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

(61 Posts)
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

HorridHeffalumpsWickedWoozles Mon 05-Nov-12 12:36:19

~ what toy did you try and how old is your baby/ toddler
We have got the Bubble Gym, my baby is 5 weeks old.

~ your overall first impression of the toy and it's packaging
It's bright and cheerful, we like the wipe clean feel of the mat although it does feel a bit cold to touch so have been laying a blanket down before putting her on it. Easy to assemble and a good overall size so as not to take up half the living room. We thought the detachable toys were a little cheap looking and some don't seem to have much of a purpose but overall first impressions positive.

Slightly over packaged in terms of the hundreds of plastic tags and cable ties that needed cutting off. Otherwise good and almost all recyclable.

~ what did your baby/ child think?
She's a bit young to notice the sounds (although our 2yo loves them!) but is often mesmerised by the changing lights, that seems to be a really good feature. The toy hanging in the middle is a bit long and gets in her face so we have to take that off but when she's old enough to grab things we'll put it back for her to pull about.

NikkiCrick Mon 05-Nov-12 12:46:07

~ what toy did you try?
Chicco Bubble Gym

~ how old is your baby/ toddler?
21 weeks

~ your overall first impression of the toy and it's packaging?
Looks bright and fun, also like that the 'pillow' is separate and not inbuilt. Packing quite difficult to undo. Toys not on Velcro strips, i.e. red / green plastic rings, were very fiddly and difficult to hang.
~ what did your baby/ child think?
She loves looking at the colours and grabs quite happily for toy from middle. Didn't like the lights, but enjoyed the music aspect.

Sparkles23 Mon 05-Nov-12 13:37:12

~ what toy did you try and how old is your baby/ toddler
Jimmy Thunder, DS is 2.2

~ your overall first impression of the toy and it's packaging
Good, I thought it was a fantastic product, v easy to use and not over-complicated, it also wasn't over-pacakged with plastic covering the car, I liked the fact you could touch the car while in it's packaging, though the plastic ties were a complete pita - really can't bear the things and a couple were a bit awkward to untie

~ what did your baby/ child think?
He loved it, he was amazed and got v excited using the controls to move it, and I think the fact that the controls looked like a steering wheel really appealed to him.

We are playing with Jimmy Thunder. DD is 2.7

My first impression was how chunky and friendly it looked, and no bits to break off. The packaging ties were extremely annoying, I had to find the scissors.
I like that it is green not gendered one way or another.

DD was so excited when she saw it, she said ' a real racing caarrr' about 1000 times while I put the batteries in. She pushed it up and down while we were reading the instructions, and listened hard while I explained how to work it. She is still pressing both buttons at the same time though, and as they don't know their left from right at this age, it would be useful if the buttons were different colours so you could guide them by saying press red for forward, blue for back, or whatever.

DH seems fairly impressed too.

SchrodingersUndeadMew Mon 05-Nov-12 15:05:03

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

We are trying the Quattro Sit 'n' Ride, my DS is 13 months.

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

The box was really massive, so big in fact, that DS has taken to using it as a den type thing hmm. The toy looked great, nice and big so I thought it was more suitable for his age than other ride ons we have tried until I noticed that the straps to hold him in are not adjustable and do not fit over his shoulders, I have had to put them under his arms just to get them on! I also don't think it would work as a push along as I had to walk hunched to try and push it as the handle doesn't come up high enough, I was really disappointed at this as I was looking forward to taking him for walks in it, also surprised as I am very short at only 5'1".

~ what did your baby/ child think?

He loves using the horn and using the accelerator noise button so the sound is on constantly, he has pushed himself along in it but hasn't yet figured out how to turn properly, he does like the steering wheel though.
He seems to love it and drags us up to it but he doesn't seem to like sitting on it too much. We haven't used the rocker part yet and haven't had too much time to test it so far. I will add more to this when we have.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 05-Nov-12 16:49:56

Hi schrodingers...Chicco say there should be a separate parents handle in the box...can you have a look?

SuiGeneris Mon 05-Nov-12 17:57:20

~ what toy did you try and how old is your baby/ toddler
We got Jimmy Thunder and have a nearly 3-year-old boy.

~ your overall first impression of the toy and its packaging
Packaging: lots of cable ties that were a bit fiddly, which made me a bit sad to think there must be enough dishonest people who try to steal toys to make this overpackaging necessary. However, I managed to get them off without resorting to scissors. I liked the fact that inserting the batteries required a screwdriver.

The car is nice and chunky, with rounded corners (it looks a bit like a VW Beetle) and no protrusions that could get easily broken or get stuck into eyes etc... Various adults that have seen the car in operation over the weekend (we had two lots of house guests) remarked that it seemed sturdy and well-built given it was not damaged despite the amount of bashing it received.

DH, who is a perfectionist, thinks it is too big and goes too fast to be easily handled by a toddler. I understand where he is coming from, but it seems fine to me. I agree with DH that it might make it easier to operate for toddlers if there was a switch to reduce the top speed,

Like the poster above I like the fact that it is a lovely bright green with no gender-specific prints/etc and no tie-ins with films etc. Having a small baby around I also like the fact that there seem to be no small bits that can easily be broken off and swallowed.

~ what did your baby/ child think?

DS loves it, both the going backwards (with warning sound) and forward (with headlights on) and the working horn. It has taken a while for him to learn to avoid most obstacles, but TBH I am not sure he is particularly bothered about not crashing into things. Visiting children (3 and 6 year old boys) both liked it a lot: so much we had to take it away to avoid squabbles.

Booklet
I probably sound ungrateful here, but I found this an annoying gimmick. If I had bought the car itself and found it in the packaging, it would have really annoyed me because this sort of thing always makes me think that the price of the toy has had to be artificially increased to pay for offers I am not interested in and will not use. I also found the bit about having some fun while the kids play with the toys patronising and was annoyed by the fairly stereotyped activities (beauty salons and extreme experiences). But I know I am quite grumpy in this and it might be that others would enjoy them.

Mibby Mon 05-Nov-12 18:11:29

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

We have the talking Kitchen. DD is nearly 2

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

Packaging was ok, nice bright colours and mostly recyclable but too many of those wire tie things.
Utensils are good but not impressed with the blue plastic fried eggs. Saucepan would be better, or spoon.
Shape sorter seems to 'young' for the rest of the toy, possibly better as a microwave with ping noise or just cupboard with door. Cupboard would provide storage for utensils

what did your baby/ child think?

She loves it smile The lights/ sounds are good and its light enough for her to pick up and carry around. Not really interested in the shape sorter part but uses the 'shapes' as part of pretend cooking

Mibby Mon 05-Nov-12 19:02:50

booklet

Not sure we'll use this, I tend to agree with Sui, it makes me think the price has been bumped up to pay for them

HorridHeffalumpsWickedWoozles Mon 05-Nov-12 19:05:24

I thought the leaflet looked like good value at first glance, although my concern whenever I see these things is that the item price is inflated to absorb the promotion cost.

I did think the activities were quite gender stereotypical, however the choice is actually quite good and tbh I love a spa treatment so more of an observation than a complaint!

SchrodingersUndeadMew Mon 05-Nov-12 19:20:46

Hi Ann, it was the seperate handle I was talking about. sad

I will measure it later, it's really very short which is a shame as I have had a similar push along before but it was a trike and was not sturdy at all, this feels really quite sturdy but it's too tiring to push it hunched over. sad Shame, it would have been brilliant with this particular toy.

GollyGoshGreat Mon 05-Nov-12 20:11:53

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

your overall first impression of the toy and packaging?
Packing was ok but had to wrestle with it. Toy itself looks cheap and I wouldn't have picked it up off the shelf.

We like the bright colours and fact it isn't pink. The shape sorter isn't really right for this age group. The bilingual feature is good but would've preferred Spanish over French. The songs are good and aren't too irritating yet!
We like the pan/egg slice/milk carton and other items but aren't sure about the blue eggs. We don't see the point of the letter on top of the oven. Why not put dials for the oven?

what did your baby/ child think of it?
DD likes it. We put it on the kitchen table whilst I prepare dinner and she like to pretend she's cooking too. She keeps trying to put things in the sink but they don't fit so she has been a little frustrated with it. She can also pick it up and move it around herself which is handy.

GollyGoshGreat Mon 05-Nov-12 20:13:58

Booklet - hmmm. I doubt that we'll use it but will have a look on the site

GetKnitted Mon 05-Nov-12 20:41:20

First impressions of the talking carpenter, ds 14 mo (and ds 4.5 years)

Although the packaging was a little tricky to get off (particularly with two impatient boys wanting to play), I liked the fact that I didn't need to search for scissors and I can't see any otherway to secure the parts while allowing touching of the toy, so thumbs up really. The packaging was bright and explained the toy well.

Both DSs are really enjoying the toy (I know it's for the little one, but the big one is enjoying trying to learn the songs and repeat the french tunes as well). I've got some great video of little ds spinning round and round to the alphabet song. Oh and, as someone else noted, the songs are nice and not annoying! (yet?)

cleanandclothed Mon 05-Nov-12 20:46:27

We have the rainbow cube projector. DS is 4 months.
I am not sure this needed any packaging at all. I found the box a bit over the top, and the cable ties an awful faff. Then realised I had to get a screwdriver to put the batteries in. I realise this is for safety reasons but if I was a new mum with my first baby I would have given up rather than spend around 20 mins getting the thing out of the box and set up.

Will be back soon to give more first impressions.

peglet Mon 05-Nov-12 21:47:26

~ what toy did you try and how old is your baby/ toddler
We are trying the Talking School Bus, my son is 2 and a quarter
~ your overall first impression of the toy and it's packaging
The toy looked interesting and my son was eager to get it out of its box. It took ages to undo all the ties which he found quite annoying.
~ what did your baby/ child think?
Initially he was impressed, he like the noises it made and the shapes. He quickly became frustrated with the shapes (they don't fit in the holes properly and are hard to put in). The voice kept repeating the same thing, then didn't respond when he did what it asked. The instructions that were spoken by the voice were too complicated (and my son has a very good understanding of English) - for example, why use the word "insert" instead of "put"? Why have a hexagon instead of a triangle?
So eventually he took all the shapes out and pushed the bus up and down the hallway instead.

~ what toy did you try and how old is your baby/ toddler
We tried the Bubble Gym play mat and my baby is 17 weeks old.

~ your overall first impression of the toy and it's packaging
The Play mat looked bright and colourful and it was also quite sturdy. The mat was quite cold and not so padded so I put a blanket down first, before i put baby down. The play mat was packaged well, but was quite hard and time consuming trying to cut all the little bits of plastic.

~ what did your baby/ child think?
my baby really liked it, as soon as i switched it on she was staring at the different colours and really started to kick her legs. She also grabbed the dangling toy which made the lights on the toy change quicker.

BuffyFairy Tue 06-Nov-12 02:26:28

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

We are trying the Talking Kitchen. Dd is 13m old.

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

I like the colouring and the fact it isn't pink. I wasn't impressed with the blue eggs. Why blue? It does look quite cheap and is so light it keeps falling over when dd puts things in the oven although she doesn't seem bothered by that. I'm not sure dd would get 'make a smoothie'. The bilingual function appeals to me.

I think it could be marketed as 9m+ as it is very much a sit and play toy. If she was nearer toy I would go for a stand and play kitchen. As we have a small flat this is a good size for us.

~ what did your baby/ child think?

Dd is enjoying the toy. She ignores the shape sorter but likes putting the shapes into the oven. She got frustrated that none of the objects apart from the eggs fit into the sink. She quickly got the hang of the toaster (one of her favourite features) the hob button and the tap. The 'cook' setting holds her attention the most, the 'music' one the least.

The booklet wouldn't convince me to buy a Chicco product over something else as I'm rubbish at remembering to use these things.

cleanandclothed Tue 06-Nov-12 09:17:54

So, more first impressions of the rainbow cube. I like the sturdiness - it feels robust. I like the fact that although it is 'blue' (and the other choice is pink) it is actually white with a few blue stripes and blue clothes on the soft bit - not too bad, although green or yellow would also be nice.

Other impressions: I am really, really disappointed that the lights don't move - all that happens is that you choose one static display (star, heart, shapes or just light) and it can stay one colour or change colours. Babies like to watch moving things - moving lights would have really made it for me.

There is too much choice of pointless things and not enough choice in others. Who really cares whether the baby looks at stars, hearts or triangles? Just have stars and plain light, and that would free up two sides of the cube. Who really minds whether the light is red, blue, green, yellow etc? Have one light and one changing colour option. But things that would be useful aren't there. There isn't a volume control. A 'fade' option for the music would be good, as would a 'music for 20 minutes and then off, but light all night' option.

I like the music and find it soothing, and it does seem to amuse by baby and my four year old in a calm way, but neither have actually fallen asleep to it yet. A loud white noise option (like a hoover, not some wishy washy wave noise) is what would do it for my children!

Booklet - I am another actively put off by this. I really can't see myself using it and would resent that some of the money I had paid had gone to setting it up. However, here are alternatives that could be done another year that I would find good:

Free swim sessions (like British Gas does)
Vouchers for money off shoes ('with you from the first step')
Money donated to charity, perhaps with the purchaser having a choice of charity (rather like the green tokens in Waitrose) - say 'bikes for midwives' 'wintsons wish' or plan 'international'

jollster Tue 06-Nov-12 12:02:43

~ what toy did you try and how old is your baby/ toddler
we have the rainbow cube (blue) - DS2 is 7 weeks
~ your overall first impression of the toy and it's packaging
tbh it's the sort of thing that pre-parenthood I'd have cringed at as it's overwhelmingly plastic and cheesy. However I've relented over the years, and it doesn't offend me quite so much - having said that, you wouldn't CHOOSE it for its looks.
Overpackaged in terms of the ties - actually I nearly gave up getting it out of the box on first go, as it was so fiddly.
Not sure "Rainbow Cube" really describes it that well though "entertains the baby with coloured projection and melodies" sums it up ok. Also there is a typo on one panel on the box "Projector paneel" - not panel.
~ what did your baby/ child think?
Baby has not shown massive interest in it at all, though he loves sparkly lights already, so its not because it's too early for him IYSWIM.
I would say a lack of volume control is an issue for me as parent.
I also agree with previous poster that the lights are a bit dull - if they moved in some way, that would be interesting. It's a bit meh.
(Though I confess I am hankering after a Ewan sheep so maybe this would never compete?)

The booklet? Have to say would not attract me to purchase, and after looking at it in detail it actively put me off too - I did look at the "free pamper session" and the fact that there are limited local options (and I live in a city) and they are all what look like sole traders rather than local salons would put me off. It looks all flash but when you investigate the details, the offers are very narrow appeal.

BuffyFairy Tue 06-Nov-12 14:08:47

Just spotted a typo in mine blush meant to put if she was nearer 2 not toy!

Forgot to mention the packaging. I don't mind those twisty ties, much easier than ones you have to cut. There was no plastic on the outside packaging which is great.

GetKnitted Tue 06-Nov-12 21:20:48

I forgot to mention that I rather assumed that the stuff in the booklet was paid for by the companies offering the services rather than chicco, as these are the kind of deals where you are expected to (but not forced to) pay for something extra not just taking advantage of the freebie. I didn't see the point of bundling it with the toy though, if chicco thought experiences are more important than toys, wouldn't they be selling experiences?

what toy did you try and how old is your baby/ toddler
The Quattro Sit 'n' Ride. Baby is 9 months old

your overall first impression of the toy and it's packaging
Agree with Schrodingers, the box was absolutely massive. We almost had to use it as a dining table. It doesn't need to be that big. So, judging by the size I assumed that the toy was assembled inside. It wasn't. That's generally no big deal, I am a flat pack expert. However, 10 minutes of trying to decipher the booklet and I was nearly in tears! Suddenly the penny dropped and it was straightforward after that. So the booklet needs rethinking IMO.

The toy itself looks good, but big for an indoor toy. I love the colours and the lack of pink smile At the moment I've put the rockers on it (they don't rock very much though, assume I've done it correctly?). My 4 year old came home from school and tried to climb into it so she liked the look of it!

what did your baby/ child think?
Baby not too sure. Absolutely loves the sounds and buttons, not too keen on being on it yet. But then she's a bit of a free spirit anyway. I think she'll be happier when it moves so I'll give it a day or two and if she's still not keen I'll take the rockers off so she can push it along. She's nearly walking so might enjoy that more.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 07-Nov-12 19:22:28

Just to confirm for those of you who wondered if the prices were higher to pay for the Happy Moments booklet Chicco say "We can definitely say that our retail prices have not been “pushed up” for the Happy Moments campaign"

awhistlingwoman Wed 07-Nov-12 21:40:58

what toy did you try and how old is your baby/ toddler?
The Quattro Sit 'n' Ride. My little boy is eighteen months.

your overall first impression of the toy and it's packaging
Would have to agree with with Schrodingers and Gwendoline, the box IS absolutely massive! In fact, the size of the box intimidated me so much that I've only just been brave enough to open it! It's been sitting in the car port for the past few days as I worried that the contents would be too huge for our living room with older sis off school on half term! Apart from the mahoosive box the packaging was very straightforward and easy to remove. Just a slight panic when I couldn't find the safety belts (packaged inside the seat!)

Must admit, I also thought that the toy might have been preassembled given the size of the box but it was in bits. I read the instructions, put it together with no problems, even the fiddly seatbelt bits. Was feeling pretty pleased with myself but THEN I looked up the instructions to change the toy to what I thought would be the most appropriate mode, Sit'n'Ride, as my little boy is pretty tall and quite steady on his feet. Then all my good feelings about the assembly vanished!

Perhaps I should have read ALL of the instructions first, like an exam paper! Underneath the assembly instructions it says 'assemble as follows the first time upon purchase, regardless of the mode you want to use' which I dutifully did. Only to discover that all I then had to do to change it the mode I wanted was take off the seatbelts for the 'safe and correct use of the toy in his mode.' Those very seatbelts I'd just struggled to put on! The seat belts came off easily enough but the clip that goes through the slot of the seat had to be pried out with a screwdriver!

I really like the colours, it is always a relief to have toys that aren't pink or blue. The orange and green are lovely and cheerful. I like all the sounds, they aren't too grating and don't go on for too long and drive you round the twist. It is quite large but I'm hoping that will be a bonus. My toddler is very tall and has tumbled off his other ride on, I think just because he's too ungainly on the smaller wheely bug and his knees are up round his ears!

Also I did decide to go for the sit'n'ride rather than the push'n'walk on the basis of Schrodinger's comment - I don't think I would be able to get the safety belts done up around my boy. Admittedly he is on the upper end of the age range now but, looking at the size of the seat, I don't think he would have fitted in there, with the seat belts done up, from around 12 months. And given that I'm 5'8 and hubs 6'4, if you are struggling with the handle at a far more petite 5'1 Schrodinger I don't think I'm prepared to endure that much hunching to push him along!

what did your baby/ child think?
Loved the noises and sounds, seemed happy enough on the car itself and is gathering confidence and speed. Just need a bigger living room now! Big sis is also interested (just turned four) so hope she is not heavy enough to break it as I suspect that I will not be able to keep her off it!

booklet was initially quite interested but, having had a closer look at what's on offer, am slightly less so. It is a nice idea, particularly if the prices have not been raised, but I'm not especially interested in a pamper session. Was wondering if it might go towards a spa day or something like that but looks as though it is pretty restricted to being a specific range of treatments.
Do have to say that both my kids have been to 'Creation Station' before and absolutely LOVE it. So perhaps that is my best bet. The 2 for 1 offerings are nice but, unless it was something I was considering anyway, I probably wouldn't have the money to pay for the one around the festive season and then I'd probably forget!

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Wed 07-Nov-12 22:54:11

Whistling Can you please try the push along for me? Just in case it is perhaps my posture or something.

awhistlingwoman Wed 07-Nov-12 23:50:01

Oh course I will Schro I'm inclined to say that, just looking at it, I don't think it's your posture! But will be back to report possibly with a severe crick in my back from hunching

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Thu 08-Nov-12 11:35:18

Thank you. I have tried it again (I do have a bad back) and it is quite uncomfortable but I realise for someone else my height, in good fitness it could be fine.

My DGM has tried it and said that it's fine for her (4'11") and DP has tried it and said it would hurt his shoulders to even try and push it (5'7").

BuffyFairy Fri 09-Nov-12 11:43:48

Just wanted to add that dd loves the music choices. She spent lots of time yesterday pressing the job button and dancing to it.

BuffyFairy Fri 09-Nov-12 11:44:17

Argh hob not job. Damn autocorrect!

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Sat 10-Nov-12 13:45:48

Okay, have been ill the past couple of days practically glued to the couch on my PJs and I will say this toy has been a bit of a lifesaver, to the point that DS cruises round the living room (he doesn't really walk at all yet) to get to it! grin

He loves the vroom vroom thing and trying to climb on it himself, it is a brilliant toy. Having spent a few days with it, I realise that now.

He even dances to the wee tunes, it's really good.

awhistlingwoman Sun 11-Nov-12 09:56:37

I'm loving the wee tunes. We've all been dancing around to them! Hope you're feeling better now Schro.

I've just tried fitting the handle on this morning. At first I thought it looked WAY too short but, once I'd clicked it all into place, it seems fine for me to push (not DH but he is used to nothing being the right size!)

So . . . I am 5'8 and the top of the handle comes up to just under hip height on me. I can push it along (not tried loaded as DS is out at the mo and I'm NOT attempting to push DD2 as she is far too heavy!) without too much hunching, feels quite comfy.

Maybe try taking it out and putting it in again. Maybe it clicked in too far? or perhaps it is my freakishly long monkey arms that are making it easier for me to push?

Both kids have definitely enjoyed it. DD2 has been sitting on it which I'm pleased about as she has hypermobile hips and stiff knees and ankles. Or is it the other way round? Slightly gammy legs anyway and it is difficult to persuade her to do anything that involves bending her knees!

DS1 can get up quite a turn of speed on the thing and he also likes just sitting on it and swaying to the tunes. Definitely a big hit.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Sun 11-Nov-12 13:00:24

Think it must just be me then, I have quite short arms as well and bad posture so that will be the problem.

He used it as a walker last night. grin I'm chuffed, he's getting braver and I think this car is helping. He's managed to topple it over a couple of using it as a walker but that's just him leaning on it too much on bits he shouldn't. I do actually think it's quite sturdy and love it too.

NotInMyDay Sun 11-Nov-12 14:52:08

Here are my first impressions

~ what toy did you try and how old is your baby/ toddler
We have the Talking Toolbench. DS is 23mo.
~ your overall first impression of the toy and it's packaging
I hate this kind of packaging I have to admit. Those twisty ties drive me to distraction but at least no screwdriver was required.
~ what did your baby/ child think?
There was an initial excitement around the toy when he was discovering what it did. The songs and phrases are a welcome addition to make the toy more interesting. He loves turning the screwdriver but seems underwhelmed by the saw and hammer. My HV has commented that he is unusually good at independent, imaginative play for his age so it may be that he prefers things that are not so prescriptive.
All in all it has been largely overlooked. I suspect the kitchen would have appealed to him more. <adds kitchen to e er growing Christmas list

Chicco "happy moments"
I don't have any particularly strong feelings on the booklet. I would most likely not use any of them. The pamper sessions are not widely available around Scotland. I live in Glasgow and there are none there. I am not interested in travelling to Edinburgh to have this done.
The craft session looks ok and if I could organise easily might do it.
The family days out are more wide spread than the pamper sessions but they seem to be the 'duller' attractions. Maritime and motor museums and the like. I like an animal attraction (Butterfly world being the only one) so again I don't I'd use them.

It's an ok idea but unless widely available it just doesn't seem to work.

EarnestDullard Sun 11-Nov-12 15:27:10

~what toy did you try and how old is your baby/ toddler
We tried the Rainbow Cube Projector. DD is 6 weeks old.

~your overall first impression of the toy and it's packaging
The toy looks good, solid and well-constructed. The pakcaging was a faff though; boxes taped into boxes, nothing opened easily and then all those twist ties.

~ what did your baby/ child think?
DD seemed to like watching the lights; she still sleeps in a moses basket so there wasn't really room to try it out as part of her sleep routine. I think she'll take more notice of it in another month or two.

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.

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'

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

~ 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.

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.

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

cars!? i meant toys blush

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

Oh and Thanks Chicco smile

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.
 
       

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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