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I was browsing through the baby toys category here on dooyoo and came across these dolls to review, whilst I don't think they should be categarised as baby toys we do own them so decided to review them.
This style of Russian dolls have been being produced for hundreds of years, they are carved out of wood then hand painted and mine have been finished off with a top coat of varnish too to make the paint decoration last.
You can get them in 3, 4 and 5 piece sets, the sets consist of a large hollow doll which seperates in the middle, inside there is the next sized doll and so on until the smallest doll is made of solid wood, now the largest doll is only about 3 to 5 inches depending how many there are in your set so the smallest doll is rather small indeed which is why I wouldn't recommend these as a baby toy but for a rather older child who has learnt not to put things in there mouth as this would be a possible choking hazard in my opinion and there is also the risk of the paint coming off if your young child sucked on them or chewed them which might not be a hazard if they are a more recent made set of dolls but the paint on the older dolls will contain lead which wouldn't be good for your child.
Thorness the company that made my particular set of dolls make quite a few different designs of these dolls so there should be something to suit all tastes there if you are looking to buy some for your self or as a gift.
I paid £5 for mine which I think is a rather reasonable price for a hand made item that will last a very long time, you may wander why I wanted these and to be honest I don't think they will be to everyones tastes but my grandma used to have a set that I loved when I was younger so when I saw these I just couldn't resist getting them, they spend most of there life just sitting on my window sill in my bedroom but on the odd occasion my children do like to stack them all together again and play with them for a few minutes.
There is nothing better than simple old fashioned toys that have been around for generations for entertaining your child and that is exactly what you are getting with these bath ducks, a very simply designed plastic duck that floats on the top of the bath water when your child is in the bath so that they can play with them.
With these ones coming from the early learning center they have a higher price tag than other cheaper ducks but they just basically do the same job but are most definatly better made so worth paying the extra for them as they don't stay squashed after being squeezed like others we have owned have done in the past, they have kept there colour without any fading despite being in and out of water, wet then dry and sitting on our bathroom window when not in use in the sun.
I would recommend these as a simple toy for any young child.
We purchased this around a year ago now for our two youngest children then 1.5 years and 3 years old as it looked like great fun for them. I purchased ours direct from the early learning center for £35 although there are other places stock it. It is spcifically designed for ages 1 to 3 years which I think is a great age recomendation.
It came flat packed and had to be put together which was quite easy to do and the instructions were very clear but attaching the trampoline mat part did require some strength so wouldnt be able to be done by everyone.
It is advertised as an indoor trampoline but I thought I would be able to use it out in the garden too until I realised that silly me hadnt thought about the fact it does not fit through the door to take it in and out and as it makes noises by battery operation couldnt stay out in the garden permenantly so I would only recomend buying this for in the house use only.
The noises are activated when your child bounces on it and Casey at 1.5 years old wasnt heavy enough for it to activate the noise so used to get quite frustrated that it made noises when her sister used it but not when she did which I think is a poor design and could have been made more sensitive to stop this problem.
The trampoline as with all the elc items I have brought is really well made and has lasted well with use from my children but I wouldnt advise it on wooden flooring as despite having feet on the trampoline it does still move around quite a bit to my dislike but my children have found it fun.
Casey was just starting to pull her self up the furniture when we started looking for a walker of this style for her, with Casey being our fourth child we had has lots of these in the past none of which I was amazed by so when I saw this I thought it looked great although at the time I thought it a little pricey at the £40 mark.
Casey has had this walker for 14 months now and obviously in this time has learnt to walk perfectly well by her self but she still loves to play with this due to all the fun activities that are on it so it still gets used a lot so the price really was worth it in the end and as it is so well made it is still as good as new.
The xylaphone on the front of the walker is one of Caseys favorite activities on here and it isnt too noisy either like some electronic toys so doesnt annoy me when she plays with it, the mallet to use with it doesnt attach to the walker though which is a bit annoying having to find it all the time when Casey cant remember where she has put it. It would have been easy to attach it with string too so is a dislike of mine for this walker.
There are cogs, beads and a puzzle which Casey finds lots of fun to play with as well but another of her favorites isnt shown on the picture above but on the side you can not see there is a shape sorter which Casey loves but as with the xylaphone misplaces the bits to it quite often.
There are no batteries required which is a rarety in childrens toys these days but great for me as I dont have to keep changing them. It does say it is only suitable from 18 months plus but I dont see why as Casey has loved this since she was 10 months old so I think it is suitable earlier.
Everyone that knows me knows I love beauty gift sets so these seem to be all I am brought these days for xmas and my birthday and as we have had both with in the last three months I have received quite a few including this one.
I have to say I dont think it is something I would have chosen to buy someone of my age as a gift set as it isnt really what I would call attractive looking and would really suit a much older person better as it is quite old and boring looking.
I prefer bath gift sets so this wasnt the most appealing gift set I have recieved as it contains two lip balms, cuticul cream and hand cream along with a rather old fashioned bag to put it all in.
The first lip balm is a bees wax lip balm which I have to say isnt the most attractive looking, is very similar to standard lip balms in a push up tube and doesnt smell nice or have a nice taste too it but it has stopped my lips chapping in the cold weather as it is really quite greasy.
The second lip balm is something I liked a bit better as it is pomegranite scented and flavoured which is much more to my tastes and whilst it protected my lips from drying out in the elements it didnt do anything to repair my already damaged lips.
The cuticle cream is something I have never used before so tried applying it around my nails a few times but cant say I noticed a fat lot of difference and didnt like how greasy it left my fingers.
The hand cream in this was really good at softening my hands and repairing damage so is something from this set I would recomend to others as it worked better than a lot of others I have used but once again it left my hands rather greasy so was something I could only use at night and not through the day and I wasnt keen on the smell as I dont like shea butter but might suit others.
All in all I really wouldnt recomend this as a gift for someone at all unless they spend a lot of time out side and need items like this.
This hello kitty walker when it first came out retailed at the hefty price tag of £70 which I think we will all agree is very highly priced and you were in fact just paying for the character name rather than features so I was very pleased to see that it dropped drastically in price and now retails between £30 and £40 which is a lot more reasonable and in line with the price of other similar walkers.
The walker is available in red as pictured above or pink, the only difference is the colours and all features remain the same.
As you can see from the picture above it is a walker with wheels to help your baby learn to walk but it also has another feature, it turns into a rocker too with the press of a few buttons so can be used long before your baby is ready to start walking but cant be used until they can support there own head and are starting to sit up as the seating area on it is quite big so although it is padded to make it comfortable it does nothing to help support babys posture so they have to be strong enough to hold them selves.
There is a play tray on the front of the walker which my daughter found quite frustrating to start with as when she first went into this at 6 months old she couldnt operate the toys on the play tray on her own so we used to have to play with her but she loved it as she progressed and learnt to operate then, they do require batteries but they last a very long time and ours only had to be changed every three months which is great for a childs toy that got so much use.
The play tray is also detachable so you can take it off to have a standard tray under it so you can put your own toys on there or you can use it to put snacks on for your baby.
The seat part is thankfully detachable and machine washable as my daughter got it in rather a mess eating chocolate and wotsits in this. I never had any trouble removing or fitting the seat or play tray and it is easy to wipe clean too.
The height does adjust on it so it will grow with your baby but it is restricted to just three settings so there isnt much of a variation but this is the same with most walkers.
My daughter loved spending time in this and would play for hours in it, there are safety rubbers on the bottom of the walker to stop it going onto uneven surfaces so that there is no risk of it tipping up but this does mean it wont go on long pile carpet but was fine for us as my carpet is short pile and the other rooms are laminated, I would recomend this walker.
Although it is listed in the baby toys category here on Dooyoo this trumpet is in fact not suitable for children under 3 years of age so please bear this in mind if you are thinking about purchasing one.
I have seen these retailing for a variety of prices right up to the £20 mark but amazon is the cheapest I found so purchased it from them for £7.99.
It arrives in a nice box which has a few songs on the back for your child to learn so do not discard the box as you will need to cut the piece out to keep for use as there is no music book included with it which would have been a nice addition rather than printing it on the box.
Upon removing the trumpet I was a little dissapointed with the quality of it as it is very thin and flimsey plastic so I dont think it will last very long in our house with rough play but may suite older children better as it wont take much knocking about.
It can only play four notes but that is good for a young beginner who is just starting out in music so is well suited for 3 to 6 year olds in my opinion but a older child would find this boring.
For the price I paid I am happy with this but it certainly isnt worth the higher prices I have seen it selling for, Jess likes to play with it for short periods of time, usually just to make a noise but it certainly isnt one of the favourite toys in our house.
The Little Tikes Push n Ride Walker was purchased for our daughter by her grandmother, a little research tells me it retails around the £25 mark and is available from a variety of shops.
When it first arrived I have to say my initial response to it wasnt great as it really does look rather plain and boring, I didnt think my daughters would be interested in it at all and it is something I would never have brought them my self.
It was brought when Casey was first starting to pull her self up the furniture and toddle around as it is a walker for a young child to hold on to the red spoiler on the back to steady them selves whilst walking along with it. This worked really well as it didnt move too fast for Casey and it didnt tip up either, to my surprise she loved it. At the same time Jess then three years old loved to get on it and scoot it up and down the hall way and around the garden, once Casey had mastered walking she too loved riding on this which has lead to a few arguments so it must be a popular toy.
From a parents point of view this originally looked quite a boring toy but in hindsight it is a very basic uncomplicated toy so there really isnt a lot to go wrong on it meaning it will have years of use, ours has been left out in the garden in all sorts of weather and is as good as new, the plastics have not faded like other toys have so is worth the price. Recomended for ages 1 to 3 years but Jess is now 4 and still uses it.
ELC Lights and Sounds Funky Footprints is a toy produced for the early learning center but is sold by a few different baby stores, it retails at £20 and is designed for children aged 12 months and over.
I was looking for ideas for Casey my two year old for christmas when I spotted this mat and liked the idea of it.
The mat has a variety of features to it, it works by Casey stepping on the foot prints on the mat which produces lights and sounds much to her amazement every time. The foot steps are numbered one to ten and count with your child as they step on them so this helps young children with there coordination as well as there counting at the same time as being lots of fun, once they get to the end of the mat it cheeres at them and Casey loves this bit, she stands there and claps at her self.
Casey was a year older than the recomended starting age on this mat but I do think it would suit children from one to four years, it would be great fun for a one year old to walk on whilst learning to walk as once they have taken the ten steps the cheer would be a reward that they would love, I cant wait for Jamie to be able to use it when she starts walking.
The mat requires 4 AA batteries which have been in ours just short of three weeks and has been used daily with no signs of them starting to wear down yet like other toys have so this is another plus.
This is a fun toy that is easy to store away and easy to keep clean as a quick wipe over with a baby wipe will be enough so I love it.
I spotted this toy set in Argos last year and straight away fell in love with it for Casey my daughter as she loves anything to do with animals.
There are six brightly coloured animal skittles and one ball in the set as you can see in the picture but what you cant tell from the picture is how light these are so they are really suitable for young children as there is no risk of injury from these at all.
Each of the skittles does something too which I did not realise when i purchased them, nothing fancy just a squeak or a rattle but they have kept Casey amused for the last twelve months so must be good.
This toy is great, I like it and so does my daughter, it has a variety of different textures to it so encourages touch and feel for a young child, is brightly coloured so very appealing, makes a noise as I said above adding to the fun, can be used as a counting aid or to teach your child how to take it in turns when playing from an early age.
As these are very light they are an inside toy as they would blow over in the wind in the garden. They come clean easily with a wipe over with a baby wipe or other damp cloth and have lasted the year and still look like they are new even though they have been played with a lot so yes I would reccomend them except they are no longer sold but there are very similar items by other brands.
Living with four hello kitty mad daughters we own an awful lot of hello kitty stuff including this set.
In the picture it just looks like a play set but it is in fact a building set as it comes in 41 seperate pieces that you build yourself like lego but on a larger scale and in much more girly colours, it is designed for ages 3 and over which is right as there are small parts that could cause a choking hazard to younger children but having said that it would have to be a very bright 3 year old to be able to put this together on there own so they will need adult help until they are about 5.
There are instructions as to how to put it together but they are only on thin paper so these soon got destroyed but we have cut the pictures out on the front of the boxes in the sets we own and pinned them to the message board in my daughters room for them to look at when building it so this helps them a lot.
Me and my daughters love this set as it is really girly compared to other lego sets around and it is great for teaching them to build and think about things as they go along putting the pieces together but unlike other models it doesnt loose its appeal once together as then the immaginitive role play can begin which my daughters love.
The pieces are made from hard plastic so cant be chewed up y naughty nibblers like my Jessie so this is pleasing for me.
We have had hours of fun playing with this set along with others.
It does say on the box that it is compatible with other named building blocks but I have found this not to be the case as it doesnt fit together with the duplo we have.
This mechano penguin was brought as a birthday present for my daughter for her second birthday and the box does say it is suitable from 24 months upwards so was brought at the correct age and there were no small parts in it to choke on so all initially looked good.
You get 14 decent sized pieces in the set capable of making the model of the penguin in three different poses, but not all at the same time as my daughters wanted to so they were a bit dissapointed in this.
It is designed to help build hand eye coordination and immaginitive play as you child has to work out where the pieces go and assemble them, there is absolutley no way my daughter could do this on her own at 2 years old but my 7 year old could do it but did it once and found it boring so it never got played with again, for the sum of £8 I think it is really pricey for how long it actually kept my daughter entertained and at no point over the last two years has she opted to get this out and play with it unless I do it with her and then she looses interest other than taking it apart which every child would like so I wouldnt recomend this or the rest of the range.
I am quite a big fan of exo terra products and there is a very good reason for that, I am yet to be dissapointed by one of there products including this cave.
The cave appealed to me as it is lovely looking, it looks very natural which is exactly what I wanted to go in the bearded dragons vivarium as it was set up to look as natural as possible for him.
Some people may wander why you would want a hide in your pets home because that meant you wouldnt be able to see them but it is very important for reptiles to have somewhere to go and hide away if they chose to and to have somewhere sheltered to sleep as it reduces there stress levels giving you a happier pet so in my opinion every lizard should have one of these.
They are available in four different sizes so there is a good variety depending on what type of lizard you have and I would advise buying one suitable for when your lizard is fully grown rather than buying them as he grows because they are made really well, they wash really easily just in water with a bit of washing up liquid and they dont change colour or get damaged by the heat in your vivarium either so will last the life time of your lizard.
Due to the shape of them they are really sturdy too so also doubles as something your lizard can climb on top of when awake during the day which ours loved to do.
These range in price from £8 for the small up to £22 for the extra large, they are as all exo terra items are a tad bit expensive but they do look lovely in your vivarium and they are really hard wearing and last a long time so are worth paying the price for.
These feeding dishes are designed to look like a rock to fit in with the natural look of your reptiles vivarium and look more like something that your reptile would find in nature, the out sides of these are rough just like a rock but the inside is perfectly smooth which makes it really easy to clean, I just washed mine with washing up liquid and water like I do our bowls and rinsed it after with clean water.
These dishes are really nice and solid and will not be tipped over by your reptile very easily and they also are not easy to break so you dont have to worry about this either, they come in a variety of sizes but just like everything else when it comes to reptile keeping they are not cheep, they retail from around £5 which is rather small and would suit a baby bearded dragon or lizard of equivalent size up to £16 for the largest size which would suit bigger reptiles like iguanas etc.
These dishes are pricey compared to a standard tub of the same size but they do look really nice in the vivarium and fit in well weather you have a desert lizard on sand or a forest lizard on dirt. They have a glaze coating on them that makes it really easy to clean as nothing sticks to it too badly and with a bit of a soak in hot water everything comes off easily.
Unless you drop these and break them they will last you a very long time, ours was used for five years or more and they still looked as good as when they were first purchased and although they are designed as food bowls I have also used them with water in them in the past which they were equally as good for too.
Exo terras jungle vine is not what it seems when you initially look at it as it simply looks like a long twig off a tree so when I first saw them I thought why would anyone buy these when you could do the same job with twigs from the local park but on further inspection I soon changed my mind.
These are not twigs at all but are actually man made to replicate them in the vivarium for your reptile or amphibian. These are bendable and twistable into pretty much any shape you want so will fit into any reptiles home and means they have lots more space to climb and explore not just the vivariums floor much more like they would in there natural habitat. The vines are waterproof so wont rot or go funny if used in damp environments or if used with frogs in there habitats.
These vines are fantastic for replicating a like like natural area for your pet as they had me fooled to start with that they were real wood as they look and feel real so your pet will be sure to love them to climb on and walk along.
These are available in two sizes small and large but the large is still only 1cm thick so they are not going to be suitable for larger animals like adult water dragons or iguanas but they will suit most smaller ones as you can twist them together to make them thicker and stronger.
Ours lasted years so they were really good value even though I initially thought they were a bit pricey as the small ones retail from £5 to £8 but they were worth it for the uses they have had and the ease of cleaning, I use to just soak mine in a bowl of hot water to get it clean and if you ever have a problem with mites as a lot of reptiles do you can put this in the oven to kill them so is really good.
I have used it with small lizards and frogs and found both to enjoy it a lot especially the tree dwelling frogs, it can also be used with spiderlings too.