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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT present for any 7-week old., 10 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim Mobile (Baby Product)
Having read the other reviews I bought this with a little trepidation.

I bought it for my 7-week old second grandson on the basis that its stated aims and benefits seemed to fulfil his needs and wants.

It seemed a little "cheap" and flimsy for the price as it came out of the box but it went together reasonably easily and the plastic "cards" on which the patterns are printed seem robust. They might not stand the attention of a robust toddler with teeth, but then they are not intended to. The arms and supports of the mobile do not look as if they would withstand an onslaught from a large, mobile baby with established grasp; again, I guess they are not designed to.

One minor criticism I have is that the two sets of black-and-white cards are not interchangeable. Those that hang vertically (and which I think the baby can't see too well lying prone) are perforated so as to hang vertically and so-on for those that actually face the baby. You cannot change the "verticals" for the "horizontals". The whole "mobile" revolves but only reluctantly.

It was introduced to my grandson at 7 weeks, which was when he seemed to be fixing on faces and objects and following them. It proved a great hit. Other than (perhaps) his mum's face there is nothing else so guaranteed to send him off into rhapsodies of joyous kicking, arm-waving, gazing and (at 9-weeks) smiling broadly.

At this stage of development, it does not seem to me that the "mobile" needs to move. The attraction for the one baby that I've seen interact with it it seems to be the rather cleverly designed black-and-white patterns. He is delighted with them and his gaze moves from one to another as he coos and kicks. How many more weeks he will get out of the black and white patterns, I'm not sure.

When his parents switch to the coloured second set of cards I don't know if they will need to be mobile to engage the baby and (presumably) aid his development. I suspect not.

I don't think anybody should be buying this mobile as an "entertainment" for parents and child. It doesn't play Brahms's Lullaby or even Twinkle Twinkle. It doesn't move very easily, it doesn't have Disney figures or infantilised animals or nursery rhyme characters.

Its job is to engage the developing eye and brain, which, on limited observation, it seems to do superbly. The price seems to go towards the intellectual cost of developing the shapes and the overall concept and less into construction quality. That said, if it is aimed at small babies, robustness is not an issue, provided their parents are no too ham-fisted.
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