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Now that my son has moved out of his baby bath and into the big bath, he loves his bath time and we are building up a collection of toys to make bath time a fun time for him. One of the toys that he has in his bath, alongside his rubber ducks, is this Paddling Pup toy from Tomy.
The toy is made from plastic and is a beige coloured dog with dark brown ears and tail. It has black eyes and a black nose, a smiling mouth and a purple collar around it's neck. Attached to it's nose via a retractable string is a bright red ball. This can be pulled away from the nose and, as the string coils in, the ball moves back towards the dog and it's arms and legs (which are hinged) paddle. When in the bath, the dog floats on the surface of the water and 'swims' towards the ball as it retracts.
The RRP for this bath toy is £9.99 but it can be picked up at around £7.99 online and at various stores. This is, in my opinion, quite expensive for a bath toy of this nature - with limited function. The toy is suitable for children from 12 months plus, but we let our son have this from 9 months as bath time is fully supervised anyway.
My son seemed quite nervous of the toy at first - it is quite a large toy. It is also very noisy when you pull the ball away and the dog's limbs move - there is quite a loud plastic 'clicking' noise that I think he found quite intimidating and, initially, he didn't want the toy anywhere near him. So, after several days of just letting the dog float in his bath my son grew a bit more used to the toy and comfortable with it. He began to explore the dog and seemed to particularly like the bright red ball at it's nose. He also liked to bite on the tail - the hard plastic making for a good teether. Even now, he is still a little nervous of the swimming action - owing largely to the noise it makes. He does laugh and find it amusing as long as the dog is at the opposite end of the bath to him! As soon as the dog gets closer to him, he will push it away still.
Overall, this is a nice bath toy that will help teach your child about cause and effect. However, it is rather expensive and very loud. It would be vastly improved if the swimming function could be made quieter and more gentle. I am confident that, as my son gets older and more used to the toy, he will enjoy watching it swim about in the bath with him though.