I have just bought this for my baby daughter as she is absolutely obsessed with trying to carry bags around and even ones that are nearly bigger than her along with putting things in a bag, taking them out, putting them in, taking them out (you get the idea!) and so I figured she would love this Smart Stages Purse from Fisher Price and thankfully I was right.
This is another brilliant toy from Fisher Price's new Smart Stages range (we have a few smart stages toy's, with the most recent being a Smart Stages Scooter
) and they all grow with your little one. The Purse has 3 smart stages which you can change between as your little one gets older with the first stage being aimed at 6-12 months, the second stage being aimed at 12-18 months and the third stage being aimed at 18 months to 3 years. You just simply flip the switch to the appropriate stage as your little one grows and is ready for them and I think this makes the toy something that can be played with for a long time and still be interesting as they are getting older.
The purse has an off switch and two volume settings underneath it and takes 2 AA batteries which are already included.
My one critisism of the purse is that it is a little front heavy with the music control panel sometimes making it flop forwards rather than sit straight but this doesn't bother my daughter at all and she is just premanently carrying her little bag around the house and stashing even more items inside such as her Fisher Price Smart Phone
and her big brothers Olaf torch as every little girl needs to be prepared of course!
The purse comes with a few nice little accessories which all fit neatly inside:
Soft Green Triangle Keys - Perfect for teething and chewing
Blue Bracelet - Doesn't adjust or stretch but hits her wrist perfectly with plenty of growing room
Rattle Phone - Grey hard plastic phone which has rattling beads inside but my daughter prefers her smart phone toy that plays music etc
Pink Credit Card - Pink hard plastic credit card which doesn't do anything but is a nice touch
Pink Heart Mirror - Pink heart shaped mirror which is a big hit as it would be with any babies I think
The purse has a little velcro closure inside to close the bag over if required and the handle is not a long length but fits easily over my daughters shoulder.
The magic of the purse of course is that is has 6 buttons your little one can press with one in a music note shape and the rest in different coloured shapes with numbers 1 to 5 on them (Pink Heart, Green Triangle, Blue Circle, Purple Square & Yellow Star). Depending what stage the purse is set at the purse teaches things such as colours, numbers, shapes and also numbers and colours in French. Once you get to stage 3 it does imaginitive play and says things like "I've got my keys, where should we go?", "Lets call a friend" etc and each colour shape seems to correspond to one of the accessories. The note button plays music and sings songs and has tons of tunes on there.
There is a reason (well several) that Fisher Price products are one of our major 'go to brands' for baby toys and products and that is that they are always cleverly thought out, of a beautiful design, durable, entertaining, educational, encourage baby to develop and are always high quality just to name a few. I don't honestly think we have had one bad Fisher Price toy between either of our two children and it is certainly a name we have grown to love and trust. This Fisher Price Smart Stages Purse is yet another brilliant toy from Fisher Price and has a big thumbs up from my little girl and me.