Product Type: Mothercare baby toys
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Fun, educational and good for teething. Stack em up!
Mothercare Stacking Rings
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Mothercare Stacking Rings
Advantages: Fun, educational, good for teething
Disadvantages: More expensive than other stacking rings sets
Simultaneously fun, safe and developmental, these play rings from Mothercare are ideal for your little one. We've had a set of these as well as some other stacking rings from other places, and while these aren't the cheapest, the plastic element of them makes them slightly safer than others and also you can let them do a bit more to them as they're less likely to cause damage.
There's a yellow pole that screws into a base, and this gets thinner as it gets towards the top. There are then a number of different coloured and different sized rings that fit perfectly over the pole to form a completed declining pile of rings as it goes up. These soft rings are squeezable and have the tiniest holes to allow air in and out for deflation and reinflation.
For the kid, they ideal for play on their own. Easy to grip, they roll and it doesn't matter if you lean on them, squish them, throw them or they accidentally hit themselves on their heads with the rings. There are also different textures on the rings, designed specifically to improve baby's hand eye coordination and the help them realise what they can do with their hands and fingers.
Mothercare are leaders in child development, are create toys in conjunction with the Early Learning Centre. These rings are fun and educational, helping them learn about sequences, size, cause and effect and colours as well. It's magical watching our kids learn new things every day, and toys such as this really go a long way to helping them help themselves in this way. The base rocks, and our youngest at 16 months loves pushing it to see how it can go before it falls over as opposed to rocking back again. It makes him laugh loads, which is so rewarding.
Our eldest son also enjoyed these when he was younger, and now he's a bit older it's hard to stop him using them as projectiles across the room! He still stacks them though when we ask him to tidy, he just does it absent mindedly. He also helps with our youngest playing, and the two of them have loads of fun with this.
One other thing that this can really help with is teething. When our eldest first started putting this in his mouth I really wasn't so sure about it, but then I realised that this is actually designed for chomping as well as playing. Of course, it's up to you to make sure the pieces are clean before they do this. I thought this was really helpful with teething, as teething screams can be so hard to manage and you really want to help but it's hard to. Having something to massage the gums like this is really handy, and the rings always head back to their original shape.
This costs £6 from Mothercare. Other stacking rings from places can be cheaper, but these have clear quality distinction over the others, and the main thing here is about what your little one gains from the play and fun. Is it worth £6. Yes, sure, but bear in mind that there are other stacking rings around that you can get as well. Recommended.
Summary: Quality stacking rings from Mothercare