The latest addition to the boys’ collection of toys is the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Puppy (£19.99). The puppy is a gorgeous, cuddly, soft baby learning toy that features Fisher-Price’s clever Smart Stages technology, which changes the learning content as your baby grows. Or in my case, can be changed depending on which of my two children is currently playing with it!
From 6 months the Smart Stages Puppy helps baby explore first words and sounds, from 12 months it prompts baby with simply questions and directions and from 18 months it encourages imaginative fun and role play.
The Puppy features over 50 different phrases, songs and tunes throughout the three levels which are activated by pressing the Puppy’s ears, paws, tummy or heart. The heart also lights up and twinkles along with the music which Baby J finds totally mesmerising to watch. It also does a heart beat sound and the heart flashes in time to it.
It’s really easy to switch between the three learning stages by gently pressing one of the Puppy’s paw. Little N has quickly worked out how to press the various body parts to make it speak, sing or play music and through each of the learning stages he is learning about letters, numbers, colours, body parts, animals and more.
The Puppy has lots of different songs, a mixture of familiar nursery rhymes and songs that are unique to the toy. They’re easy to learn and very, very catchy so I often embarrass myself by randomly singing one as I’m going about my day. The Puppy has two volumes levels - I have to admit, I have set it to the lowest one!
Little N’s current favourite is a little song about the movements that animals do. It encourages him to stomp like an elephant, hop like a kangaroo and swing like a monkey. He absolutely loves animals so he thinks it’s brilliant and jumps around joining in with the song. Very cute!
I love that the boys will learn so much through simply playing with this toy. N has been trying to use the Puppy to teach J body parts. For example, he presses the Puppy’s hand, then when the Puppy says “hand” he points to J’s hand. He is the sweetest big brother ever!
With all the colours, sounds, lights and textures the Puppy is a great baby learning toy and also helps to develop baby’s fine motor skills. The Smart Stages technology means that it never gets tiresome as there are so many things that the boys can do with it and, for Baby J especially, it’s a toy that will grow with them and last for many years to come.
Disclosure: I was sent the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Puppy for review, however all thoughts and opinion remain my own.