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Although my daughter is now 15 months old, I only recently realised that this Early Learning Centre Froggy Rattle Toy which she has had since she was 6 months old was one that I had forgotten to review. Ever since she has got this toy, it has either been in my handbag or sitting on her changing table and had actually lay forgotten for the past few months until I was doing a little tidy up and realised it should have been put away with her other baby toys which she has grown out of. WE don't have an Early Learning Centre very close to us, so my daughter only has a limited amount of toys from their range, most of which have either been gifts or I have picked up second hand for her. I wouldn't usually have ever bought teething toys second hand, but when I saw this Froggy Rattle toy at 50p in my local charity shop, and when I noticed that it looked in perfect condition, no scuffs, no teeth marks, no wear and tear, I thought it was a bargain not to be missed. I didn't give it to my daughter until it had been sterilised obviously. After looking online after purchasing, I noticed that at full price this toy costs £5, which is an acceptable price for a child;s rattle, although having seen it being used in the flesh by my daughter, I'm not quite sure it would have been worth the full price for her usage. There is no doubt this is a really cute looking frog rattle teether toy. The frog has an inviting smiley face and is meant to be suitable for children from 6 months old. It was actually around this time that I picked this toy up, not knowing the age suggestion at the time. The froggy rattle has a clear round tummy where there are little beads that clash together to produce the rattle sound when you shake this frog. I wouldn't say this is a very loud or obnoxious rattle and is not something that would irritate a parent. The frogs arms are attached to its body, and on each arm are two teething shapes that can move up and down the arm. The two feet also act as textured teethers and are perhaps easier for a child to chew on. When I first gave this to my daughter, she did seem to show some interest in it, perhaps due to the bright colours of the toy, however, it was never a toy that was a clear favourite. Yes, I kept it in the car for her to play with/ chew on whilst we were out and about, and it was used at times, but again, probably not half as much as the likes of her Sophie the giraffe teether. I also kept it at times on her changing table to keep her amused whilst I changed her nappy. I certainly got more mileage out of this toy this way, and she would have shaken it and played with it more whilst lying down on her table, but the novelty always wore off quickly with this toy. So, all in all, for the price I paid of 50p I think I got my money's worth in considering the time my daughter played with this toy. At £5 I don't think I would have got good value for money in regards to how much my daughter played with this toy. As with all toys however, some will appeal more, and some less. In this case this wasn't a favourite but certainly not a bad toy.
ELC Froggy Rattle I bought this toy along with some wrist jungle bells as we had some free photos taken by Pixifoto within our local Mothercare store and they used them as props which our daughter seemed to like. Within the same Mothercare Store is the Early learning Centre so we decided to have a look and at about £5 we felt that the toy was a cheap enough price to buy her since she had liked it so much. The frog is green in colour which is about what you would expect, the frog has a big smiling face and big bulging eyes and I think he is really cute. The rattle is made form plastic and has a see through oval sort of shape in for the tummy which is filled with little brightly coloured balls which make a lovely rattling sound. There are two semi circles of yellow plastic for the frogs arms and each one holds a circle of plastic which can move up and down the frogs arms and are made to look like paws in my opinion. The frogs legs are made of more yellow plastic with brightly coloured and textured balls for the feet. On the back of the frog there is a sort of distorter mirror for your baby to look in although my daughter never seemed keen on the mirror. My daughter loves this rattle and it was something we would take out with us wherever we went knowing that it would keep her amused if she had to sit in her buggy for any length of time. The frog can be chewed on when your baby is teething and the little paw print style pieces have bits of texture on which may provide some relief for your baby. The frog rattles of course not only from the beads in the tummy but also from the pieces on the arms flying back and forth when your baby is playing with it. My daughter did manage to hit herself a fair few times with this rattle as she would shake it quite violently and think it was hilarious. The frog is very brightly coloured which is great for attracting undeveloped eyesight. Early Learning Centre recommend this rattle for babies aged 3 months and up but I don't see any reason your child cannot have it as soon as they can grasp it. My daughter was just under 3 months when we bought it as that was when it caught her eye at the photo shoot but she played with it for many months after purchase. I have to recommend this rattle as it was my daughters favourite when she was a baby, I think the rattle is well priced and not only does it rattle but it has bright colours, different textures, a mirror and can be used for teething. The toy is just the right size for little hands and I would say it is pretty durable although my daughter did manage to put a few teeth marks in it by the time she had finished with it.
- Why We Bought - When my son was about five months old we were shopping in Boots and he was getting a bit fed up. We were wandering down the baby isle when I noticed the ELC Froggy Rattle on the shelf had caught his eye. I gave it to him to hold while I shopped and he instantly loved it so I thought I better buy it for him! I actually had trouble getting it off him so the lady at the till could scan it! - The Packaging - The frog came attached by plastic tags to a piece of cardboard that had the Early Learning Centre brand on it. It was quite difficult to free Froggy from the plastic tags and a decent pair of scissors is needed to do this. The card said that Froggy is a rattle as well as a teether. - The Rattle - The frog is made from hard green plastic. He has a cute head with a big smile and a yellow spotted tummy with a see-through bit containing brightly coloured beads that rattle. On his back there is a convex mirror which when baby looks into this he will see a slightly distorted image of his face! Froggy looks like he has his hands on his hips because his arms are thin yellow plastic that are like semi circles by his sides. On each arm there is a hard rubber disk that looks a bit like a hand, one blue and one orange. These are ideal for a teething baby to chew on and they also move around so are fun to play with too. Froggy's legs are thin yellow strips and each has a textured plastic ball for feet, one blue and one red. On each ball foot there is a hard rubber edge that looks like webbed feet, again this is ideal for a teething baby to chew on. Overall the frog looks fun, colourful and appealing to babies. - Playing With Froggy - Froggy can be chewed as a teether, rattled or simply held and carried by baby. He was very easy for my son's little hands to hold onto and there were quite a few elements to entertain him with, especially for a relatively small toy (Froggy is approximately 10cm tall). Despite the initial enthusiasm for this toy my son got bored of it quite quickly and I wouldn't say it was a favourite. I think part of the problem was that by the time we bought this toy he was almost at the end of the stage of playing with rattles so I wish we had had it from around 2-3 months. It is still in his toy box and he will occasionally play with it but usually discards it quite quickly. He does show more interest in Froggy if we bounce it up and down and rattle it in his face! My son has never used Froggy as a teether as he always seems to prefer chewing on his own fists. I like the educational element as it helps teach babies about sounds, textures, colours and helps develop motor skills when they learn to hold it and shake it. Froggy seems to be quite a durable toy, as I would expect from ELC. He has survived being thrown around and dropped from the highchair. He is easy to clean with a damp cloth and I also put him in the steriliser a few times. I'm not sure if that is recommended but he survived the experience! This seems to be a safe toy to play with and has never caused any injury to my son. - Age Range - Froggy is suitable from 3-12 months. I think this is accurate as at three months most babies would be able to hold onto this and at 12 months most babies would no longer find it entertaining enough and would lose interest. I wish I had bought it when my son was three months as I feel we would have got more use out of it. - Price and Availability - The standard price for this toy seems to be £5 and it is available from the Early Learning Centre, Boots and Amazon. I bought ours in Boots using my Boots Advantage Points so I feel like we got it for free, but I think £5 is a reasonable price to pay. Similar rattles and teethers are around this price. - Would I recommend? - I would recommend the Froggy rattle as I think it is a nice rattle/teether. I would suggest giving it your baby around three months. I think my son had toys which he preferred but it does make a nice addition to the toy collection.
Mr Lools and I have decided to be organised in the run up to Christmas and review our twin boys extensive toy collection in order to make room for all of the new toys they are due to receive. There are a vast amount of toys that they have grown out of but with the expected arrival of baby number 3 in April we can't get rid of all of the baby toys just yet. As babies, my boys received a vast amount of rattles, teethers that until I sorted through what we had didn't realise we had so many. Some of these types of toys were more popular than others (both with my boys and for me as a parent) and I found that we didn't actually use or play with many of our gifts. One of our less popular gifts was the ELC Froggy Rattle. ***ELC Froggy Rattle*** ELC describe the toy as "Froggy rattle and teether, with lots of colours and textures to chew and explore, plus beads for rattling." The toy is about 15cm long and 10cm wide. The rattle consists of a hard smooth green plastic frog shaped body. In the centre of the frog body is a clear plastic section with beads inside that rattle. On the back of the body is a curved mirror. The frog has two semi-circle arms with two coloured softer plastic teething rings attached. The frog has two legs which has two large round balls as feet with a textured feel to them. There are also softer plastic sections like toes on the edge of these feet for a baby to chew on. ELC state that the Froggy Rattle is suitable for children aged 3 months to 1 year old. The ELC Froggy rattle is available from ELC and Mothercare stores and can also be bought online from both of the stores websites. The rattle costs £5.00. For a rattle type toy this is quite an average price; not the most expensive rattle you can purchase but not the cheapest either. ***Our Experience*** We were bought 2 ELC Froggy Rattles when my boys were born as a gift from a family friend. At this stage most gifts duplicated as the rationale was the boys would have the same toy (although this has not continued as they have grown up!). Removing the rattles from the cardboard packaging is quite a task and there are at least 8 ties holding each toy into the packaging. So as a parent be prepared for the tedious task of unclipping the toy from the ties ensuring you keep these small pieces away from your baby. We were given these rattles when my boys were born. At this age newborn babies do not do a lot so I found that Mr Lools and I tended to just hold the rattle out in front of our boys and shake it so it made a rattling noise. I did think even when I shook the rattle quite hard it made a very quiet rattling sound so it was difficult to attract my boys' attention with this toy. As they got to about 4-8 weeks old my boys started to smile and pay a lot more attention to what was going on around them. They seemed to like the bright colours of this toy and their eyes would focus on the rattle but it was not a favourite toy and I felt I got more of a response when rattling other toys and rattles in front of them rather than the ELC Froggy Rattle. My boys started holding, grabbing and reaching out for toys at 14 weeks. By 16 weeks they could hold a toy themselves. As a new parent I was quite anxious giving them toys because their movements were still quite uncoordinated and jerky so I was a little scared they might hit themselves with toys. As a parent what I do not like about the Froggy Rattle is that it is a large and also heavy rattle, in fact it's probably twice as heavy as some of the other rattles we own. This made me particularly nervous that my boys might hurt themselves whilst holding this rattle. Secondly when I did give this to my boys at 16 weeks I noticed the rattle was hard for them to hold because it was so heavy. After about 30 seconds they seemed to drop the rattle whereas with other rattles and toys they could hold for a lot longer. The teething rings and textured, multi-coloured sections are in my opinion the biggest attraction to the Froggy Rattle. As my boys got nearer 6 months and started teething they did like to chew on this toy. I like the different textures and I feel development wise the ELC Froggy Rattle helps young babies to explore with different senses particularly touch and sight, but also sound as the toy rattles. I would say that the rattle sound is not very loud and for a young child to shake because the toy is so heavy it is difficult for them to achieve a real rattling sound. By 6 months although my boys played with this toy they seemed to prefer other rattles and never really showed interest in this toy so it was not regularly played with. My boys had one Froggy Rattle each and when one of my boys was 6 months old he was sat on my knee on the sofa and threw his Froggy Rattle on the floor. When I picked the rattle up I noticed that one of the legs with the ball on the end had completely snapped off leaving a sharp plastic stump where the leg had been attached. I was extremely disappointed and concerned at this safety issue. ELC toys are usually extremely well made and durable but this was not the case for the Froggy Rattle. At 6 months old my son did not have a great deal of strength and most toys are dropped by babies regularly but this was only a very small height so in my opinion should have survived greater falls than this. The toy states suitable from 3 months to 1 year old. From 3 months old I think a baby of this age would be able to hold the toy because of the rounded handles on the arms but I do think because the rattle is heavy you need to take greater care when giving to a baby of this age. Even at 6 months old when my boys had more strength I had a greater reluctance giving them this rattle to play with compared with other rattles as I felt due to the size and weight they were more likely to hurt themselves with one of their uncoordinated shaking movements. The rattle states it is suitable up to 1 year old however I think that by 9 months old my boys had outgrown rattles and tended to look for more exciting toys that lit up and made sounds. Children over 6 months will probably get very little use out of this rattle for entertainment and will probably use it more as a teething aid in my opinion and experience. The hard smooth plastic is very easy for you to wipe down with a wet cloth although I would say because of all of the different textures and shapes on the rattle to clean thoroughly you do need to ensure you get into all of the nooks and crannies. I often sterilised many of our rattles and teether toys that my boys chewed on however the size of the Froggy Rattle makes it quite difficult to do so, I found I used hot water in the sink rather than popping in the steriliser. ***Overall*** Personally I would not recommend the ELC Froggy Rattle to buy for your own child or as a baby under one years old as a gift. Like the majority of ELC products this is a nice looking toy. Therefore in theory it is quite a good gift or rattle. The positives of the rattle are it is bright, colourful, and smooth and has a variety of textures and pieces for very little hands to hold and explore. The frog looks very friendly and this is a very "fun" looking toy and for £5 is reasonable value for money. However as a parent I think that this is quite a disappointing rattle toy and I will not be saving the remaining ELC Froggy Rattle for child number 3. Personally I think the rattle is too big and heavy especially for a young baby. With it being so big it is easy for a baby to see and coordinate their actions and grab hold of but I found that my boys both found it difficult to hold onto this toy because it is so heavy. The sounds made by the rattle are not very loud so if a child does manage to shake the toy (because of the weight) there is not much a rattling noise. My boys did chew on this toy but it was always cast aside for other rattles. The most disappointing and alarming aspect of this toy for me is that one of our rattles actually snapped which could have been extremely dangerous if one of my boys had grabbed hold of the rattle after a piece broke off as it left a sharp plastic stump where one of the legs should have been. This toy was not played with a lot so I do not feel could have been overly worn and I find it quite concerning that a 6 month old baby threw a rattle to the force it could have snapped. Therefore I would say this is a quality issue rather than my child being extremely forceful! Very disappointing especially from ELC which usually get a thumbs up from us.