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I am a huge Taggie fan and have bought many different toys from the Taggie range for my baby.
Taggies were developed to help babies learn about different textures and to work as a comforter with a difference. The original Taggie is a square of soft fabric with lots of tagies around the outside- the tags are made from loops of ribbon which all differ in colours, textures and patterns. Babies love to feel different textures and often like to stroke the labels of their toys and so the taggie is perfect as it is full of lots of different labels.
The taggie take-along- toy is a Triangle-shaped fabric which is brightly coloured and squeaks. It is designed to clip onto prams and car seats as it comes on a loop. This makes it able for babies to be entertained by taggies whilst being on the move and without them having the ability to throw them out of the pram and thus leading to the toy being dirty and needing a wash.
The Taggie Triangle can come in different patterns, I havea bright pink one which really attracts my daughter's attention and the different loops along the three sides are all different colours, they are blue and red and stripy some are silky and some are cord.
The brightness of this toy is great, my baby is always staring at it and starting to grab at it. She likes to hold it in her fist as we walk around. It's really good because I don't have to worry about her kicking it onto the floor or it getting lost. The squeak is just an added bonus, she hasnt worked out how to squeak it herself yet but she is only 6 months old. It's a good size as it's not too big so it can fit in her fist with ease and is only very light so isn't at all heavy for her to lift. Also, with it being soft it's very baby friendly as it doesn't have the ability to hurt her should she manage to hit herslef in the face with it like she does withs o many of her plastic toys!
The taggie is wipe-clean only and so far I've only had to clean it the once and it came out fine after a good scrub with some soapy water and a hang on the washing line. Other taggie toys which I have are also wipe clean only and they have been cleaned many times and look as good as new so I think this too will be the same so it's very durable which is what you need with a baby's toy!
Taggies are aimed at babies so suitable from birth.
This triangle cost me £5.99 from John Lewis' which I think is good value for money. They are available from shops like John Lewis and independent toy stores/nursery shops. I haven't ever seen the Taggie range in big stores like Mothercare or Babies r Us. They are also available online from amazon and also Taggies.com
My grandson has a little taggie like this and he loves it.
Taggie toys are designed with very young babies in mind. They have ribbons on them which babies like to play with. They were designed because it's often the case that babies show more interest in the labels on toys than they do the actual toys themselves so these nice ones have labels sewn into them especially for children to play with.
This is a soft triangle with a squeak inside it. The one we have is bright orange with multicoloured spots on. It is very vivid so attracts the attention of a young baby. It has 2 labels on each side so 6 in total. These labels are all different colours and patterns but all very suitable for a baby.
It has a plastic loop at the top so that you can secure it to a buggie and take it along with you. It's easy to secure it and it means that you will be less likely to lose it if your little one drops hold of it!
It is hard for a little one to squeak this themselves as you have to apply quite a bit of pressure.
This is very cute and a great design. My grandson enjoys holding his and feeling the different labels that are on it. I like that it's bright and colourful, it makes a difference to all the pastel shades of toys you often get for babies! At £4.99 I think it is worth every penny.
My youngest daughter is completely Taggie mad. She was bought one of the larger size fleecey taggies when she was born by a friend and she very quickly got really attached to it. She like many other little ones just loved the feeling and sensation of the satin ribbons and would be completely soothed and entertained by playing with them. This taggie obsession continued as she grew and her Taggie blanket became her night time comforter.
Unfortunately I have been unably to limit it to night time use and she often brings them out with her. Now this would be fine if she didn't lose them on a rather regular basis and they weren't so expensive to replace. While Taggies are a relatively simple concept, whoever came up with the idea certainly had their business head on and a small blanket will set you back about £12 with a larger one costing a whopping £18. I have had to replace several Taggies over the last 2 years and although it's worth it for the peace, it does start to become a little painful.
It was during our last lost Taggie incident that I began to look for a cheaper alternative to the actual blanket. Taggie also make a whole range of different products (all with the tags) and one of the cheapest I found was this small trangular clip on baby toy.
I would say that this is aimed at very young babies to have in their prams/pushchairs. It consist of a small triangular shaped padded piece of fleece with two of the taggie tags on each side. It has a small squeek inside the toy and most importantly it also has a plastic buggy clip attached.
This little toy set me back £6 which is quite expensive but I thought I would attach it to my buggy and just leave it there at all times, therefore removing the risk of future lost taggie blankets. I vowed never to let a taggie blanket leave the house again.
Well it did kind of do the job, she does like it and it does stay on the pushchair at all times but it clearly doesn't compete with snuggling a larger style blanket so she still tries to pull a fast one on me and take her larger ones out and about.
I would say however that this is a great present for someone who has a new baby. These taggie style toys while expensive, can work wonders in soothing and calming young babies.