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My husband bought this book from Amazon when it was reduced to around £3 during their pre-Christmas Black Friday event. The RRP is £9.99, which is very overpriced in my opinion.
Obviously, being designed for babies, this is a very basic book, and it doesn’t actually contain any words, consisting of pictures, colours, and different textures instead. It is suitable from birth, so isn’t intended to teach the baby to read, but to introduce different textures in a different way to the usual toys. The book measures around 15cm at the edges (about half the length of a long ruler), so is a perfect size for baby to grab hold of.
The front of the book displays the sunshine with ribbons as rays, and the pages within the book have various animals including a bear, an owl, a fish, a goat and a bird. It sounds fairly boring but the animals are surrounded by bright vibrant colours, and patterns and shapes such as stripes or waves. The back page is brown with circular shapes on it, and is made with a crinkly fabric which makes a crinkly noise when the baby picks it up. This means it grabs the baby’s attention and raises his interest. Other pages in the book have different points of interest such as a rattle sound, a squeaker, and different textures such as velvet.
My little boy loves this book, and the intruiging crinkle sound it makes means he will often pick it up and examine it. It also has a plastic clip which allows me to hang it from one of the overhead bars on his playmat, and he will often grab it during playtime and try to pull it towards him. As with all his other toys, it usually ends up in his mouth, but the edges are bound by a stripy bit of material which is stitched to a high quality and puts my mind at ease that it will take a good amount of gnawing before showing any signs of damage. I haven’t needed to wash it yet but as it doesn’t leave the house I’m not too worried about it getting dirty, so a damp cloth will probably suffice.
Although it’s a basic toy, it’s one that my baby finds relatively entertaining, and the fact he gets bored of it quite quickly is more indicative of his age rather than the quality of the toy. It is one I can already use to interact with him during playtime, by crinkling the pages, or making it rattle or squeak, and as he grows we will be able to use it in a more educational way to name the animals or count the shapes.
I would recommend this book as it is a good addition to a baby’s toy box and the quality you expect from the Lamaze brand.
A great book that I would recommend for all babies.
Why I love this book:
Bright and bold colours to attract baby's attention
One large easy to detect happy animal/sun/star per page set against a contrasting background colour/colours eg orange fish in the blue sea.
Crinkly front and back pages....I love this as most toys only have a tiny crinkly bit. This is 4 pages worth of crinkle and my son loves it too. Sounds like he has a packet of crisps in his hands!
Squeaker and rattle In the middle pages.
Lots of different textures. Satin, velvet, fleece.
Link attached so perfect to add to your play gym, take for a stroll in the pram without worrying about losing it and even as a high hair toy that can't get thrown down.
The front page has a large sun with ribbon Sun rays. My son loves the ribbons as do most babies from what I ca tell.
All in all. A great book that I would definitely recommend and buy again. No words, so you can interpret a different story for your child each time. Soft pages so very baby friendly...even teething babies love it. Grows with baby. Baby discovers new things about this book all the time and his attachment to the book seems to be growing too. He plays more with it now (11months) than he did when he was younger.
I am starting to amass quite a collection of Lamaze toys and books, mostly because I have received them as gifts, and have then bought more myself since my daughter seemed to love the initial couple she had been given. One Lamaze toy that I bought myself for my daughter was this Discovery Book, which cost me £6.99 in a local toy shop, although I think you can get it marginally cheaper on amazon.
This bright and colourful book is suitable from birth, unlike some other Lamaze books aimed at slightly older babies. This eight page fabric book comes with a loop which can be attached to the handle of a buggy or hung from a playmat. At the moment I don't hang it from anything.
This book is a mix of various fabrics, going from velvet to crinkly textures, which older babies should enjoy, but obviously my 7 week old baby doesn't have much interest in at the moment. Each page is created with bright attractive colours to catch babies imagination and focus, and each page comes with a particular animal or character such as the sun or a fish, set against a patterned background. Some pages have a little rattle within the page, so it cannot be taken out, but as you turn the page you can hear the rattle and shake it. There is also a little squeak that you can press, which my baby does like and will noticably listen to.
I was positive that my baby, who was only a few weeks old when I bought this book, would love this book, due to the bright attractive colours and rattles and squeak that come with it, as she loves her black and white book, and loves things that make a squeak sound, however she has shown absolutely no interest in this book and she is now seven weeks old, it just doesn't seem to capture her attention at all, despite her liking her other bright Lamaze toys. I have tried many times to capture her attention with this book, but she just seems to look the other way, or at something else which captures her focus. This may just be my daughter, but I really don't think this is suitable for a newborn baby unlike Lamaze claim. Maybe as she gets bigger and can hold the book herself, I hope she will take more interest in it, but if you are buying it for a newborn/young baby, I think you would be better sticking to the black and white books, which I know capture the focus of my baby daughter.