“ Brand: Jellycat „
We bought this toy from tesco before our second daughter was born as we wanted a couple of little things in ready for her even though we knew she would be bought alsorts. The toy cost about £6 from Tesco but that was about 2 years ago now so the price may have gone up a little now.
The elephant is really cure in my opinion he is really colourful with a bright red body, blue head, orange ears and multi colouired legs. The elephant has a strip of green material from the top odf his head which has velcro on it so that it can be hung above your baby for them to look at, whenever we went out we hung this toy from little ladies car seat and when she got a bit older she would happily use her hands and feet to move him and make him jingle.
The elephants body has got little spots embroidered on him and he is made of a really soft feel material but with a different stripey material on his feet so there are a few different textures for your child to feel. He has a couple of plastic hoops over his trunk and one on each legs which jangle against each other and make a noise and then there is a bell in his main belly bit which is really sensitive and jingles at the slightest move. The elephants ears have also got a rustly type material inside them so when your child plays with him they are rewarded with a gentle crinkling noise.
This elephant is really good and he was one of my daughters favourite toys, to begin with he was hung a short distance above her and she would focus on him which is probably because he is so brightly coloured and then when she was a little older we would sit her in her bouncer and give her him in her hands so she could shake him about and make a noise with him. She always loved him in the car and when she got a little older still she would try and pull him from the car seat which she did eventually manage as the velcro started to loose it's strength as little. This is a toy that was a favourite for many months and she would often be found asleep with him in her playpen, well worth the price a really lovely toy.
One of the biggest surprises when my twin boys were born was the amount of gifts we received, and this was not just limited to close friends and family as it seemed everyone we knew bought my boys a gift. Clothes and vouchers were the most common present but we did receive some other little gifts like baby toys, and one of my boys' clear favourites was the Jelly Cat Hoopy Loopy Elephant.
*** Jelly Cat Hoopy Loopy Elephant***
The description of the Jelly Cat Hoopy Loopy Elephant is "he will help keep your little ones entertained all day. He's finished in bright rainbow colours to stimulate your child's senses. His ears crinkle, his hoopy loopies rattle, his tummy jingles, plus he has a velcro loop on his head so that you can attach him where he's needed the most!"
The toy is basically a multi-coloured elephant shaped soft toy. The elephant has a soft velour body and head. With soft long dangly legs and black and white coloured soft feet. The elephant has plastic loops attached for a baby to chew on and the toy rattles and is made from different textures to stimulate your child.
The toy is suitable from birth.
The Jelly Cat Hoopy Loopy Elephant is available in two sizes small (20cm) and large (40cm). My review is based upon the small version of this toy.
You can purchase small the Jelly Cat Hoopy Loopy Elephant from John Lewis, Debenhams and Tesco stores. You can also purchase online from these stores websites and also from Amazon and Play.
The price of the JellyCat Hoopy Loopy Elephant varies. As this was a gift I didn't pay for the toy however I have seen this toy in John Lewis and Debenhams priced at £11. I think that this is very expensive as it is a simple soft toy that can be chewed on and rattles, however you can buy the toy from Amazon for £6 which is much better value.
This was a gift bought for my boys when they were born. Although we received it when my boys were only a few days old we didn't really start "playing" with the toy until my boys were around 4-5 weeks old. Prior to this age they spent most of their awake time sleeping, or being winded and cuddled and the rest of the time asleep. At around 4 weeks old they were starting to spend more time awake and were looking around at objects and taking notice of the world around them.
With the Jelly Cat Hoopy Loopy Elephant we tended to "play" with the toy by simply sitting the boys on our knee and rattling and shaking it in front of them. At such a young age they didn't really do much but focus on the toy but as the weeks went on and they got to around 8 weeks old they started to smile and get excited by the bright colours and jangling noise. Because of the hoop and Velcro attachment you can attach the Jelly Cat Hoopy Loopy Elephant to a toy bar, or handle. I would often attach this toy to the bar on my boy's bouncing chairs for them to look/ "play" with whilst I fed the other baby. Even at such a young age they seemed fascinated by the toy elephant and would spend time looking at the toy and focusing on it. They did this with other soft toys but seemed to get bored of them a little quicker than the Jelly Cat Hoopy Loopy Elephant.
I think part of the reason this toy is so great for very young babies is the black and white sections on the feed. According to my health visitor young babies can see black and white better than colours which could explain why they would look at this toy for longer than the coloured soft toys they had.
As my boys got old they would reach out and hold the Jelly Cat Hoopy Loopy Elephant. My boys were able to hold and grab a toy at 16 weeks and because the Jelly Cat Hoopy Loopy Elephant is only small and has thin legs and is light it is very easy for a young baby to hold. Simply by grabbing the toy and shaking the Jelly Cat Hoopy Loopy Elephant caused the toy to make a rattling jingling noise which made my boys smile and it encouraged them to shake the toy more to hear the noise. The noise is loud enough for a baby to hear but it is not a loud and annoying jingling noise that causes annoyance to parents like many rattle type toys do. I feel the Jelly Cat Hoopy Loopy Elephant really encourages a young child's physical development because the toy encourages them to explore the toy with their hands because of the different textures and crinkly material ears. The different sounds really stimulate baby's senses as do the bright colours making this a very visual toy. The plastic hooped rings are firmly attached onto the Jelly Cat Hoopy Loopy Elephant so they can't come detached but are great as a baby gets older as a teething baby can chew on these sections.
One of the greatest advantages to this toy over other similar toys is the strong Velcro loop meaning the toy can firmly be attached to a toy bar on a pushchair, bouncing chair or on a car seat. With many similar toys they have a similar Velcro loop but I found as my boys got nearer 6 months old and could reach out for toys they would pull so hard they would pull toys off the bar then throw them on the floor. With the Jelly Cat Hoopy Loopy Elephant it stays firmly attached and a young baby will find it harder to pull the toy off a toy bar, although by around 8 months old my boys had the strength to do so.
I would say the toy is best for babies from birth to around 6 months old. It is a very basic soft rattle type toy and as a result is very simple and basic in its function. For young babies the rattle sounds, bright colours and different textures provide entertainment however from around 6 months old my boys got bored of this toy quickly and preferred toys that had more features. They did still play with the Jelly Cat Hoopy Loopy Elephant until around 8 months old but between 6-8 months I found it was mainly to chew on the plastic hoop sections as relief from teething pains rather than as an entertaining toy.
Because the toy is made mostly from fabric it does get dirty and pick up dirt easily, especially as newborn babies tend to drool and suck soft toys. The Jelly Cat Hoopy Loopy Elephant can be put in the washing machine and I probably washed this toy at least 5 times. The bright colours did not fade and no stitching started coming away like it did with some other baby toys we owned. I also found that putting the Jelly Cat Hoopy Loopy Elephant in the washing machine did not affect the Velcro fastening on the loop which happened with other toys. This toy still is in excellent condition and we will be keeping for baby number 3 when he or she arrives in April.
The Jelly Cat Hoopy Loopy Elephant is a lovely toy for young babies and I would definitely recommend it to other parents or people wanting to buy a gift for a young newborn baby. I feel it is best to buy for a newborn or very young baby as this is the age range that will get the most use out of this toy as by 6 months old, a baby will not find this toy as entertaining.
The Jelly Cat Hoopy Loopy Elephant is a very pretty looking toy because of the bright colours and the black and white feet make the toy very easy for a young baby to focus on. The toy is visually stimulating and also stimulates a child because it makes a rattling/ jingling sound and has different textures for a child to explore with their hands. The size of the toy makes this a great travel toy and because of the strong Velcro on the loop section the toy stays firmly attached to a toy bar on a pushchair or car seat. The toy is also very well made and I felt confident giving this to my boys from birth as I felt no parts could come detached.
My main criticism of this toy is the price that most retailers sell it for. I feel £11.00 for such a basic toy that rattles is a lot of money, especially as it is only really entertaining for young babies. I would definitely recommend this toy but feel it is worth shopping around for and paying nearer £6.00 for rather than full price.
Hoopy Loopy has been a fixture in my lounge/pram since baby was born and has been a favourite with both baby and me.
**Why baby loves it
When babies are newborn they can focus on black and white better than colours. My baby loved a pack of black and white design postcards that I had lying around. (Very cheap simple toy if you can find some), this toy elephant has black and white striped feet, which meant I could attatch it to his pram or car seat with the velcro loop at the top of his head, and baby would be looking directly at his feet. It gave him something to focus on and to try and touch or kick. Hours of fun for a small baby.
For when baby had graduated onto colours, Hoopy Loopy is all bright primary colours with a soft velour body and legs. There are also different textures for baby to explore - his ears crinkle, there are embroidered patches on his body and beans in his feet. There are also plastic rings around his ankles and in his trunk.
For another stage in baby's development - teething - the plastic rings can be used as teething rings (alongside books, spoons and mummy's finger in my house!!!)
**Why I love it
It has kept baby amused and calm for many hours - pretty good for such a simple toy. It has progressed along with my son, giving him something new as he developed.
It's easy to clean - the label says to wipe with a damp cloth, but I washed mine in the machine tied up in a pillowcase and it was fine.
It's good value - currently on Amazon for £6, ours came from John Lewis for £10.
There's nothing particularly unique about this toy, but it has everything needed for a baby toy that will stimulate the first senses of sight, colour and texture.
Jellycat is quite a wellknown brand now, I have a couple of things from them and they are always good quality and long wearing.
Hoopy Loopy Elephant will help keep your little ones entertained all day. He's finished in bright rainbow colours to stimulate your childs senses. His ears crinkle, his hoopy loopies rattle, his tummy jingles, plus he has a velcro loop on his head so that you can attach him where he's needed the most!