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VTech Baby Soft Singing Play Panel

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PRODUCT: VTech Baby Soft Singing Play Panel ( Play Panel

DESCRIPTION: A fabric activity play panel for the cot or car, with buttons to activate music, lights and words. Requires 2 x AA batteries (included). Suitable for children aged 6 months upwards.

GOOD POINTS: This is a wonderfully thought-out activity toy for a young baby, with plenty to keep them entertained for long periods of time. It is a rectangular panel of quilted material with a brightly coloured and attractive scene on the front to captivate your child’s attention, and a big plastic yellow sun protruding over the top. On the back of the sun is the battery compartment, which handily can be opened using a coin if you do not have a screwdriver to hand.

The panel has a number of buttons integrated into the scene, and an on/off option is located to the top left of the sun. The great feature of the panel is its optional ‘day’ and ‘night’ modes which makes it ideal for use in the car or the cot. These modes can be selected from picture buttons either side of the on/off button. In ‘day’ mode, the various buttons on the panel activate lots of fun songs, sound effects and phrases, and the yellow sun lights up and flashes with the sounds. In ‘night’ mode, the same buttons activate more softly spoken phrases and calming lullabies to lull your baby to sleep, and the light in the sun fades slowly in and out in a more soothing rhythm. In each mode, the toy will go into automatic shut-down after a period of inactivity to preserve battery life.

As well as the various buttons to push, there are plenty of different material textures and objects for your child to touch and explore, including a flower, tree leaf and pull-back door and window. There is also a cute detachable mobile phone which activates further phrases and songs when removed from the panel. The phone is soft and padded, and is a good chunky size to squeeze, with a squeaker in the centre. It simply reattaches to the panel via a Velcro tab. In addition, three dangling pull cords with sun, moon and star handles are attached to the bottom of the light-up sun, and each sounds a different noise when pulled.

In terms of attaching the play panel to your child’s cot, a sturdy orange attachment strap is included which slides through a slot on the back of the sun to enable it to be fastened securely over the cot rail. The strap has several holes to allow for adjustment of the handing height. There are two additional cords on the reverse of the panel to tie onto the cot spindles to ensure the panel sits snug against the side. If using the panel in the car, the strap can be removed and the tie cords simply fastened securely to the back or front of the head-rest attachments (depending on whether you are using a forward-facing or rear-facing car seat).

In our opinion, this is a lovely tactile toy of excellent quality, which promotes long lasting play and is ideal for sensory stimulation and development of motor skills.

BAD POINTS: None, other than the batteries may need to be replaced more frequently with heavy use.

PRICE: £19.99

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