***Reason for purchase***
When I first became a mother nearly two years ago, I started going to the baby group my friend took me to, just to socialise with other mothers and maybe make new friends who lived locally to me. The place I went to was newly built and provided rather nice facilities including very nice selection of different toys for kids of different age. And this is where I first saw Sneeze the activity dragon. My daughter seemed quite interested in it, even though she was just a baby, she kept looking at it, all the bright colours and crinkles attracted her attention. To be quite honest, I was more excited about this toy than my daughter and all I was thinking about is that I really want to buy it for her. And thank goodness for the internet. Typing dragon activity toy into the search engine promptly provided me with the results I wanted. Couple of clicks away and Sneezy was mine!! Well Sofia's.
Sneezy the activity dragon or Dee Dee the dragon as we call it in our household lives now in my daughter's bedroom.
***So what is it?***
Dee Dee the dragon is bright, multi-coloured, soft toy with many activities and textures for baby to explore and keep them entertained. The dragon is about 30cm, quite chunky with its main colour being bright green. I like this green actually I think any other shade of green would really spoil the overall look of the dragon. This also means that dragon is suitable for boy or a girl. The toys activities include - from "head to toes":
Crinkly ears and wings
Squeaky right hand
Rattle left hand
Daisy flower that pops out in and out of the pocket on the right foot
Peek-a-boo mirror on the other foot
Little butterfly attached to the dragons chest
Bell inside dragon's tail
We had Dee Dee since my daughter (Sofia) was about 10 weeks old and she actively played with Dee Dee until she was around 7 months old. When she was around 5 months, Dee Dee was perfect size to sit next to her so she could easily reach each part of the dragon, she use to chew/such on its ears when she was teething and loved the crinkly sound. Other favourite parts of dragon used to be daisy flower, butterfly and mirror. She used to love looking at herself in the mirror and giggle which kept her amused. It was really funny to watch it too.
Having said all this, to be totally honest, Dee Dee was never Sofia's favourite toy even though I used to make sure she can reach him all the time. Maybe it was me who wanted her to have Dee Dee as her favourite toy as I really like it but it never happened. When Sofia started crawling at 6.5 months old she lost interest in it as she could move around and explore the rest of the house.
***From my point of view. . . . .
I do not regret this purchase!! Dee Dee made Sofia laugh out loud for the first time when she was roughly around 4 months old. I still have a video of Sofia in door bouncer, I just kept making silly noises with Dee Dee when she started laughing out loud and it was just brilliant. Dee Dee is an excellent toy, very well made and of an excellent quality. He is soft to touch and with loads of on offer, it will keep baby occupied for hours.
Yes, my daughter eventually moved on as kids do, but Dee Dee has a special place in my daughter's cotbed and this is not my choice to put it there, she want him there so that shows she still likes this toy even though she is not actively playing with it.
Sneezy the dragon by TOLO is available from Amazon, currently retails at around £35 mark but I am aware that it can be purchased from various shops although I haven't seen it in any shop other than on-line.
I would definitely recommend this toy to anyone and personally I think it's well worth buying or it would make perfect gift for a baby. Can't give any less than 5 stars.
Thank you for reading :)
This lovely bright and colourful dragon has been handed down each of my children, a much loved baby toy in our house hold, and one that will certainly be kept for many more years.
Sneezy is approximately 12 inches high and made by Tolo. It is a well-made toy with strong stitching and made up of soft martial. Unfortunately it is not machine washable but I haven't found this a problem as it is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Sneezy is made up of lots of different textures and materials, giving him his own character with crinkly sounding ears, a squeaker in his hand and nose, a rattle in his other hand and even some soft colourful silky spikes down his spine. On one foot there is a detachable flower which slides in to a little pocket (it is attached by a short length of material so it doesn't get lost) and on the other foot is a door like piece of material covering a small mirror. This is great for your children development. Helping them learn with lots of fun.
The crackly colourful wings have always been a favourite for my children and also the Velcro butterfly attached to his tummy.
This lovely character has many textures on it from a silky feel to more of a felt feel. He has a lovely long easy to grab tail with a bell inside which is great for grabbing your little's ones attention.
So how do my children get on with it?
All my children have started playing with this when they are around the 7 month mark when they are starting to get into moving around and exploring what is around them. Currently my 8 month old daughter always goes for this bright colourful dragon instantly in the morning and will continue to give him attention throughout the day. Being larger does worry me from time to time, seeing as it can easily fall onto my daughter covering her face but as long as my full attention is on her I know she is safe. Please note that this is due to being a larger soft toy, but I must say being larger makes it more fun for her to grab and pull, she loves to roll onto him and give him a good tug and pull.
Having a two year old in the house that also enjoys playing with him is lovely. Being a two year old boy, having a fantastic imagination and being just a bright eye catching character he is soon to make up a story and pretend to make him fly.
What does mummy think?
Well I loved this the moment I saw it at the baby show and I couldn't resist picking it up. Being a new mum I never realised how much this would stimulate my child and help them learn about texture and colours.
It cost me around £24.99 for it back in 2008 which I think is a fantastic price for a much loved toy which has been played with by 3 children over the past 4 years.
Even I cannot help myself having a quick squeeze with sneezy.
Sneezy is currently priced at around £30 from amazon and john lewis.
Multi activity, multi textured soft toy. Appealing & colourful.