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WOW!!!! prepare to be amazed! If you only buy your new born one toy you really have to make it this one.
I read about this toy whilst pregnant with my second child, I was impressed at what it was claiming but not particularly convinced it would do what it said.
Designed by Japanese scientists for Tomy It claims to hush a screaming baby just as long as the baby is not distressed due to dirty nappy hungry etc... It works by distracting the baby.
To look at the toy ( I bought the frog, a bee is also available) it does not look all that impressive, just a scrap of green frog shaped material with a battery operated music box inside the head and a squeeker inside the tummy, however this little toy works miracles. It has buttons on its cheeks that when pressed plays twinkle twinkle little star but at various speeds tones and tempos, along with the odd dog bark etc thrown in, it is not too loud, just loud enough for baby to hear over its own cries, amazingly it distracts the baby from its screams and hey presto a quiet baby.
We never left the house without the tomy baby ssshhh. I have purchased several of them for new parents who have all also been amazed, I recommend it to any one who will listen.
My daughter received this toy as a present for her first christmas when she was 5 months old. When I first saw this toy I was rather skeptical as it claims to have scientifically designs tunes and sounds which help sooth baby and stop them from crying. This seemed rather far fetched to me as I couldn't imagine a toy like this distracting my child so much that she would stop crying.
The Tomy Sshh comes in 2 designs - a green frog or a yellow bee (we have the bee design). The toy is approximately 5 inches tall with a soft colourful body and dangley legs with different coloured feet. His head contains the sound box which can be accessed via a velcro flap on the back of his head. He also has a large green velcro strap on top of his head which enables the toy to be attached to puschair, pram or cot etc. There are two buttons which activate the sounds and music which are located underneath the little pink crosses on his cheeks. The button on the left cheek plays different sounds and music each time it is pressed and the button on the right plays a longer tune when it is pressed and held. The toy takes 3 batteries which are located in the head and sound box can be fully removed from the toy when you want to wash it.
So the big question is ... does it work? Well in a way, yes it does work. The first time we put this toy to the test my little girl was a little grisley and unhappy as we had been travelling in the car for a little too long for her liking. I put the toy onto her car seat and pressed the buttons to play the songs and noises - she was instantly drawn to the toy and stopped cyring. I pressed and held the button on the right so that it would play the longer tune and she sat and watched it throughout the whole song without even a whimper. The only problem is that as soon as it had stopped playing (the long song lasts around 1 minute) she started to cry again. This resulted in me having to twist round in my seat for the duration of the journey so that I could keep pressing the buttons for her every few seconds. We did however, go through a stage of taking this out and about all of the time with us. I found it very useful in the supermarket as it was just loud enough for my daughter to hear but not so loud that it annoyed me and my fellow shoppers. The long tune also lasted long enough to keep her entertained in between me picking things up off the shelves etc.
My verdict - a great little toy to entertain bored or restless babies temporarily. However, it is not suitable for babies who are screaming the place down! We never actually tried it on our little one when she was very upset as I don't think she would have even heard it over her own cry (she was rather loud as a small baby!). We got plenty of use out of the Baby Sshh as have put it away for the time being ready for when our next little baby comes along. I do however, think that it is a little overpriced for what it is but would still recommend it.
I saw an advert for the baby sshh when I was at the hospital expecting my second child and it looked interesting and made some impressive claims, so when I was looking for a christmas present for my new born baby this was the only thing that come to mind.
The baby sshh is suitable from birth and comes in 2 designs, a bee and a frog, both are very bright coloured.
The baby sshh plays music to your baby that is supposed to calm them and stop them crying if they are crying when theres nothing wrong.
Does it work? Sort of, it does stop the baby crying for a short period, I am not convinced it's because the music soothes them but more like confuses them. The baby sshh plays the strangest music I have ever heard, it is very erratic and upbeat, nothing like you would expect from a toy like this.
Overall I think the baby sshh is too expensive and doesn't live up to its claims, and even without the very disturbing and annoying music the baby sshh is still not very appealing, both the bee and from are strange looking. There is much nicer products out there that do a better job and are much better looking and have nice pleasant tunes.
It's quite amazing how many toys children end up with, even more so the amount babies end up with considering how little they can actually play with them in the beginning, Jack is no exception to the rule and one of his many toys is the Tomy Baby Shh.
The Tomy Baby Shh comes in 2 designs, a green frog or a bumblebee, it is a soft bodied toy which features vivid colours and different textures to stimulate baby, it has a 10 inch strap which threads through a loop in the back of the Shh's head that has strips of Velcro at each end, these allow you to attach the Shh to babies buggy, cot, play gym, even around your wrist. The Baby Shh's head is actually a pouch which is sealed by a Velcro strip, within in the pouch is a circular box which features 2 buttons, when concealed in the head pouch the buttons lie under "x" that mark the animals cheeks and each button has a different feature the left playing a tune and making fun sounds, while the right has to be held down for several seconds before it will play a "melody"
They toys are sweet looking, we have the bumblebee who is made up of bright, bold colours, his cheeky face is very appealing and he is complete with crinkle effect wings, his antennae and 6 feet hang from soft woven rope and give the toy an added feeling of movement. He feels very well made, the soft fabric is well stitched together and it feels like a very good quality toy, capable of dealing with whatever your child can throw at it (literally!) the box featuring the buttons is completely removable, meaning that the toy can be washed in the machine, but the batteries (3 lr44) are within a screwed down compartment so there is no risk of baby getting them out.
The sounds the toy makes are crisp and very audible, the sound box within the head does have 2 sound levels but we've always found the lower level loud enough. The left button has 3 sounds which are meant to catch the little ones attention, this includes a short tune which is made up of quite pleasant tones rather then be flat and monotone. The right cheek is a bit more unusual, after being held down for around 3 seconds you are treated to the oddest version of "Twinkle Twinkle" which is backed by an assortment of strange sounds and also speeds up and slows down throughout the length of the song.
Apparently the toy is scientifically designed to turn a crying baby into a happy baby and "Features powerful "curiosity triggers" designed to make baby forget the reason for crying" (Amazon product description) the changing tempo and unusual sounds are in some way meant to distract baby and cheer them up. Now while I agree that it is a eye catching, stimulating and sweet toy I can't agree that it changes a crying baby to a happy baby, it is suitable from birth and I don't know about anyone else's newborn but mine would usually cry through hunger, tiredness, the need for a clean nappy.......no amount of funny noises or odd music will cheer up a hungry 1 week old. Jack is now 6 months and quite enjoys the toy when he's in a good mood, however if he gets upset the Shh is the last thing he wants to play with, the music and noises just seem to upset him more.
While this is a cute toy, and very well made it's clearly not perfect, it fails in its mission to cheer up my crying baby and I personally find the sounds quite irritating. The Velcro strap is handy for fixing it to the buggy etc.... but I tend to make sure it's high enough that it can be seen by Jack but not pressed, he doesn't like the sounds, I don't like the sounds so why bother with them, it can just be stimulating for his vision instead. The removable box is also a good design but can be tricky to get back in the pouch and be sure the buttons are correctly aligned with the cheeks.
The Shh retails around £14.99 which is insanely expensive for how little it actually does, I suppose if it worked for your little one and soothed them when they were upset it would make it seem better value but currently I have an awfully expensive soft dangling toy for our buggy which could be easily replace by a £2.99 pram toy which would be just as appreciated. Fortunately this was a gift, admittedly chosen by myself when I had higher expectations of it, but I would not pay £14.99 for it myself, what I would recommend is you test it with your little one in the shop before spending so much.
Baby Shhh has been designed to help settle and calm your little One Bee and Frog characters are available both are brightly coloured and eye catching once activated they play scientifically designed melodies with a constantly changing tempo and powerful curiosity triggers to help baby forget the reason for crying Each character has additional interactive activities including squeakers crinkly fabric and dangly arms and feet to keep baby entertained Velcro strap enables Baby Shhh to be attached to highchair or cot etc so it s never far away.