Product Type: Tommee Tippee baby toys
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Tommee Tippee Smiley Face Mirror
Member Name: jo1976
Tommee Tippee Smiley Face Mirror
Date: 22/09/11, updated on 05/09/13 (80 review reads)
Advantages: Inexpensive, lots of sensory elements to chew, press and shake! Mirror appeals to babies
Disadvantages: Quite difficult for little fingers to make the nose squeak
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.
Summary: A great first toy that combines a rattle, teether and mirror