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i received this as a gift for my 6 month old daughter, shes not interested in it. It only plays a few songs and doesn't really have anything for her to interact with.
it is really cheap and you can tell. It does look nice and girly, but theres only one singing song and the other couple are melodies, you would expect a radio toy to have a few more songs than it does, which means its very annoying for us parents, luckily there is 2 different sound controls.
its nice and small for a baby to handle, and carry around. Also to smack around their heads. although it does have some soft padding around the edges. which makes it hard to clean.
i would have expected a little bit more from vtech as i have a lot of other products from them which are great.
i wouldn't recommend this item.
Last Christmas our daughter was only 3 months old and so we struggled finding toys that were actually suitable for her age and then we came across this one which is aimed at children from 3 months to 2 years. The toy is available in two different colour options, pink and primary colours and costs around £10 from many places such as Argos or Tesco.
The toy as you would expect is made to look like a radio with a carry handle, the surround of the toy are covered in soft material with A B C and different shapes printed upon it, there is also a pretend aerial made of soft fabric and stuffed with some sort of foam. The on and off swtch is on the top of the radio underneath the handle which we found our daughter struggles to turn on even though she can easily turn on other toys and we believe this is due to the location of the button, the button also allows two different volume settings.
On the front of the radio you have a sticker at the toy where there is a picture of a bird, a cat and a dog surrounded by musical notes, there are two circles made of bright plastic one either side on the front. The first circle has little plastic letters inside in pastel colours, the letters are A B and C. The second circle has the numbers 1, 2 and 3 on it and then pictures of 1 bird, 2 cats and 3 dogs, in the centre of the circle there is an arrow and the toy will tell you which area the arrow is pointing to and make the animal noise to correspond with the pictures.
The radio has a flashing green star on it for added attraction and then a musical note button which when pressed plays about 8 different tunes some of which we know and some we don't. The toy has a number of different sayings to try and grab your little ones attention when they have stopped playing such as "let's dance and thanks for tuning in." The toy has an automatic shut off when your child stops playing with it to save the batteries and this toy has been going for nearly a year now without having to have the batteries changed.
I like the toy as in introduces quite a few different things such as letters, numbers and animlas, the flashing lights and easy use buttons make it easy for your child to play with. My youngest daughter enjoys this toy and carrys it around with her then she will stop and play with it for a bit before carrying it some more. When she was only 3 months she couldn't play with it herself but she seemed to pay attention when we played with it for her so she seemed to like it from the start. My four year old even enjoys playing with this and will set the tumes off and then dance around the room to it until her sister pinches it needless to say this toy seems to cause arguments between the two of them. This is one toy that won't be getting put away this Christmas so is certainly recommended by my family.
This is a lovely little toy that was bought for my daughter on her first birthday and she has certainly got a lot of playing time out of it. As it was a present I have no idea how much it cost but I would not expect it to be more than £15 if I had to guess. It is aimed at children up to the age of two and is packed full of features with lots of bright colours to attract them as well.
It is a predominantly pink colour so ideal for little girls as it has a feminine look to it. It is powered by two AA batteries. It is nice and light and not too big so as children get older they can comfortably lift and manipulate it. It has a wide handle on top which is easy enough for little hands to cope with. Although made of plastic which is quite robust the outer edges are padded to make them a little softer and the pale blue aerial is also soft and pliable.
There are lots of visual and audio features of this toy, lots of things for little hands to touch and impact upon and the buttons are nice and responsive, sound wise it does make some animal sounds as well as the music that plays by pressing the large button at the center of the radio. The fact that this is easy to press is a big plus.
It has proven to be well made as it has been thrown to the floor a few times and it certainly has held my little ones interest although now she is a little older she does not play with it as much as she used to. However when friends bring their young babies over it still proves a hit with them.
My daughter was just over a month old for her first Christmas and being so young most people didn't know what to get her toy wise, so I decided to tell people to go for toys that are suitable for babies that are slightly older so she'd still have toys to play with late in the year. My aunty got her this radio from Vtech along with other Vtech toys.
***** The radio *****
This soft singing radio is available in two different colours, a mixture of bright colours, mainly yellows (which we have) or pink girly colours. It is widely available to purchase for around the £9 mark. It is suitable for babies between the ages of 3 months and 2 years. It takes 2x AA batteries.
At roughly 16cm long x 13cm tall, the radio is quite small. It looks quite appealing for babies with the bright colours. The handle is quite wide, with this and the radio being small it makes it easy for young children to grasp hold of. The entire rim of the radio has a soft padded material making its way around the outside, and there is a soft aerial, the rest of the radio is made from a tough plastic.
***** Music time! *****
The radio has two separate dials, a button and a light. The dial to the left of the radio is see-through with the letters A, B and C inside their own little compartments, when it's turned, the letters move around their little space. This dial say's A, B and C when it is in use and also plays music.
The dial to the right has numbers 1, 2 and 3 with a picture of an animal on each number. The number of animals on each picture are the same as the number on that part, I.e. three dogs on the number 3. This dial tells us the different numbers and makes animal sounds as well.
The button in the centre of the radio is the button that plays the most music. The light above the button flashes when the radio is in use.
***** What do we think? *****
This radio has been a huge hit in our house. From the start, being sat up in her Bumbo seat, Kacie has loved listening to the music from this radio, and now at 2 years old she still plays with it occasionally.
The two dials are easy to turn, meaning the music can be activated fairly easily from babies at the younger end of the age suitability. I thought this was excellent as a lot of the musical toys aimed at younger babies have buttons to push and it makes it harder for them to do it themselves.
As it is so small and light, we have taken the radio out and about on numerous occasions. It's been attached to the buggy (with linkies), stuffed in the changing bag, taken everywhere with us. The versatility of the radio is fantastic.
As we have taken it out so much it has inevitably been dropped onto concrete a few times. This hasn't damaged the radio in the slightest. It's coming up for two years old and despite the battering it is still in an excellent condition. Even though it's almost two years old I haven't had the change the batteries at all.
As Kacie got older she has loved picking the radio up and carrying it around with her. It almost acts like her handbag. Now she is 2 years old, it isn't played with as much as the early days but still gets taken out with us occasionally. It has helped her identify what animal noises correspond to what animal, so not only is it fun, it is a huge learning aid too.
***** Overall *****
I would definitely recommend this radio to everyone with babies. At a young age it helps with sensory development, then at an older age helps with language development too. The fun musically quality makes it engaging for children, and the build quality means it will last a very long time. Vtech deliver again!
My baby daughter seems to really like music and so I seem to spend my day singing to her whilst she is awake or when trying to get her over to sleep. So when I received this V tech soft singing radio, which currently retails at £9.99 on amazon, as a gift for my daughter, I was very pleased as I was confident it would be a toy she would like given that it was to do with music.
This radio comes in two colour options, the pink (as shown in the picture above) and yellow. I have the yellow one, which I would prefer, since if I had another child, they wouldn't be put off with pink if it were a boy.
Although my baby is only a month old, and the manufacturers recommend this radio for children between 3 to 24 months, I have already started using it with my baby for the music that it plays. However, there is more to this radio that simply music, and so as she develops there are educational features that she can learn from. For example, on one side of the front of the radio there is a little dial which features the number 1,2,3, which can be turned by your child, teaching them these early numbers. Within the same dial are animals sounds so that when the child turns the dial, they should be able to learn the sounds that some animals make.On the other side of the front of the radio, there is a dial related to the alphabet, where your child turn the dial again and learn the first three letters of the alphabet as well as an alphabet song. In the front middle of the radio, there is a flashing star, which doesn't seem to do much else but this, however I suppose it does catch the child's attention. There is then a music symbol underneath the flashing light, which the child (or the adult) can press to listen to the music on the radio and there are also some phrases can are repeated. What I also think is cute is that there is a little carry handle on the radio so the child can carry it with him/her, and all around the edge of the radio, there is soft fabric to help protect this radio when it is inevitably dropped.
In terms of the 'playlist' on this radio, I was actually quite impressed. There are 8 different nursery rhyme songs on the radio to listen to ranging from 'This Old Man' to 'Pop goes the Weasel'. None of them have words song with them, it is simply the tune that is played.
As I said, this is not actually aimed at babies under 3 months, and obviously my daughter being only a month is not able to play with the abc, or 123 dials, but I put the radio on for her, and press the music symbol and hold it close to her, and she sits and listens happily to it, and in fact, on several occasions, when she has been unsettled, when I put this on near her and even sing along with the songs, she clams very quickly, and enjoys listening to the music. So, don't be put off by the fact that it states it is for 3 months +, as it can be used from a couple of weeks after birth, as long as you the adult is there to operate it. I do hope that as she gets older she will continue to like this radio and more importantly will benefit from some of the educational features that come with it, that are currently way beyond her.
I have reviewed a few Vtech products on dooyoo, and I generally think they are good value for money and quite versatile. This review is for the Vtech Soft Singing Radio, which I bought in Argos for £9.99 (although Argos currently has an offer of two toys for £15, which includes this one).
The radio is quite small, measuring about 16cm across and 13cm high (including the handle). It's very light and easy for children to carry around. The main colour is light pink and it has slightly padded, rounded edges with a squishy blue aerial. The colour makes this radio very girlie, and I'm not sure there are many boys out there who would appreciate something quite this pink!
The radio has a switch on the top with two volume settings - and the first setting is actually loud enough I would say! As soon as you switch it on, the radio sings a short song, and then says "Hello, thanks for tuning in!"
The front of the radio has two round dials. The left hand dial is see-through with the letters a, b, c inside, which is a nice decorative touch. As you turn it, it says a, b, c as well as making noises and playing music. The other dial has the numbers 1, 2 and 3 on, and it speaks the numbers as you turn the dial, and also makes animal noises (which correspond to the small pictures on the dial of one bird, two cats and three dogs).
There is large pink musical note button at the bottom of the radio which plays a tune or speaks when you press it, and a green button that lights up and flashes as the tunes play - this is the only light on the radio. There is a little handle at the top so your little one can carry it around with them.
The radio seems very sturdy and can handle a few knocks and bangs. It isn't quite as versatile as other Vtech toys, but my daughter does enjoy playing with it for short amounts of time, and she has the odd dance to it too if she's in the mood.
My main complaint about the radio is that it doesn't stand up because of the rounded edges! I think this is a bit of an oversight by the manufacturers as it ends up being shoved in the toybox after use instead of being nicely displayed on a shelf. It requires two AA batteries and is for 3 months to 2 years.
Overall this is quite a fun, novel toy but it does have its limitations.
VTECH Twist the dials and press the music button to learn a,b,c / 1-2-3 / animal sounds and first words / Mixture of soft fabric and hard plastic gives baby the opportunity to explore new textures / Spinning dials and music button help to develop manipulative skills / rewarding little ones with a flashing li / Baby and preschool toys.