I’ve been fortunate enough to collaborate with Little Tikes as ambassador for their #GetTheGrowHow campaign with Emma Kenny over the past nine months. As part of that role, I’ve been sharing video updates of our journey with Elfin, from while I was still pregnant, right up until now – six months old today! I was thrilled to be chosen to be involved in the campaign and have loved relaying our monthly news. Alas, the campaign is coming to an end and so, with our Little Tikes Tummy Tunes Giraffe review, I want to share our thoughts on one of the products we received for Elfin to try out…
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Little Tikes Tummy Tunes Giraffe Review
First impressions of the toy are that it’s lovely and plush, and even before Elfin was old enough to fully interact with it, she was clearly drawn to the bright attractive design. However, now that she’s comfortably laying on her front for extended tummy time, the Little Tikes Tummy Tunes Giraffe, this toy has really come into its own.
As you can see below, she loves looking in the mirrored front (our little princess takes after her daddy…) and I’m impressed with how effortlessly she’s able to bang the piano keys to make music. That said, I’m referring to the design and not her understanding – at this stage I think it’s more fluke than intention.
Of course, that means there’s a whole other level of play to be had as she gets a little older, as she learns about cause and effect.
Each key plays a different tune, but I must confess that I find it disappointing that they stop midway through and so I’m left singing the damn things to myself just to finish them off. Perhaps Little Tikes thought they were doing us a favour by cutting them short, but the reality is that it’s a false economy of tedious nursery rhyme – I can’t help but sing them to their end, and then they’re stuck in my head.
As I didn’t have enough problems, I find myself humming ‘Polly Put the Kettle On’ in the queue at the post office…
There are also several trimmings adorning the toy which are ideal for sensory play. The bold and contrasting colours draw the eye, and the textures and rustling hold baby’s interest long enough for you to make a hot cuppa (but not long enough to drink it before it’s cold – it’s not magic). It also has a couple of attachments ideal for teething which have been life savers for us this week!
Overall, for a relatively simple toy (and let’s be honest, you don’t need anything too advanced at this stage), I really rate this as an interactive toy which is appealing to little ones and entertains them for about as long as you can hope for them to remain occupied at this age.
However, for mums to young babies, there’s one feature more important than their tot’s enjoyment: safety.
Right now, not only is the Little Tikes Tummy Tunes Giraffe is Elfin’s favourite toy, also I’m more comfortable walking out of the room while she’s playing with it than I am turning my back while she’s being ‘entertained’ by her big sister…
If you’ve missed any of our #GetTheGrowHow updates over the last few months and would like to catch up with all our news, you can find us over on YouTube here. We’ve loved our role as Little Tikes ambassador (I have to credit Elfin too, I couldn’t have done it without her) and hope you’ll continue to follow us for more updates here on the blog.
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