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Learning Curve Lamaze Puppy Tunes

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Brand: Learning Curve / Age: Newborn / Type: Learning Toy

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      02.09.2012 19:03
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      Functional, colourful and playful, one of the more functional Lamaze toys!

      I am a new mum and therefore obviously obsessed with Lamaze toys. I can't go into baby shops without seeing if I can sneak one in the trolley. However, I bought this online from Amazon thinking it was going to be quite small but was really surprised when it arrived it was actually quite big. I was planning on hanging this in my car but it is slightly too big so may have to just be used as a normal toy - it is very chunky, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I just don't think it will be a good idea to hang it over a tiny baby! When I opened the box there was a distinct smell of chocolate - I thought perhaps I was imagining it but when I have researched the toy further it is scented to make babies want it more! As for the Puppy "Tunes" part, I'm not sure what I was expecting but I think I was expecting each leg to play a different tune....it doesn't do this - each leg honks a different note when squeezed (like a squeaky pet toy). There are 4 different sounds and you actually have to squeeze the legs quite hard to get them to make the noise properly, I can't imagine a baby being able to squeeze the legs hard enough. It may help them develop their sensory and coordination skills though which is a bonus. There is a little booklet attached to it with a guide as to how to play certain tunes (twinkle twinkle little star for example), which is obviously for the adults to play with more than the kids! It also has crinkly ears which is great for babies to get their attention and also to help them develop their sensory skills. At the moment my baby just drools on the toy but does love it when we play a tune and it gets his attention quite quickly - it's one of the more functional Lamaze toys, some of them do just hang there looking pretty! All in all, a great toy, for the price (I paid £15) it is probably a bit steep in a lot of people's opinions but it is really well made and I am hoping it lasts my baby a long time!

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      24.03.2010 13:36
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      A great toy for youngsters

      Learning Curve Lamaze Puppy Tunes One of the many baby toys our little ones had bought for them is a bright and colourful dog toy from Lamaze. The dog is a very bold, colourful and large toy with various shapes and patterns to add to its great look. The colours alone are extremely attractive for the baby, enhancing their vision in a bold way. Within each paw of the dog is a hooter sound, each at a slightly different pitch which when played one after the other makes an annoying sound though children seem to love it. Younger babies are unable to do this themselves as it does take quite a bit of pressing in the right place to make the noise and our eldest was not able to do this properly on their own until they were around 18 months onwards, though for younger babies the parent making the sounds excites the child fine. There is also a crinkly material to both ears of the dog allowing the baby even more joy from different sounds and textures. The sound in the ears is easy to make and even babies can do this. When we first got this dog, I did not notice this, though one day when playing with my child; I had to ask my partner if they were cooking cakes or something as I kept smelling a slight vanilla odour. It was not overly strong though was very pleasant. It wasn't until I leant over to the dog toy and smelt it that I actually realised the vanilla smell was coming from the toy. Unusual though quite a nice addition and this vanilla smell is just as strong and pleasant over two years later. Our little ones both loved this toy though as it is quite large it wasn't really played with overly much when they were babies (the younger one still is a baby) and the oldest one stopped playing with it as much when they started coming up to two years old though they still do occasionally pick it up to make me jump with the sounds. There is also a white clip on the top of the head to attach to places like the cot edge. This is fine if the dog is sat on a surface though it is really too heavy to dangle this from a height and the dog toy is really too large for use in a pram. The dog is made of polyester fibre and cellophane and the outside surface is fully washable though the whole toy is not machine washable. I can not quite remember how much this was brought for two years ago though it seems to be found for between £9 to £15 which I think is a reasonable price for this great toy. Fully recommended.

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        23.01.2009 23:09
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        Buy a musical toy that your baby can get a sound out of

        The Lamaze Puppy Tunes is a cuddly multi coloured puppy dog, specified as being suitable for babies new born and up. Its main gimmick is that inside each of the puppy's paws, is a hooter. Each paw plays a different note, specifically Do, Re, Me and Fah. (If your confused, think of Julie Andrew's teaching the children to sing in the Sound of Music - 'Do a Dear' etc etc). You are even supplied with a song sheet, where you follow the notes by reference to the colours of the paws. In addition, the puppy's ears are made of crinkley material which makes a pleasant crackling sound when touched and squeezed. A final feature is that it is infused with a soft vanilla scent that is attractive to babies. I was only aware of this when I read the product description above. But I have now sniffed it and can confirm there is indeed a vanilla scent to the toy, and it is pleasant. I bought this on impulse from Toys R Us, when my baby was six months. Seven months on, this toy is still to come into its own. Clearly the vanilla scent has lasted, but my baby rarely takes much of an interest in it. The difficulty is that the toy is quite big - 25 centimetres high and the paws are the size of apples. It is certainly sturdy and it takes some strength to squeeze the paws hard enough to make a sound. Even at 13 months, my baby is still too small and not strong enough to squeeze the horns and make the hooting sounds. We play with it with her, and hoot the horns on her behalf, and she is interested for a short time, but then reaches to get something else. There are other musical toys that she prefers to play with because she can operate them herself. The toy is made of polyester fibre and cellophane and is surface washable only. Its weight, which I think is another issue, is 899grams - almost a packet of sugar. It comes with hook so it can be hung above a carseat or a pram, but would you really want such a large heavy toy hanging above a small baby. It cost me £8.99 from ToysRUs, but that was six months ago. I can't find anyone on the internet selling it for less that £11. 6 months on, this toy is in good condition, in part because of its sturdy design and in part because it has not been played with much. This is a cleverly designed, quality toy. I'm just not sure what age range it is really aimed at.

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          14.01.2009 16:54
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          Highly recommended.

          I find is so easy to buy toys for my baby. There are just so many on the market. I also think that up to 3 months, they take such little interest in toys and when they do, they are happy to look at anything bright and colourful. This toy is great because it is full of interesting textures, shapes and colours. It also makes sounds. At about £10, I first thought it was pretty expensive but then I realised there are lots of different tunes you can make and suddenly I understood how great a toy it is for babies. Each foot has a different note and there is even a song book that comes with the toy. It says from Newborn but to be honest, our 4 month old is only just starting to do anything with it. It is meant to help a baby's development due to the colours and sounds. You can hang it above them and they will try to grab hold of it, helping their hand-eye co-ordination. Though I do think that educational toys are slightly over-rated. If you put anything above a baby, they would try to investigate it. This toy is great and I cannot give it anything less than 5 stars. However, if you cannot afford £10 for a toy, don't stress. Your baby will take just as much interest in every day objects and you can sing to them and play them music or buy cheap toys that make noises.

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          22.10.2008 13:07
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          Hours of enjoyment for any baby or child.

          We purchased this from Toys R Us for around £10 before our son was born as my husband took a liking to it!! You can also buy the Octopus which has 8 legs (obviously!!!) for around £20. Each of the puppy's legs plays a different note when squeezed and with the puppy you get a leaflet with how to play a couple of songs such as Old MacDonald. You play the songs by pressing the appropriate colour (as you can see from the picture the bottom of each leg is a different colour). The puppy is brightly coloured, has a silky tounge and crinkly ears. The puppy also has a clip so that you can atach it to car seats etc. My little boy is 2 months old and he loves it when I squeeze the legs - it really makes him giggle! I think he will love playing with it when he gets older! Some toys I find have a really annoying noise but this is good as it just plays nice notes and is not too loud. There are no batteries required it just works when you squeeze from the air in the legs. I think this is a really good buy for £10 and I don't really see the need to have the 8 legged octopus - you can have just as much fun with this 4 legged puppy!!

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          22.10.2008 11:30
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          Overall this is a great toy and i'm sure your baby will love it.

          This is a great developmental soft toy it is suitable from birth. The size of the puppy is: 9" Length x 6.75" Width x 11" Height. You can buy this Lamaze puppy tunes from Toys "R" Us for £10.99 and it's worth every penny. Now I will tell you a bit about this lovely puppy at the top of the puppy there is a big yellow clip, so you can clip the toy on to a cot, buggy, highchair or anywhere else you want it to fix onto. The colours off the teddy slightly vary as mine is slightly different then the picture displayed. But the colours are always cheerful and bright. The puppy has a lovely soft body and the ears droop down slightly, when you touch them they make a crinkling sound.. It has four big legs with different coloured paws, which when you squeeze play a different note and tune. The puppy comes with a little song book so if you squeeze the right coloured paw in order it will play one of your favourite tunes which are Old MacDonald, Row Row Row Your Boat and Three Blind Mice Another great thing about this puppy is that it's scented like vanilla so always smells fresh and nice. This is a great toy for your baby as it is safe and it will help your baby improve on its physical and social skills. It will also make them use there sense of touch, sight sound and smell. They will have hours of fun squeezing on the puppy's legs making sounds. Our babies loved this toy they always used to play with it. I think it's great how you can clip it onto anything so when you're out and about they can take it with them in the buggy and they can't drop it. Lamaze makes many great toys which help babies with there development and this is one of them.

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        Adorable Lamaze dog character with a different note in each of his four legs. Comes with a songbook to play merry melodies. Soft, vanilla scent is baby friendly