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~*~*~ Leapfrog Learn & Groove Activity Station ~*~*~
I remember this being quite expensive back when I had my third son and at the time money was quite tight so this wasn't something we got try out at the time despite me thinking it looked like it would be an incredibly useful and cool item, however when I had my last son back in August 2011 my friend very kindly passed one of these activity stations on to me and I gladly accepted it. Despite her buying it for her own son three years previously it had barely been used due to him being such a clingy baby so when I received this it was in pretty much immaculate unused condition. It was however already set up so I can't comment on how it comes packaged but I would expect with it being an expensive item from a good company that it did come well packaged.
~ What is it? ~
This activity station is a brilliant alternative to a baby walker and makes a fun and safe environment for your baby to be. The station has a fully rotable seat that turns the full 360° around the unit so baby can explore the whole load of things available.
It also rocks and acts as a bouncer too which all add to the fun!
~ Features ~
Around the unit are five different activities, these are -
* DJ Decks
The Jukebox has a turnable page which is very easy for baby to grip and turn. The function of this is to switch the modes between alphabet, numbers and music.
The DJ Decks are quite cool, it has the arm which when pulled sets of a tune, when in musical mode it plays three tunes including Old Macdonald, in alphabet/number mode is plays a funky version of the alphabet, when in use the record spins and makes the typical DJ scratching sound over the tune being played.
The Keyboard consists of five large coloured keys, numbered 1 to 5, the colours are red, orange, yellow, green and purple. The keys light up and would always catch my sons attention.
There are various musical styles with each key, and they also counts the numbers too.
The Microphone on mine sadly never worked, my friend mentioned that this worked for the first few days then stopped, she didn't return it as she had bought it a few months earlier from a store quite a distance away. Looking on the net I can see that this is a common problem but also that when it does work it says two different phrases.
But even though it didn't work my little one did love to have a good chew on this so it acts as a teether which is useful!
The Discoball spins automatically when the baby turns in the seat and it can also be done manually. It can also be pushed down. It does reflect lights like a real discoball so is quite effective. When pressed down it plays little tunes and I just think this is a nice little feature.
~ The Unit ~
I am pleased to say that this is a nice strong sturdy unit and the blue coloured seat is padded and comfortable for baby to sit in.
The seat can be machine washed and tumble dried, the rest of the unit is safe to be wiped over with a cloth and a squirt of dettol as it is mainly constructed of a strong plastic.
The unit is suitable from approx four months old or when baby can support their heads alone and will last until they start to climb out of it! My son started climbing out of the unit when he was about 11/12 months but it should suit until baby is walking.
~ Overall ~
I found this a useful item to have, my son is quite clingy, I call him my shadow but with this I was able to go and do the dishes or make a cuppa without him screaming after me as it kept him entertained. In his walker he would scoot from one side of the living room to the other and dive bomb out of the walker onto the sofa which he found highly amusing, however it scared me stiff! So I always thought he was safer in this unit as he was in one place but he soon mastered how to climb out and would lever himself up until he could grip the edges and pull himself out! It was then that we stopped using it.
I wish I had bought one for my other son as my little one did really enjoy this and would bounce away like a mad man and then suddenly stop and turn himself around to face the other way and carry on jumping again.
It has a good range of activities which stop them getting bored so quickly so I found that I was able to leave him in this a little longer than I would anything else as he wouldn't cry to come out.
I am very thankful to my friend for giving this to me as it proved to be a brilliant bit of equipment that I got a whole lot of use from.
I have to knock a star off due to the microphone not working but everything else has been brilliant.
Thanks for reading :o) x
This Leapfrog interactive activity station rewards every movement with upbeat music, fun sounds, lights, and dance beats that helps your baby learn and groove!The Learn and Groove Activity Station introduces infants to learning through music and play. A flip jukebox page transforms the activiites on the table from learning activites into musical discoveries. In learn mode, activities on the table help develop fine and gross motor skills while teaching infantsthe alphabet, number, names, counting