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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 12 September 2011
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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...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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First things first. This toy has the American Pooh voice. Talking toys are weird / annoying enough but if your tolerance is low keep it in mind. I'm old school Pooh myself but my nieces only know the US voice so it's no problem for them. I got used to him pretty fast - he's quite cute actually.
So - on to info. This is a useful toy! I thought it would be ideal for my 3 yr old niece but actually she didn't really engage with it so it's been adopted by the 5 year old. She's kind of into invisible friends and this fulfils that 'Pooh said...Pooh did it...' type need. She's also kind of difficult in the mornings sometimes - but oddly enough is far keener to get dressed to impress Pooh than a human. Success!
OK - how this works is - you can set the time in Pooh Bear's head and then tell him what time your kid gets up, gets ready, is free to play, eats and gets ready for bed etc. He then encourages the child to do the programmed things at the right times. So in the morning when the child squeezes his paw or his nose, he'll chat to them and play with them until it's time for breakfast - then he'll say 'I'm hungry'... This is great at night time - once he's in sleepy mode he won't play - only say a few sleepy things to encourage the child to go back to sleep... very helpful!
Note that mealtimes last 30 mins in Pooh's head - this is quite a long time for a five year old... so sometimes Pooh stays and eats with the adults after littlee has finished and gone to do other things...
To be truthful, I was cynical about this toy - didn't think it would last... but it's been a real success actually and is now looking a little bit more worn from being bumped down the stairs on his head... as all Poohs should be ;o)

PS Three AA batteries required by the way (supplied but mine needed replacing straight away) and the toy goes into low power mode whenever it's not being played with.

Just a little update a couple of weeks in - middle niece has had Pooh for several weeks now and totally loves him. He goes everywhere with her (school too - patient teacher!) and has really helped with the 'discussions' around when she should brish her teeth, get dressed etc... So - just wanted to let you know Pooh has lasted - not just a fad...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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On first impressions, the Worlds Apart Winnie the Pooh Interactive Friend is very nicely made and presented in a box which lends itself well to gift-giving (the child can see exactly what toy they're receiving): Pooh sits about 30cms high, and is accompanied by a honey pot and a spoon so that his owner can feed their new 'friend'. Pooh is made from soft-bodied plush and well-padded, so the electronic mechanisms don't make him uncomfortable for a child to hold/cuddle.

As a parent, if you remember Teddy Ruxpin or talking Cabbage Patch Dolls (late 80s - mid 90s), you might find this Pooh Bear slightly disappointing - although Pooh talks and is to some degree interactive, he doesn't have animated features (his mouth/facial structure doesn't move!). That said, this does have its compensations: Pooh runs on the relatively modest quantity of 3x AAA batteries... and for once, batteries ARE included!

Although I'm generally quite impressed by the toy, I do find the programmed routine aspects of it slightly disturbing and would prefer to be able to opt out of these. I haven't found a way to do it, but I really don't like the idea of parenting by toy. The lack of opt-out facility for the routine elements is especially annoying, as these elements need to be reprogrammed whenever Pooh's batteries are replaced. The toy has both 'play' and 'routine' modes, but you are required to set up routine elements first, and 'routine' seems to always override 'play'.

For use with older children (the toy is suitable from 12m+), I could envision the programmed-routine aspects proving a nightmare. Sometimes it isn't possible to keep to your routine e.g. when going on holiday - and I'd hate for a much-loved friend to develop feet of clay by talking about things that aren't quite as relevant as they would normally be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 5 August 2011
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This is a foot tall high toy companion which has been designed to compliment your child's regular routine. It's one of the more handsome versions of Winnie the Pooh I have come across. With over 50 phrases and a schedule set by you, Pooh will spurt out phrases to cajole your child in keeping to his/her daily routine. It works mainly by setting your routine at activities to half an hour blocks, so that at certain times of the day Pooh will say a phrase relevant to the activity in your child's routine. The setup also includes the ability to reorder activities such as brushing your teeth, getting dressed, getting washed etc. and eliminate certain ones too. There are only two buttons required for the set up (his paw and nose) but I did find the whole process confusing, and once setup the thought of adjusting it for one day, or a one off occurrence is off-putting, also once the batteries (which are 3 x AAA) needs changing you have to start the whole process again! Suitable for 12m+ ages, Pooh also has a built in hide and seek game, and you can get him to say any of his phrases by pressing his paw any time to keep your child entertained in between routine activities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A fantastic idea with such a popular bear, giving 50 phrases and the hide and seek game is brilliant before bed time. The toy encourages routine throughout the day and interacts with young children educating them at the same time.Poo also reminds the child when it is meal times as he wants his honey from his blue pot.If your child wakes in the night poo will try to talk to the child trying to get them to stay in bed.Battery opperated, a must for preschool age up to reception year, really helps them get into a daily routine
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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More than a toy : this is a companion , nanny and chum all in the one soft cuddly Pooh Bear . Suitable I believe from say two and a half years upward ,it can be programmed to suit the little one's daily and nightly pattern covering in a friendly way bedtime , mealtimes and playtime with that Pooh Bear warm ,engaging voice .
As I am 65 years too old for this, after wrestling it from my wife, I gave it to my young grandson . My daughter tells me that it was easy to program and it can be reset as the wee fellow progresses . I am normally against electronic toys and pastimes for kids . Get off your bottoms , get some exercise , read a book . That's what I say . Here I make an exception as apart from the help with the child's development and the calming effect , it also instigates active games [ hide and seek etc.].

A bit pricey at just under £40 , but given the hours of happy enjoyment my grandson is having worth every penny .
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on 6 January 2012
This toy is such a smart companion for a young child! It is cuddly, it interacts with your baby and you can programme it according to your child's daily routine so that when he is asleep, Pooh stops talking to him and instead suggests that he should sleep too, by making zZzZ sounds.
My nephew loves making his Winnie the Pooh toy talk and listens to him very carefully and takes his advice (he loves taking Pooh everywhere with him).
The saddest day in the house was when Pooh ran out of batteries after being used daily and we weren't prepared with new batteries and my nephew cried so much saying that Pooh didn't want to talk to him. (My nephew is 2 years old, an only child and in dire need of a sibling, so he took Pooh's lack of batteries as a very personal thing). We rushed to the first store to wake Pooh up.
A highly inventive toy. Sure, it has a high price, but I felt that it was an investment in my nephew's happiness, making him want to play hide and seek with Pooh, eat next to him at breakfast, sleep when it is sleep time, etc.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 13 September 2011
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This is an educational toy. :)

It is comprised of Pooh bear and a pot of hunny & spoon. Both appear well made and should be reasonably durable although that, of course will depend on the child. There are also AAA batteries included as the toy runs from 3 AAA batteries but they are OEM provided so potentially not the best quality/longevity.

In relation to actual use, whilst this is a voiced toy, there is no facial movement or interaction - it can be set to the child's routine, especially useful for mornings and evenings, but even more usefully, it can be reset so that Pooh's times change as the child's change making this a great longer-term prospect and worth the extra investment.

Pooh can be programmed to recognise key times within the child's day, getting up, getting ready, meal times, play times, bet times. He then proceeds to encourage the child to do the appropriate things at the right times and he'll interact with them whilst they do this. Essentially he is making otherwise monotonous, boring, or difficult tasks into a game for the child. He also enters 'sleep' mode after bed time and if the child attempts to play with he, he actually encourages them back to sleep - particularly useful if you have a difficult sleeper.

The only major downside is that the routine aspect of Pooh needs to be reset when the batteries are changed which is somewhat irritating as it can be a bit harsh on all but the best quality batteries.

Apart from that, however, this is a great little toy for a youngling and a great companion to encourage children.
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You can see from the picture that this Winnie the Pooh toy is fashioned from the American cartoons rather than from the original illustrations. The overall concept is that Pooh can be programmed with the child's routine and then can speak relevant soundbites from a store of 50 phrases. There is also a hide and seek mode. I thought this would be liked by one of my cousin's children and I was right - he has proved to be very popular with the three year old:

Pros
- Toy is well made and cuddly
- He looks like the cartoon character and comes equipped with honey pot and spoon
- Hide and seek mode works well
- routine relevant phrases may help as part of setting your child's routine

Cons

- The programming is a bit of faff and needs to be repeated at each battery fill

Overall I think this is fun toy and it's nice even when the batteries are flat, so I've awarded it four stars
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on 16 July 2012
I bought this for my little girl to help her with her daily routine. it did take a while to get to grips with setting it up but once i got the hang of it, it was straight forward enough. My little girl loves her pooh bear and is forever cuddling him, the only downfall with it is, my daughter is going through her teething stage so her sleep pattern is up and down, because this toy is set to certain times, he will start talking at the time you've programmed it to, it has woken her up a couple of times as his voice is quite loud. I have to take it out of the room now when she's asleep just in case. Overall it's a great idea for a toy, just be aware if your routine changes, re-programme the toy as it will carry on as usual.
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