Product Type: Tommee Tippee baby toys
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Tommee Tippee Smiley Face Mirror
Member Name: kat1234
Tommee Tippee Smiley Face Mirror
Advantages: stimulates through noise and push button, wipes clean easily
Disadvantages: have found teether function not so effective
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.
Summary: average toy
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