My son has one of these and it was my other sons before him.This toy like all toys has it's advantages and dissadvantages but in this case the good outweigh the bad.The ball is great for babies of all ages,when my son was about 3 months old we used to place it at his feet while he was in his bouncy chair and he loved when he kicked his feet and the music kicked off! It helped him to co-ordinate his leg movements and his legs gained alot of strength so he was an early walker!When he had outgrown his bouncy chair and began the joy of crawling he would sit and play with his ball for hours pushing it around the room and learning all the different buttons.With all the pushing around,being kicked and crashing into the furniture most toys would have broken but yet again the ball showed no signs of any damage. It is a great toy that seems to have many uses,ours often ended up in the back of the car where it would be rolled around and the buttons endlessly pressed!(cost me an arm and a leg in batteries!!) It is handy to take around to peoples houses when you are visiting,to place in the pushchair or cot,or to simply let your child(ren) play in the house or garden with it.This is a good sturdy toy and will go through several stages with your child(ren).It educates them,helps them with hand/eye/leg co-ordination and will be a toy that you can put away for when the next baby arrives.A good toy at a good price..well worth the money!
Call me old fashioned but I just do not like all these electronic toys that have flashing lights, play tunes and have awful American accents. I like a toy to challenge the mind of youngsters, I suppose that is the teacher in me coming out. The V Tech ball was bought for my son as a gift. It is a battery operated ball that has red flashing stars that light up. It also has different button on to press which have various pictures on. There is a rabbit, dog and a dubious looking man and woman for example. The ball has two modes, a music mode and a speaking mode. The music mode plays a selection of nursery rhyme type tunes such as 'Skip to my Lou' and 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'. The thing that I hate about this is that once the ball is knocked again the tune changes. Therefore if baby is playing with the ball you never hear a tune all the way through but snippets here and there. The speaking mode basically names the picture such as 'dog' and then a dog barks. This is OK but the American accent is so, so strong. When you press the picture of the woman she says 'Hello baby' and it almost reminds me of a voice in a horror movie, so frightening and false. This toy could encourage crawling but I think an ordinary ball would work just as well. The sounds and lights distract baby from exploring how to manipulate the ball. I think it is so much better to see a child explore a toy for themselves rather than sit and be entertained by a piece of electronic equipment. The toy does not really make any demands on the child, it even chimes up again if they don't hit it after a few seconds thus giving them a reward for doing nothing! This ball looks good and is entertaining but I do not think that it encourages baby to develop any specific skills. Then again maybe we should stop pushing our younsters as much and simply let them be entertained for a while - who knows? Thanks for reading.
We were visiting some friends when I was pregnant and their little boy had this toy and I have never seen a child laugh so much. As with all the VTech toys the voice is familiar, and also the words and songs are the same as other VTech toys, but its a good little toy none-the-less. You can choose if you want to have words or songs when the buttons are pressed, and it says words like "Ball" "Bunny" "Teddy Bear" and plays songs like "Row, Row, Row your boat" and "Twinkle, Twinkle little star" It has lights that flash when the ball is either playing the tune or saying the word, there is also a volume control, which is great as it does get on your nerves after a while. The aim is for your baby to learn to crawl after the ball, and press the buttons, but so far Jack crawls but not after the ball, usually its to anything that is not a toy !! Its brightly coloured and i'm sure that in a few months Jack will be playing with this, but as he had only started to crawl the last 2 weeks, there are bigger and better things to explore !