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in our house weare big fans of the gloe colour changing animals, i say animals as my children have the bears and i being monkey mad just had to get the monkey version of these.
They all work on a very similar lines, the first one brought out is the largest at about 18 inches high, he has lights situated in his arms, head legs and chest that glow and change slowly through a sequence of colours, he can be operated by the button on his hand to turn him on or off but automatically switches himself off after 15 minutes to save the batteries, this original one also comes with a reading book and a wand that you click the button on to make him light up, it cost me £30 from toysrus 2 years ago and is still going strong,he is white and has lovely soft fur which is nice for my daughter to cuddle.
My daughters recieved a baby one each for there birthdays last year from there nan, one in pink and one in blue, they work on the same principal as the original but have no wand or book with them, they also dont glow quite aswell as the original as his fur is white and seems to reflect the glow better, they are also smaller at around 12 inches but are just as lovely and have curly fur.
My monkey is even smaller at around 10 inches and glows the same as the others,
These are ideal for any child of any age, they are suitable from new born and i think i will be donating my monkey to the new baby, they are nice for helping children settle into bed of an evening and are battery operated by aa batteries which last about 6 weeks in ours so are not too bad and my daughters love them, the only down side is they are not machine washable and the white one is getting a bit gruby now.
My children each recieved a GloE toy for Christmas last year, one of which was the Blue Baby Bear. The Babies are slightly smaller than the 'normal' versions, they are about 12" high. The concept of the GloE bears is that the button is pressed in the hand and little 'bulbs' situated throughout the bear light up and gradually colour change. Once the button is pressed the lights go out, or eventually (after 15 minutes) the GloE will turn itself off. I think my friend got them from Woolworths for about £14.99.
There was much hype about these toys when they came out, so my children were most excited to get one. However the excitement soon died down as the possibilities for play are rather limited. As you can expect, we found that in daylight the bears were not great and unless is was dimly lit you could not really see that they were glowing at all. We also found that the blue or coloured versions did not glow as brightly or seem as effective as the white due to the fur colour.
My children showed a great interest in taking the GloEs to bed. I soon found that this was not a good idea as it seemed to prolong bedtime as the bears were used as lights and the play continued! However, for a child who needs a nitelite these bears would be a great aid in helping the child adjust to sleeping in the dark as they turn themselves off.
The GloE bears however did come into their own. We had a series of power cuts in the evenings. As you can imagine having three children, there was general frenzy and searching for matches/ candles etc was not easy with the children frightened. We located the GloEs and all was at peace again, in the pitch blackness we used the GloEs to locate all we needed, and the kids were happy.
In conclusion, these toys are not great for stimulating play, however they would make a great comforter for a child who is scared of the dark and they are an essential piece of kit if you have children and are prone to getting power cuts!