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NOW CLOSED: Chicco Baby and Toddler Toy feedback thread (now with final feedback questions added)

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 05-Nov-12 11:25:28

This feedback thread is for the 21 Mumsnetters who are trying out a Chicco toy with their baby or toddler.

The toys on test are:
~ Rainbow Cube projector
~ Bubble Gym Play mat
~ Quattro Sit 'n' Ride
~ Talking Kitchen
~ Talking Carpenter
~ Talking School Bus
~ Jimmy Thunder

Everyone who takes part and adds feedback as required would be entered into a prize draw where one winner will get £100 of Chicco products they would be sent a catalogue and can choose the products they would like.

So first of all we want your first impressions: please share with us

~ what toy did you try and how old is your baby/ toddler
~ your overall first impression of the toy and it's packaging
~ what did your baby/ child think?

Later we will add more questions to this thread.

In addition you were sent a booklet about the Chicco "happy moments" collection they are offering to buyers this Christmas: please let us know what you thought about that.
(Anyone buying just £29 of Chicco toys between 15 October and 31 December will receive a booklet featuring four great experiences, something for everyone in the family - visit www.chiccohappymoments.co.uk for more information)

Thanks
MNHQ

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 13-Dec-12 13:25:06

Hi - thanks for all the feedback and reviews.
Am pleased to say the winner of the £100 of Chicco products is BuffyFairy. Well done - am emailing you now.

peglet Tue 11-Dec-12 20:33:38

School Bus - 2¼ year old son

~ How has your child played/ interacted with the toy?
He put the shapes in the holes and pushed the bus along the floor

~ What do you think are the values of the toy - e.g. what does your child gain from playing/ interacting with it?
He liked the music and the flashing lights

~ Any additional thoughts on the "Happy Moments" - have you been able to redeem the voucher? If so, please share what you did.
Nice little extra, though think it would be easy to lose/miss the voucher

~ If you had a talking toy did you like the function of also having the talking in a foreign language – what did you think about this?
I liked this and my son thought it was interesting, although even the english language was too complicated

~ Would you recommend this toy to other parents? Why/ why not?
No, my son found it frustrating with limited play value. The instructions were too complicated

~ Do you think this toy is value for money? If so why, if not, why not?
No, it is not a toy that will be a lasting favourite

HeffalumpsAndWoozles Fri 07-Dec-12 16:48:04

Please again state the toy you received and the age of your child/ baby.
- We received the Bubble Gym. We have DD1 aged 2 years and DD2 aged 9 weeks.

How has your child played/ interacted with the toy?
- At only 9 weeks DD2 can't yet grab and play with the toys but she does enjoy laying on the mat and watching the light show, on a good day she can happily spend 15 minutes watching the lights while DD1 waves the toys around trying to get her interest. DD1 has played with it a lot too, she loves music and role play so Teddy often has his nappy changed next to DD2 on the mat then she will switch the music on and have a good dance around the room. She also really likes the feature in the middle where the toy can be pulled to create silly sounds.

What do you think are the values of the toy - e.g. what does your child gain from playing/ interacting with it?
- DD2 enjoys the visual stimulation of the light show. DD1 although older than the target audience has also interacted with it a lot as described above. I like that the mat isn't absorbent, it makes for a good place to change nappies as well as play. The mp3 connectivity option is in my opinion a little bit wasted, strikes me as one of those 'tick box' ideas that haven't really been thought through. It doesn't take anything away from the toy but is unlikely to get used so therefore perhaps without it the toy could be made and therefore sold cheaper.

Any additional thoughts on the "Happy Moments" - have you been able to redeem the voucher? If so, please share what you did.
- Although I can see why this might have been thought to be a good idea I do think its a bit pointless. Nice idea and i do hope we get round to using it but ultimately people are more likely to lose the voucher before they use it.

If you had a talking toy did you like the function of also having the talking in a foreign language – what did you think about this?
-n/a

^ If you had the Quattro Sit 'N' Ride – did you like the adaptability – i.e. that the toy can grow with the child?^
- n/a

If you had the Rainbow cube – do you think the toy helped with any bedtime routine for your child? – Did it help create an association of 'bed'?
- n/a

Would you recommend this toy to other parents? Why/ why not?
- I would probably not actively recommend it but I wouldn't discourage someone from buying it either. I think it is a perfectly good play gym but I do think there are others that are better (and others that are worse!).

Do you think this toy is value for money? If so why, if not, why not?
- I think it costs around £35 in which case that is comparable with other similar products on the market and certainly not wildly out in terms of value.

PseudoBadger Wed 05-Dec-12 20:06:08

DS (22 months) tested Jimmy Thunders

~ How has your child played/ interacted with the toy?

He enjoys chasing it and restraining whilst we control it with the remote. He also pushes it like a normal car, lines it up with his other cars and likes beeping the horn using the remote.

~ What do you think are the values of the toy - e.g. what does your child gain from playing/ interacting with it?

He learnt that pressing the button would sound the horn, and that it's funny when mummy drives it fast at the wall.

~ Any additional thoughts on the "Happy Moments" - have you been able to redeem the voucher? If so, please share what you did.

I have not yet attempted to use the voucher.

~ Would you recommend this toy to other parents? Why/ why not?

I already have done as I think it's a nice starter for a remote control car.

~ Do you think this toy is value for money? If so why, if not, why not?

I don't know the price, but it seems strong and durable and the features appeal to many different ages/learning stages.

jollster Tue 04-Dec-12 21:47:39

Argh have now lost a long reply on 2 occasions sad

Please again state the toy you received and the age of your child/ baby.
DS2 is now 11 weeks, Rainbow Cube blue

~ How has your child played/ interacted with the toy?
Very little interest shown.

~ What do you think are the values of the toy - e.g. what does your child gain from playing/ interacting with it?
Minimal due to static nature of lights and IMHO set volume of music too high. It does not relax me or him!
~ Any additional thoughts on the "Happy Moments" - have you been able to redeem the voucher? If so, please share what you did.
haven't used - not enough to incentivise me even if I had the time.
~ If you had a talking toy did you like the function of also having the talking in a foreign language – what did you think about this?
n/a
~ If you had the Quattro Sit 'N' Ride – did you like the adaptability – i.e. that the toy can grow with the child?
n/a
~ If you had the Rainbow cube – do you think the toy helped with any bedtime routine for your child? – Did it help create an association of 'bed'?
Tried to use after bath and pre last feed, but DS2 quite noisy at this time (SCREAM!) so did not work to calm him, and was too loud to use at bedtime wind down. Have bought a Ewan the Dream Sheep - has volume control, easy middle of the night controls and a fluffy nature to go in crib - no hard plastic box. Sorry sad

~ Would you recommend this toy to other parents? Why/ why not?
No.
~ Do you think this toy is value for money? If so why, if not, why not?
No even at £20 I would not buy - the proposition is just not right, rigid light display with non adjustable volume and limited sound choice.

All in all it's a no from me.

NotInMyDay Tue 04-Dec-12 12:58:59

Please again state the toy you received and the age of your child/ baby.
Talking Carpenter. DS 23months

~ How has your child played/ interacted with the toy?
This toy tends to be played with in short bursts as it doesn't hold his attention for as long as cars or trains for example.

~ What do you think are the values of the toy - e.g. what does your child gain from playing/ interacting with it?
Being able to batter it with the hammer was the most fun. The screwdriver helped dexterity and problem solving. The saw was mostly used on his big sister rather then the bench

~ Any additional thoughts on the "Happy Moments" - have you been able to redeem the voucher? If so, please share what you did.
There was a limited range of family days out and the nearest pamper session was over 40 miles away (this despite me living in the biggest city in Scotland). I am unlikely to use it.

~ If you had a talking toy did you like the function of also having the talking in a foreign language – what did you think about this?
Nice to have. Not must have.

~ If you had the Quattro Sit 'N' Ride – did you like the adaptability – i.e. that the toy can grow with the child?
n/a

~ If you had the Rainbow cube – do you think the toy helped with any bedtime routine for your child? – Did it help create an association of 'bed'?
n/a

~ Would you recommend this toy to other parents? Why/ why not?
I'm unsure. It wasn't the biggest hit for my son but I can recognise that that may be due to his toy preference. I would tell parents of children who like role playing thAt it is a good toy.

~ Do you think this toy is value for money? If so why, if not, why not?
I've seen this advertised for £29.99. I wouldn't pay that for what I believe is a toy with limited scope. It would need more elements for me e.g. A hat, a tool belt, a bit bigger.

We have Jimmy Thunder, DD is 2.8
DD has played infrequently with the car and the wheel together, but separately, they have featured in various games. She has enjoyed using the steering wheel in make believe games about cars and aeroplanes, and the car has been pushed along. Im not sure if she found it frustrating when trying to use them together, and seemed to prefer watching her dad drive it.
I think she has gained an idea about cause and effect from the toy – that she can push something here, and something over there will move, or beep.
Happy Moments voucher – the craft classes are too far away for us, and the extreme experiences near all seem to be tae Kwondo, so not of interest. The 2 for 1 ticket might come in handy next year at a farm park. The beauty treatments – there was no salon near that appealed, but there is one near work which I might use.
I would recommend this toy to other parents, maybe a bit older than DD.
I don’t know the price so I don’t know if it is VfM, but its well made and if you remember to turn it off, the batteries have lasted ok.
 
       

BuffyFairy Mon 03-Dec-12 02:13:46

what toy did you try and how old is your baby?

We are testing the Talking Kitchen. DD is now 14m.

~ How has your child played/ interacted with the toy?

DD has played with this toy everyday and it will entertain her for up to 15 mins at a time. She enjoys pushing all the buttons, putting things in and out of the oven and whatever will for through the shape sorters. Her favourite setting is the music one and she will bop along to that. DD gets frustrated that she can't fit anything into the sink.

~ What do you think are the values of the toy - e.g. what does your child gain from playing/ interacting with it?

It's pretend play and copying behaviour. At her age DD is also learning about shapes and size so that element is good for her. The talking part I'm hoping will encourage her vocabulary.

~ Any additional thoughts on the "Happy Moments" - have you been able to redeem the voucher? If so, please share what you did.

To be honest, I'm not sure where the brochure is. I can't see myself using it. The money would have been better spent on a 'money-off' voucher to redeem against another product or a book token or something like swimming.

~ If you had a talking toy did you like the function of also having the talking in a foreign language – what did you think about this?

I like this. We're haven't used this much so far. I'm not fluent in another language and would love DD to be so view any early exposure as a good thing.

~ Would you recommend this toy to other parents? Why/ why not?

I would recommend for a similar age range to DD and for those with a lack of space but not at full price. DD does enjoy playing with it hence the recommendation. However, if I had the space I would go for a bigger kitchen with room to pretend cook food.

~ Do you think this toy is value for money? If so why, if not, why not?

The toy isn't value for money at RRP. I'd be looking to get this product for £20/£25. It's too small and too limited for play to be worth more. It's not the type of kitchen you can add to with food and accessories as there is nowhere for them to go.

awhistlingwoman Thu 29-Nov-12 20:23:11

We tested the Quattro Sit'n'Ride. Officially tested by 18 month old DS1. Like Gwendoline unofficially tested by 4 year old DD2 grin

~ How has your child played/ interacted with the toy?
He liked just sitting on it and using it as another chair! He loved just sitting, pressing the buttons to get the music going and then bopping around whilst seated. He also liked standing in front of it, holding the steering wheel, pressing the buttons and dancing in front of it! He enjoyed riding it, being pushed along it (by me, by DD2 not so much!) and he liked putting toys on the seat and pushing them along. He also liked hiding things (like house keys) IN the seat.

~ What do you think are the values of the toy - e.g. what does your child gain from playing/ interacting with it?
He's definitely got a lot more confident on any sort of ride on since having it. He's even attempted the wheely bug again which he had taken against since falling off a while ago, I think he got a confidence boost from the Quattro! He really likes the music and does a lot of dancing and 'singing' along to it. DD2 thinks she knows which one is his favourite tune! DD2 has also enjoyed riding on it and it has been good for making sure she bends her knees as she has to bend to get on it!

~ Any additional thoughts on the "Happy Moments" - have you been able to redeem the voucher? If so, please share what you did.
I haven't redeemed the voucher. To be honest, the only activity that appealed to me was the Creation Station and by the time I'd thought of booking it, the voucher had disappeared. Probably thrown away by DH.

~ If you had a talking toy did you like the function of also having the talking in a foreign language – what did you think about this?
Our toy didn't talk.

~ If you had the Quattro Sit 'N' Ride – did you like the adaptability – i.e. that the toy can grow with the child?
We only used two modes. Initially I had it set up without the handle, then added the handle on to test it and ended up keeping it on as the kids were using it to play. I think that it certainly improves the longevity of the toy and each element adds another dimension, like adding the handle meant that DS1 could push his toys around.

~ Would you recommend this toy to other parents? Why/ why not?
Yes, I would. I think it's great fun, a wide range of ages would get a lot of fun out of it, it's sturdy and can take being bashed about and the tunes don't seem to get irritating (which I can't say the same of for every toy!) I would echo some of the previous comments that it is quite large, considerably larger than other ride-on toys sold for indoor use.

~ Do you think this toy is value for money? If so why, if not, why not?
Initially I thought it was quite expensive for a ride on toy but, having used it for a while, I think it is very good value for money. It's a big toy with lots of adaptability that will last a long time. The steering wheel unit with all the sound effects makes it fun for dancing and singing along too! If DD2 is anything to go by, DS1 will still be playing with this toy for another couple of years!

Thank you to Mumsnet and Chicco for letting us test this! DS1 especially has loved it thanks

Mibby Tue 27-Nov-12 19:42:48

Testing the talking Kitchen

How has your child played/ interacted with the toy?

Plays on her own with it and sings but the novelty wore off pretty quickly

What do you think are the values of the toy - e.g. what does your child gain from playing/ interacting with it?

Like to cook people meals but frustrated by the tiny sink

Any additional thoughts on the "Happy Moments" - have you been able to redeem the voucher? If so, please share what you did.

Not used them, not likely too tbh

If you had a talking toy did you like the function of also having the talking in a foreign language – what did you think about this?

I liked the french, DD not so impressed and tells it to talk properly smile

*Would you recommend this toy to other parents? Why/ why not?
Do you think this toy is value for money? If so why, if not, why not?*

Probably wouldn't recommend it, saw it for sale in a toy shop at £40 and thought this was way overpriced for this toy. £20 maybe. Sink is too small and the shape sorter part seems at odds with the rest of the toy, like its for a younger child

EarnestDullard Tue 27-Nov-12 15:09:45

DD is 8 weeks old, we got the Rainbow Cube Projector.

~ How has your child played/ interacted with the toy?
There's not really any play or interation required. She does seem to look at the lights though.

~ What do you think are the values of the toy - e.g. what does your child gain from playing/ interacting with it?
It seems to calm her a bit although we've only used it when she's sleepy anyway.

~ Any additional thoughts on the "Happy Moments" - have you been able to redeem the voucher? If so, please share what you did.
Haven't used it (busy with toddler and new baby, sorry!)

~ If you had the Rainbow cube – do you think the toy helped with any bedtime routine for your child? – Did it help create an association of 'bed'?
She's still a bit little for a routine, but hopefully it will work when she's a bit older.

~ Would you recommend this toy to other parents? Why/ why not?
I'd recommend it to someone who was looking for this sort of thing.

~ Do you think this toy is value for money? If so why, if not, why not?
I'm not sure what the RRP is; Amazon seem to have it for about £30 which seems quite expensive. Other light projectors seem to be a bit cheaper. I'm not sure I'd pay the extra for this one specifically, as I'm sure they all work in a similar way. I'd pay £20 (maybe £25) for it.

NikkiCrick Tue 27-Nov-12 14:37:25

Please again state the toy you received and the age of your child/ baby.
Bubble Gym Play Mat - daughter now 24+ weeks.

~ How has your child played/ interacted with the toy?
My daughter loves the music / sounds of the gym, she still isn't keen on the lights though. We have been able to lie on the mat whilst listening to music / audiobooks. She was able to reach toys above her hands, whilst kicking others.

~ What do you think are the values of the toy - e.g. what does your child gain from playing/ interacting with it?
She is trying to move towards her favourite toys, shuffling along. It encouraged her to reach for things out of her immediate environment.

~ Any additional thoughts on the "Happy Moments" - have you been able to redeem the voucher? If so, please share what you did.
I have looked at the booklet but nothing really appealled to me, so I don't think I will use any of them.

~ Would you recommend this toy to other parents? Why/ why not?
I would recommend it, after you get passed the faff of getting the gym out of the box and toys attached! I like that the toys can be swapped around and that the pillow is separate. It is great that the pat itself is easy to wipe if there any accidents. I really enjoyed the music element and was able to lie with my baby listening to music or audiobooks.

~ Do you think this toy is value for money? If so why, if not, why not?
I think it's reasonable for the money, but not sure whether people would prefer an inbuilt MP3 player, not always practical to attach phone, so may have to purchase separate player.

cleanandclothed Tue 27-Nov-12 13:54:01

We have the rainbow cube and ds is nearly 5 months.

How has your child played/ interacted with the toy?

Well he is still quite small but he listens to the music. Lights dont interest him much. The 4 year old loves it - both music and lights and often has it on at bedtime.

~ What do you think are the values of the toy - e.g. what does your child gain from playing/ interacting with it?

It is soothing - hasn't sent the 4 month old to sleep yet though!

~ Any additional thoughts on the "Happy Moments" - have you been able to redeem the voucher? If so, please share what you did.

No

~ If you had a talking toy did you like the function of also having the talking in a foreign language – what did you think about this?

n/a

~ If you had the Quattro Sit 'N' Ride – did you like the adaptability – i.e. that the toy can grow with the child?

n/a

~ If you had the Rainbow cube – do you think the toy helped with any bedtime routine for your child? – Did it help create an association of 'bed'?

Am still working on this - I hope so but I think it will take a while

~ Would you recommend this toy to other parents? Why/ why not?

Probably not - I don't think a parent would by it because I think the music/lights could be incorporated within a baby monitor and as a parent I would like a multi function thing over many single function things. I don't think it has a 'unique selling point'. I really wish the lights moved - then I might reconsider.

~ Do you think this toy is value for money? If so why, if not, why not? I don't think so. Bearing in mind it is for a baby, as a parent I would find it ok but unnecessary - if someone bought it as a present then I wouldnt dislike it but wouldnt actively seek it out. As someone buying a gift I would prefer to buy books - I could get 4-5 good ones for the price of the toy.

SuiGeneris Tue 27-Nov-12 11:58:14

We tried Jimmy Thunder (remote controlled car) and my son is 2 years 10 months.

How has your child played/ interacted with the toy?
He likes driving it around, especially now that he has learnt to make it go slowly (and therefore crashes it less). He also enjoys the horn and lights.

What do you think are the values of the toy - e.g. what does your child gain from playing/ interacting with it?
He has fun and so do visiting children. He also seems to have learnt that the car will turn depending on how he turns the steering wheel, but tbh I am not sure whether he realised that before (about steering wheels in general).

Any additional thoughts on the "Happy Moments" - have you been able to redeem the voucher? If so, please share what you did.

Have not tried to redeem the voucher as the things on offer are not really my sort of thing and in any event I do not have enough free time. I imagine younger and less boring types would like them though.

Would you recommend this toy to other parents? Why/ why not?

Yes if they were specifically looking for a remote controlled toy for a younger child.

If asked to recommend a toy for a child this age, in general, I am not sure. DS loved it in the early days and so do visiting children (with resulting squabbles) but for most of the time it lives in the toy box now. The LEGO and the wooden railway (which are less noisy and do not require batteries) on the other hand are out every day without fail.

I might give it as a present for a birthday, but it would very much depend on the family. Most of the time DH and I have a policy of not giving presents that make noise or require batteries, so would only give it if I knew the family in question well enough to know that they do not mind noisy toys.

Do you think this toy is value for money? If so why, if not, why not?

I have seen this advertised for £20, so yes, because it is good quality, sturdy and has survived the hard bashing it has had at the hands of various overexcited children who have come to play in the last month or so.

GetKnitted Mon 26-Nov-12 22:17:00

Oh and Thanks Chicco smile

GetKnitted Mon 26-Nov-12 22:15:49

cars!? i meant toys blush

GetKnitted Mon 26-Nov-12 22:15:13

Chicco Talking Carpenter
~ How has your child played/ interacted with the toy?
Ds2 who is the target age loves playing the music, and will repeatedly pull the levers and press the buttons until he gets the songs he wants to hear. He used to just play the abc song, but now he tries the other 'tools'.
DS1 (4 yo) knows all the songs in English and some of the songs in French.
~ What do you think are the values of the toy - e.g. what does your child gain from playing/ interacting with it?
He really enjoys it, I'm happy that he's also being exposed to sounds in French, though I'm sure he's no idea which ones are which.
~ Any additional thoughts on the "Happy Moments" - have you been able to redeem the voucher? If so, please share what you did.
Sorry, I haven't done anything with it, it has been hanging around the dining table for the whole time and is unfortunately being used to check if pens are working.
~ If you had a talking toy did you like the function of also having the talking in a foreign language – what did you think about this?
I liked the french setting and I've been able to put some of the phrases and words together to understand what they are, so if I was playing with DS with the toy then he could probably actually learn some french. However, because the phrases don't always relate to the actions you've done, I doubt he'll be able to take the full advantage in independent play.

~ Would you recommend this toy to other parents? Why/ why not?
I would, it has been a toy that entertained both my boys and that they could both play together with. The music is still not annoying!
~ Do you think this toy is value for money? If so why, if not, why not?
I've seen this advertised for £20 and I do think it is value for money. We have bought more expensive cars which have had less use than this.

~ what toy did you try and how old is your baby/ toddler

We tried the Bubble Gym play mat and my baby was 17 weeks old but is now 19 weeks old.

~ How has your child played/ interacted with the toy?

My daughter has enjoyed playing with the toy, especially looking at the different coloured lights, the dangling toys have also encouraged her to try and grab and pull.

~ What do you think are the values of the toy - e.g. what does your child gain from playing/ interacting with it?

This toy has actually encouraged my daughter to sit up! I took the bars off the play gym and sat my daughter on the play mat with the lights on in front of her and she leaned forward trying to touch the lights whilst balancing herself. smile

~ Any additional thoughts on the "Happy Moments" - have you been able to redeem the voucher? If so, please share what you did.

I havent yet redeemed the voucher, i did flick through the book but nothing really stood out for me.

~ If you had a talking toy did you like the function of also having the talking in a foreign language – what did you think about this?

n/a

~ If you had the Quattro Sit 'N' Ride – did you like the adaptability – i.e. that the toy can grow with the child?

n/a

~ If you had the Rainbow cube – do you think the toy helped with any bedtime routine for your child? – Did it help create an association of 'bed'?

n/a

~ Would you recommend this toy to other parents? Why/ why not?

I would recommend this toy as the lights and music seemed to grab my daughters attention, overall i was very happy with it.

~ Do you think this toy is value for money? If so why, if not, why not?
Yes because of all the features (lights, your own music, dangling toys).

Thanks.

Sparkles23 Mon 26-Nov-12 14:39:08

~ How has your child played/ interacted with the toy?
He has really enjoyed playing with it, I think he loves the fact that he is controlling it and the control is the shape of a steering wheel. He is only 2 and at first really didn’t have a clue about going forward and backwards but still loved it and just pressed any old button but with time he has actually started to understand which button goes forward and which goes back, he also loved pressing the beep button in the middle. He doesn’t always use the remote and sometimes uses the car with his other toys like dinosaurs and teddies which is nice.

~ What do you think are the values of the toy - e.g. what does your child gain from playing/ interacting with it? As stated above after a while he did start to realise that one of the buttons reverses the car and one make it go forward so this is very beneficial and he also started to understand after a while that when it hits a wall it’s not going to go forward any more and he needs to pick the car up and turn it round. So it certainly stimulates part of his brain and makes him think. I think it’s a toy that he can enjoy for ages and in a years time when he’s 3 he will probably get even more out of it

~ Any additional thoughts on the "Happy Moments" - have you been able to redeem the voucher? If so, please share what you did. No I haven’t yet, I’ve not really had time but will have a look

~ If you had a talking toy did you like the function of also having the talking in a foreign language – what did you think about this? N/A

~ If you had the Quattro Sit 'N' Ride – did you like the adaptability – i.e. that the toy can grow with the child? N/A

~ If you had the Rainbow cube – do you think the toy helped with any bedtime routine for your child? – Did it help create an association of 'bed'? N/A

~ Would you recommend this toy to other parents? Why/ why not? Definitely, it’s a great toy for 2+, there are not many cars that are suitable for this age group but this is perfect especially if your little one loves cars which mine does. It’s also not over complicated, I hate things where need to read lots of instructions but this you simply take it out of the pack (ties are annoying but definitely preferable to anything you need scissors to remove!) – put the batteries in and it’s fairly obvious even if you didn’t read the instructions you could figure it out. It is a great toy and my son absolutely loves it and it’s not something he’d grow out of too quickly which is also appealing.

~ Do you think this toy is value for money? If so why, if not, why not? Yes I think £20 is a very reasonable price to pay, it’s not too expensive and I would certainly pay that for it. Especially when you compare the price to other things out there for example Happyland toys (which I have bought for Christmas for my son) which in my opinion are expensive and don’t actually do much, this is only £20 and it’s a remote control car – don’t think you would normally find one that cheap. I do think it’s a good price and very affordable.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 26-Nov-12 11:15:13

~ How has your child played/ interacted with the toy?

He likes playing with it on his own and zooming around the living room.

~ What do you think are the values of the toy - e.g. what does your child gain from playing/ interacting with it?

Well, he has used it as a walker and is now walking on his own. grin

~ Any additional thoughts on the "Happy Moments" - have you been able to redeem the voucher? If so, please share what you did.

I haven't used the voucher yet but I will and I will come back and add feedback.

~ If you had a talking toy did you like the function of also having the talking in a foreign language – what did you think about this?

Ours doesn't talk

~ If you had the Quattro Sit 'N' Ride – did you like the adaptability – i.e. that the toy can grow with the child?

I did like that and DS has certainly enjoyed the different ways of using it.

~ If you had the Rainbow cube – do you think the toy helped with any bedtime routine for your child? – Did it help create an association of 'bed'?

~ Would you recommend this toy to other parents? Why/ why not?

I would, unless they were particularly tall. Would have prefferred if the handle was an adjustable height and the straps were adjustable, otherwise this toy is pretty perfect.

~ Do you think this toy is value for money? If so why, if not, why not?

I think it's around the same price as similar toys, so yes, I do think it is good value for money.

Quattro Sit 'n' Ride tested by 10 month old daughter (and 4 year old daughter!)

~ How has your child played/ interacted with the toy?
The absolute stand out part of the toy was the music. The two girls love dancing to it and DD1 puts the music on to listen to when she's doing something else! Even any adults who've been around have commented that the music is vastly less irritating than the usual choices!

The 4 year old rides it like a racing car. The 10 month old pushes it around as she's tentatively walking. She wasn't keen on it as a rocker and wasn't mad on the bars along the side keeping her in

~ What do you think are the values of the toy - e.g. what does your child gain from playing/ interacting with it?
She loves to press all the buttons and she seems to like being in control of something big. Smaller toys with buttons have been long discarded!

~ Any additional thoughts on the "Happy Moments" - have you been able to redeem the voucher? If so, please share what you did.
Haven't been able to redeem it. It didn't impinge on me one way or the other tbh. It wouldn't influence whether I bought the toy or not

~ If you had a talking toy did you like the function of also having the talking in a foreign language – what did you think about this?
N/A

~ If you had the Quattro Sit 'N' Ride – did you like the adaptability – i.e. that the toy can grow with the child?
Yes, liked that very much although, as I said, DD2 wasn't keen on the rocker. Maybe a younger child would have been. But my older child loves it and she's way past the target age for it

~ If you had the Rainbow cube – do you think the toy helped with any bedtime routine for your child? – Did it help create an association of 'bed'?
N/A

~ Would you recommend this toy to other parents? Why/ why not?
Yes, would make them aware that it is is bigger than other toys of a similar ilk and also that it's definitely an indoor toy in case they're tempted instead of something like the Smart Trike

~ Do you think this toy is value for money? If so why, if not, why not?
Yes, I like it a lot and it would have been something I'd buy for dd2

Thank you for letting me test it smile

GollyGoshGreat Mon 26-Nov-12 11:03:44

what toy did you try and how old is your baby?
18 mo DD testing the talking kitchen.

~ How has your child played/ interacted with the toy?
DD wanted to play alone with this toy. Happy to entertain herself with it for up to 10 mins.

~ What do you think are the values of the toy - e.g. what does your child gain from playing/ interacting with it?
^It's a copy/modelling toy, DD likes to play with it whilst I'm cooking in the kitchen.

~ Any additional thoughts on the "Happy Moments" - have you been able to redeem the voucher? If so, please share what you did.
what a load of crap! What on earth made you think that this was a good idea?

~ If you had a talking toy did you like the function of also having the talking in a foreign language – what did you think about this?
I liked the concept but not a language that we use in our family so not much help for us

~ Would you recommend this toy to other parents? Why/ why not?
No, I don't think so. There are better toys for 40 quid/limited interactive play

~ Do you think this toy is value for money? If so why, if not, why not?
I think it's expensive. I'd consider paying £25 for it, tops. It doesn't have enough play features - it doesn't need all the songs. We'd prefer better simple play function like a bigger sink and more accessories.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 26-Nov-12 10:12:53

Thanks for adding all your feedback on your Chicco toy.

Please answer the following questions – and please don't forget to add a review of your toy here

Please again state the toy you received and the age of your child/ baby.

~ How has your child played/ interacted with the toy?
~ What do you think are the values of the toy - e.g. what does your child gain from playing/ interacting with it?
~ Any additional thoughts on the "Happy Moments" - have you been able to redeem the voucher? If so, please share what you did.
~ If you had a talking toy did you like the function of also having the talking in a foreign language – what did you think about this?
~ If you had the Quattro Sit 'N' Ride – did you like the adaptability – i.e. that the toy can grow with the child?
~ If you had the Rainbow cube – do you think the toy helped with any bedtime routine for your child? – Did it help create an association of 'bed'?

~ Would you recommend this toy to other parents? Why/ why not?
~ Do you think this toy is value for money? If so why, if not, why not?

LolaDontCryOverSlitThroats Sat 17-Nov-12 11:33:22

~ what toy did you try and how old is your baby/ toddler

We tried the talking school bus and DS is 23 months

~ your overall first impression of the toy and it's packaging

My first impression was that it was very bright as was the packaging, the packaging was fairly easy to open which is always good when you have an impatient toddler waiting for a shot, And i was relieved that it has batteries already as there is not much worse than not having them.

~ what did your baby/ child think?

DS started to dance straight away and seemed to enjoy the tunes, He liked the face and said ''silly face'' a few times which i wouldn't have expected him to notice. He enjoys copying the numbers and letters and repeating them and he likes cheering when he gets the questions right and so far seems very happy and pleased with his 'buscar'

PseudoBadger Fri 16-Nov-12 21:59:03

what toy did you try and how old is your baby/ toddler

We have Jimmy Thunders and DS is 22 months.

your overall first impression of the toy and it's packaging

It looked nice and solid and safe. I was impressed that a remote control car could be made effective for such a young age group.
The packaging - box was fine, but the twist ties are infuriating! Especially when toddler is pulling car out from the other side!

what did your baby/ child think?

He loves it! We only got it today and he played with it from opening it until bed time and then took the car to bed. He loves chasing it round whilst I drive it, and he's had a go on the remote steering wheel as well - he loves the horn.

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