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I bought this product for my daughter who had just turned 4 months at the time. I got it from Argos for £60. I was looking for something different for my daughter to sit in and keep her entertained as she was getting older and more interested in things around her. It was very easy to assemble with my husband doing it within ten minutes. The blue base is a springboard which can be lowered so it grows with your child. There is a blue elephant which is a great teether. It can be detached from the unit so we have been storing it in the fridge so it's nice and cool on the gums. My daughter loves this and goes for this first everytime. The lion with the mirror attached is also great. My daughter loves looking at herself in it, but we find we have to tilt it for her as it doesn't quite twist low enough for her height and can't quite see herself. The giraffe is great with the three moveable balls. My daughter loves this as they make a good noise as they fall back down when she lifts them. The flower doesn't twist easily and when you turn it makes a horrible clicky noise. At the moment, now at 6 months my daughter is unable to turn the flower herself. The piano part is of, a few more keys would be nice and the lights on them aren't that bright to catch baby's attention. It plays nice tunes though. Finally we have the leaf on a stem, and this is where my problem lies. The stem is very flexible and bendy. My daughter can bend it enough to get it in her mouth, which is lovely as a teether, but she then goes on to put too much of it in her mouth and begins to choke on it as it touches the back of her throat. She has done this on a number of occasions so I now find myself turning the 360 degree seat away from it so it's out of her grasp. Overall I would say this is an "average" product. I think the suitable age is a little low and perhaps shouldn't be recommended until the child can sit upright unaided. My daughter can not yet sit up and finds herself leaning forward and chewing on the ridge of the seat. With the blue base on the highest setting, her feet still do not quite reach it so she is unable to turn herself round in the seat. So although the product says 4 months + I would say it's more suitable for 6 months +. My daughter gets fed up quite easily in it as she gets frustrated that she keeps falling forward, and can't reach all the toys herself. The picture in the catalogue, and the description made the product sound great, but overall I was a little disappointed and don't feel it is worth £60.
This was yet another one of my daughter Christmas presents. Although she was technically 8 months when she received it she was 3 months premature so more like a 5 months old. The bounce bounce baby is suitable for babies from the age of 4 months up to 25lb and I picked it up for £45 in the Asda baby event. The bouncer was easy to assemble taking my husband around 15 minutes. It has an adjustable springboard so it grows with your baby although Amelia is now very nearly one and still on the highest setting. It has various toys scattered around the outside edge. I will start with the lion as that's Amelia's favourite. The lion is hanging on a stalk with a leaf attached to the top. The leaf has a mirror for baby to look into and the lion swings around the stalk making a clicking noise. Next is a colourful giraffe with a teething toy hanging from it. Amelia likes to bash him but it doesn't hold her attention for very long. It also has beads around the neck which twist and move. There is also a flower stem which is what Amelia actually uses as a teether, strange child. It is just a plain green stem made of strong flexible rubber, I don't understand her fascination with this particular toy but she loves it. Next to the stem is a flower. I think this is great the flower head spins independently of the stem and it has small balls inside it which rattle. This is a close second for Amelia's favourite. At the front there are piano keys that play tunes and light up. There is also a ring to attach babies favourite toy to we haven't bothered doing this as theres enough on there to keep her entertained for half an hour although she does like to have a good chew on it. The seat of the bouncer spins around a full 360 degrees so baby can easily access all the toys. The frame of the bounce bounce is made of hard plastic so is nice and easy to clean. It looks quite big in the picture but it fits nicely into a corner and doesn't take up too much space. Which is great for us as we have a rather small living room. As I have said previously Amelia is now nearly one and she still likes going in this. For the price I think it's well worth the money. It has been used daily for 4 months and it keeps her entertained and safe while I get on with my chores. I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again if I had to make my purchase decision again.
We purchased the Bright Starts Bounce Bounce Activity Station for my son when he was just over 5 months old. We bought the station as we don't really have room for a walker in our house but wanted a toy that would allow our son to feel his feet. This appealed to us as it was a stationary unit and it also looked fun and attractive too. We purchased this on offer at £40, it usually prices at around the £50 mark but can be found cheaper online. THE STATION The station is for babies from 4 months old and up to the weight of 25lbs. It has a jungle theme throughout with lions and giraffes featuring heavily. The station was fairly easy to assemble using the instructions provided - there were not too many fiddly parts etc. The unit basically stands on three legs which are positioned in a tripod style. At the top of this there is a white platform which has a green material 'seat' for baby to balance in. This spins right the way around so that baby can face themselves in whichever direction they require. The seat is brightly coloured in a pea green with pictures of lions and giraffes all over it. Towards the bottom of the station, a blue platform in positioned. This is fastened to the three legs using a thick elastic-like material so acts almost like a trampoline, even though made of a hard plastic. This has three adjustable height settings so can get lower down as baby gets taller to prolong the life of the toy. This is easy to adjust using a plastic screw-like attachment. On top of the white platform which is at baby's arm height, there are 5 positions with toys that the baby can stop and play with. THE TOYS All toys are brightly coloured to stimulate baby - and make for a very attractive looking toy! There is an orange plastic section with three coloured keys - purple, blue and yellow, On pressing a key, there is a bulb in each key that lights up and one of 6 tunes plays while the lights flash. This keyboard requires 2 AA batteries. The next toy along from this is a plastic lion climbing a tree. The lion can be moved 180 degrees and makes a click-clack noise as baby swings it from one side to the other. The top of the tree is green plastic and on the reverse there is a mirror for baby to look at their reflection. This part spins right the way around. Following this is a plastic giraffe which has three coloured beads that can slide uo and down it's neck - blue, yellow and green. These have different textures for baby to feel too. The giraffes head swings backward and forwards and from the leaf in the giraffes mouth, a clear blue plastic elephant hangs. The elephant is lightweight and a different texture from the other toys. This can be pulled around (and put in the mouth) by baby. Next along is a brightly coloured flower. The yellow petals can be spun around, making a click-clack sound. The centre of the flower holds coloured beads that rattle as the flower is moved. Next to this is a large green leaf that is a water filled teether. This is bendy so that it can be pulled into baby's mouth. The last position is filled with a simple purple attachment that looks like the eye of a needle. This is to allow baby's favourite toy to be clipped to the unit (assuming it is one with a clip attachment!). Inbetween the lion and giraffe toy there is also a small tray indented into the white unit to allow you to place other toys here for baby to pick up and play with. PLAYTIME My son loves to play in his bounce bounce station. He loves to feel independent and be able to feel his feet. At first, he just enjoyed standing on the platform, but as he grew more and more confident, he began bouncing up and down on it. It does not give a great deal of bounce, and he doesn't jump very high, but this doesn't seem to hamper his enjoyment, he loves the feeling of bending his legs and moving himself. He soon learnt to turn himself around in the seat to face the different toys. At first he did this by grapping hold of the next toy along and pulling himself around. As he has grown more used to the station, he can now do this using his feet and will often spin himself round several times in a row now by doing this. He loves all the toys on the station, but his favourite seems to be the lion. This is brightly coloured in red and yellow and has a smiling face. He enjoys moving this backwards and forwards again and again, enjoying the sound it makes as he does so. He will also frequently be seen biting in the leaf teether and rotating the flower head. My son can spend quite a bit of time in this unit and stay amused and happy - usually up to 40 minutes at a time. He seems very comfortable and to feel safe and secure. A PARENT'S VIEW I am really pleased that we purchased this station and believe it to be great value for money. You can never leave your child in it unattended but, it is nice to know that they are playing in a confined, safe place sometimes. I love to see my son happy and stimulated and this unit does this for him. The toys on the unit are really lovely and, not only do they provide my son with great pleasure, they help him to develop. There are a lot of activities for him to do with his hands - pull beads up and down, move the animals and turn the flower head. This has helped him develop his fine motor skills. They buttons with lights and music offer a great introduction to sound and rhythm too. The unit has also helped him to develop his gross motor skills by encouraging him to move himself around. It is also helping him to gain confidence and develop a sense of balance. It is also really easy to clean, I usually use an antibacterial wipe around the unit and the toys. The material seat can be removed easily and washed too. OVERALL OPINION This is a great unit to have for a young baby learning to explore their world. It is well made and a lovely, fun design too. I think that we paid a brilliant price for this and, even at £50, it is great value for money. We have had a lot of use from it. My son has gained a lot from this and enjoys spending time in here at the moment, but I think, once he is moving a bit better independently he may start to feel confined and restricted in here. Therefore, I think the amount of use that you would get out of this really depends on your child. I would not hesitate to recommend it though. - as posted on ciao 19/12/11