I am not ashamed to say that VTEC is one of my prefered choice of toys when I buy something for my children, as they tend to be educational and alot of fun for my children to use. This was bought for my daughter for on her first birthday. It was bought for around £7.00 at my local Home Bargains store, which I thought was a good price as I have seen them being sold for £9.00-£15.00.
I think this is the perfect size for such a toy.Anything bigger and it wouldnt be easy for the child to hold, especially since its supposed to be aimed for children ages between 3 months to 18 months. Anything smaller it would be a waste of time as children need something tactile and have some chunkiness to it.
The head, arms and legs are quite soft and the tummy area hard as this is where the the buttons are placed.Four buttons in all, one to turn on and off, and the other three buttons when pressed will tell you a number ( each button has 1, 2 or the number 3 on it ), different phrases such as ' I love you ', and some melodies to it such as pop goes the weasle. Buttons also light up when pressed.
The batteries last along time ( not been chnaged yet ) and they take 2 AAA.It also has a velcro strap at the top of the bear, assuming this is to hang up, but what for? I dont think its the most suitable to hang off a cot asan example, piece of furniture as I dont think its designed for that. Teddy bears, in general, are toys that are for touching, hugging, feeling not to hang up.So the strap for me seems silly.
Overall, I think this is a pleasant and simple toy. Its easy for may daughter to use, but not convinced the start age should be 3 months. Maybe between the ages 6months to 2 years. I say this because my daughter didnt really get it and didnt want to use it up til now, and shes 21 months old.
If this can be purchased at around the £6.00 mark if less, then its not a bad purhcase, but it is quite limited in regards to the amount of phrases and what you can do with it. It doesnt move, you cant pull it along, it doesnt sit up. Hopefully that makes sense!
Also, there is no volume control at the back of the teddy, which I have noticed alot of toys like this normally have. The teddy isnt loud so not a major thing, but always handy.
This is yet another of the toys my daughter recieved for my first christmas. My first impression was that the bears voice was so irritating!!! Other than that, I only have good things to say about it!
The price of this bear seems to range from £9-£14 which is pretty average for this kind of toy. You can also purchase Little Alfie Bear who is brown, and Little Singing Bear Blue, so they have a nice choice suiting different genders/taste.
The bear has three light up buttons on her tummy, and a big heart button to switch her on. She is plush everywhere except her torso which the electronic bit with all the buttons. I personally prefer a soft toy to just be a soft toy, this makes cuddling her a little uncomfortable for my daughter. For this reason, this bear is not really one to sleep in the cot with baby but more a nice addition to the toy box! One really good point about the bear, is that after one minute of no input, it completely switches off, saving the battery!
When you press the bears heart button, she giggles and says clearly "how are you? " which is good for encouraging polite words as baby gets older. She then sings a tune which goes "I'm a friendly light-up bear, I'll teach you 123, a sleepy, hungry, happy bear, hey, come and hug me!" I think this is really stimulating for the child as it teaches them to express certain emotions (sleepy, hungry, happy) as well as learning numbers. When you press each number it again re-iterates the emotions stating "Im hungry, Im happy and I'm sleepy". Repetiton encourages the children to take it in and helps them understand the words being spoken. When you press the numbers again they count from 1 to 3, helping the child to learn through play. The bear also keeps saying "I love you" which is a little creepy when you forget she is switched on, but is a nice phrase for your child to learn! Along with the other tunes the bear plays, this is a really fun and educational toy for a baby and it is recommended for age 3- 12 months. At 7 months, my daughter enjoys the flashing lights ( aswell as throwing poor bear over the side of the highchair repeatedly) and the velcro attachment on bear's head means I cant take her anywhere to attach to buggy,cot etc :-)
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