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Erin's first activity spiral
on 28 April 2016
The reason why I chose this over others, apart from the great price, was that it comes in black, white and red. I know that these are the first colours that babies can see so thought it would be a bit more beneficial for Erin at this stage. This particular activity spiral is suitable from birth so it's a great starter for any baby really because at least they'll be able to see the colours early on, compared with a brighter spiral.
The main part of the spiral is 32cm long when pulled out. The actual spiral has two different designs on the material; one side is black and white striped while the other has a red background with white spots. The spiral has two puffed out ends, one of which has spots and the other one has stripes the match the other patterns on the toy. The spiral is designed to be used on pushchairs, car seats and prams but unfortunately, it comes delivered quite tight and I am yet to get it stretched out. This doesn't matter too much at the minute but when Erin plays with it more, it will get quite annoying as the toys end up being bunched together instead of being spread out.
The toys are really cute and match the rest of the spiral. Each toy hangs down from the main spiral by some ribbon. The ribbon isn't very long at all though and it doesn't stretch, meaning a child has to be quite close to it to be able to play with it. For young babies like Erin, they need things they can pull towards them and this isn't ideal for that. Erin has to be sat right down in her pram at the moment to even be able to reach spiral which is not ideal at all.
Although not easy to reach when in her pram, Erin does enjoy the toys when she can play with them. The red and black flower has a see through plastic middle which has smaller pieces inside, making it into a rattle. The ladybird is covered in soft material but has a hard bell inside and Erin loves shaking this one about and making a racket. Although the bell is really hard and would probably hurt if the child accidentally hit themselves with it, it makes the toy easier to grab hold of. The third toy is a baby safe mirror which has little ribbon taggies coming off the bottom. Erin isn't really a fan of mirrors yet and tends to ignore this toy, I think because it doesn't make any noise.
As nice as this product looks, it isn't as good as I thought it would be. Don't get me wrong, Erin likes it when she can play with it but it's not that easy for her yet. Considering this is suitable from birth, I think the toys should be easier to reach. I can't give this more than 3 stars because the design is just a bit silly for the age of child it's aimed at.