I don't remember much about my infant and toddler years, but I do remember the Fisher-Price toys that I wish I still had today. The record player. The camera. The phone. The garage. The TV. The clock. The camera.
In fact, when Fisher-Price officially arrived in the country a few months ago (they had previously only been distributed here, but now they have a base here), I was hoping I could get some of the classic toys that made up my childhood, but unfortunately they didn't. I've scoured BidorBuy and Gumtree, but what I've found has been quite pricey (clearly people have realised their value and worth), though I still check longingly every few weeks.
I will keep everything Fisher-Price that my daughter has, as I'm sure she and her brother, now seven, will treasure their toy memories one day. Most of my newborn daugher's Fisher-Price toys were my son's, and everything is still in good nick – from the playmat mobile and stacking cups, to the activity walker and bouncer.
One new toy that's waiting for her is the Smart Stages Puppy, which is about as big as she is.
Rebecca has the following features of the interactive and cuddly puppy to look forward to:
- He responds to baby's touch with sayings and songs about body parts and feelings
- It has 50+ sing-along songs, tunes and phrases
- His heart lights up and twinkles when it's pressed, and when music is played
- It has three developmental stages (6 months plus, 12 months plus, and 18 months plus) with songs, phrases and sounds suited to three levels of play
For parents, it's good to know that the puppy encourages vocabulary and conversation, and promotes the understanding of cause and effect when they activate the sounds, phrases and music.
Also, and this is a huge convenience, the Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Puppy already comes with batteries, so that there's no searching for batteries you might not even have around, or going out and buying them. (I can't quite describe how happy this makes me).
I'm looking forward to playtime with the puppy, and who knows, maybe the retro record player or garage might be added to the mix?
For more information about Fisher-Price toys, head to their Facebook page here.