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There a thousands of baby toys on the market and a huge range of tethers within them. From rings you put in the freezer to fake keys etc. none really match up to the everyday items your baby would choose to put in their mouths but this is one teething toy which seems very popular. Pretty much every mum I know has has had one of these at some point and I've had 2 myself.
Tommee tippee is a well respected brand for baby items and this toy is well made so you don't have any concerns about safety when giving it it to your baby to play with. The mirror is obviously baby safe too.
The toy is a round mirror with a smiley face on it. Transparent tubes with red, yellow and orange beads in surround the mirror. These talks around when shaken. There are two handles for baby to grip which are covered in easy grip textured green rubber with yellow spots. The face has an orange nose which squeaks when pushed, a large red smile and eyes which wiggle when shaken. I have had this toy in 2 different colour versions.
Positives: babies find this very easy to grasp onto and love the mirror. Mine loved the lights reflecting in it.
Negatives: my babies didn't find this any use as a teething aid. Also I found that the small gaps between the individual pieces collected dirt very easily but were difficult to clean.
I'm not sure why this is such a popular toy. Although I didn't have any problems with it I wouldn't recommend it over many if the other baby mirrors / teethers on the market.
The smiley face mirror currently sells from £4.99 and is suitable from birth.
When my daughter was born, I was quite reserved when it came to buying her toys. As much as I loved the thought of having a new child and being able to buy things that I may not have bought my son, whether that was down to price or simply the toy wasn't around when he was small, I tried to keep things simple when she was smaller and go for toys that would stimulate her sight, touch and hearing. So I bought her this toy while shopping in Sainsburys for roughly £2.50, as there was a special offer on at the time.
Why did I buy it?
I originally was hooked by three things-the look, as the toy stood out, the make which is well known in regards to products for babies, toddlers and mothers and the price as it was discounted and very affordable.
What is this toy?
Its quite multi functional for such a little thing. It's a teether, rattle, and a general small toy suitable for babies from 0months.
How does it look?
This toy is circular in shape with two handles coming out of opposite sides. In the centre of the circle the toy is bright yellow and resembles a face, with a huge pink smile and rosy cheeks, round and quite large eyes where the pupils move around as they are made of small black balls and a protruding nose which is orange in colour and when pushed makes a squeaking noise. The face is 3.5 in diameter.
The handles are a pale green in colour with blue spots, which are slightly raised. They feel as if theyre made of some form of rubber as its quite smooth. The handles are fixed into the main body of this toy, but are hinged so can move slightly (only slightly ) from forward to back.
Around the edge of the face is a clear see through section 16 tiny balls in total, 8 balls around the top and 8 around the bottom, that move around and make a rattle noise when the toy is shaken or simply moved. The balls are yellow, green and blue in colour.
If you turn the toy over and look at the back of it, the smiley face is replaced with a mirror. Slightly distorted in the view it gives because if you look directly into it your facial proportions aren't completely true to life but very close to it ( unless my face has gone a bit weird looking! ). The mirror is 3.5 in diameter.
Toy overall is 7 inches wide ( including the handles ) and 4.5 inches in height.
Made of plastic.
So what do we think?
When I first bought this toy my daughter wasn't very interested in it, but her brother at the time was! She has played with it, and its took her abit of time to get into it and she liked it. Honestly? She probably likes it more now than when she was a baby! Originally, it grabbed her attention because of how it looked and the fact it made a noise when she shook it around. Now-she loves staring at herself in the mirror section ( vain much? ), and pushing its nose in so it makes a sound.
When she was a baby, it was one of those toys that was very easy for her to hold, especially with having two handles on either side. Babies like to dribble, be sick, wipe food on things, generally be a little messy, so thank goodness this is a toy that's easy to clean and very wipeable.
What do I think? It's a very well made toy. Its lightweight, so perfect for you babies to hold, its tactile and fun to touch and its robust in how its made. Very good quality. Brightly coloured so eye catching for the child, very cute to look at, and easy to travel with you because of its size. Can be thrown in a changing bag or in the pram, takes up very little room. I think its great it covers quite afew of the different senses for a child-touch, hear and sight, even a alittle into taste because of the teething aspect.
My daughter never used this to help with her teething, in fact neither of my children had teething rings or anything like that, so cant comment on that side of the toy, but its simple in look and use but works a treat.
Would I buy this again? Yes I would. The price I originally paid for this toy I felt was very good. Its still something that's being sold today in a lot of places such as supermarkets for roughly £4.60. I wouldn't be so enticed to purchase this at full price honestly. But its well made, despite the fact this is 2 years old, the colours are still bright and fresh, I see no visible markings or scratches on it and all the elements still work. Its easy to use and fun to look at, and its made by a well known brand with a great reputation for baby related products.
This was bought as a gift for our daughter when she was about 2 months old. My mother in law picked it up when she was doing her food shopping.
It is made by Tommee Tippee which is a trusted brand when it comes to baby products, so as soon as I saw it was made by them I felt reassured it was safe for my daughter to play with.
It is marketed as a teething aid, my daughter chewed on the handles a few times the rest of the time she was quite happy chucking it around! The handles are covered in soft textured rubbery material, the red nose squeaks when it is pressed and when you shake the toy it rattles. There is a mirror on the other side of the face which entertains babies! The handles are supposed to provide soothing relief for baby's gums and then the toy in general is to stimulate your child and aid speech development. I presume this is because they could see their mouths forming shapes to make sounds.
This is well made and sturdy. This was a popular toy for my daughter, and it was something I used to give her to hold when we were out and about in the pushchair as she could hold it quite easily with the handles but also if she decided to throw it out of the buggy I used to hear it hit the pavement with a rattle and usually see it easily as it is so brightly coloured. (I carried anti bacterial wipes in the changing bag so could give it a wipe over before giving it back).
I think my mother in law bought this toy from Tesco but I am not sure what she paid. At the moment it is £4.59 in Boots.
I think this is a very good toy, in all the time it was well loved and played with it remained in good condition. It was easy to keep clean, which was important as it was thrown around, had rusks rubbed over it and dribbled on. The mirror was very slightly scratched which is to be expected. After my daughter had finished with it I passed it onto one of my friends who was expecting so her baby to use.
This is a great toy which I would recommend.
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I honestly don't even know how we acquired this rattle as we gathered so many gifts and tit bits for our daughter when she was little that I completely lost track. Either way it costs around £4 from research and can be bought in supermarkets, boots, and amazon (of course!) and is a handy little toy!
The face has 2 eyes which move around, and balls in the rim so when it is shaken the toy works as a lovely little rattle. The nose is a squeaky red button which provided much entertainment and on the reverse side of the face is a mirror which my daughter loved to look at herself in! The best part of the toy is the 2 rubber handles which make to be "ears" for the face and are amazing for teething little ones! When my daughter was around 7 months of course the teething process began and she became a grumpy little mare and this toy was a godsend. The handles are soft enough but durable to provide comfort from sore gums and she found rubbing this in her mouth a lovely relief.
This toy incorporates so many factors to make it a lovely toy for the little ones. The mirror provides much entertainment as my daughter loves looking at herself and seeing her reflection seemed to give her much amusement! The colours are bright and funky so in the pile of toys that were often strewn across the living room this one stood out (even though all her toys were quite bright in fairness!) and so this makes for an attractive toy. The rattle element is also a good feature as of course little ones like to make a lot of noise and so learning a lot of motor skills from the reaction of shaking it and a noise occurring afterwards also stimulated her to a great extent.
Overall as much as I love Tommee Tippee already this is just another great product of their and one I would definitely recommend!
I received this as a gift when i was pregnant and thought it looked great and could not wait to use it, being from tommee tippee a well known brand i was hopeful this would be a good toy/teether. It has googly eyes which wobble about when the mirror is shook, a red button nose which squeaks when you press it, 2 rubberised handles (as ears i guess!) some beads at the top and bottom in a plastic ring which rattle when shook and on the back a proper mirror.
I took it out of the packaging when my daughter was 3.5 months old, and at first it was just used as a new toy to shake for her and a mirror for her to look in as she loves mirrors. As she has got older this toy was one of her first to become a favourite and the one that she would always go for or roll towards even when surrounded by other toys. I think it is brilliant as a teether, since she has been able to hold this for herself she has chewed on the rubber handles and also on the plastic outer ring, licked the mirror over and over and shakes it so much and gets so excited by it i can easily see why it is one of her favourite toys.
She has it when going round shops in the pram and can give her comfort as is something safe to chew on when her gums are hurting her. Now she is getting older and at nearly 9 months with no teeth still using it regularly she can bash it when it's mirror side up and make the nose squeak which amuses her even more.
One of my friends commented on how good it looked and that they wish they had something as nice as it for a teether and the fact that it has a proper hard mirror on it that the babies can see a proper reflection in and not a distorted one from the more plastic based mirrors lots of things have.
I think this is a quality made sturdy product that is versatile in being a great teether and toy in one.
In preparation for the arrival of baby number 3 in April, Mr Lools and I have been have a sort out and clear out of all of our twin boys' baby "stuff". We timed this around Christmas time to ensure we could make way for the influx of Christmas presents but also so we had time to see what other items we needed ready for Baby number 3's arrival. After sorting through many items in our own house I thought we were finished, however my mum kindly reminded me of all of the baby items that were still in her cupboards which we had the job to sort through. One of the items we came across and put to one side was the Tommee Tippee Smiley Face Mirror Teether.
***Tommee Tippee Smiley Face Mirror Teether***
The Tommee Tippee Smiley Face Mirror Teether is a circular plastic teether toy. On one side is a reflective mirror, on the other side of the toy is a colourful smiley face. The face has wiggly moving eyes, a button nose that squeaks and moving rattle beads around the outside of the mirror. The circular toy has two soft rubbery handles for a teething baby to chew on. The toy is around 10cm in diameter and the handles are around 4cm by 2cm on each side making this quite a large teething toy.
Tommee Tippee state that the Smiley Face Mirror Teether is suitable from 0 months upwards therefore suitable from birth.
The Tommee Tippee Smiley Face Mirror Teether is available from a number of retailers including Boots, Toys R Us, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and is also available direct from Tommee Tippee at their website. The toy costs in the region of £4-5.
We bought this toy for my boys when they were around 15 weeks old at this stage they had just mastered picking up toys and were starting to reach out for toys and looking for entertainment. They were also starting to gnaw on toys and despite not having teeth at such a young age were starting to show teething symptoms.
Entertainment wise this is a very fun toy for young babies. My boys took great pleasure at looking at their reflection in the mirror. On the reverse side of the mirror the bright colourful smiley face is very attractive and is very entertaining for a young child. My boys loved shaking the mirror about to see the eyes wobble and also hear the beads around the centre of the mirror shake and see them move. The squeaky nose is slightly difficult for a baby of under 6 months to press on their own, but my boys would giggle when I pressed it for them and soon learn how to press the nose on their own.
The handles on either side of the mirror are designed so that they make picking this toy up very easy. The soft rubbery material makes them easy to grip and quite attractive for a teething baby to chew on and gain some relief from teething. Even when the handles are wet and slippy from being chewed on the toy can still be picked up. The toy is quite heavy just because of the reasonably large size therefore for very young babies who have just mastered picking up toys this toy is a challenge and will probably be dropped on a number of occasions. Not only does the toy bring sound and visual stimulation but has developmental benefits for a child's motor skills.
My boys did like playing with this toy however I did not find it was one of the toys that I could easily pop in my changing bag to entertain my boys when we were out and about. The size of the toy isn't massive but in my huge packed changing bag with enough items for two babies I did prefer to take toys out with us that were small and light. I probably would have said despite being quite a thin toy because of the handles the toy was a little wide.
Personally I would be apprehensive about giving this to a very young baby, especially those that have just mastered holding toys and picking them up. When my boys were just able to pick toys up I found that they would often have very uncoordinated movements and would flap their arms about whilst still holding a toy. With smaller lighter toys this was not such an issue if they hit themselves whilst holding these toys however with the Smiley Face Mirror Teether because it is quite large and heavy in size it often caused many tears if my boys hit themselves with the toy. The design of the handles means that a child can very easily hit themselves with the toy. We also had incidents of the boys hitting each other with the toy accidentally when too close to each other and holding this toy and we had occasions of my boys hitting Mr Lools and I with the toy (usually accidentally). Mr Lools in particular got hit in the face and nose with this toy whilst one of my sons excitably held this toy and waved it around and agreed it hurt a lot!
With most toys I did not like to leave my boys unsupervised however this was a toy I felt that when they were playing with I needed to be at arm's reach even at 6 months old as they very regularly seemed to forget and fling their arms about when holding this toy.
By around 7-8 months my boys were not really entertained by this toy in the same way as they had been previously. After a quick shake to hear the beads and see the eyes wobble, and then a quick check of their reflection they would put this toy down in favour of toys that had more entertaining features (i.e. the ones with buttons, light up sections or loud sounds). Therefore I would say this toy is limited within a babies development and better suited to younger babies, despite some of my earlier criticisms of the toy.
Durability wise this is a very well made toy. The soft rubbery handles have survived months of chewing from my boys and there are no teeth marks in the handles despite all of the chewing. There are also no small parts that could become detached which is reassuring as it's a toy that spends a lot of time being chewed by young children. The plastic and reflective mirror section is also very well made. The toy has been dropped from height over and over onto hard floors and has not cracked. The toy is easily wiped over because of the plastic and rubbery handles.
Although the toy has only limited use as I found my boys soon outgrew this toy, at £4 this was a very worthwhile purchase and I felt excellent value for money. The Tommee Tippee Smiley Face Mirror Teether is bright and colourful and the different sounds and textures provide stimulation and encourage a baby's development. The soft rubbery handles also provide relief from teething. The Tommee Tippee Smiley Face Mirror Teether is well made from hard durable plastic and the reflective "mirror" has survived being dropped from height over and over again ready to use for baby number 3 .
I would say the main downside to this toy is because of its size it is not the most transportable teething toy. Most parents will find that their changing bags are already fully packed therefore because this toy is quite big it is not the easiest of toys to just pop in a changing bag. The large size of the Tommee Tippee Smiley Face Mirror Teether also makes it quite a dangerous weapon when a young baby is waving their arms around which in our experience either resulted in my boys hitting themselves, their sibling or Mr Lools and I which often ended in tears.
Relief from teething but not pain free!
My almost 5 month old daughter is teething terribly at the moment but no teeth have appeared as yet. Anything and everything is brought towards the mouth, so quite obviously the toys that hold the most interest to her are those that are specifically designed for her to chew such as her Sophie the Giraffe teether, and now this Tommee Tippee Smiley Face Mirror Teether which retails t just over the £4 mark. My daughter received this as a gift at Christmas time, and has been enjoying it ever since.
This tommee tippee smiley face rattle/teether, has two handles, which at almost five months is perfect for my little girl as she is coordinated enough to hold both handles and pull it to her mouth and shake it. Holding one handle doesn't really give the same support. The teether/rattle is bright yellow in colour, and has a large happy smiley face which my daughter seems to enjoy looking at.
On the back of the main body of the rattle which is the happy face, there is a mirror, so when flipped around baby can look at themselves. Even though my daughter enjoys looking at herself in the mirror generally, she doesn't look much at this mirror and seems to prefer the smiley face front of the rattle/teether.
On the front of the face side, baby can press in the squeaky nose which my daughter isn't able to do by herself as yet. The ring around the face side is clear with little rattle beads inside, so as baby shakes the teether the rattle will make the noise that it is designed for.
It is the handles of this toy which are textured and so are perfect as teethers for a baby to chew on, which is exactly what my baby girl does, and enjoys doing.
I think for the very reasonable price of this rattle/teether this is a great value toy which is very popular with my almost five month old daughter. She can use it as a teether, she can practice her fine motor skills by holding both handles and bringing the toy to her mouth, she can look at herself in the mirror, and she can shake it to make a noise. THis is now a toy that we always take with us wherever we go as we know it will amuse our daughter.
When I spotted this in my local boots I had to pick it up. It was only £4 and was so bright and cheerful with a lovely smile beaming at you how can you say no. It is basically a small plastic disk with a bright face printed on one side. On the reverse is a mirror for little one to look at them. On either side of the face are soft rubber handles so little one can get a good hold of the toy.
The handles are a good size for young babies to hold and the toy light so it's not too heavy for little one. The soft rubber provides grip for them and also a different texture to the plastic so they can explore different feelings with there hands. Also when little one is teething these are great for them to chew and bite on to relieve the pain.
It has a cute smiley face on the front and the eyes move when baby shake the toy which makes my little man giggle. The nose squeaks when pressed and there are tiny balls around the outside of the face creating a rattling and yet another treat for little one.
On the back of the face is the mirror this is the biggest hit with my children they love looking at themselves and it always catches their eye even from the bottom of the toy box as it is bright and colourful. My little boy sits for ages turning the mirror over trying to work out how it works and he always finds something new to do.
The toy is only small so can be carried around easily this makes it great for the push chair and car. We used it right through from 3 months to 18 months with my children they loved it and it always entertained them. It is very well made with hard plastic which is very good at coping with being bashed about. As you can imagine a new baby drops this toy over and over and it still looks brand new. The whole toy is easy to wash just a damp cloth and it looks as good as new again.
I would highly recommend this toy it retails at only £4 which for all the features it offers I think is a brilliant price. This has been well loved in our house and not just for a short time this toy pays for itself over and over.
My son received this Tommee Tippee smiley teether as a gift when he was just a couple of months old. Too early for teething I put it to one side, it was only when he started to learn to grip things that I realised that this doubled up as a nice little handheld toy and let him have it.
The toy/teether is very simple. It is basically a round plastic disc with two rubber handles either side for baby to grip. The handles are yellow with blue spots. The front of the toy is yellow plastic and has on it a face - consisting of a big pink smile, a pair of eyes that move as you shake the toy and an orange nose which is actually a button that squeaks when pushed. On the reverse of this is a mirror for baby to look into. Around the edge of the circle, there is a clear plastic border, through which you can see coloured balls. These rattle as the toy is shaken.
When I initially gave this to my son, at 3 months, he was not very interested in it. It was a little large and heavy for him to grip comfortably. He did, however, take an interest in the smiling face and the rattling noise if I shook it for him. Once he got to about 5 months, he did hold it well independently and began to chew on the handles as a teether, as is it's function. He then moved onto shaking this and giggling as the balls rattled. Just recently, at around 7-8 months he has become very interested in the nose and pushing this down with his thumb to make the squeaking noise (over and over again....).
The one thing that he hasn't tended to use it for is its primary function - a teether. This surprises me as he tends to use all his toys as makeshift teethers, but he doesn't seem to like this one. I'm not sure why, other than maybe it is a little big and inconvenient for him to hold and bite at the same time. He does still like to pick this up and shake or push the nose though. He has also so far had very little interest in the mirror on the back of the toy either. I expect this feature will be of more benefit as he gets older as older children tend to enjoy looking at their reflections.
The toy is wipe clean and cleans easily, although we always seem to have sticky fingerprints on the mirror! In my opinion, this makes a better hand held rattle for baby to explore and develop their co-ordination skills than a teether. We received this as a gift, I am not sure if I would have purchased it myself as there are better teethers available. Looking online, it prices at around £5 which I think is an average price for a handheld toy like this.
Tommee Tippee smiley face mirror teether
I volunteer for Homestart so I not only have my grand daughter two days a week but I also visit my Homestart family who have twins every week. I have been seeing this family since the twins we six weeks old so have got to know their toys pretty well.
There are a number of well known and recognized brands for young pre school children and one if these is Tommee Tippee who also make the famous sippy cups! The toy I am reviewing today is one that the twins loved when they were younger and my grand daughter also had as she inherited it from her older cousins. It has had good use from three families that I know well, two daughters and the Homestart family although it is popular for a limited time as babies develop and change so quickly.
The toy is a very simple teething toy with a wonderful brightly coloured smiley face on one side and a baby safe mirror on the reverse. It is also very safe with lots of chewability and has a simple rattle as well. It is made of good quality safe plastic that will not crack or shatter no matter how many times it is dropped or thrown which is essential for any baby toy as any mother or father of young children knows toys get dropped a lot.
Another safety plus is that there are no small parts nor sharp bits and there is nothing that can come off and cause a problem so it has been well designed and has passed all the safety standards for babies' toys sold in this country so you can purchase this with confidence for any young baby.
It is a lovely looking little toy as there is the lovely bright smiling face which encourages babies to smile back. Somehow it even encourages adults to smile too when playing with babies, or that could be the baby too I guess! The mirror on the reverse allows baby to see him or herself and smile at the refection. It helps to gain a sense of self and also provides a moving changing 'picture' for baby to enjoy. The colours used on the toy are lovely and bright. The face is bright yellow and the handles blue and slightly more rubberized than the face. The smile is huge and red with red spots at either end as big as the rounded sticky out red nose. The eyes are flat but within the inside they can move and are simple black within white so they really stand out well.
This toy is an excellent present to give a new baby as they will grown into it and makes a change from all he clothes that they get given . It won't get much use for the first month or so but as soon as baby can grip then they can grab the handles at side and flap them. Unfortunately this can sometimes mean they clonk themselves on the head but that can happen with any toy at this hand flapping stage.
The handles on the side are not only perfectly designed for little hands to grab as they are rubbery and not slippery( until slobbered on of course) but they are also perfectly designed for chewing when teething or just for putting into mouths when going through the stage of 'everything in the mouth'. The mirror on the back can get pretty covered in slobber but luckily it is so easy to wash and return the mirror and the rest of the toy to its original shiny state.
For cleaning you can just wash it in washing up liquid, the anti bacterial sort is good as it does kill ay nasties that may be lurking. When baby is very young it can also be put in the sterilizing water using the sterilizing tablets in a bowl. I used to do this once a week when mine we little with all their plastic hard chewed on toys and suggested it to both my daughters when they had their children.
The lovely bright red nose in the middle of the smiley face is very attractive to babies because it stands out really well and feels smooth and round. It also makes a nice, not too loud, squeak when you push it. It does take some pushing from a little one but can be pushed by an adult or older child to entertain a young baby. The nose sticking out a bit on the smiley face is also attractive to try and suck and of course being rounded is perfectly safe once again.
The eyes are big and really obvious, a bit like a child's drawing of a face, really simple and clear. They also wobble around if you shake the toy and if you shake it you get a rattling sound too. None of the noises are loud but just enough to get a child's attention rather than deafen them or annoy the adults. So as baby flaps his/her arms then a very satisfying rattle can be heard and the more they flap the more rattle is heard. This reward encourages flapping which helps improve co-ordination and they are also learning that they can make something happen.
This toy is designed to be held by very young babies as soon as they cab grip so it isn't big or heavy at all. I would say it is the size of my hand outstretched. Despite the fact it feels very light to us it is quite big and heavy for a tiny baby so has at times caused a rather nasty surprise as it lands on their head when their little arms can't co-ordinate well. Luckily falling from that height doesn't cause much damage but is a bit of a shock to baby so expect tears if it happens. This is also a learning experience and helps baby learn to control movements in time. They fact that it is quite small means that you can pop it into your bag or the pram or even attach it to the car seat or pram with a short piece of ribbon if you want. Do not allow too long a piece as the child could wrap it around their neck, You just want it long enough so baby can have it passed back to them if dropped and it hasn't got onto the floor to get dirty.
I have seen this in shops selling quality baby toys such as Boots ,Mothercare or Early Learning Centre and it is less than a fiver so not an major investment so a perfect 'Welcome Baby' gift.
This is a well designed, strong safe toy which encourages co-ordination, helps with the chewing and mouthing stage and provides simple entertainmen for bay with its bright colours and simple rattle sound, wobbly eyes and nice red nose. Once baby is a bit older he /she will love making faces in the mirror on the back too. It is easily washable and pretty well indestructible too.
I would say this is a great little toy which looks very simple but is actually very cleverly thought out and safe toy and teething aid that will still entertain a child from time to time once they are a bit older as mirrors are appealing to children for quite some time as they love to watch themselves make faces.
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Over the years, my kids have owned and used a great number of Tommee Tippee toys and products so this is a brand that I have come to trust. Amongst our collection of well-loved baby products is this simple but endearing teething toy - a colourful smiley face which also incorporates a baby safe mirror as well as being a safe teething aid and a rattle.
This is a small plastic toy that has been well designed to appeal to even very young babies. As any parent knows, one of the very skills that a newborn develops is the ability to smile. This toy greets baby with a very bright, bold smiley face and, on the other side, little one can look at their own reflection to see their own smile looking back at them.
My youngest son had this toy mirror pretty much from birth, long before he was showing any sign of any discomfort from teething. To be honest, he has never shown much interest in actually chewing the rubberised handles on this toy, even though they have been clearly designed with that in mind. The whole thing has generally been sucked, slobbered on and explored by his little gummy mouth but, as he gets older, the bit that he most likes to try and bite is actually the red nose in the centre. This is harder than it sounds as the nose is designed to be pushed in and make a squeaking noise - so every time his little mouth (and those nice new teeth) get close to chomping down, the nose escapes from him, much to his confusion! The nose does make a recognisable squeak although it takes a little more force and co-ordination to produce a decent sound than my one year old is able to produce.
The mirror is very light and the chunky but lightweight handles on each side make it easy even for tiny babies to learn to hold on. My youngest would hold on tightly to a handle from just a few months of age before, eventually, dropping it and straining himself to see where it had gone. Even though he is now over a year old, he still plays with this simple toy and I will notice him with the safety mirror pressed tightly up against his face as he smiles at the handsome fellow looking back at him. He also loves to play peek-a-boo behind the mirror, something which really appeals to his sense of humour and mischief. The other feature that appeals to my little one is the wobbling 'googly' eyes which bob about gently as the mirror is moved about. The toy also produces a satisfying rattling noise when shaken. Only a very gentle shake is needed to generate the rattling sound, so this is a very good early toy to help little one's develop a growing awareness of cause and effect, as they very quickly learn that the movement of their hand makes the noise happen.
From a safety point of view, there is nothing here to warrant any concern. There are no loose parts or sharp corners and nothing to create any potential risks. My little one is forever hitting himself in the face or the head with his toys, this mirror amongst them. This does occasionally result in some tears and protests but, more often than not, the protests are from his older siblings as my little one has discovered that bashing his brothers around the head or body will generally provoke some sort of reaction! Luckily, this doesn't result in any real damage and I would feel perfectly happy to give this toy to the youngest of babies to explore.
Costing around the £4 mark from Boots stores, this is an inexpensive but durable toy for little hands. Despite regular play and abuse, the mirror is surprisingly robust with the only signs of wear being some slight scratches to the surface of the safety mirror. Being made predominantly from hard substances such as plastic and rubber, the toy can be wiped clean and even (cold water) sterilised, which is reassuring for something intended to be sucked and chewed. I have actually washed this in a sink of hot soapy water without any ill effects.
I highly recommend this simple but well-designed teething mirror as one of baby's first toys. For such a small, simple and inexpensive toy, it offers a surprising amount of stimulation for a tiny baby's senses and can easily be carried about within a changing bag to keep a little one occupied and distracted while out and about.