Product Type: Fisher Price Soft Toy
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Under da sea.
Ocean Wonders Soothe and Glow Seahorse
Member Name: Mama-Q
Ocean Wonders Soothe and Glow Seahorse
Advantages: lovely music, lovely wave noises, soft body, well made.
Disadvantages: pricey, takes a lot of batteries.
I hadn't planned on getting my son anything like this before he was born - mostly because we didn't know the sex of our unborn baby (our NHS trust refuses to divulge this info) and I didn't want to get a load of things that were pink or blue. So when my friend bought us this little toy I was quite thrilled to unwrap it a few days after having given birth. I wasn't really sure what it was truth be told but I had some idea that it lit up - I had a little glow bug toy as a child that looked similar to this.
The 'Soothe n Glow' toy is a toy made by well known toy manufacturer, Fisher Price. Even before I was a parent this was a brand I recognised instantly. I've never heard of any major problems with this company and so far any of their products I either have or have been given tend to be the better quality products that have a lot of lasting power than the average toy brand - as well as remaining functional and pleasing on the eye. With this in mind it does seem that Fisher Price understand what both children and adults really want from toys, which can be a hard balance to strike for a lot of toy manufacturers.
To start using this little seahorse you'll need to pull out the piece of paper/cardboard from the battery pack. Then fill up the battery pack with 3 AA batteries - I bought rechargeable ones as I had a feeling they'd be used up pretty quickly! Well they didn't get eaten up too quickly, lasted a good few weeks. On top of this the music played is very soothing classical music - with sounds of waves lapping the shore alongside the music.
One squeeze of the seahorses tummy and the music and light show begins. The music plays for around 5 minutes before it gently plays out to the sound of waves. You can control the settings of the music volume from within the seahorse toy - opens up at the back with a velcro fastening. Along with the music is the soothing yellow glow light - it isn't overpowering but is bright enough that it has a calm and soothing atmosphere with it.
The look and feel of the toy: the 'light' part of the seahorse is in the tummy area of the toy. This is a softish yellow coloured plastic with a little heart and musical note on the heart logo. Our seahorse was the blue coloured one. I'm glad to report that it wasn't overly blue, more a muted bright blue colour. The main part of the seahorse toy is a soft body and made from a soft cotton material. The fins are in different colours - bright oranges and yellows - and are made from a satin-y material. I prefer toys that are made from different materials as it gives the baby a chance to feel different textures.
This is a very well made toy - we still have it for my son and he's over 2 years old. I will say that getting batteries in and out of this toy is a bit of a drama; lots of screws and a tiny screwdriver are needed for the job, annoyingly enough. And maybe it's just me but I think £16.99 is a bit on the steep side for a night light and 5 minutes of calming lullabies, or maybe I'm just a bigger cheapskate than I thought?
I did really like this toy but I can't say I'd be rushing out to replace it as my son prefers to take his little blue dog 'Deacon' to bed at nights over this little seahorse. I'm also not totally sure I would buy a pink version of this if I were to have a little girl - and to be honest I would probably just resort to using my son's old toy ;). It was a great toy to have as it did seem to soothe my son when he was going through a particularly bad crying spell and nothing soothed him. Newborns often enjoy strange noises (washing machines, hoovers, white noise etc) and so I can only assume the wave noise really did something for my son.
I would use this toy again but I wouldn't replace it. One is enough and at £16.99 Fisher Price will have to get their money off some other parent ;).