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I love Lamaze toys, with their bright colours and huge variety of textures, Logan the Lion is no exception. Our Logan the Lion lives clipped onto one side of my baby's pushchair. The large clip means that it can be clipped onto a variety of things with no trouble at all, something that i needed as my pushchair is very limited as to where i can attach toys. I was drawn to this particular toy because of the large range of bright colours and the fact it is gender neutral. It holds a plastic teether on each paw, great for when your baby starts to get some teeth cutting through. The only disappointment is that the Lion is suppose to roar, it does this by means of a textures ball inside the toy, but the lion must be tipped too and fro in a very particular manner meaning that there is no way my baby can make it roar by itself, even i have trouble at times, other toys from Lamaze have better noise mechanisms inside such as squeakers. I will definitely be buying more from this range of toys as they are great value.
Driving across France with an eight month old was always going to be a bit challenging. One of the things to make it more bearable for both us and my son was a supply of toys to entertain him in the car. With this in mind my parents bought him this toy as we often call the little man our little lion. This toy is wonderfully colourful so immediately appealed to my son and I like the colourful ribbon tags that surround the lion's face. Although not in the accompanying image the lion's feet have different patterned material on the soles and make a crinkle sound. My son is teething and was happy to chew on the feet in fact he seemed to prefer these than the actual teething toys included on Logan the Lion. On one paw is a textured purple star and in the other a couple of rings which can also be chewed. Unfortunately these rings were pulled off by my son in a day. Now although he is quite strong I would expect them to last longer than that! We put the rings into his paddling pool as so extra toys to play with so they were still useful but we were a little disappointed at how long they had lasted. One of the best things about this toy is its ability to purr. This is due to a marble that is located in it so it makes a rattling sound when shaken then settles down into a purring sound which my son enjoys. This made this a great toy to keep him entertained in the car. Also as it doesn't need batteries it is a good holiday toy. Unlike some other toys he has this sound effect is quite pleasing to his parents which is an I portent factor to our sanity when driving long distances. My son still enjoys this toy despite it's probable over use on holiday and despite the fact the rings are no longer attached to it. It will be interesting to see how long the purple star lasts. Of course the downside is that if you put this toy into his cot or pram and he falls asleep you must be careful not to move it in case it makes a noise and wakes him up. Rule No 1 Don't wake a sleeping baby! I haven't had to try to clean Logan the Lion yet but he doesn't seem to attract as much mess as Sophie the giraffe does. A quick wipe over has removed the remains of my son's dinner! As I explained at the start this was a gift but having had a quick look on the internet it would appear to retail for around the £8 mark. I would happily pay this despite the rings not lasting long as it did keep my son amused on the long car drive. Logan has a clip so he can be attached to the straps of a car seat or pram but my son seems to be inexpert at getting him loose so take care not to lose him. This was a bit of a nuisance in the car as it meant one of us having to fish around the car floor to find him again. Rule No 2 Always have a spare toy in case one is lost! Overall a bright colourful toy that should entertain your baby for a while with a sound effect that doesn't irritate and doesn't need batteries.
Although I hadn't even heard of the Lamaze range of toys until a few months ago, I've found myself buying a toy from the range every time I receive another Amazon voucher. Most of these have been put away as stocking fillers, but as my little man has gone through such a hard time teething the last month, I couldn't help but give him the latest addition to my stash a few months early. And so 5 month old Freddy has been playing with Logan the Lion for the last couple of weeks and while it's not his absolute favourite (another Lamaze toy, Freddie the Firefly has that honour) it is one that he plays with regularly. ===Grow and Learn=== Logan the Lion is one of a range of toys, manufactured by Lamaze, that encourage a baby's development by stimulating their senses and providing instant rewards for their actions. Although the toys themselves don't change, as baby gets older new skills are encouraged and rewarded. So the toy that visually stimulates a newborn can also help a baby practise and master hand-eye coordination. All Lamaze toys are incredibly well made and very reasonably priced, with many under £10. Although I hadn't even heard of this brand before Freddie was born, since buying him his Firefly I've noticed that they are getting more and more popular and regularly see them attached to buggies and prams. ===Logan The Lion=== Logan is a beautifully made soft toy who, while not as packed with activities as some of the Lamaze toys, still has plenty to occupy both babies and younger toddlers. He has a lovely soft and cuddly plush body and bright friendly face. He's a lovely size for a baby to hold, not too big or too small at 23cm tall, 13cm from paw to paw and weighing in at just over 150g. While some of the Lamaze range are aimed very specifically at girls (fairy and doll for instance), I would say that Logan is definitely unisex. As with other Lamaze toys, Logan is very well made, the features are all stitched on and I've pulled and tugged on every seam without any of the stitching coming loose or splitting. As well as simply being a lovely soft toy, Logan also features a number of different activities to stimulate baby's senses and encourage baby to use newly developed skills. There are two plastic rings hanging from one arm, that not only clank together in a very satisfying way, but also have different textures for baby to feel. The other arm features a rubberised teether in the shape of a star, which is a good size for baby to hold and put in his mouth and has different textures on each side. Each of Logan's feet are padded and feature 'crinkle' sounds when scrunched along with shiny satin material to feel. But Logan's head is by far his best feature, as well as the inviting, smiley face, his head features a mane made up of felt and little strips of silky ribbon. Logan's head is also hollow and contains a ball, so when he's shaken he makes a nice loud rattle, but even that's not the best bit. The best bit is that the inside of the head is textured so that if Logan is gently rolled in just the right way, he makes a wonderful sound, that if not a roar is a lovely purr. Logan's final feature is a very handy clip for attaching him to a pram, buggy, car seat or even baby gym. ===When Freddy met Logan=== Although Logan is suitable from newborn, Freddy didn't actually get him until he was almost five months old. Personally I don't think Logan is actually as suitable for very young babies as others in the range as he doesn't feature the contrasting black and white patterns that they so like to look at and five months is actually a very good age for a baby to get the most out of him. As soon as Freddy saw Logan's bright colours and smiley face his eyes lit up, and when I gave Logan a shake he couldn't wait to get his hands on him. Freddy found the rings the perfect size to grab hold of and was soon exploring all of Logan's features. As with any new toy he gets hold of, the first thing Freddy did was see if he could eat it, again the rings were the perfect size to fit in his mouth and he enjoyed exploring the different textures before moving onto the teether. It was then that he discovered that Logan made a noise and had great fun just holding onto the teether and rings and moving Logan so that he purred. It was wonderful just watching him work out where the noise was coming from and how to make it happen again. As time has gone on, Freddy has enjoyed exploring all the different sounds and textures Logan has to offer. Sometimes he'll sit in his buggy just feeling the silky ribbons on the mane and 'talking' to Logan, others he'll scrunch the feet and then there are the times when he'll bash Logan against different surfaces to make him rattle. All in all, while Logan is in no way Freddy's favourite toy (his Lamaze firefly takes that honour) it is one that he'll play with for a good ten minutes at a time and one we'll sometimes take out with us for trips in the buggy. I will add a word of warning here, although the strap for attaching Logan to a buggy is a very good idea, as it doesn't actually fully close, Freddy has learnt to take it off of his buggy strap so that he can play that perennial favourite, let's throw the toy on the floor so Mummy or Daddy has to pick it up. ===Learning Through Play=== Although Freddy is learning all the time, I do like to provide him with toys that stimulate him and provide as many chances for him to develop new skills as possible. All the Lamaze toys I've bought so far fulfil this and Logan is no exception. There are different textures for him to explore with his hands and mouth, all of which can be described to help with his vocabulary later. The bright, friendly face encourages baby to 'talk' to him, therefore working towards social skills. Improving hand-eye coordination is instantly rewarded with the rattle and purring sounds. And as Freddy gets older, Logan can also be used as a prop in storytelling, role play and make believe. In fact we've already involved Logan in story time while reading the book "That's not my....lion". Finally, as he's so soft and cuddly Logan is also a great comforter that Freddy sleeps with when his firefly is unavailable. ===Durability=== The first thing I do with any new toy, before giving it to Freddy, is see if I can break it. This may seem a little harsh, but babies and toddlers can be very rough on their toys and I know that if it can survive my attempts at destruction, then it should easily survive anything that Freddy can throw at it. I've pulled at every one of Logan's seams, as well as the tags and rings, and not a single one has come loose. I'm therefore confident that this toy is going to survive for as long as Freddy is interested in playing with it, and probably longer. My only real concern, is that Logan is only surface washable, and as baby/toddler toys tend to be sucked, chewed and thrown on the floor, he may get very grubby. ===Final Words=== Logan the Lion is definitely a toy that gets Freddy's seal of approval, and he doesn't rate badly in Freddy's Mummy's eyes either. The bright colours attract quite young babies attention and the activities then keep the attention of older babies. It is yet another toy from Lamaze that lives up to the 'Play and Grow' promise, with the same toy being appropriate for young babies and toddlers. Although as I've stated before I wouldn't say it was as suitable for newborns as others in the range, even though it is safe for even the tiniest of tots. This is definitely a toy that I would recommend and one that would make a lovely gift for a baby who is beginning to take notice of the world around them. And at an rrp of £9.99 it's not a particularly expensive gift either, although I would take advantage of the ridiculously low price of £5.99 it's currently available for on Amazon. I'm therefore giving Logan the Lion a healthy four stars out of five, with him only losing that star because others in the range have even more activities.