You may have seen the commercials lately which showcase the new Fisher Price Laugh & Learn (TM) Love to Play Puppy (TM).
Back in August/September when we took Dexter back to the US to visit my family, he was given an early Christmas present from my brother and sister in law. Because they have their own baby who is just one month older than Dexter, they have their finger on the pulse of what toys will best excite someone his age.
As such, we were excited to get our hands on this fabulous little toy.
Of course, because of travel restrictions, the toy was packed loosely in our hand luggage, which meant that once we got home, all thoughts of waiting until Christmas were out the window. Dexter dove right into it and dragged this cheerful fellow out and hasn’t really put him down since.
Fisher Price recommends an age range of 6 – 36 months. This is probably very accurate, given that Dex was 6 months when he first got it. Granted, he didn’t have the coordination to press buttons or body parts on his own, but his smiles and laughter when WE pressed them was only too apparent.
The variety of music, sounds and play is unexpected but undeniable. The puppy will not only teach your kid some of their favourite songs and nursery rhymes (Itsy-Bitsy Spider, Pat-a-Cake, This Little Puppy Went to Market, ABCs, and more), but it teaches body parts, colours, counting and so much more.
If there were any complaints to make, I suppose they would be as follows:
1/ The puppy doesn’t really sit up on its own. It flops over unless propped against something solid. This means that Dexter sometimes loses interest quickly.
2/ Dexter is more interested in faces at his age than in body parts. I would have loved if the puppy’s face had more integration. Especially while singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.”
3/ You can turn the puppy off by squeezing his left foot a couple of times. While I like that it can be turned off, the problem is that Dex will accidentally turn it off by himself and so cry and carry on. I would prefer a switch somewhere that would make it easier for parents to turn off rather than babies.
4/ After singing a song, the puppy will continue to speak every few seconds, reminding the child to play with him. While this is nice at times (for instance when Dex gets distracted by the TV or my computer), more often it speaks out at awkward times when I want Dex to leave the toys alone.
All in all, this puppy is a great little pal for my kid. It keeps him occupied/distracted when I need it to, and it’s cuddly enough for him to be left alone with it in his playpen. I am a big fan, and so is Dexter.