“ Manufacturer: Jellycat „
My husband and I have recently celebrated the birth of our second child, a beautiful daughter named Perdita.
As we were aware that we were expecting a little girl from the point of our anomaly scan, around 20 weeks, we were able to purchase in advance gender specific toys and clothing. This review is of one of her very first toys which was purchased in advance of her birth and is a suitably 'girly' item.
The Pinnipeg Pony Rattle is a fabulous first toy from Jellycat's Jelly Kitten range. This particular range consists of various toys and comforters suitable for babies from newborn onward.
I purchased this item from Just Jellycat, an online store who specialise in Jellycat toys and accessories. They are based in Holt, Norfolk and can be found online at www.justjellycat.co.uk. The Pinnipeg Pony Rattle cost £10.75 and delivery from this store is free for all orders above £10.00.
This delightful toy supposedly stands at 10cm high, though to my measurements it is slightly larger from the base of the feet to the highest point on the pony's back. When measuring from the base of the feet to the tip of the ear, this toy is closer to 20cm high. It is in fact a rather sizeable item and the width and overall plumpness further enhance this.
I was particularly drawn to this toy being a fan of all things Cath Kidston and items which are of a similar style. I adore flock and floral prints when tastefully designed and this little pony displays some beautiful fabrics which engage the eye.
The Pinnipeg Pony is of course a pony shaped toy. It has two sets of ivory piping around the edge giving it the appearance of a decorative pillow.
Three different fabrics are used in an almost patchwork effect. These fabrics predominantly consist of shades of pink with green accents, though one fabric is mostly blue and is situated at the centre of the toy. All of the fabrics however display an array of delicate flowers.
The pony's mane and tail consist of pink, red and blue ribbons. These ribbons are ideal for a young baby to touch and feel and promote sensory awareness in a very similar way to a Taggies toy.
The Pinnipeg Pony Rattle has a collar around the neck made from the same fabrics as the body. This collar has a Velcro fastening, though it cannot be fully removed as it is stitched into the neck, presumably for reasons of safety.
At the centre of the toy is a simple rattle which encourages baby to move the toy, aiding hand and eye co-ordination.
The tag bears a simple guide to cleaning this toy safely and efficiently. It suggests to wipe clean with a damp cloth and then dry with a hairdryer.
Perdy appears to be suitably impressed with her very first pony. The bright colours, varying textures and the sound of the rattle easily gain her attention.
This really is a delightful item and though a little more expensive than the average rattle, it is certainly not an average toy. Its beautiful design and intricate detail make it stand out amongst other products and certainly make it worthy of its price tag.
This is one that I would indeed recommend, be it for a child of one's own or as a special gift for another.