“ Brand: Tummy Time / Age: Newborn / Type: Books „
At the time I was doing my Christmas shopping (early November), my son was fascinated by soft books, so I snapped up this one for £5.99 in Babies R Us which had a very limited selection on the book front. I haven't noticed the book anywhere else. The book looks both like a soft toy wit a zebra head, hands and feet, and a book. It has tags at the top that can fasten it to buggies, seats, or as my son is learning to stand at the moment, we have it fastened to our room divider for him to stand and engage with.
The book's recommended age range is birth to 12 months and this is where the confusion seems to begin. As an age range, especially over a period of such vast development, this would be fantastic if it was true. For the younger end of this age range, accessing the book with it's multiple velcro fasteners would be a challenge, though they would probably love the taggies mirror and some of the features. The label attached to the book talked of how in early development, babies prefer black and white patterns and then red. However, this is not evident in the book which does include black and white patterns, this is constantly mixed with neon colours which I think young babies would struggle to discriminate. The 1-2-3 content of the book is lost on all users of the age range. There are a few different textures, but not many - disappointing for all babies in the age range. Similarly, the one manipulation task is not enough to entertain older babies. However, as a tummy time book, it would encourage a child who was developing their back and neck, if it was infront of them on the floor, to lift their heads to see it. This, though is a far narrower age range than that suggested by the label.
This book tries to be too much and offer too much and fails at all levels with it's neon colours making it a poor newborn choice, it's fiddly velcro fastening, lack of textures and numbers disappointing for early tummy time, and the lack of manipulation tasks making it uninteresting for sitters and crawlers.
So, what does Bryn make of it? Occasionally, he'll choose this toy and wave the zebra about by the ear, but completely loses interest if asked to look inside and is never interested in it for more than a minute.
Fun colours, textures and teether. Help baby to learn shapes and colours.