“ Brand: ELC / Age: Newborn „
This toy is a fantastic little idea!
Basically it's a very colourful, soft spiral with lots of little soft animal toys hanging from it which all do different things like rattle or squeak! There is also a little flower shaped mirror.
I bought this item for around about £10 from the early learning centre when my daughter was a baby. I kept it in the loft with her other toys and I have got it out for my baby boy as it is unisex when he was born as I found it one of the best little items I bought.
It was a godsend when we went out in the car, my baby boy used to cry every time we put him in his car seat, I had the idea of wrapping it around the handle of the car seat. It easily wrapped around the handle and kept him amused, and the crying stopped! Also by wrapping it around the car seat handle, as I have a travel system, and the car seat is part of my pram it keeps him amused when out and about, with no risk of it falling out and loosing it.
He is 4 months old now and I still use it in the car to keep him amused as well as wrapping it around the top of his baby gym and around the arch over his bouncer when he is sitting in it to give him extra stimulation and activities, he enjoys grabbing the little animals with his hands and kicking at them to make them rattle.
I have recently bought my sister one of these as a gift from the Early Learning Centre for her new baby, it is very similar but slightly different costing £13, she has found it one of the best little toys too for the same reasons!
I have also put this toy through my washing machine in a pillowcase on a delicate wash and it has come out fine!
I would recommend this as a must toy as it can be used in so many different ways!
We were given this as a present when my daughter was a month old. It's a brightly coloured snake like object which curls around the bar on a baby's bouncer, cot, car seat or pushchair. We never had a pushchair with a bar, and don't go in the car often, so this didn't get as much use as it could have done, but she used it sometimes on her bouncer, and on her crib.
The animals are traditional farm animals in non traditional colours, which coordinates with a whole range of toys that ELC do, Blossom Farm. It looked very lovely in the box.
Each animal makes a different noise and has a different feel. There are squaeks, bells, crinkles and the obligatory mirror. Off the rail, it was great for playing with indvidually.
Sadly, when it is on the rail, it's impossible for the child to get at everything. Either they can see the mirror or they can play with the donkey. They can't get to both sheep and chicken at the same time, which means carer has to decide which they're most likely to want today.
Finally, the more times you move it, the less it springs back into shape, and the more difficult it is to move again.
It's a really nice idea, but there's just too much going on, and not enough room to do it.
When my youngest daughter was a baby, I was in awe of all the toys I could have bought her, but also aware of the fact that I wasn't going to buy her too many as it wasn't worth it. I realised it would be better to wait to spend a lot of money on the toys that would stimulate her more when she got a bit more mobile and interested in toys.
The one toy I couldn't resist was the ELC blossom farm wrap around toy. This toy could be used for the cot, pushchair, and car seat and as a floor toy. I was a bit stunned when I realised the one I wanted was going to cost me £9.99 but I had fallen in love with the Blossom Farm range from Early Learning centre that I just had to have it.
For my money I got a toy that looked like a snake, in the shape of a spiral made of squashy fabric, the casing designed to consists of different textures for baby to interact with.
There were five different activities attached to this spiral toy, and if any of you have seen the Blossom Farm range you'll know the characters are centred on farm animals.
The toy held a chicken which had a smaller chick attached which vibrated when pulled, a sheep with a squeaker inside, a butterfly which has crinkly wings, a flower with a mirrored centre and a cow with a shaker inside it.
Not all of those are strictly farm animals but they are all things you may find on a farm, so it all fit in well with the range.
I first bought this for my daughter when she about three months old. At this age the baby won't be able to do anything with the toy, but it's a nice one to shake in front of them, and when they are lying in the cot, the mirrored flower can attract their attention if only for a few minutes at a time before they become over stimulated.
As my daughter got older and began to sit up more in her pushchair, this toy can in very handy for winding around the pushchair bar so she had something to touch and pull at when she was sitting in her chair for a while.
She found the chicks very difficult to pull even at ten months when she was still attached to this toy. I found that the chick was quite difficult for any child to pull and this was a shame as the vibrating action is one that small children really love.
The mirror function was her favourite over everything else and she would put her face into it very often as she got older. It would amuse her for ages.
Overall I think this toy is a good all rounder, suitable from birth and will last them until they are at least a year old. It was a very sad day in our house when the toy went on Ebay as we tried to create some space for the older toys.
We bought this toy to keep our baby daughter amused in her crib/cot with a view to moving it to the bumper bar on her pushchair when she is old enough to move out of her pram. She absolutely loves it. Each character either crinkles, rattles or vibrates, and there is a small mirror which, whilst it is too small for our daughter to really look at herself in, attracts her attention by catching the light.
This was one of the first toys that our daughter really noticed and showed an interest in. In particular she adores Chirpy Chick, in fact she pretty much ignores the other characters and makes a beeline for Chirpy Chick every time!
The only thing I can fault is that when she grabs the toys the spiral slips and all the toys twist to the outside of the cot, but they are easily pulled back into place.
For £10 a good buy.
Friendly farm spiral to cuddle up to. A soft lamb, chick and donkey come with a mirror, rattles and crinkles. Easy to wrap around a cot side, or take out and about.