Product Type: Me To You baby toys
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Tiny Tatty Teddy Bear Plush Rattle
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
Tiny Tatty Teddy Bear Plush Rattle
Advantages: Lovely gift item - Surprisingly robust/hard-wearing..
When my young nephew was born over two years ago, I had purchased several gift items to present to my sister for her new arrival, some of which were 'practical' items such as a baby bath etc, whilst others were a little more 'gift' orientated. One such gift item was the "Tiny Tatty Teddy Plush Rattle."
This item was so well received - by both mother and new baby - that it struck me as being an absolutely ideal gift to purchase for any new baby, and thus I have repurchased the rattle on three more occasions for friends' and relatives' new babies.
Most people will be aware of the well known "Me To You" brand which features beautiful fluffy grey bears, each detailed with a little patch or two and of course that famous blue nose. The "Tiny Tatty Teddy" range falls into the Me To You brand neatly, with all of their products being aimed at youngsters and babies. In my experience, the Tiny Tatty Teddy bears have a slightly more 'babyish' look to them too, so I think this falls in nicely with the overall branding and image portrayed by this range.
The rattle is fairly simplistic in its design, I must admit; comprising of a sort of padded 'loop' at the bottom to allow the baby to grip and hold the rattle easily and neatly, there is an attractive teddy's head on top of this loop which is of course the most attractive feature of the rattle itself. The hoop has the words "tiny tatty teddy" printed on the circular part of the hoop, with the word "tiny" appearing in bright colours which offers a little contrast to the overall blue and grey themes. There is no denying that the design is extremely cute and attractive, regardless of its simplicity.
The grey bear's head is of course extremely cute and adorable, in keeping with the rest of the little Tatty bears that are in the Me To You range. There is an extremely cute little 'patch' on the bear's face - near his right eyebrow - and this not only confirms the 'trademark' of these little Tatty bears, but adds an extra appeal I think, to the bear's features and design. The bear's little blue nose is quite prominent and brightly coloured against the grey plush of his head, but not so much that it gives the item any sort of 'tacky' look to it. The bear is so adorable that I struggle to imagine that it wouldn't appeal to anybody who had a new baby and thus, I think it is an ideal gift item for such occasions.
Each time I have purchased the Tiny Teddy rattle I have logged onto Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) and paid around £5 plus postage costs. I think this is a reasonable enough price, especially given the Me To You brand is regarded as being one of fairly high quality and being very popular. I have never seen the rattle in Clintons, or indeed any other stockist of the Me To You range, although to be perfectly honest I have not carried out an exhaustive search as I know they are so readily available to purchase online.
It may be worth noting that although I have only ever purchased the blue-coloured rattles (all of the new babies I have been purchasing gifts for in recent times have been boys..!) it IS available in a pink-coloured version for a new baby girl. This is available for the same price as the blue rattle, and can also be found on Amazon.
The rattle is not particularly loud as you would expect with any toy suitable for a new baby. It is more of a dull 'tinkling' noise than anything remotely high-pitched, which I think makes it ideal for its intended recipient. It is worth noting that the rattle toy is suitable from birth and there is nothing that would pose a hazard or risk to a newborn baby, although any tags and labels should of course be removed.
My young nephew still has his own rattle in his bedroom, and it is one of a small selection of toys that he takes to bed with him every night - regardless of whether he is staying at home in his own bed, or at his aunties' house (me..!) or his grandparents' house or on holiday. It is true to say that the 'fluff' on the little bear's head is slightly more 'matted' and the beautiful grey fur has been flattened somewhat in the two years plus that it has been cuddled. It is true also to say that this is the ONLY noticeable wear and tear that I can see on the bear rattle and that it has taken NOTHING from the overall appeal of the item. The fact that my nephew still gets a little comfort from Mr Grey Bear (as he calls his rattle!) even though he has of course outgrown this type of toy, goes some way to confirming its appeal and attractiveness. The rattle is still audible and still 'tinkles' gently when shaken, suffering nothing in the way of wear and tear as far as I can tell.
My friend's young baby also was presented with a Tiny Teddy rattle some seven months ago from yours truly and this too seems to be used on a regular basis, or certainly it is among his playthings when I visit regularly. I have noticed no damage or excessive wear and tear to this rattle either, so I do think the item is fairly robust and able to withstand everyday wear and tear easily. This makes the item seem like even better value for money in my opinion.
In summary, I think this much-loved baby toy deserves full marks as it has remained a firm favourite of my young nephew even though he is now over two years old, which is most likely down to the appeal of the Tiny Tatty head on the rattle. Given there is very little wear and tear to the rattle - even after all this time and continued use - I think the item is robust and hard wearing, making the purchase price seem extremely reasonable in my opinion. I have nothing negative to report about the Tiny Tatty Teddy rattle and think it therefore deserves full marks in the product rating score.
As @ the time of writing (July 2012), you can purchase the rattle online at www.amazon.co.uk, where prices start from £4.80 plus postage costs.
Summary: A lovely gift for a new baby... highly recommended!
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