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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Musical Friend, 23 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Lamaze Eddie the Elephant Tunes (Baby Product)
Eddie the Elephant Tunes is a wonderful musical friend for a baby. Our baby got hers at about the age of 1 and has been a huge fan in the months since. Eddie plays a series of children's tunes, has a range of notes to press on his trunk, and has a great tactile pleasure for a baby. Our baby enjoys Eddie's company so much that Eddie often gets a big hug whenever he starts to play his tunes.

Eddie generates a tune when the quaver symbol on his left front pad is squeezed. It isn't entirely easy for a baby to put enough pressure on the quaver to play the tunes but that isn't necessarily a bad thing as it makes Eddie a more friendly for all the family. Eddie starts off with Old Mac Donald any time he is turned on and also begins with that tune as part of his cycle so that one will become very familiar. Other tunes like B-I-N-G-O and Three Blind Mice are also well rendered. The tunes themself are nice but in Eddie's package are adorable to a baby.

What makes Eddie such a great friend is that he is the right size, weight, and feel for a baby. Eddie's ears crinkle as do his feet. The trunk is an appendage that can be useful for dragging, waving, or pretending to hunt for things. As Eddie is light, it is very easy for even a small baby to wave him around and when Eddie is moved with a little bit of vigour, his trunk and flop around in a way that can be described as dancing. Babies seem to love Eddie's dancing not least because the crinkle sound on his feet are a nice addition to his movement when he is bounced up and down.

The battery pack is located at the back behind a velcro zip. The velcro seems quite tight which is a good thing and means even parents have to put in some effort to open it up. Babies will find it very difficult to get to the battery pack. One thing to note is that when the battery pack is jolted (such as when a baby slams Eddie from a height) the programing will register that Eddie has been turned on again so Old Mac Donald will start again from the beginning.

In addition to the automated music, Eddie's trunk offers an octave of notes. These aren't easy for a baby to press because some pressure needs to be applied to make the notes work. It is possible to record the notes played but realistically a baby isn't going to be creating a masterpiece and even Mozart wasn't putting operattas together before his second birthday. The recording idea seems nicer in theory than in practice and it isn't Eddie's main appeal. The main purpose of Eddie is to give a baby an entertaining musical friend to play and dance with and to make a baby happy with his big eyes and wobbly trunk as he plays some child friendly tunes.

Eddie the Elephant Tunes is a great toy for parents to entertain babies with and effectively is a colourful teddy bear with the added bonus of some music. We didn't introduce Eddie before our baby's first birthday but Eddie has been a great little friend and the recipient of plenty of hugs since he was revealed.
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