My little boy frequently receives toys as gifts from his grandparents, and this is one of the first toys he received after he was born. Now he is almost 7 months old, he can now use this all by himself.
There seem to be two designs for this toy; one being an elephant and the other a monkey, which is the one we own. The monkey is mainly brown in colour, with a brightly coloured tummy area and a cheeky face. Above his head is a clip to allow him to be attached to a pram or car seat, and by his feet is a plastic piece which not only acts as a teether but is also the bit you pull to get the music to play. There are actually two ways of getting the monkey to play music - one is by pulling the plastic bit at the end, and the other is by pressing his belly firmly. In theory, the action of pulling should be good for teaching my baby cause and effect, but in reality it's a bit hit and miss, with the pulling action not always resulting in music.
The monkey plays four different melodies, and I find them very pleasant to listen to in comparison to some other musical toys we own which get on your nerves after a while. You'll still find yourself humming the tunes, but at least they're not headache inducing. The tunes are jungle themed, with realistic bird noises in the background. So realistic in fact that my cat usually sits up and looks round the room when he hears this one playing.
The recommended age for these is from birth, and we have had a lot of use out of ours because the music used to provide a good distraction when my baby was young and frequently unsettled. Now he is older and has developed new skills, he can make the monkey play music all by himself. The plastic clip allows it to be attached to the pram or car seat, or even his playmat on the bars above his head. This makes it a useful toy to have either in the house, or when out and about to entertain him when he starts getting restless. He also uses the plastic teething bit occasionally to bite on, but not as often as other teethers. Although the ability of pulling the monkey's tail to make music is hit and miss, this is still a firm favourite in our house. The tug tunes toys currently retail for 6.97GBP in Asda.
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I wanted to get my son a musical toy for his pram as my daughter had enjoyed having one and I thought it would stimulate him when he was awake in his pram. The ones by Bright Starts were the only ones I could find for a reasonable price. We bought the monkey one for my son.
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Bright Starts make two types of tug tunes; one an elephant and one a monkey. We bought the monkey one to go with our little monkey! The monkey tug tunes is a brown monkey soft toy that is attached by his hands to a blue ring at the top which can be pulled apart to attach to a car seat or a buggy etc. The feet of the monkey are attached to a yellow plastic shaped ring which can be pulled to set off the music it plays. The monkey's body is a dark brown with lighter brown for his feet, tummy and face and little blue eyes. The monkey plays 4 different tunes in rotation, but only one is played at each tug.
We have this attached to my son's pram and it hangs down above him while we push him along. It was easy to hang there and also easy to move to other items if needed. We put it in when he was just 3 weeks old and at first he looked a little scared by it. He also looked very confused when the music started playing. After a couple of weeks of using it daily though, he began to gaze up at it and looked like he was starting to enjoy listening to the music. The tunes are quite short so it does mean that I have to pull it several times on our walks, but it does help to calm him down and he is starting to smile when he hears it. He is also now, at 2 months, starting to reach out to hit the monkey and 'coos' at it when he sees it.
We had a similar product for my daughter 4 years ago and she also enjoyed hers. She was never actually able to pull on the ring on hers while she was in the buggy as it requires quite a strong pull to get it to play the music. This doesn't matter to me as I feel it is more important for me to be able to pull on it instead of him. I do find it slightly more annoying though, that it only plays one tune at a time. The tunes are nice and bouncy but quite short and it might be nicer if it played longer tunes or several in one go.
I think this is a really nice product. It is fun for babies to look at and they can enjoy the music whilst travelling. It cost me £6.99 which seems to be about average for this toy. Normally I would find this quite expensive for a small toy, but as it was exactly what I wanted, I was happy to pay it. My biggest issue with this toy is that you can't change the batteries on it. Luckily, they seem to last for quite a while, but I would be happier if I knew I could change the batteries so I could use it more regularly. I would recommend this toy for young babies.
I have just been reviewing some other Bright Start's products and love them all so far. They seem to be good quality items, well made and well designed and cheaper than other brands such a Lamaze, Vtech etc. We have been buying them from Asda, Mothercare, and Amazon.
We were actually given the Monkey Tug Tunes as a present for our son, and hung it on his baby carrier/car seat from its first use. the little monkey would dangle in front of him helping develop his eyesight, and as he got older improve his fine motor skills. We had been using the Monkey Tug Toy for 8 months before the poor thing gave up! :)
The Tug Toy is a Monkey teddy design with a blue plastic hook at the top, and a green plastic pull handle at the bottom. The toy is colourful, well made, and nice to look at. It is robust, tactile, colourful, and has no sharp edges or corners.
It fixes to anything the hook can go round easily, the plastic hook is very strong on that note too. Then if you tug the pull handle at the bottom it plays around 5 different melodies. We found this great for when we popped our son in his seat (which he wasnt keen on being in), so one quick pull and the monkey would start up a tune and take his mind off it. As he got older he would then bat at the monkey and keep himself entertained, and later would pull the handle to set the tunes off himself.
The monkey got a hell of a lot of use in those 8 months, when the battery finally gave up. Unfortunately you cannot replace this so once it runs out, the tug toy simply becomes just a hanging toy! However, even now it still entertains our son without playing its tune
When my son was newborn we took a trip to toys r us and saw this adorable little monkey with a clip to attatch to pretty much anywhere you'd like, and a clip to pull to activate two different tunes which were pleasant and seemed to hold my baby's attention. We paid £8 for this little gem and we would take it everywhere. It clipped above his carrycot on his pram so he could see it and I could activate it shopping to keep him amused, it clipped onto his car seat for any long journeys we took and we would use it on his play gym.
The monkey itself is very cute, a great size, not too big but not tiny either, I'd say about the size of a tablet. It is soft for babies to hold and my son would love the chew the clips when he could grasp it. There is only one downside I can think of to this little playful monkey, and that would be that it seems to be running out of battery power now we have another on the way as it cuts out mid tune, and there is no way to change the battery! I suppose for a years play and many, many tugs of the plastic clips you cannot really grumble for £8 considering how amused and distracted my son was with this, but it is a bit gutting to know we can't use it for the next one, seems such a waste. I've also noticed the description states it plays 4 tunes, the monkey only plays two.
That said, I will be buying a new one for the new baby and this one has been very loved.
Bright Starts is a company that I first heard of after having my baby. They make a lot of toys and other baby activity products like play gym, swing etc. I have noticed that their products are of fairly good quality and tend to be quite cheaper than the well known brands.
After I got the Bright Starts play gym for my son when he was very young, I wanted to get a toy to hang on it that would attract his attention. After a bit of searching, I found these Tug Tunes from Bright Start. They are now available in four designs as far a sI know- an orange bug, a pink pig, a blue elephant and a brown monkey. They all sell for around £6-£7. I bought it from Tesco, and they seem to be available on many websites as well.
The one I got was the pink pig, as that was the only one I saw in the store that day. I have to say that the toy is quite cute, and my son was very interested in it. The idea of the toy is that the 'tug' attached to the feet can be pulled, causing the toy to play a melody. There are four cute melodies that alternate. The toy has a battery on the inside, but unfortunately there is no access to the battery. Once the charge is over, the toy will stop playing tunes. Mys on has had his toy for about six months now and I can clearly hear the battery staring to die now as it stops playing after one second. This seems to be the main drawback of the toy.
The toy itself is made of a soft plump material and is very comfortable to hold. It can be used by babies of all ages. When he was very young, my little simply used to stare at but lately he has learnt to pull it and make it play. All toys come attached with a matching link so you can attach it to a gym or car seat or pram. This is the toy that I usually take when we are going out, it never fails to distract him.
It is a very good toy, but I wish there was a way to change the battery.
At a Glance Bright Starts Tug Tunes feature adorable soft and cuddly fabric friends that play 4 fun melodies when tugged. Features and benefits for Bright Starts Tug Tunes Bright Starts Tug Tunes includes soft fabric characters that play 4 fun melodies for baby to enjoy Soft materials and crinkle features are fun for baby to touch and enhance their sensory experience through touch, sight and sound Use the fun link to attach the Bright Starts Tug Tunes to strollers, carriers and more Assortment of 2 sold separately Mothercare loves...??this simple toy that will develop your little one's hand-eye coordination by encouraging them to pull the tug to hear the musicWant to know more?This lovely toy is designed to appeal to and stimulate baby's senses. The bright colours of the Bright Starts Tug Tunes will catch baby's attention. By using their hand-eye coordination, baby will learn to pull the tugs and play the fun melodies.To further enhance baby's sensory experience, baby can feel the softness of the plush fabric and the crinkle noises of the crinkly toy. You can also take Bright Starts Tug Tunes along with baby by using the fun link to attach it to baby's stroller, car seat or high chair.Don't forget...Mothercare stocks a range of Bright Starts toys designed to entertain and develop your little one as they learn through interactive play. What's in the box: 1 x Bright Starts Tug Tunes