At the time of my youngest daughters first Christmas she was only 9 months old so finding gifts was a little difficult. She is also the youngest of four so that makes gift finding even more difficult.
One day whilst browsing the adverts in our local shop I saw a Mamas and Papas Lotty Ladybird Rocker for sale. We didn't have anything like this and the advert claimed that the toy was nearly new so I rang up and arranged to buy the rocker. The Rocker currently retails new in Argos for £49.99 but I have seen it on sale in there for £29.99. I paid £20.00 for a second hand one and they are widely available on ebay at much lower prices.
The mamas and papas rocking Lotty Ladybird is a really bright and colourful toy and it has lovely soft faux fur type fabric. On its back it has spots made of lots of different coloured and textured fabrics. It has two floppy flowers on either side of its head and one of these when pressed plays a tune. The rockers and handles are highly polished wood.
The whole thing looks very cuddly and the ladybird back which is also the seat is very padded for your babies comfort. I would say that the whole thing is quite safe and nothing is likely to come off if pulled by a younger baby. The colours make it inviting and the noise is quite a jolly tune but it does get annoying like all these musical toys do after a while.
When we first introduced my daughter to Lotty she was not impressed and would sit next to the ladybird and liked the tune to be played but screamed the place down if you tried to sit her ion the back of the ladybird. I was a bit disappointed with this reaction but kids will make up their own minds about what they like and won't be persuaded to like something.
Since Christmas poor Lotty has sat in the bedroom largely unnoticed and unloved. I was in the room the other day and my daughter who is now seventeen months old climed up onto the ladybird and started rocking. She seemed to enjoy this game and laughed and I have seen her playing with the ladybird a few times since then. Unfortunately the seat of the ladybird is quite wide and my daughter appears to have difficulty staying upright on the back. I don't know if this is down to the width of the seat or the shiny nature of the fabric but she does tend to slide off the back on a regular basis. The ladybird is not very big and she doesn't fall far and just sees it as part of the game.
I trusted the mamas and papas brand and on the whole the toy seems safe and well made but one of the Ladybirds spots has come unstitched. I don't know if it was bought like this or happened with its previous owner but it doesn't affect the look or playability of the toy.
Knowing what I know now I would not buy the Mamas and Papas Lotty Ladybird Rocking musical toy again as it has had very little use and even now that my daughter has shown some interest it is only occasionally and not for very long because the Rocker moves but not very far and my daughter can get quite rough with it trying to make it go faster or rock more.
The recommended age range for this rocker is from 9 months onwards and I would say that this is about right but I wouldn't expect the toy to last much past 18 months of age. So I think that to pay £49.99 is quite a lot for this toy and I would not have bought a new one. If I had checked ebay first I would have been happier paying about £10. I think you pay a lot for the Mamas and Papas name.
I wouldn't recommend this toy.
Lotty the ladybird was a 1st birthday present for our little boy, he was desperatly jealous of his sisters rocking horse, but was just to small to go on it! So his Godmother found this brilliant toy!
Its from Mamas & Papas, which in my experience is a really good brand for all things baby! I believe it was just under £40.00, which seems a lot, but it really is a timeless toy, it will never go out of fashion, and despite being played on lots and lots so far, has no signs of wear!
Its age rating is 9 months plus, however our little man is a bit of a squirt so was about right for him on his first birthday! Personnally i think 9 months is a little young for this, they need to be able to have the strength and balance to rock on it as well as just climb on up!
Lotty is made up of a wood frame, with the main body of the ladybird being fabric, and very padded out which is good as it makes her nice and comfortable! She also has a variety of other features, some of her is that crinkley type material... like a cats toy play tunnel, she also has rattles and patches on her that squeak! She canalso play a song.... but thank god the little man hasn't learnt how to turn that on yet!!
Safety wise I think this is a very safe toy to play on. Apart from the rocker at the bottom, lotty is padded out, so when (Not if... When! haha) your child takes a tumble, it is unlikely that a bad injury will be sustained!
Overall it is a fantastic toy which i would highly reccommend! Lotty is a firm favourite in our household and is not a eyesore to display in your living room!
I got this Mamas and Papas rocking ladybird for my daughters first birthday gift however it said on the label that it can be used from nine months so once i knew that i was unable to keep it hidden from her and gave it to her straight away - i can't keep things from her so she had to have another thing for her birthday!!!
This is a rocking ladybird (other animals are available in the same bright colours). The rocker plays a fun melody, has crinkle material, squeakers, rattles on the side of the ladybird and on the feet, soft padded seat, solid wood frame, handgrips and footrest. It is good that the feet play tunes etc as the child can then sit on the floor without my help and play rather then me having to hold her on all the time as initially she was too small to hold herself on and would forget to keep hold! The feet, side and face all have beautiful embroidery detail which is quite comon in Mamas and papas items.
Seat height 33cm approx.
Requires 2 x AA batteries which do not come with the product
Size (W)30, (D)66, (H)50cm.
One thing that is not so good is that there is no harness or seat strap which means that the child needs to be supported by you at all times.
This is supposed to retail at fifty pounds however i have recently seen it in Argos at twenty five pounds so make sure you look at different shops before you buy as you can get a bargin!
Lotty the ladybird also comes in a clear plastic cover which she can easily go back into to protect her from dust when not in use - veryhelpful if you plan to keep her in the loft between children she will stay nice and fresh!
A fantastic buy and fantastic quality
For my bubba's birthday, we decided on Lotty as a present from her grandparents, we wanted something that would be different to what she already had and also not too expensive - we bought ours for £15 off Ebay, which seemed a bargin as Mamas & Papas are a great make..
The rocker is made out of wood but has a soft cushioning fabric to make it comfortable and protect baby. It has handles which baby is to hold onto make it a secure ride. When we first got this, it was slightly difficult as my daughter is quite small and she wouldn't hold onto the handles and the seat is quite wide, so I had to hold her on it. Now she is 16 months and she can just about climb on and off it with a helping hand.
It isn't just a rocker - it has several additional features that come with it. The feet of the ladybird are crinkly and my daughter loves climbing off and on to play wth them, there are bells and buttons which just add as a little interactional feature. There is also a music feature which has a tunes that last for about 20 seconds, there is a tiny button on the right ear, which you need to press. It requires 2 AA batteries in order to operate the musical function but these last quite awhile.
The toy is recommended from 9 months plus but personally I don't think this is right. Lotty rocks quite far forwards and backwards and I am unsure of how much a 9 month old would be able to sit and grip the handles safely.
I would recommend buying it at £15 but I wouldn't spend £40 on it. I hope my daughter continues to play with it more independantly as she gets bigger.
I have just bought Lotty for my second child who falls into the lower age category for this toy, but I also have a child who is too old for it at over two who sits on it and rocks it back and forth.
Lotty is bright and colourful and has lots of fabric patches on her back, rattles and crinkly noises in her feet and is mounted on solid wooden rockers. If you press one of her ear antennae a musical tune plays - the children love it but it will drive you nuts after a while.
Lotty has a big colourful face which is very endearing and cute to look at, my second child loves giving that a "kiss" or sloppy lick. My second child is quite robust for their size and rocks it quite dementedly, which makes me laugh - a word of warning though - I do have to hold them on!
I'm hoping that they will get to the stage like my other child where it can be sat on alone and then have hours of fun.
As lovely as this item is I would not pay the full price for it, I located mine on ebay and paid £15 for it. I can imagine that this toy will not suit every child and I think that my eldest is only interested because it doesn't belong to them - but we'll see.
My son had played on one at a friends house and at mother and baby groups and loved them but we could not afford to get him one new. I planned to look on ebay but then found one in a second hand shop for just £20. We gave it to him for his first christmas at ten months and he still uses it quite often now hes 15months.
Its a very brightly coloured padded ladybird. She is wearing an orange hat which has a squeaks when you press and in one of the flower antennae is a button to press for music. It took my son quite a while to find the button and be able to press it himself. The battery and on/off switch is located underneath the ladybird and inside a velco pouch so safely tucked away from baby,
The six legs crinkle and make rattle noises when played with which makes it fun for baby even when they are not riding the ladybird.
The seat is quite wide so its perhaps not good for smaller children but it is such a lovely toy and a hit with all the children who visit us.
I purchased this item from Argos about 12 months ago when it was on offer for £19.99. I had seen it in my local independent baby shop for double that price so I had thought it was a bargain not to be missed.
The item itself is absolutely lovely. It is covered in a lovely soft colourful material and is nicely padded. One of the ears has a button in it which plays a tune when it is pressed. The legs are also filled with things that rattle or crackle.
The main problem with Lotty Ladybird is that she is just too wide for a child of the age range to get on and ride. Even if I lifted my daughter onto it, her legs were so far apart she would lose her balance and slide off sideways. I kept the item in the nursery for some time hoping that she would grow into it. However by the time she could get on it herself, she had gone past the stage of rocking animals being exciting and was more interested in her push along car.
Since then, I have seen a slightly different model of Lotty which has a cut out part for the child to sit in which looks far easier and gives support to the childs back.
If you are thinking of buying one, you're probably better off going to an independent retailer and trying it out with your child first.
I had seen these lovely rockers in the mamas and papas shop but was adamant I would not pay the expensive price they were charging (over £40). I then set about looking on ebay and found lots available for an average of £25 but the problem is that they are so large that you had to be able to collect them from the seller. Fortuitously at just before Christmas Argos had them on offer for £24.99. A bargain I thought and I bought one for my 13 month old daughter for Christmas.
The rocker itself is really attractive and cute. Its brightly coloured in all the primary colours. The material it is made out is nice and soft to the touch. The little ladybird feet all have different sounds/textures ie, squeek, crinkle so your little one can have fun without even getting on its back.
The ladybirds little ears have a button in them which when you press it plays rock a bye baby. My baby struggled to press it but likes to listen to it.
The rocker is wood based and there are seperate foot plates that you need to affix if you want to use them. There are two little wooden handles to hold onto. The rocker action works quite smoothly and thats about it. My daughter likes to sit on the back and rock but the girth of the ladybird is really wide such that my daughters legs are really spread when shes on it. It almost looks a bit uncomfortable. It would have been better had it not been so wide. She certainly cant get on it herself but I am confident that as she gets older she will be able to get on and of a lot easier and I think its a toy she will enjoy for a couple of years. Its certainly an attractive addition to her bedroom
I bought the lotty ladybird from Argos for half price so was £24.99. The ladybird is made from soft fabric which is sponge washable.
He has a bright red body and bright yellow head. She has different features on it. It has different textile spots, each foot does something different, one foot has a squeaker in it, one foot has crinkles sounds and one has a rattle in it. In the tow antennas one has the crinkle stuff the other a button to start her playing rock a bye baby which takes batteries. It does have foot plates that you need to put on yourself.
My son has never shown any interest in the spot but does play with the feet and the antennae. He loves the rocking motion. My only dislike about this product is the fact the back is so wide that my son was about 15 months old before he could really climb on and hold on properly himself where a next door neighbours have a rocking horse he could use independently from a much younger age.
I do like this rocking toy but if I was buying for a nine month old I would probably buy a more traditional horse
When it was coming upto my daughters first birthday, we wanted a few different toys that would challenge her in different ways. When i saw this advertised on ebay for £15 i thought it was too good to be true and wondered what the catch was! Truthfully? I'm still looking for the catch.
Mamas and papas are renowned for making first class goods of the highest quality and this is no different. The rocker is made of very sturdy wood with the top being a soft, cushioned fabric. There are even little handles for your baby to hold onto securely - just like you would find on a seesaw in a childrens park. It is advertised as having foot rests but i'm not entirely sure where they mean - my daughter is quite tall so her feel almost touch the ground.
The material seat of the rocker has embroidered detail to it and although your baby/toddler won't appreciate it, it is a lovely touch to a lovely baby toy. It has several added features to make it that little bit extra special for your wee one to play with. The feet of the ladybird are made of a crinkly material and include things little bells and the buttons you press that squeak back at you. These are at both sides of the rocker so it doesn't matter which way round you have it.
There is the added feature of music but be warned, if you don't know where the on switch is you are very unlikely to find it! In the right hand ear there is a tiny (and i mean tiny) little button that sets off one tune that probably lasts around 20 seconds. You then have to find the button and do it all over again. It's all over a little too fast for my liking and i do wonder why they bothered to do this part so halfheartedly. The music isn't very loud so it won't bother you at all.
This toy is suitable for babies aged 9 months and older but i'm not really sure how they came to this age. At 9 months my daughter would have been way too small to climb on herself and i'm not sure how much grip she would have had to keep hold of the handles (it does rock back quite far). At 13 months she still needs a hand to climb onto this (It's about 33cm high to the top of the seat) but she can just manage to climb off herself.
At 13 months my daughter loves this and likes to rock herself back and forth. A major problem for me is she loves getting on for a minute, climbing off to play with the feet, getting back on, getting off to play with the feet etc and it drives me crazy! She also loves it when i rock it for her (and dance about like a mad fool into the bargain).
We ended up buying this for £10 local pickup and it's definately a great investment. It's in Argos for £24.99 at the moment but that's half price as it's usually £49.99. I would pay the £24.99 for it but i think £50 is way too much, even if it is very sturdy.
I should point out that it does require 2xAA batteries and this does seem to last quite a while.
Overall? Definately worth a buy at £24.99. I hope as my daughter grows and can climb on herself she continues to play with it as much as she does at the moment. It loses a star simply because of the half hearted attempt at adding music. Otherwise, five stars.
Rocking animal with fun melody, crinkle material, squeakers, rattles, soft padded seat, solid wood frame, handgrips and footrest.