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We bought the lamaze musical inchowrm when i was pregnant as one of the first toys our daughter would have as it is suitable from birth. The worm has 7 different sections which 2 are crinkly sounding, 2 have a jingly bell in, others are soft and lightly textured. You can squeeze in the mouth and it sets off a high pitch tune which doesn't last long but is a nice addition, although I don't feel this would be able to be operated by a baby as you have to squeeze quite hard in a pretty specific place in the mouth. On the reverse it has a length measure upto 60cm, although if you pull and stretch the snake it will be longer than this. We tried using this to measure our daughters length by laying it out next to her but was not very accurate or easy! When our baby was born she did not have much interest in this, we would just show it to her and shake it about to make noises, she would lay and look at it. Gradually as she has got older she has taken more of an interest and it was great for when she started kicking her legs as you can place it under her feet and as she kicked up and down would knock the sections and make sounds. Now at 8 1/2 months old she sits up and pulls the snake around, takes a lot of time and interest exploring the sections, especially the crinkly ones. This is a good soft toy to have from birth as is bright and has a variety of textures and sounds that can be explored as they grow.
I received this randomly through the post one day! I think it must have been a competition prize as I enter a lot of competitions, but whatever the case, it was a nice surprise as it is a lovely toy. At that time, my 2nd son was about 12 months so a little bit old for this really, he did have a look at it but as I was expecting my 3rd at that time I thought it would be better to save it for him, so he has had it from birth. He is now nearly 8 months and has been enjoying this toy all that time. When he was very small it was just something bright and colourful to look at but now he is able to sit and explore the textures, shake it around to make noises - it has a bell in it and also some crinkly textures on the different segments of the worms body. The worm's body is 60cm or 24 inches long, I know this as it has a ruler drawn on the back of it. I liked this feature as my 3 year old would use it to measure the length of his little baby brother which I felt was a quite nice interaction for them to do. Also you could use it as a prop to do weekly or monthly photos of your baby to show how they grow by placing them next to it each time, I was not organised enough to do this but I have seen people do similar and it tends to be really nice to look back on. As with all Lamaze toys I have come across, it is well made and a good quality toy. Ours still looks brand new despite being played with plenty by my little one and manhandled by the older 2 (2 and 3 years). The top half has 7 different patterns and textures which are all fairly crinkly and the underneath is all one very soft texture in bright orange. It feels really nice like a soft toy plush type of texture and is quite snuggly for a child. When you press the worms head it plays a tune although we actually had it quite a while before we realised this, and my baby had been getting enough enjoyment out of the textures and jingly sounds even without the tune but still it is a nice extra. I would recommend this, it's a nice toy for any baby's collection and I'm sure most babies would enjoy it. It is more for younger babies ie under 1 year
**as published on ciao 07/12/11** We got our son the Lamaze Musical Inchworm when he was about 3 months old and now, at 8 months, he still plays with it. At 3 months, he was not that interested in it but he has definitely engaged more and more with it as he has grown and developed. We purchased this in Sainsbury's for £10.99 and it suitable from birth. It is currently available at around £10.99 online and in various stores. The worm is essentially a soft toy that can be cuddled by baby. It looks like a caterpillar, with it's body divided into 7 segments and a head. Each body segment has a pair of knotted brown material legs coming from each side. On the underside of the worm which is yellow in colour, there is a measuring 'ruler' drawn on that allows you to measure your baby's length up to 24 inches/60 centimetres by lying it next to them. The top side of the worm is brightly coloured, with each segment not only having a different colour but a different texture too, making it very stimulating to baby. The head can be squeezed to make the worm play a tune, which is said to be 'if you're happy and you know it'. I have to confess that this sounds nothing like the version of if you're happay and you know it that I know. To me, it is just a catchy little ditty. The other segments are not only made of different materials but also have different things within them. One has a bell, another a squeaker and another some crumply material. This means that the toy is really stimulating to baby with different textures and activities. The worm is really good for use during tummy time, giving baby something to focus on. My son loved to just look at this toy when he was really little and found the tune soothing when we played it to him. As he has got bigger and learned to sit independently (and grown bigger than the inchworm) he still loves to play with this and can now pick the whole toy up and cuddle it. He now loves to scrunch this about and shake it to make the bell ring. It is a great size and shape for him to grip easily. He hasn't quite worked out how to make it play the tune yet, I expect this will come as he develops further. He also uses the knotted legs and antennae to bite on. Being made of a velour material and essentially a cuddly toy, it is not the easiest to clean. Some of the sections are more smooth in texture than others and these are easily sponge cleaned. The more textured sections are a little more challenging to clean and I am not completely confident that they are fully clean after sponging. In summary, this is a really well made and thought out toy that is attractive and stimulating to baby. I am really pleased that we bought this and my son loves playing with it, I definitely think that we have got good value for money out of it.