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      12.12.2013 17:09
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      A cute toy that comes with a happy but annoying voice.

      My daughter received this Vtech bear for her first birthday nearly three years ago. This pink bear was a gift from friends who do not have children themselves; this is point is very relevant as you will understand by the end of this review.

      Currently available from Home Bargains for 5.99, it is aimed at young children aged 3 - 18 months. It is an educational soft toy that has a plastic front and within which are four buttons that enables the child (or recalcitrant parent) to access songs, lights and emotions as well as develop motor skills.

      The first, top button is a pink, heart-shaped one that is responsible for switching the toy on or off. The other three buttons are in a row below and are numbered 1, 2 and 3. When pressed they light up and in a VERY distinct song tell us he is a hungry bear, a sleepy bear or a happy bear depending on which button is pushed. These buttons are very easy to press, as my little girl discovered.

      Our daughter loved playing with this item and from about 14 months old would pretend it was a baby and place it in her play crib or play stroller, along with several other "baby dollies". As she got older she was able to tell me that because the bear was happy, could talk and it was keeping the babies company.

      This bear is quite to different to others on the market, not least because it's attachment strap (or handle as my niece calls it) is surprisingly robust and enables little pink Alfie to hang in all kinds of places - including the playroom door handle, my husband's wrist and the stroller. We never lost this lovely ursine character but then again we never

      I cannot recall much about the packaging or if I had to do anything specific to get this little bear to work. It does come with 2 AAA batteries, which we never need to change prior to Alfie's move to a new home. The toy also has some type of automated power down which means that the batteries are much less likely to go flat.

      Finally I shouldn't forget to mention cleaning. Given its inherent style, this toy can only be cleaned with a damp cloth. I occasionally gave the buttons a once-over with a baby wipe. Despite this, the bear remained in good condition for the two years it lived with us until I gave it to the charity shop.


      ~+~Final thoughts ~+~

      In my opinion this toy is easy to use and does what it purports to do. However while this bear really is super cute, the singing tunes unfortunately hold squatter's rights in my head. It has been longer than a year since I heard this bear's voice, but still I hear the words... I'm a bear a happy bear, a hungry bear, a sleepy bear, wont you come and play! (These words might not actually be completely correct, but that's what I recall them to be. I guess I could Youtube it for the exact phrase....but I have no intention of doing so.)


      ~+~ Recommended? ~+~

      This is a difficult one for me. I find toys that have a repetitive song or loud noises to be very annoying. Perhaps I am too impatient. That said, it is a great toy loved by my daughter, so four stars.

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        23.09.2013 15:09

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        If you want to torture yourself, go for it

        .......I'll sing you 123, a sleepy, hungry, happy bear, hey come and hug me! If you are considering buying this singing bear, be warned, you will have this song in your head 24/7!!

        Alfie bear is designed for babies over 3 months old which is the age my little boy was when I made the fatal mistake of thinking this was a cute toy! He requires 2AA batteries and he has a Velcro loop attached to his head if you wish to attach him to a buggy bar or cot bar and don't want to risk losing him (accidently of course)

        He has a heart shaped button which is his on/off button but unfortunately he has no volume control switch. Underneath this are his light up buttons numbered 1,2 and 3 which when pressed tell you he is a hungry bear, a sleepy bear or a happy bear. He also tells you he loves you and randomly bursts into song. A bit embarrassing in public and every mum looks at you knowingly, feeling your pain.

        Alfie, although has a soft head, arms and legs is hard bodied and therefore not machine washable which is a bit of a pain if you have a dribbly or sicky baby as you can only really wipe him with a damp cloth.

        He's a lovely toy to look at but by god, he's annoying!! So if you are contemplating buying him, make sure it's for a friend and at that one you don't particularly like.

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        02.08.2013 11:49
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        a singing bear to send you la la

        As a parent there are presents you hope your child never received as a present. My friends daughter had one such toy....a VTECH little singing Alfie. I vowed never to buy any of my children this little annoying bundle of fun...and I certainly wouldn't subject any other parent to it by buying it as a present.

        You can imagine my great dismay when my daughter received not one but TWO of these little monstrosities for Christmas!!! I gently removed the box from my daughters grip and put to one side....hoping to return to a shop or sell on ebay. I almost cried when my fiancé opened both boxes and so my love/hate (mostly hate) relationship began with Alfie.

        What is Alfie?
        Alfie is a little half bear half robot. He has a solid round belly with 4 buttons and a soft head, arms and legs. We have both a "normal" Alfie who has a red body and brown head/arms/legs, and a blue version who is all blue. They both also have a loop on their heads to hang on cot bars or to secure to a pram to ensure Alfie never goes missing (oh the shame!!!!)

        What does Alfie do?
        The 4 buttons are an off/off button in the shape of a love heart (because Alfie loves you don't you know....) and a semi circle which is split into 3 segments.
        on/off....press this and Alfie comes to life with a little giggle and a "how are you?" and the first of his annoying songs..."I'm a friendly L**** (unsure what this word is) bear, I'll teach you 1,2,3, a sleepy hungry happy bear hey come and hug me"
        1...a button with a number one and an apple, press it and you hear Alfie nibbling an apple and saying "I'm a hungry bear" press again and he says 1, press again and he says "how are you" and starts a little tune. The tune is quite peaceful compared to the annoying "Alfie bear" song.
        2...a button with a number 2 and 2 bears pictured on it. press it and Alfie shouts "I'm a happy bear", press again and he says 2, a third press gets Alfie saying "I love you" and plays another tune (skip to my lou??)
        3...a button with a number 3 and a pillow with 3 "z's". press and Alfie sighs and says "I'm a sleepy bear", a second press has Alfie saying "3", a third press and Alfie once again declares "I love you" and another tune (hush a bye baby on the tree top...)

        If you turn him on and then don't press any buttons Alfie blows a kiss and once again "I love you" is declared. If you still ignore him he starts to sing his "I'm a friendly blah blah bear...." If you still ignore him he blows a kiss and says "bye bye" and turns off.

        Where can I get an Alfie?
        You can get Alfie from most toy shops. I've seen him in supermarkets, big chain toy shops as well as small independent toy shops. Currently (2.8.2013) he is £9.99 in argos (or 2 for £15 if you wanted 2!!!), he costs a bit more from amazon at £12.10

        Should I buy 2???
        Oh yes....if you buy one you may as well buy two and drive yourself insane. You see the songs, although annoying, are very very catchy. They're the type which stick in your head and no matter how much you try to think of something else....they stick in your head and go around and around and around until you almost cry in frustration. And you see my children are slightly evil..... they like to wind me up. Last night they each had an Alfie bear and were pressing the on/off button constantly so all I heard was....giggle, giggle, "how are you", "how are you", kiss, "bye bye", kiss, "bye bye", giggle, giggle, "how are you", "how are you", kiss, "bye bye", kiss, "bye bye", giggle, giggle....( you get the idea)
        Alfie ended up been confiscated and put on a HIGH shelf!!!

        There must be some good points??
        ok I must admit....Alfie is sort of cute. he has a friendly face which young babies will like to look at. unfortunately that's about it... if he was a simple Alfie *non singing* bear he'd be perfect, unfortunately the singing and annoying giggles, kisses and all the "I love you" seems a bit needy. I tell my children everyday I love them, in fact we say it loads of times....but to say it so often, and to say it because you've been ignored for 10 seconds....needy!!!!

        Recommendation and stars??
        It pains me to say this (he's looking at me with his cute face) but I really cant recommend Alfie bear. He is far too annoying to inflict any other parent with having to listen to "I'm a friendly la la bear..."
        I would though love to return the lovely noisy toys to those who gifted them to my daughter....unfortunately one came from great aunt and another from a childless neighbour....so I cant return the favour!!! oh well....
        as for stars.... I really want to only give Alfie 1 star, but he keeps looking at me with bright eyes and a big grin and I think I may have to give him 2.... the second is for the cuteness (and if I hurt his feelings he may start telling me how much he loves me again....)


        By the way.....after googling I have now found out Alfie sings "I'm a friendly LIGHT UP bear....". Umm I think I prefer "...la la bear", after all he does send me la la!!!

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          27.06.2013 21:01
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          Singing Alfie Bear from VTech... A very cute little bear but ultimately forgettable.

          I bought my son's Little Singing Alfie bear last Christmas when he was about 4 months old, at that time he wasn't really showing much of an interest in toys but as this was something suitable for babies 3 months of age and older I thought it an age-appropriate gift that might generate a bit of interest from him. It's made by VTech and as shown in the picture above Alfie bear is a plush bear with a plastic tummy which has 3 buttons that produce a number of songs and friendly phrases when pressed. Alfie isn't a very big bear measuring in at a baby-friendly 20cm in length and has a loop sticking out of his head so can be hung up, there is a central heart shaped on/off button which is easily located on the front of the bear and he takes 2 x AAA batteries to activate the sounds and lights which were included with my purchase.

          The buttons across Alfie's tummy are quite large and colourful and have cute images printed on them, when pressed they light up and a childs voice (American in accent) repeats various phrases such as "I'm a hungry bear", "I'm a sleepy bear" and "I Love You". Being a VTech product Alfie is very well made, the fabric parts of the bear have a very low plush so there's little chance of him being a choking hazard and the plastic parts are smooth to the touch. The buttons are large enough for little fingers to easily press and for a very young baby I do think he's quite a cute little toy that should provide a few moments of interest and enjoyment. My son, as already mentioned didn't really take to toys at a very young age and even when I pressed Alfie's buttons for him the lights and sounds didn't interest my son at all, recently however he's started taking much more of an interest in things and now that he's just started to crawl Alfie is one of the things he reaches for from time to time even if ultimately he isn't his favourite toy.

          I think the 'problem' with Alfie comes down to how limited he is in terms of being attention-grabbing, despite his cute appearance Alfie is rather basic really and even though the lights and sounds are somewhat interesting to my son he soon gets bored with him and moves on to the things he finds more entertaining and amusing. The dilemma of course with something like this is what age is Alfie best suited for? a very young baby may find the lights eye-catching and the sounds captivating but an older baby would probably find him to be rather limiting and not as interesting as some other toys. This is what I've found with my son's experience with Alfie and though he does give him a cursory glance from time to time he isn't something that my son will actively play with instead he quickly gets shoved to one side in favour of something else. VTech state that this is something suitable for ages 3 to 18 months which is a bit too wide of an age range in my opinion, by 12 months old I don't think many baby's would show that much interest in this little bear and though he is undoubtedly well made I do think there are better toys available that offer more interest.

          Alfie's size is a positive point, he's small and light enough to be held without being cumbersome or awkward and my son has no problems with picking him up and throwing him down, Alfie's plastic tummy has withstood plenty of knocks and bangs and his buttons are the same today as they were when I first bought him so again VTech have done well in this regard. He is a nice little starter toy I think and for around a tenner as he currently retails for I would say he makes for a reasonable buy, he's a nice nursery addition that doesn't take up much space and can provide a moment or two's distraction but I can't imagine him being something that sustains interest for very long in all honesty. The American accent used in the phrases and songs grates slightly after a while (for me, I can't comment if my son finds it annoying, I suspect he doesn't) so I'm rather thankful that my son doesn't want to entertain Alfie for a great deal of time as the voice used is perhaps a little too cutesy and saccharin-sweet. That said the vocals are clear and the songs sung are upbeat and definitely child/baby-friendly so you'd have to be very hard-hearted to find that many faults when Alfie is in singing-mode. Overall I do like this little bear myself but my son has probably grown out of him already as there are many more exciting things that capture his attention and interest.

          As a rating 3 stars seems mean and 5 too generous, I don't think he's worth 4 stars really but I'm rounding up rather than down. I'd recommend Alfie to other parents but would suggest that he's introduced to a child at an early age (at least 3 months old if you want to follow the age recommendations) rather than leaving it too late as it's not something that's going to last throughout babyhood I don't think and sooner rather than later poor little Alfie bear will be a long forgotten toy who inevitably will end up singing to himself at the bottom of a toy box (awwww).

          Thanks for reading my review.

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            04.02.2013 22:36
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            OTHER KIDS MIGHT ENJOY ALFIE BUT NOT US, SO HE IS GOING IN THE CHARITY BAG

            VTECH LITTLE SINGING ALFIE

            ***THE PRODUCT AND PRICE***

            Alfie set me back just £3.00 last december from tkmaxx, but he is available to purchase from ebay and amazon for between £5-£8.00.
            Alfie has a soft brown head, legs and arms and his body is made up from plastic, on this part of his body is an on/off switch and 3 other buttons which control Alfie to sing or say phrases, ( example- im a hungry bear, sleepy bear) and he requires 3aa batteries, He also has a velcro strap attached to his head so that you are able to attach him to your childs car seat, pram or cot and is suitable for children age 3 months plus.

            ***WHY I PURCHASED ALFIE***

            I was browsing in tkmaxx for some last minute christmas presents when i came across Alfie, and i noticed he was reduced down from £7.99 to just £3.00, I then noticed that he was a vtech product which i do really rate their products so thinking this would be ideal for my youngest i took him to the till and paid.

            ***MY OVERALL OPINION***

            Now i have to say poor Alfie isn't the best looking bear i have seen or purchased, and to be honest yes he does say a few different phrases and sing a few different songs, but the voice really irritates me, why i don't no.
            My daughter isn't impressed with this either and hasn't really looked at him since christmas although i have tried on a few occasions to get her to like him.
            I do like the fact that he has a velcro strap which is a brilliant idea as i no what kids can be like when they lose toys, especially if it's their favorite.
            He is well made and is an educational toy but didn't impress any of us here, so for that reason i will award him 3 stars.

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              29.01.2013 22:04
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              Nice toy but it only amuses my baby for a short while

              My mum bought my son this for Christmas, she thought it was really cute. I personally think there are cuter teddies out there that sing like this one, it isn't a cute cuddly bear. It is quite small, around 15cm's in height and the only parts of the bear that are teddy material are the head, hands and feet. These parts aren't soft and cuddly, they feel quite tough and solid. The middle part of the bear, it's body, is plastic.

              My son is eight months old and holds this bear no problem. It isn't too heavy for him and he gets a good grip of it. He loves to chew and bite it, and it is great for him teething. On the top is a ribbon with velcro, so you can attach it to your pram or car seat so it can dangle in front of your baby to play with. This is a nice extra for this toy, instead of it being just a bear to play with at home, you can take it out and not risk it getting lost or dropped on the floor as you can secure it. The velcro and ribbon is strong and secure and so far my son has not been able to remove it from his car seat whenever I have attached it.

              There is a heart shaped button on the plastic body, which turns the bear on and off. I am glad you can turn it off, as many of my sons toys you can't! If you accidentally knock them you have to listen to the whole song before it goes off! This teddy, talks, and sings. It says phrases like, I love you, I am a sleepy bear, I am a hungry bear, and sings little tunes which are very catchy and I find myself singing them in my head, they are so annoying but so catchy! When you don't press the bears buttons for a minute the bear automatically says bye bye and switches off.

              There are three other buttons on the body, a number one with an apple on it, and when you press this it says the number, or 'I'm a hungry bear'. The number two has a happy bear on it, and says 'I'm a happy bear, and the number three has a zzzz sign on it, and say's I'm a sleepy bear, so all the sounds relate to the pictures as well as saying the numbers, helping your little ones to count.

              The buttons light up and flash whilst it is playing the tunes. This bear feels really strong and sturdy, it isn't soft enough to cuddle. It does amuse my son this bear, but not as much as his other toys. It is a great idea, a singing and talking bear to take out with you on your car seat, but I don't think I'd purchase again for another baby.

              This bear takes 2 AAA batteries, which you need a screw driver to put in. This was a present, but I have seen it in Asda for around £9, which I think is expensive for this bear. I wouldn't have paid this much myself, there are better bears out there for babies. However, it does keep my son amused for a little while, and is great to take out with us and you know it won't get lost!

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                14.09.2012 23:21
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                Jayden loves his Alfie Bear

                A while ago when me and my Mum were shopping in our local Tesco we had a quick look at the toy section and noticed a cute singing teddy bear called Alfie by Vtech, at the time we actually didn't buy it but I knew that I wanted to get it for Jayden, however a few weeks later Tesco had a big toy sale and we actually ended up purchasing Little Singing Alfie for less than a third of his original price.

                Packaging
                Little Singing Alfie comes in a blue rectangle box, the majority of the front of the box is taken up with a large clear plastic window allowing you to see Alfie inside the box, in the top left hand corner is the Vtech logo, in the opposite corner is a picture of Alfie with a baby playing with him. Alfie's name is at the bottom along with the age group that this is suited to. The back of the box has a large picture of Alfie with arrows pointing to his different features, next to this and on the sides of the box are further information about Alfie for example what he does and the different developmental benefits he has. Inside the box Alfie comes attached to a card using plastic tags which need to be fully removed before giving this to your child, the instruction leaflet is also slotted inside the box with Alfie.

                Alfie
                Little Singing Alfie is basically what the name suggests, a cute teddy bear called Alfie that sings. His head, arms and legs are made from a soft light brown fabric like most teddy bears, his arms are held up in a friendly manor as though he is about to hug someone, he has black stitched on eyes and a big smiling mouth. His body is made from a hard red plastic, the top part of his body has a white patch on it with the words Vtech Little Singing Alfie, below is a yellow heard shaped button and below this three more buttons with the numbers 1, 2 and 3 on them and a picture of an apple, two smiling bears and a pillow and 3 Z's, these buttons are green, blue and orange and light up as Alfie sings.

                Alfie is actually powered by 2 AA batteries (which are included) on his back is the battery compartment which needs to be opened with a small screw driver, there is also a small speaker in his back so you can clearly hear him sing. On Alfie's head is a red attachment strap which means you can attach Alfie to your babies cot, push chair or bouncer, he attaches using a strong velcro. Alfie says different phrases and sings different songs depending on which buttons your press, for example
                * Yellow Heart Button - This sings Alfie's own sing a long tune, this is also the on and off button.
                * Button 1 - Pressed the first time Alfie says "I'm a hungry bear"
                - Pressed the second time Alfie says "one" and there is one beep sounded
                - Press the third time a melody is played, if you then go through the routine again a different melody is played the second time
                * Button 2 - Pressed the first time Alfie says " I'm a happy bear"
                - Pressed the second time Alfie says "two" and there are two beeps sounded
                - Pressed the third time a melody is played and when you go through the routine a second time a different melody is played
                * Button 3 - Pressed the first time Alfie says "I'm a sleepy bear"
                - Pressed the second time Alfie says "three" and there are three beeps sounded
                - Pressed the third time a melody is played, when you go through the routine a second time a different melody is played
                Little Singing Alfie is said to help teach your little one emotions and numbers accompanied with popular tunes, the pressing of buttons and so on are also said to have developmental benefits including

                * Motor Skills - Your baby can develop their motor skills by pressing the different buttons on Alfie's tummy, this is in turn rewarded but flashing lights and sounds.
                * Language Development - Alfie's friendly voice introduces your baby to different words and encourages interaction, the real singing voice encourages your baby to join in and stimulates them
                * Sensory Development - The mixture of Alfie's soft and plush face, arms and legs and his hard plastic tummy promotes tactile stimulation. The flashing lights and sounds help to develop auditory and visual skills
                Whilst Alfie comes across as just a singing toy he will actually help to stimulate your baby and teach them different sensory aspects and so on but in a fun manor which does not come across as learning. One thing that I particularly like about Alfie is that he has an English voice rather than an American accent.

                Songs
                Alfie plays seven songs in totally, there is a sing a long song which is played when you press the on off yellow heart buttons and then two melodies are played when each of the 1, 2, 3 buttons are pressed (the ones which light up) The song played when you press the heart shaped button is Alfie's own song which is sung by himself, this song is sung to the 'Here we go round the Mulberry Bush' tune and goes like this
                "I'm a friendly light up bear"
                "Ill teach you 1, 2, 3"
                "A sleepy, hungry, happy bear"
                "Hey come and hug me"
                The other melodies which Alfie plays when the other buttons are pressed include
                * Rock a bye baby
                * Brahms Lullaby
                * Skip to my Lou
                * Pop goes the weasel
                * Please porridge hot
                * London bridge
                I like the fact that there are several different songs and melodies that Alfie plays as it does mean that he is not too repetitive, the songs and melodies are clear and loud meaning they will easily capture your babies attention.

                Care and Maintenance
                Caring for Little Singing Alfie is simply, you can keep him clean by wiping him with a slightly damp cloth, you also need to keep him out of direct sunlight and away from any direct heat. If you are not going to be using Alfie for any period of time then his batteries should always be removed and he should not be dropped on a hard surface or be exposed to water. There are no special care instructions for this toy, it is all common sense really.

                Price and Availability
                We purchased our Little Singing Alfie from our local Tesco, I have not seen him available in any other shop, but he may be available from other shops which stock Vtech toys. When Alfie was full price he was being sold for £9.99, however when we purchased him he cost just £2.70 so was a real bargain. Even when sold at full price I think he was well worth the money and Jayden certainly would have got his moneys worth from him, I would definitely have paid this for him and nearly did, however I was glad I waited a week or so as I got him a lot cheaper making him excellent value for money.

                My Opinion
                We have had Alfie a while now and I have been pleased with him, as has Jayden For me I like the fact that firstly the buttons are quite large meaning Jayden can easily press them himself, also the fact that he has an attachable strap meaning he is portable, I tend not to take this out with us when we go shopping as I do not think other shoppers would be pleased with Alfie singing at the top of his voice, however it does mean he can have it in his play gym or I even attach it to the play bar on his bouncer where he can easily see him and reach him, when Jayden starts sleeping in his cot at nights I can also attach him to the cot so he has something in there to play with if he wakes early before us in the mornings, there are no strings or anything that can get tangled around your baby so he is safe to be left alone with your baby in their cot.

                Another safety feature is that the battery compartment is screwed in place so your baby cannot remove the batteries from Alfie. When I first showed Jayden Alfie he was instantly pleased when he started singing, he sat listening and watching the lights on his tummy flash, it really caught his attention, although Jayden is only young Alfie is suited to baby's between 3 and 18 months and I find that he can easily press the buttons on his own, to start with he didn't seem to know how to make Alfie sing but he has soon picked it up. I like the fact that this toy teaches your baby basic skills subtly but is still fun for them to play with and does not come across as educational at all. For me the only problem I find with Alfie is his hard body, this does make him a bit difficult for your baby to cuddle as his middle is made from hard plastic, however this is the only way this section could be designed and it has in no way put me or Jayden off of Alfie at all it just means I do not give him Alfie to cuddle in bed at night, he is more of a teddy bear to play with rather than one to tuck in the duvet with your baby.

                In my opinion Alfie is definitely well worth the money even at full price, there is plenty for your baby to see and listen to meaning he does not get too repetitive, he is also hardwearing and durable so can withstand the tough time he may have with a baby. I would highly recommend Little Singing Alfie, although you will be singing his song in your head from the moment you hear it.

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                  Great baby toy.

                  Ok so Lottie was given this bear for Christmas and it soon became one of her firm favourites much to mine and Daves annoyance. The little bear is brown and you can get him in a range of different colours, Lottie has the pink one but you can get the brown shown above and it comes in blue. I believe it costs around the £10 mark and is suitable for babies from around the 3 month mark although Lottie was 10 months and still loves it.

                  He is quite small so easily grasped by little hands and he has four buttons on the front. It is the 3 big colourful buttons that you want as this is what controls what the bear does. The middle fourth heart button will turn the bear on and off for you and it will sing a song to you immediately when you do turn it on. This song fascinates babies but drives me mad, lol. This is the song or what I think it says anyway.

                  I'm a friendly light up bear, I'll teach you 1, 2, 3. A sleepy hungry happy bear hey come and hug me.

                  I had to listen to that just around five times to mke it out. The colourful buttons will light up when pressed and have the numbers 1 - 3 on them so as you can guess this is one of the things the bear will teach your child.

                  It says phrases such as I'm a happy bear which is nice and will count. It will also sing melodies to you such as I have just pressed it and it did London Bridge.

                  When you turn the bear off it makes a kissing sound and says bye bye. I like this button!

                  The bear does come with a velcro strap which I found very useful to put on Lotties pushchair within easy reach. It takes AAA batteries which last a while.

                  All in all it is a good toy for babies and although the voice drove me mad as many kids toys do, Lottie loves it so it is a toy we replace the batteries in.

                  Kate

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                    A good educational toy.

                    A couple of months ago, we had a long car journey and with a young baby to entertain, I decided we needed to get him a new toy. We wanted something that was interesting, not too expensive and different from his other toys, as well as something that would be good for the journey. We ended up buying him the Vtech Little Singing Alfie from Tesco, which I think we paid around £8 for, as it was reduced. It is usually around the £10 mark.

                    It is suitable for children between three months and eighteen months old and our son was at the minimum age when we bought it, but now he's almost six months, he gets more out of this toy. It is quite heavy, so younger babies find it hard to hold and manipulate the toy, but now my son is older, he can push the buttons and finds it much more rewarding.

                    Little Singing Alfie is a cute looking, smiling, brown bear, however don't purchase this if you are looking for a cuddly toy, as its hard tummy area doesn't lend itself to bedtime snuggling. The stomach is where all the action is, as it contains the buttons and electronic wizardry that make the noises, lights and music. It is mainly red here with a yellow heart and three sections to press underneath in blue, green and yellow. Each section gives us different responses teaching babies music, numbers and emotions.

                    The packaging definitely emphasises the educational value of this toy, declaring it helps develop motor skills (where the child learns that pressing the buttons causes flashing lights and various sounds in response), language development (spoken phrases, words and songs) and sensory development (different textures, flashing lights and the sounds). As a parent, I do like trying to find toys that are both fun and educational, so this ticks the right boxes for me.

                    I also liked the 'Parent-Friendly Features' mentioned on the box - that the battery will automatically power down if it is not being used and that the toy is durable. The bear has certainly been dropped a lot of times and has suffered no damage, so it seems to pass the durability test. The toy comes with 2 AAA batteries which have lasted so far and haven't needed to be replaced yet.

                    One of the reasons we chose this toy was that it has a Velcro strap so could be attached to the car seat for the journey. We also attach it to the bar of his bouncy chair, although now he can pull this off anyway! Initially, we had to do most of the work and show our son what happens when you press the buttons, but these days, it does it himself and enjoys watching the flashing lights.

                    As with all electronic toys, they can easily become annoying. At least this one has an English speaking voice instead of a computerised American accent, which annoys me greatly in toys sold in the UK. Of course, the songs are repetitive and do become irritating, but at least you get six different songs, all of which are ones most people know - Rock-a-Bye Baby, Brahms' Lullaby, Skip To My Lou, Pop! Goes The Weasel, Pease Porridge Hot and London Bridge. There is also a song to the tune of Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush and the instruction booklet that comes with the toy helpfully includes the new lyrics to this song, just in case you want to sing along!

                    The Vtech Little Singing Alfie certainly has some cute phrases. It says "I love you!" and giggles and when you turn it off, it makes a kissing noise before saying "Bye bye!"

                    There are many good things about this toy - it is fun, educational, interesting and well designed in many respects. However, my son isn't particularly keen on it. He will play with it for a few minutes, but it hasn't become a favourite and is often found lounging at the bottom of the toy box. I think one of its downfalls is that it isn't very cuddly with its hard red tummy and it is a bit heavy for babies to hold and carry. It is worth the money overall, I think, but although I'd give it 4 stars, my son would probably only give it 3 stars.

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                    An entrancing toy but limited use

                    Not long ago I was walking past a local charity shop that had a huge amount of used toys for sale, and so always wanting extra toys to add to my daughter's collection without breaking the bank, I thought I would have a look. I picked up a few amazing bargains all of looked like they had never been used or hardly used, including this Vtech Little Singing Alfie, which had no signs of wear and tear, and cost me 99p! A quick look on amazon shows that this product usually retails for over £8! Bit of a difference.

                    This teddy is aimed at children between the ages of 3 and 18 months, and since my daughter is almost 4 months old this was a suitable toy for her in my opinion. It is meant to be a toy that a baby can cuddle into and hug, and initially I was a little wary as I thought it looked a little hard for a baby to cuddle, around the tummy area where the lights and music are at. However, on closer inspection, bar the tummy of the teddy, the rest of this Little Alfie is actually quite soft and cuddly, and my daughter does (sort of!) cuddle into it, although I would suggest it is more so she can try and put it in her mouth...we're at that stage!

                    There are 3 main buttons on the tummy of Little Alfie with three different coloured buttons that light up and flash when the teddy is being played with. At the beginning, I couldn't figure out how to turn Little Alfie and he was singing away in my handbag, however I soon realised that the button used to turn Alfie on is the same button to turn the teddy off, which is situated just above the three main buttons.

                    THese three buttons are labelled 1, 2 and 3. When you first press a button Alfie speaks telling you what kind of bear he is .... A hungry bear, a happy bear or a sleepy bear, and I do have to say it is very very cute. When he says a happy bear and gives a giggle, my daughter always smiles. When you press each button again, you are told the number that is on the front plus there are a given number of beeps to represent the number on the button, in order to help your baby recognise numbers in the future. If you press each button a third time you will then hear a song, and sometimes the bear says 'I love you'. The sleepy bear button sings a lullaby, whereas the other two buttons are much livelier.

                    At the top of the teddy there is a velcro strap which allows you to hang this toy from a carry seat or buggy, and it is a good way to securing this toy when out and about, especially when a child is likely to drop it.

                    My daughter absolutely adores this teddy. She can now hold him with both hands but will automatically try to eat him. The fact that she can reach the hands and feet which are soft and cuddly, means she can chew on this, and even though I was a bit unsure about the harder tummy there is enough cuddly parts of the teddy to be able to be cuddled by a baby. My daughter is mesmerized by the lights as Alfie sings, and it simply keeps her entertained for a good length of time. However, I do think that there is a very limited amount you can do with this toy to warrant a price of over £8. Yes, my daughter likes it very much, but I would not have bought this at full price, as I simply do not think it is good value for money. A fiver maximum, but no more. All in all, though it is a cute and cuddly entertaining toy perfect for a 3 month + baby.

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                    An educational, fun, friendly toy, that doesn't cost much and turns himself off when not in use!

                    Alfie bear was given as a gift for my sons 1st Christmas, when he was 9 months old. He was a big hit with my son, and then later, with his younger brother, as a result Alfie has been living with us for the past four years.
                    Alfie is a fun little teddy bear who loves hugs, and loves to sing. He has a very enthusiastic voice and sings every word he says. Our Alfie has an English accent, but I am aware that there is also an American version too. He has a smiley friendly face and his arms are stretched out, like he wants a cuddle.

                    Alfie has a soft beige face, arms and legs and has a red hard plastic belly. On the front of his belly there are 4 buttons which can be pushed to make him sing. The buttons are quite large and very easy for young children to press.
                    One of these buttons is in the centre, in the shape of a heart; this is the on/off button. When pushed on, Alfie says 'How are you' followed by a little song. 'I'm a friendly light up bear, i'll teach you one, two three, a sleepy hungry, happy bear, hey come and hug me'. When you push the button again to turn Alfie off, he says 'Bye Bye'.

                    The other buttons are each numbered 1, 2, 3. Each button can be pushed up to 4 times in a row, as Alfie has four settings for each button.
                    On the first push Alfie will say how he is feeling. Then he will say a number, ask you a question, and finally play a nursery rhyme.
                    For example- Button 1 - 'Mmm im a hungry bear' - - 'One' - - 'How are you?' - plays a nursery rhyme.
                    There are several nursery rhymes played including, Skip to the loo my darling, rock a bye baby. Alfie does not actually sing the nursery rhymes, but he plays the tune of them.
                    Each individual button lights up when pushed. And during each nursery rhyme all the buttons light up and flash.

                    Alfie requires 2 x AAA batteries. The batteries are secured by two small screws (Philips) on his back. I can't say that we have ever had to change the batteries in the four years we have had alfie. He turns off automatically after a while, when he isn't being used. This helps to save the battery life, and also stops Alfie from continually making noises, like many other children's toys do! The speakers are also located on the back of Alfies belly.

                    Alfie is recommended for children aged 3 months - 18 months. I would agree with this age range, although both my children played with Alfie up to the age of two. When my children were around 6 months, they used to like the nursery rhyme tunes, aswell as the visual effect of the flashing buttons. As they got older (around 1-2) they started to pay more attention to the number sounds and Alfies comments i,e 'I love you'.

                    Alfie has a little velcro tab on his head, which makes it easy to attatch him to a bouncer or cot. When my children were little I used to attatch Alfie to the pushchair. He also used to hang from the handle on their rear facing baby car seats, which helped to keep them entertained during car journeys. The tab is a particularly handy when your child is going through the phase of throwing their toys for the fun of it!
                    As Alfie is an electronic toy, he can only be sponge cleaned. I haven't found any problems with cleaning him in this way, using washing liquid and a damp cloth, he is still in a great condition after four years.

                    We have the original 'Vtech Singing Alfie' that is made of primary colours, which i feel is visually attractive and makes a great unisex toy. There are also pink and blue versions available for those who prefer toys to be gender specific.
                    Singing Alfie is widely available to buy in most toy stores i.e, mothercare, toys are us and Argos. I also spotted him in Wilkinson last week! The price is generally around the £9.99 mark, although prices vary from store to store, and I have seen him on offer for as little as £4.95 in the past.
                    I really cannot think of anything negative to say about Alfie. He is simply a friendly looking bear, that is fun to play with, aswell as being educational. He is easy to carry around, thanks to his Velcro tab, and he can be heard clearly, without being too loud (like some childrens toys)! He even turns himself off when he is not in-use, which saves the battery life, meaning that i have never had to change his batteries.
                    My youngest son is now 2 and a half and seems to have lost interest in Alfie, so i think it is time to take Alfie down to the charity shop, so another child can cherish him.
                    All in all, a great toy that is well worth the money!

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                      Don't buy this for your child unless you want to me driven round the bend!

                      My daughter wasn't even 2 months old for her first Christmas but that didn't stop family and friends going crazy over toys for presents. This Little Singing Alfie Bear from Vtech was one of them.

                      What is Alfie bear?

                      Alfie is a small bear, around 15cm high. He has a hard plastic body which features all of the buttons and on the back houses the battery compartment. The rest of his body (arms, legs and head) is made from a soft plush material, like a normal soft toy. He has a loop attached to his head so that he is easily transportable and can be attached to buggy bars and such.

                      The buttons on Alfies red body are large and colourful. There are three buttons, each one is a different colour, has a different picture and a different number. The on/off button is located above the main buttons and is in the shape of a heart.

                      What does Alfie do?

                      When Alfie is turned on he will have a little giggle, then burst into a (very annoying!) song "I'm a friendly, light up bear. I'll teach you 1, 2, 3. A sleepy, hungry, happy bear. Hey, come and hug me." Then when each button is pressed Alfie will describe a different emotion he is feeling for each button, the first button will announce "I'm a hungry bear". If that button is pressed again, the number will be said and then that number of musical notes played. If the button is pressed again, Alfie will start playing a melody.

                      There aren't a huge number of different tunes it plays, around 6 I think, including London Bridge and Skip to my Lou. The volume of the songs isn't as loud as some of Kacie's other toys, but it is loud enough to be annoying when they are played over and over again. Alfie doesn't have a volume control so it can drive mummy crazy after time.

                      If Alfie is idle for a while (a minute or two tops) he will declare his love, and say "I love you, mwah" and sing the sing-a-long song again, if he still has no interaction after this he will turn himself off.

                      What do we think of Alfie?

                      When Kacie first received Alfie she wasn't old enough to interact with him herself, if I held him up to her she would watch the lights flashing and kick her legs, I take it this was a sign of enjoyment. As she got older we would attach it to her buggy bar and her play gym so she could play with him when out and about, she enjoyed holding him with one hand whilst constantly pressing the same button over and over again with her spare hand, it drove me potty!

                      Alfie got sucked and chewed quite a lot when Kacie was teething, and as he is half soft, half hard, he was quite hard to keep clean. I used to use a wet wipe to wipe over the plastic body, this was easy enough. The soft parts used to get quite soggy and dirty easily, I would wash over with a soapy sponge and leave to dry and he looked clean again, but waiting for him to dry took a long time.

                      As Kacie got to about 9 months she liked playing with Alfie more, and he was played with frequently until around 11 months when the lack of features finally started to bore her. This was the time where I got driven round the bend with the constant sing-a-long song, it used to haunt me. Instead of singing a nice upbeat song while doing the dishes, or pottering about, I was singing "I'm a friendly, light up bear" blah blah blah. That's when I knew I was officially mad!

                      She is now 23 months and although she doesn't get Alfie out of her toy box very often she still likes to hear the melodies and understands that if she keeps pressing the same button a melody will play quicker than pressing different buttons. Every time I put old toys in a box, ready to be packed away, Kacie gets them back out again and it's like her new favourite toy for an hour, so we still haven't parted with it yet, but I don't think it will be long!

                      Information about Alfie

                      Alfie is recommend for babies between the ages of 3 to 18 months. He has a RRP of £9.99, but can often be found on sale somewhere, he is available to buy from most toy stockists such as Argos and ELC.

                      Alfie takes 2xAAA batteries, we've had him for 2 years and haven't had to change the ones that were supplied with him since having him.

                      Overall

                      Alfie, although annoying, is a cute bear. Kacie has had quite a lot of use out of him, but I think if he had a few more features would have been played with a lot more. The velcro attachment makes it easy to take out with a child and Kacie did enjoy playing with Alfie when out and about, the only problem was the no volume control, walking into a library or somewhere quiet with Alfie in tow would be quite embarrassing I would imagine. I think I would recommend Alfie, but only if you are buying him as a gift for someone else, his sing-a-long song is too catchy and annoying!

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                        perfect for the buggy

                        I brought this for my baby when he was 4 months old as he was at that stage where he loved lights and noise and was starting to get bored in his buggy. Alfie was the perfect solution, he loved the bright colourful lights and the cute songs. The bear also teaches numbers and colours. He is a bear that seems to keep my baby entertained for quite a while although the only drawback is you have to keep pressing the buttons as the songs/ sentences aren't that long.

                        The strap above his head is helpful to strap to the buggy to stop it being thrown although it is very solid and has survived many 'falls' on the floor! The bear is soft enough to snuggle with baby.

                        My child is now almost one and he still loves playing with Alfie and he has provided hours of entertainment. he batteries have not needed changing since I bought it which makes a change from some toys! I am very pleased I purchased this and I would recommend it to anyone.

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                          A lovely singing bear

                          When my parents come to visit they always have something for my daughter and normally it is a whole bagful of presents for her. Because she is now incredibly alert for just over 4 months (people have commented on just how alert she is!) her bagful of presents this time included quite a few different toys, even though she doesn't really grab at anything yet, as soon as she hears music and sees the lights there is a smile on her face!

                          One toy that has been purchased by my parents is the Vtech Little Singing Alfie. My parents bought the blue version but it also comes in pink and brown. They opted for blue as the other colours weren't available but to be fair it is nice to see a little blue amongst her pink things!

                          *~* The Bear *~*

                          Alfie is a small plush bear made of soft fabric with a plastic little body (the legs and arms are soft) which features 3 light up buttons on his tummy. Once you press a button it has a small variety of phrases which help introduce emotions to a baby and music. The buttons all have numbers on and some of the musical tunes include counting. Alfie has been designed for babies from the 3 month age mark upwards.

                          There is a sing a long song which is in an English speaking voice and this helps the baby to learn. The buttons are large and colourful making them easy for a baby to press, by pressing the buttons this also helps to develop motor skills. The large buttons flash bright colours which help stimulate the senses.

                          It is also great to take around with you as it is small in size and has a colour co-ordinated velcro strap. The large number buttons are lime green, pink and yellow in colour which are incredibly bright when they do light up and flash. Alfie has a lovely smiley face. Note that the colours of buttons change depending on which colour bear you have.

                          In a nut shell the singing bear helps with

                          *~* Bear Activities *~*

                          I must admit when I first pressed a button for my daughter I was slightly disappointed with what it could do. That was until I read the instructions!

                          To turn the bear on you simply need to press the pink on/off button where the bear will then giggle, speak a phrase and then a sing a long song will follow. When the bear is first turned on the large buttons will flash. When you press the number buttons they all have their own emotive phrases, numbers, musical notes and fun melodies whilst lights flashing. If you press a number button again while one of the melodies is playing a sound effect will start to play at the same time. To switch the bear off you simply just need to press the heart on/off button again where you will hear a kissing sound and then the phrase "bye bye".

                          *~* Music *~*

                          ~ Melody List ~

                          1. Rock-a-bye baby
                          2. Brahms' Lullaby
                          3. Skip to my Lou
                          4. Pop! Goes the Weasel
                          5. Pease Porridge Hot
                          6. London Bridge

                          ~ Sing-Along Song Lyrics (To the tune of Here we go
                          round the Mulberry Bush) ~

                          1. I'm a friendly light-up bear
                          2. I'll teach you 123
                          3. A sleepy, hungry, happy bear
                          4. Hey, come and hug me!

                          The melodies don't last very long and don't repeat themselves which in my opinion is quite nice as once it has finished as soon as you press another button another tune or phrase can be heard. Also, the melodies and phrases are not that loud in volume which is great as for a mother it doesn't get too annoying!

                          Even though the list of melodies and sing a long tunes is not particularly extensive there is enough for you not to hear the same melody too quickly. Because the melodies are only played when you press certain buttons the phrases nicely intermingle with the melodies so you are not hearing the same thing over and over.

                          *~* My Daughter and Alfie *~*

                          As soon as she saw the lights flash and heard the music she had an instant wide grinned smile on her face and she did after a few minutes of hearing the melodies reach out to grab the bear. Because it is incredibly lightweight and the arms and legs are slim she had no problem grabbing his leg and firmly holding him while we pressed the buttons for her.

                          She has now had the bear for around a month now and it seems like it is a permenant fixture on her play gym! Even though we do have to give it to her to play with, she has managed to press the buttons and is obviously over joyed when the lights start to flash! She cannot switch it on or off which is hardly a problem but she knows how to press the buttons. However, as you can imagine she doesn't press them in any particular order, just at random but is more than happy with the melodies she can hear!

                          When we sit down and play with her on her play gym we can obviously press the buttons in certain ways in order to get more out of the bear. It is really nice to hear my daughter talking to Alfie when she is playing with him as she is hopefully enjoying the sounds and the lights which makes this toy a good choice in my book!

                          *~* Useful Info *~*

                          * It requires 2 'AAA' batteries - a screwdriver is needed
                          * To keep Alfie clean just use a damp cloth
                          * Age range: 3 months plus

                          *~* Price & Availability *~*

                          Available from a variety of toy shops. My parents bought mine from Early Learning Centre and cost them £9.99.

                          *~* Overall *~*

                          Once I read the instructions I was pleased that the bear did more as I was initially slightly disappointed - will serve me right! I don't think it is really worth £9.99 as it seems a tad expensive as the bear is limited in what it can do. However, it keeps my daughter entertained and since using this toy she has started to grab at it more and can now reach out and press the colourful buttons which is definitely an achievement for her. It is a handy size as we do take it out with us now and again to keep her entertained especially if we are going to be out all day and she can get a little restless.

                          I like that the melodies and phrases are not too loud and are at a reasonable volume level which doesn't send me stir crazy when my daughter constantly presses the same button! The battery life seems to last quite a long time and so far a month later we haven't had to replace the batteries and we have used it quite a bit which is good.

                          I can't really fault this little bear. I don't think I would of chosen this myself but I am glad to have received it as gift. My daughter really seems to enjoy it as soon as the melodies are playing the colourful lights are flashing and at the end of the day her enjoyment is all that matters so this is definitely something I would recommend.

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                            14.02.2011 13:34
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                            A Pretty Standard baby Toy

                            My son received this Litte Singing Alfie bear by Vtech as a christmas present, as it is designed for babies from 3-18 months and he was only 3 months old it seemed a nice little starting toy to get him interested in playing.

                            It is basically a little teddy bear with 3 light up buttons on the front numbered 1 to 3 and each with either a hungry, sleepy or happy symbol on them. When pressed Little Alfie bear will either say the number that is pressed or choose between the phrases "I'm a Happy Bear!" or "I'm a Hungry Bear ..." or "Ahhh I'm a Sleepy Bear ..." which does get a little bit annoying. The bear also recognises when your baby hugs the bear or talks to it and will talk back with another annoying phrase such as "I Love You!" But actually I've found that when the bear suddenly talks back to my son, he occasionally gets a bit of a shock and starts crying bless him!

                            If the bear receives no action or button pressing from the baby for 30 seconds or so, it also switches itself off and says "Bye Bye!" which is also annoying because you then have to switch it back on if your baby wants to play with it again. The on/off button on my sons Alfie bear is sometimes tricky to switch on too and you have to press it in quite hard and leave it in for a few seconds.

                            The bear has a little velcro strap which is handy for you baby to hang on to if the bear itself is too big for your babies little hands, but I was a little bit concerned about how hard the plastic casing on the front of the bear is. For such a little bear it is quite heavy and hard which would hurt my babies face if he was to bump his head on it.

                            With this toy having such limited phrases and since it really does very little, it's not that exciting particularly for older babies. For very young ones like my son then I suppose it is quite amusing for 5 minutes or so.

                            The bear takes 2 x AAA batteries which are usually included when you purchase it. It's currently priced at £9.99 on Amazon but to be honest you can get nicer more amusing toys for your baby for the same price.

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                          Let your huggable plush toy teach you emotions, numbers and counting with popular tunes. Press the 3 light-up buttons on Little Singing Alfie's tummy to hear fun phrases and sound effects.