for money,
Disadvantages: Dont get him wet!
Baby Tad has been my 2 year old son's bedtime companion since he was about 6 months old and moved into a room of his own. He has been to Spain, and he goes on weekend visits to Grandparents because he is loved so much! Little does he know that the one he currently has in his bed is actually the second one I bought, as they first one got wet dropped in the bath by mistake) and stopped working, and as my son wouldn't sleep without him I had to buy an emergency replacement.
He is a happy little chap, with big bright eyes, an even bigger smiley mouth and a lovely sing-song voice. He has two functions, daytime and night time, and he is controlled by a little pad on his chest which has 6 bright buttons on it - A yellow star, a purple triangle, a red heart, an orange diamond, a blue square and a green circle. If the child presses these buttons it will describe the shape and colour of the button pressed, so it has some educational value.
On Baby Tads hands there are buttons, one on his right for daytime and one on his left for night time. The daytime setting is very upbeat, and he will sing to you - If you're happy and you know it, Twinkle Twinkle, Hickory Dickory Dock, Incy Wincy Spider, 12345 and Baa Baa Black Sheep - songs that children will learn to sing too. My son has picked up all 6 of the songs and enjoys singing along with them.
The night time function is much more soothing, and you can choose for it to play for up to 6 minutes of classical melodies, now I have no idea what they are, but I can hum them for you! The only problem I have with this is that he counts the minutes in his usual voice when you press the buttons, and that isn't very soothing in the middle of the night when you are trying to get a grumpy baby off to sleep.
Overall I love this toy because my son loves it. It's bright and friendly and he has learnt from it, the buttons are easy for little fingers to press, even at first when they don't really mean to press anything. Although as I said this is the second one we have had, I don't believe it's the toys fault, and therefore I would still say it's a hard-wearing product, although it can't be washed. It takes 3 AA batteries, and even though its played with nearly every day I have only had to change it a couple of times as it turns itself off quite quickly if its not being played with.
I would absolutely recommend this to parents or grandparents. The price has come down since I bought our first one, I think I paid about £30 for it, but I have sent them for around £20 now. It's definitely something that will last, and if my son ever wants to pass it on I know his baby sister will be more than happy!
Summary: A fantastic gift for any baby
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