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I have a special place in my heart for Jacques the Peacock because he was the first toy that my son noticed and wanted to play with when was a baby. I had attached Jacques to the side of my sons Moses basket and whilst he was laying down on his play mat he noticed him and started to get very excited flapping his arms and legs about, so I unhooked him and attached Jacques to his multi gym and the love affair began. My son would play with him for what seemed like hours grabbing for him and knocking him around making him spin and flip over the top of the multi gym, he was also the first toy that my son learnt to grab so I will always love him. My son no longer plays with Jacques, but he lives on the door handle in his bedroom and will forever be part of our family, I hope one day to pass him onto my grandchildren.
Jacques is a brightly coloured peacock that has a few great features. He has 2 large and 2 smaller wings, each wing has a different feature, the first of the top 2 wings has a mirror on the second has a plush squeaky toy with brightly coloured ribbons all round it, it is also soft and fluffy, the bottom larger wings have crinkly features and raised bobbles that are fun to touch, also the wings have multiple lays so can be lifted. He has 2 cute little orange feet and on the top of his head is a link that you use to attach him to multi gyms, pushchairs etc. I used to attach Jacques to the pushchair when we went for walks and also hook him onto the car seat to keep my son entertained on car journeys.
Jacques is designed to guide your child through 3 key stages of development, stimulating vision, encouraging your baby to grip and also to refine motor skills and the squeaky bit also helps to develop auditory senses. Jacques can currently (May 2012) be purchased from Amazon for a very reasonable £7.95.
Overall I would highly recommend Jacques the Peacock to others, he really did help my son learn to grip and practice refining his motor skills.
Lamaze toys have always caught my eyes with their bright colours and fun textures. They are very eye catching and something you can't help but look at I the toy shops.
I purchased this Lamaze Peacock from John Lewis back in 2008 and it cost me around £10. My daughter loved it while doing along trip round Milton Keynes shopping centre, it certainly kept her quite.
It is a good size which is great for little hands, it measures 10 inches across and 6 inches high (approx.). This is a great size for children to have in the car, cot or the pushchair.
Attached to the top of the toy is a hard plastic hook which is easy to stretch round the car of a pushchair or over the handle of a baby carrier. This is a great added feature as it gives you peace of mind and you don't need to worry about it falling off and getting lost. And children do like to throw their toys out there pram.
This cute little peacock character is soft and loveable. It's got bright eye catching simulating colours. On the back of the peacock is 4 feathers/wings, each a different colour with a different activity for baby.
The first one has a squeaker on it and seconds a rattle. The third a mirror and the forth had 3 different textured material. These are great to stimulate baby and help baby learn about new sounds, colours and feelings.
The peacock is made of lovely soft materials including corduroys, silk and valour.
The rear of the toy is patterned with black and white. I have noticed that children of a younger age enjoy more to look at dull colours such as black and white. Yet again each wing/feather a different pattern, but they are all the same texture.
The label states that is not machine washable but to wash with a damp cloth. I have actually put this in the washing machine as there is no reason why I can't. I placed in it a pillowcase (just in case) and then popped it into the wash at 30degrees.
The bird came out fine. As there are no electrical components within the toy I see no reason why I wouldn't have been ok.
It actually washed up lovely and is like new.
You can purchase this from many stores, I have seen this same toy around the same price of £10 in toys 'r' us, ELC and other leading toy stores and Also available on amazon with free delivery.
Yet again 2 of my 3 children have played with this toy and very much enjoyed it.
Each of them has had their own design Lamaze hanging toy as I love them so much. They are Bright and eye catching. Brilliant for children and lots of learning and exploring can be done with them at such a young age.
This toy is suitable from a young age if not from birth. My daughter loved it from a young age and so did my son, they used to love touching it and looking into the small mirror and giggling away. I have noticed that they have now changed the colours of the peacock yet it is just as bold and bright as the one I purchased.
I think this was a great investment that is much loved.
This product from Lamaze is great. The Lamaze toys are fab quality and are the thing to stimulate and entertain baby. There is a mirror along with crinckles crunches and jingles. It is not too big (some of the Lamaze toys are massive!) and fits nicely on the pram/pushchair. The hook means that you can also put on the jungle gym as extra entertainment. My little one loves this toy and finds it interesting to look at and play with. Like all the Lamaze toys they seem to interest babies from birth to around 9 months when they grow out of them but as a first stage toy then it's great. I also bought one for a friend and her baby loved it too. It's also a change and a bit different to the very common Freddie the Firefly which everyone else seems to buy. Great for little boys and girls.
A multi textured and brightly coloured toy with a cute design, Jacques is one of my little boy's favourite toys already! I bought him from Amazon for 'bump's' christmas present.
Now my baby is 15 weeks old and we have put Jacques beside the changing mat as something to play with whilst we get on with the business end! Little C loves to stare at the black and white patterns which are on the back of the peacock's feathers and I think a good addition to make this baby attention grabbing from a few weeks old.
Now that Little C is getting a little older he also loves to suck on the different 'feathers' as each has a different feel and item attached.
I love the Lamaze toy range. With my work head on as an educationalist I think they are engaging and good for baby development and with my momma head on they're cute and fun for us to play with :)
Littlemommabear plus points
*Would be a great present for a new baby - too many clothes were given for Little C even to wear!
*Good rattling noise and different activity feathers
*Good sturdy ring for attaching to the pram, car seat, cot, etc
*Nice use of varying textures and coloured fabrics
*Unfortunately Jacques is surface wash only so if Little C gets him pretty mucky I am going to be at the sink for some time rather than being able to pop it in the washing machine :(
My little one has a couple of these Lamaze Play and Grow toys such as Eddie the Elephant and she has had this particular one Jacques the Peacock for about six weeks now and she loves it. First off though I have to say that it does not really look like a peacock to me, at least the body does not, it looks more like a duck or chick with a huge tail sort of thing, not particularly convincing but then again that does not really matter as my daughter does not understand the difference and all she likes is the fact that this toy has so many things vying for her attention.
Jacques is a mass of colour as you can see from the picture above and this is one of the stimulants on offer for your child, he is easy to grip and is suitable for babies from new born up to I guess 18 months or maybe even older, the main body is a wonderfully soft material and a spongey bead filling that my daughter loves to squeeze, other parts of his body are made from felt while others have a satin smooth feel to them, the tail feathers all have different textures for your baby to feel, my daughter seemms to be attracted most to the green silky wing for some reason.
The feathers have a crinkle effect to them when squeezed and there is a mirror in one and a squeaker in another. My little girl can play for ages with this toy and certainly has given it a robust workout however one of the things I like about this range is that they are really well made and the stitching is very strong. I have given it a few tugs as well and it remains intact. The toy also has a clip on the top which means it can be attached to a cot or buggy.
My little one cannot yet press the squeaker as that is a bit challenging but all of the other functions are accessible to her, of course it tends to end up in her mouth quite a bit but because I know it is well made this does not really worry me too much.
These retail for about £10 on the Lamaze site but you can get them cheaper on ebay or Amazon so it is worth shopping around.
This is a good toy which my daughter enjoys playing with and the variety of the textures, things to do and colours will certainly help with her development.
There's no doubting that I think the Lamaze Play & Grow range of toys are wonderful and I'm pretty sure eight month old Freddy agrees with me. He now has so many of these toys that we rotate them, so he only has one or two out at a time to play with. Today's Lamaze toy of choice was Jacques The Peacock and Freddy has spent a good part of the day exploring all Jacques different activities and textures.
==Play & Grow==
Jacques is part of the Lamaze Grow And Learn range of toys. Now I'll freely admit that I hadn't even heard of this range of toys until very recently, with them only coming to my notice after reading reviews on various sites, but after having bought this toy in the range I will be buying more. Jacques follows Lamaze's own 'Infant Development System' and provides activities that will help baby's development in a variety of ways. While the toys themselves don't change, the way baby plays with them evolves through different developmental stages, so the toy bought to visually stimulate a new born is still helping a baby learn at 2 years old. There's a huge range of Lamaze toys available, many of them suitable from new born and prices range from under £10.
While Jacques is supposed to be a peacock, I can't say that he really looks like one, to my eye he looks more like a pigeon, but I guess that's not really the point. The point is that Jacques is a brightly coloured soft toy, filled to the brim with activities just waiting to be explored. Measuring in at 30cm from wing tip to wing tip and weighing just 90g, he's the perfect size for Freddy to hold. Jacques has a lovely, squidgy, bean filled plush body and a soft stuffed head. His big, friendly eyes are securely stitched (rather than being buttons, his feet and comb are made of a felt material, while his arms (do peacocks actually have arms, I'm pretty sure they don't) and beak are made of a silky, satin-like material. The whole head and body are a pastel blue, bar Jacques' tummy, which sports the distinctive Lamaze label and his bright red bum.
And now onto the Jacques' really special feature, that is his tail feathers which are full of different textures and activities. Jacques has a total of four tail feathers (I've just worked out those arms are actually probably his wings), the back of which feature high contrast black and white patterns that are so good at attracting the attention of even very young babies. On the front of each of the feathers there is a different activity or texture for baby to explore. One of the feathers features three smaller feathers, all of which are different sizes and made of different materials. There's a purple one made of cord, another yellow towelling one and another is made of ordinary orange and red patterned material, while the main wing is silky satin with various shades of green. The second feather holds a small baby safe mirror, while the third has a rattle enclosed in cord material and surrounded with little tags. The final feather features a satin covered squeaker and soft plush pom-pom. All four feathers are quite stiff and crinkle when touched. Jacques' final feature is a clip for attaching him to a pram, cot or buggy, which is attached to his head by a piece of slightly elasticated material.
==Freddy et Jacques==
Freddy first got Jacques about three months ago, when he was five months old and to be honest he wasn't actually all that interested to begin with. This was probably because he prefers his other Lamaze toys, especially the ones with teething rings. I suppose he did check Jacques out, but didn't really play with him for long before ditching him. However, just recently, we've been limiting the number of toys Freddy has out at a time, and now Jacques does get played with (as long as he doesn't have any competition).
Freddy will often hold Jacques by the clip and then shake him around to make him rattle, or he'll fiddle with the different materials, rubbing them between his fingers. He also likes to chew and suck on the silky wings (I'm assuming that's what they are, as peacocks definitely do not have arms) and fiddle with the tags. Although he knows that there's a squeaker and laughs when Mummy or Daddy press it, he can't actually make it work himself, no matter how hard he hits it. Freddy also likes to spend time just making the wings crinkle. He also loves the pram clip, not as a clip, but as a teether and will spend ages chewing it. As with any mirror, Freddy loves talking to 'the other baby', but just recently he's found a new use for mirrors (this one included) and can often be seen reflecting the light from the window onto the ceiling.
==Learning Through Play==
Although babies are learning constantly, I like to buy Freddy toys that encourage him to develop all important skills and the Lamaze Play & Grow range fits that bill perfectly. From the high contrast black and white patterns helping a newborn develop their vision to the squeaker rewarding improving hand-eye coordination, Jacques has something to offer from newborn to toddler-hood. The mirror and friendly face can aid social development, while there are lots of different textures for baby to explore with both their hands and mouth. While improving hand-eye coordination is instantly rewarded by the rattle, crinkly feathers and squeaker.
What Jacques isn't, is a toy that's really suitable as a comforting cuddly. Although his body is huggable, the feathers are too large and stiff for Freddy to be able to give him a proper hug, which is a shame really.
If you have a young child, then you know just how rough they can be with their toys and because of this I always see if I can pull a toy apart before giving it to Freddy. This may seem a bit over the top, but I know that if a toy can survive this then it will be able to survive anything Freddy can throw at it. I've pulled at all of Jacques seams and tags and he's survived without any issues. He is extremely well made, with no loose seams or threads. I also like the fact that his eyes are stitched rather than being made of buttons as this means there's no bits that can come loose and create a choking hazard.
While the pram clip is a great idea, in practise it's not quite as practical as it seems. It doesn't actually close and it didn't take Freddy long to work out how to remove it from his buggy strap and so throw Jacques on the floor. And I'm afraid Jacques isn't machine washable, so he's getting a little bit grubby even with the occasional sponge clean.
==Price And Availability==
Although I've never actually seen any Lamaze toys in High Street stores, they are available from several online stores including Lamaze itself. I personally bought Jacques from Amazon for the very reasonable price of £6.36 (a saving of £3.63 on the RRP), which I think is excellent value for money.
Don't get me wrong Jacques the Peacock is a lovely soft toy full of activities for babies to explore, but, he's just not one of Freddy's favourites. However, the bright colours attract quite young babies attention and the activities then keep the attention of older babies and it is yet another toy from Lamaze that lives up to the 'Play and Grow' promise, with the same toy being appropriate for young babies and toddlers. This is also a toy that is suitable from newborn, one that I would definitely recommend and one that would make a lovely gift for a baby who is beginning to take notice of the world around them. And so I'm giving Jacques The Peacock a healthy four stars out of five, with him only losing that one star because he's not got quite as many activities as some of the other toys in the range.
Our son was born in March this year, and until then I had never even heard of the Lamaze brand. Here we are, 6 months and 5 Lamaze toys (and counting!) later, and I have nothing but praise for them.
Jacques the Peacock (or Percy as we have re-named him for some reason!) was the first item we got, given to us by proud grandparents in my son's first week.
As he has grown, so has his interest and interaction with Jacques. From his early weeks just looking at him on his car seat and pram, through learning to reach out and grab, to the present day activities of conducting a full daily investigation of mirrors, crinkly wings, squeaker and different materials from which he is made.
Jacques is not only visually a colourful, attractive toy, he is an excellent developmental tool, as I have witnessed over the last 6 months. He has really captured my son's interest and is the one toy which has remained a firm favourite since day one.
I would recommend Jacques to anyone, as indeed I would recommend the entire Lamaze range.
The Lamaze Peacock is another lovely soft toy in their range. Lamaze make a range of soft but educational toys for babies that are stunning with their bright vivid colours. There is elephants, worms, flower pots lions and many more.
I bought this particular one for my second son just before he was born and he has had it clipped to his car seat ever since, he is 9 months now. I liked the cute look of the peacock and the interesting colours. My son loves it still with its crinklely wings and rattle noises. Its a firm favourite in our house.
The peacock is quite small about 25 cm across and 15 cm in height so it fits into a nappy bag quite easily. It is made up of a large range of different colours and on the back its wings are black and white with each wing having a different pattern on and there is the contrast with the body being bright red. This is especially good for newborns as it is said to be easier for them to focus on. It comes with a link at the top so it can be clipped to something or like me I attach it too my car seat. It is made up of different textures like silk and rib material and the four wings all crinkle. One of the spots is a small mirror, while one has little tags coming off it and the other squeeks when pressed. The bottom of the peacock is weighed a little so the peacock can sit up.
I think the prices of these lamaze toys may come across as a little expensive at first as some of the big supermarkets do, do similar versions but I don't think you can beat the Lamaze toys and if you purchase one you realise they are worth every penny. They also make lovely presents for those newborn babies.
Since my mom has had Alfie she has been saying none stop heres something for you to review on basically everything she uses - at least she is helping me make some money! But I always just end up saying "Yeah I will" and then I never get around to doing it so I thought Id try today - if for nothing else than to shut my mom up :). I actually bought this toy for my little brother just before he was born because I thought it looked super cute and I knew that a baby would absolutely love it - another reason is that a member of our family is petrified of peacocks and we thought it would be funny to show her this - evil I know! To be honest I had never heard of the Lamaze range before I bought this but I dont think it has to be a big name brand really as only the baby will be playing with it - Ive since found out though that Lamaze is in fact a HUGE name for baby toys so dont know where the hell Ive been!
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 Jacques for some time to come. So this is entertaining and educational - trick your baby into learning before they even realise LOL.
This toy is super cute which is the main reason I wanted to buy it. Its not that big - smaller than I thought it would be and it doesnt look to much like a peacock but everything else about it is great. It has a real mix of colours and patterns that are all really bright - quite like a proper peacock and attract the attention of any child immediately. Each of "Jacques" wings are also different textures such as felt and silk and in each wing is a variety of different noises like a rattle, a crinkling sound and a button that squeeks - which obviously you have to press. On the back on the peacock is loads of black and white patterns which are best for a newborn as it will focus their eyes without them having to strain - try and get them to look in the mirror - it still freaks Alfie out now LOL.
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. I dont think I have a bad thing to say about this toy as Alfie absolutely loves it - he sits there gurgling to it half the time and now hes a bit older he has started chewing on the wings - true love eh?! 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 £7 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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