Product Type: VTech baby toys
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Over The Moon With Alfie?
VTech Little Singing Alfie
Member Name: karenuk
VTech Little Singing Alfie
Advantages: Durable, interesting, educational, English voice.
Disadvantages: Not very cuddly, not a favourite of my son's.
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.
Summary: A good educational toy.
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