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Babyshapes [Box set] [Paperback]

Helen Dorman , Clive Dorman
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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Book Description

1 July 2000
The Baby Shapes Book and Mobile Set has been developed by The Children's Project and supports principles established in The Social Baby. There is continued debate as to whether or not new babies are able to distinguish colour, but it is agreed that they are drawn to high contrast images. These simple books are specially developed to interest a baby and they respond to these books from birth. Baby Shapes one and two, use very simple (through to more complex) bold graphic shapes. Baby Shapes three consists of a range of faces and facial expressions. New babies may copy some of the expressions. Baby Shapes four develops the graphics theme, introducing simple everyday objects such as a cat and a dog. The books bring the parents and their new baby together in a shared visual experience, nurturing the important beginnings of reading and turning the pages of a book. The mobile is unusual as it presents exciting visual images that can be viewed (importantly) by the baby when lying down as well as an adult.

Product details

  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: The Children's Project; Books & Mobile edition (1 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903275113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903275115
  • Product Dimensions: 36.8 x 24.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,159,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finalist in the Practical Parenting Awards 2009
--Practical Parenting, January 2010 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A great value for money pack that really does work. There is very little like this on sale and it is surprising how even newborn babies are fascinated by both the books and the mobile.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant! 16 Nov 2005
I bought this for my nephew - unfortunately it was put away in a box and forgotten about! A year later, my week old baby loves it!! She is now almost 7 weeks old and we can now tell what shapes she likes and dislikes! It's great to provoke and recognise a reaction in such a young baby - it has strenghtened the bond as we can play and read together. Well worthwhile!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and fun! 23 Jun 2008
I bought this along with Faces (Babys very first book) after reading reviews on amazon, because I wanted to find something that would interest my very young baby. Well these books are great. Baby absolutely loved them, especially book 3 with all the faces. So simple, but he absolutely loved it and it was so funny to watch all his little expressions and cooing noises as he stared at the pictures. This is a must for young babies and I have recommended it to all my friends!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 25 July 2008
By Clare
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I recently purchased this set and I am extremely happy with it. My baby is only 6 weeks old but he responds really well to the pictures in the books and to the mobile. The 4 books contain simple shapes and faces that are either white on black or black on white and the mobile is very easy to put together - I have actually hung the mobile parts off the arches on the baby gym so that he can look at them whilst he plays.
The books could also be used as flash cards when he gets older with the name of the shape or object written underneath.
This item was a really good price too.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coulour is Dead, Long live Black n White!! 20 Nov 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a great little set, the mobile seems cheap and tacky especially if you've forked out loads on the nice coulourful ones but that doesn't seem to bother baby, she loves it. Don't get me wrong she doesn't laugh and smile at it but we've placed it over the changing table and sometimes she will not settle when changing but now as soon as she's under it she's transfixed. it's lovely just to watch her entranced with it!
The books are great as well, 4 of them and each one becomes a little more detailed. Again she will stop all wriggling and whining when faced with the pages of this book, I look forward to when she can actually vocalise and show her reactions that way.
Do not be put off by the fact it's all black and white, it may seem poor to us but to baby it's a wonder!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars baby loves them 17 Oct 2007
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our baby boy is now 3 months and has enjoyed these since birth. i am buying them for my friends having babies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars superb! 1 May 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I didn't believe the reviews at first as I couldn't believe my one week old baby could possibly see the shapes and respond to the mobile - was i wrong! Nappy changing times would normally be all about tears but that all changed the minute I set up the mobile abaove her changing table. A COMPLETE GODSEND and so amazing how she could make out the shapes and follow them with her eyes. I keep a book in my handbag for days out to keep her pacified as well. She loves it!
Downside is that the mobile is quite flimsy and one bit already ripped off and I've had to hold it together with sello tape.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my 2 week old baby loved it!!! 8 Feb 2012
After receiving this gift from a friend, I was skeptical about my 2 week old focusing on anything, let alone pictures in a book. Well, I was amazed!!! My 2 week old spent a few minutes staring at the images. I then cut the book up and placed the pictures strategically around the house, for tummy time, next to the changing mat and in the hood of the pram. The smiley faces accompanied us everywhere we went in the pram and my baby became so familiar with the faces he would squeal and laugh out loud whilst spending a long time staring at them. I have since bought the set of books as a gift for various friends and would highly recommend.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any new parent!! 25 Sep 2008
I bought this for the books but the Mobile was by far the best!

It looks a bit flimsy but I set it up *Tied it to a coat hanger* and used it all around the house (Hanging it on lightshades), especially when the baby had colicy moments, I'd spend the witching hours of the evening spinning it and baby just stared at it - worked till he was 6 months old!

I have bought one for every new mum I know and they have all said it is the daddy! I'm just about to buy one now for my cousin!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great mobile. good books but for older babies than suggested
the mobile really entertains my baby. however, books are not really for the age suggested, having used them with my baby a bit older than suggested.
Published 8 days ago by DMandacaru
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Brilliant item. First bought it four years ago but as we have another baby bought another. Our baby loves the mobile and the books even though she is only four weeks old. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Mrs. D. A. Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Our 6 week old already loves the mobile. would definitely recommend. I had to wait a month for delivery but I am glad i didnt cancel the order. Read more
Published 2 months ago by pela B.
4.0 out of 5 stars good
My baby daughter loves the mobile, and the books. You can really see by her reaction which patterns she favours
Published 2 months ago by Becksta
5.0 out of 5 stars Great but it's only made of thick paper
I read an article about how babies can only see/focus on black and white at first until their eyes mature so for my newborn son I searched everywhere for a black and white mobile... Read more
Published 3 months ago by RiniandRoss
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
A simple and brilliant piece of kit that has baby fascinated everytime she looks at it. Bought as a gift and parents love it.
Published 5 months ago by Tara Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Yet Effective
This is great. The black and white patterns on the mobile really held my daughters attention - simple yet effective. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Miss S Pennington
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely set of books
My baby was captivated by this set of books, he would copy faces (smile, stick out his tongue etc) We used the books a lot. Read more
Published 8 months ago by KMay
3.0 out of 5 stars Mobile good, books bad!
My little one,now 9 months still enjoys the mobile. As its card it's light enough to hang from ceiling with drawing pin and we use above his changing mat. Read more
Published 8 months ago by L McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for young babies
I bought this for my newborn and from 10 weeks he loved staring at the mobile before sleep. The books are great too.
Published 10 months ago by AW
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