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Good fun, and has potential to help your little one learn a routine.
on 12 September 2011
The idea of this interactive friend is that you can program him with a routine and then during the day he prompts your child to move on to the next part of the routine, or reminds them (and you) when it's meal times. He also helps the child to know when it's time to get up. In theory it sounds wonderful, and it has worked well with my children of 3 and 4, but more as a toy than teaching them a routine.
You must set up the routine first, and after a couple of times I had tailored the routine to what we follow at home. If you make a mistake with the routine setting you can correct it, however once it's set you must remove the batteries before you can change it again. A little frustrating, but stops little ones making changes. It's also worth knowing that the time you finish completing the programming is the time that the internal clock sets itself with, for example if you start programming at 9.50am, put 10am as the time because by the time you've finished setting all the routines, it will be around about 10am.
Winnie the Pooh talks in his American voice from the cartoons, which can be a little difficult to understand at times. There are certain events that Winnie the Pooh will announce automatically, and some that are instigated by someone pressing his paw.
You set a time for waking up, if your child wakes before this time and presses his paw, then Winnie the Pooh will make sleepy noises. Once waking up time arrives and his paw is pressed he will say they can get up. This isn't automatic, so if your child sleeps in then they won't get woken up by Winnie the Pooh.
The morning and evening routines and lunch time are set by an internal clock, and will be announced automatically, so if your child is sleeping in and you don't want them woken, then remove Winnie the Pooh before he announces the morning routine. When he's in routine mode, he stays in that mode until you've finished all the steps (press his paw to move on to the next part of the routine). Mealtimes last around 30 mins.
At bedtime he says "goodnight friends", however on the first night I had got my children to bed slightly early and then they were freaked out when their new toy started talking to them and saying goodnight, so if you think it might be a problem make sure Winnie the Pooh says goodnight before you do!
There is a hide and seek mode which is good fun, and a nap mode (but I haven't needed to use it).
Overall a good fun toy, and helps a child to follow a routine (and also the parent). However be prepared to stick to the routine yourself (or turn him off if you want a different routine for a day). You might also want to buy some honey - he asks for honey at mealtimes, which has meant I've had to buy honey for breakfast times for my children so they can be like Winnie the Pooh...