I'm sure that every mum has a toy in their toy basket that they want to hide, for us its this one! Unfortunately it also tends to be a toy that is very much loved!!
As I have a little boy we got the blue bear (stereotyping much?!) but the bear is also available in pink and a tan colour. A lovely soft head, arms and legs with a hard body encasing the batteries to make the bear a singing bear. A very sturdy loop is attached to the top of the bears head with Velcro attachments which means that it can be attached to a variety of bars such as pram, car seat, cot each which will be of different thicknesses. I find this means that the bear is secure and safe, which means it can't get lost (shame.)
There are no loose attachments on the bear such as googly eyes which could pose a choking hazard for babies which is relaxing as babies put everything in their mouths.
The front of the bear has 4 buttons, all easy for little fingers to push and explore. A heart shaped on/off button and 3 number buttons. You press the heart shaped button and the bear comes on with the following ditty "I'm a friendly light up bear, I'll teach you 1,2,3 a sleepy, hungry, happy bear hey come and hug me" once the bear is on the lights flash up and then each button (button "1" "2" and "3") each has 3 different tunes, the first telling you if the bear is hungry, sleepy or happy, the second counting the number and the third a musical melody. If the bear is not played with for any length of time it prompts you by telling you "I love you" and then switches off after about 1 minute if inactivity telling you "bye bye"
*THE BABY AND THE BEAR....*
We first got this when my little one was 6 months old. At this point he loved watching flashing lights but hadn't mastered the fact that if he hit the buttons he could make them flash and sing. In fact his favourite pastime with the bear at this point was eating its nose, which is just the right size for little mouths to bite down on while teething. The best thing about this is that I was happy to operate the flashing lights and singing for him as I could control when it STOPPED when it got annoying!
As he has got bigger and is coming up to 9 months old he has now figured out that he can make the bear flash and play music. And that he can turn it on, oh my ears! He still doesn't have any discernible way to "play" with this other than bashing and laughing when the songs start to play. He has become a lot more active with this toy and will stretch and reach to get it, when I hold him to his toy box he tried to find it. This means that of course there are some days that the bear just goes missing, especially if the day before I end up with the "friendly light up bear" song in my head!
As he gets more in tune with his surroundings and his pointing comes on, alongside the obsession with pressing buttons which I'm sure is just round the corner I can see a lot more mileage from the bear. And a few more headaches for mummy coming along....
*OTHER ISSUES (aside from the annoying singing!)*
Because it is battery operated, it can't go in the washing machine! As we have a lot of baby slobber, bits of baby food, baby sick, it could get pretty grubby pretty quickly. We find that we need to give it a good wipe with baby wipes (ah they are useful for everything!) and Milton sterilising wipes leaves the bear looking as good as new.
We picked ours up in a toy bundle from ebay but you can buy new for less than £10.
He loves it. There is no 2 ways about it. Would I buy it again? Probably he likes it and I can see that it will help him develop, especially pointing as he presses the buttons. Do I think it "teaches 1,2,3" maybe but I don't it! Would I buy it for someone else - definitely! Let them love you even more when you present their child with this noisy singing bear! A great gift for an uncle/Aunty to give to their niece/nephew, see the look the mum and dad give you!
My daughter has had the Vtech Little Singing Bear since she was around 6 months old. It is suitable for ages 3 and up, apparently until 18 months of age though my daughter does not play with it much now. I picked this bear up for her when we came across it in a charity shop, but I believe the bear costs £10.99 new.
The bear is a light blue colour with arms and legs that bend. The head is soft and has a smiley face on it and it has a loop attached to its head for hanging it up. The bear's stomach has a heart shape on it with 3 buttons beneath it. The pink heart is for turning the sound on and off, and it is easy for a 6-8 month old to press, and for an older baby to press with intent! The bear laughs and speaks when you press the heart, and says hello or goodbye, depending on whether you are switching it on or off. The batteries are still going strong in this bear which is just as well as we never get around to replacing them!
The 3 buttons light up when you press them, and say different things. The first press will elicit a themed phrase depending on whether you are pressing the hungry, feeling or sleep button. The second time will produce a number, and the third will play a song. My daughter became aware of this at about a year of age and she would become frustrated with the bear for not playing music every time she pressed the buttons.
If you leave the bear switched on it will continue to say things to recapture baby's attention, which personally I find annoying as if she is doing something else then she doesn't need interrupting. Eventually the bear will turn itself off.
My daughter is not as interested in this bear as she is with her toys that make music rather than say things. She does like her cuddly toys but with this bear she always wants to interact with it which is not best for cuddling up for a nap or bedtime. She was most interested in it at about a year of age although in retrospect I am not keen on all the flashing lights and noise, as now she loves playing with people's mobile phones which is not a great habit to have.
The Vtech bear is still in good shape so I will probably give it away when she is properly bored of it. Unfortunately though it can't be washed because of the speakers and other battery-operated parts that are inside the bear, so I have to do what I can with baby wipes now and again, which is annoying because as you probably know babies are messy and their soft toys need regular stints in the washing machine because of this! So all in all I am giving this toy 3 stars, because there is nothing special about it BUT it is not a bad toy and some children might like it more than others.
We got this vtech bear as a gift last Christmas so just under a year ago now. I believe you can buy it online from between £5-£10. Despite its common usage (at least once a day most of the time!) the battery has yet to run out on us!
The bear has soft head and paws with a hard middle which has the 4 buttons inset. The top button is for power on/off, its pink and in the shape of a heart. When you turn it on it will giggle, say "how are you" and do a little song. When you press the button again to turn it off it makes a kissing noise and says "bye bye".
Underneath the power button is 3 themed buttonas 1. food, 2. happy, 3. sleepy. The buttons make sound and light up when you press them. The first time you press a button it will say for example 1- im a hungry bear, 3- im a sleepy bear. the second time you press the button it will tell you the number your pressed, the third time you press the button it will play a song (each button has 2 seperate songs). It will also interact with you when you dont press anything (maybe to recapture babys attention) by playing a song or saying something like "i love you". After it has interacted twice with no response and a couple of minutes have passed it will automatically turn itself on (which may be why the battery has lasted so long!)
It has a fabric loop on his head with strong velcro so it could be hooked on a crib or possibly a puschair for the baby to play with.
Age wise i think its suitable from 6 months-2 years. My son was 6 months when he recieved it, he loved the music and the light up buttons. Later on, still obsessed with it he learnt how to crawl to get to it! Now i often hand it to him during nappy changes to keep him distracted and at 17 months he loves pressing buttons to get a response so it still works for him. I had my friends 20 month old recently and she enjoyed gettin the bear to sing music and danced to it. I think from 2 years though there might not be enough to this bear to keep a toddler entertained.
I'd definitly reccomend it as a stocking filler this Christmas for babies at a similar age!
Hug your way to adorable early learning! Press the 3 light-up buttons on Little Singing Bear's tummy to hear fun phrases and sound effects that teach emotions, numbers and counting with popular tunes. A sing-along song and an English speaking voice promotes recognition and accelerates learning. Pressing the buttons develops fine motor skills while senses are stimulated by the flashing lights and fun sounds. Features Suitable from 3-18 months 3 chunky, coloured light-up buttons Teaches emotions, numbers and counting Velcro-like attachment strap for attaching to cot or pushchair Lots of fun, friendly phrases and sound effects