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Visual stimulation for disabled/visually impaired,
This review is from: Fisher-Price Miracles & Milestones Mix & Match Musical Mobile (Baby Product)
Ok, I write most of my baby toy reviews with disabled and visually impaired children in mind, partly because I have a 3yr old with CP and partly because no one else does.
This is over all a very good toy. My older children bought it for my little girl at Xmas. It is always hard to find things for her as she is fully dependant and has poor eyesight. It has been enormously successful, especially in settling her if she wakes up during the night.
The high contrast colours (black & white;red & yellow etc) enable her to see the birds hanging from the mobile, and also the 'plates' they hang from. These plates can be turned to show less contrasting pictures if this is not an issue, they do not spin by themselves as the mobile moves, though.
The rotation of the 'mobile' part is quite slow and may not be enough to keep a more mentally agile child occupied for long in daylight, however the real success of this toy is in it's night-time mode.
I had somethng similar years ago for my older children, and wasn't hugely impressed. The light just wasn 't powerful enough, and when I first turned this on (in a partially lighted room) I was afraid this was going to be the same. I was wrong. The light show spreads clearly over a large area of the ceiling and my little girl has no problems seeing it. It rotates at just the right speed to be restful without being so slow that it's boring.
The mobile can be operated in several different modes ranging from no light/no sound to all singing, all dancing light, sound, and rotation.
Thre are two types of music: Classical and Lullaby. Switch between these two by pressing one of the two large buttons at the bottom of the control unit. These buttons are perfectly placed, in fact, for a baby to be able to bash them and change the music theirself. They are 'soft' buttons, easily pushed and even my little girl - who has very little co-ordination - can take a swipe and manage to change the music.
As baby grows the toy can be adapted to become just a light-show toy, attached to the side of a bed.
My only mild complaint about this toy is that the programme isn't long enough. Once started it goes for about ten minutes, an adjustable timer for this would have been brilliant. If she wakes up at night she is happy as long as this is playing - which means I only have to get out of bed every ten minutes to push the buttons again!
All-in-all though, it's already proving itself worth the money.