Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Lily has a Little Lamb Cradle 'N Swing

This is a sponsored post by Nuffnang.

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by my sponsors, Nuffnang, asking if I'd like to review a toy from Mattel. So I said, yes of course, I am a stay at home mom with three young kids, toys are our expertise! But if you've seen my house, you would know it sort of resembles Santa's workshop or a second hand toy store. Train sets and a train table, speedy sport cars of all shapes and sizes, a footy all rough around the edges, tools for little boys, toy soldiers and other little boys' toys! What is it that we haven't trialled and tested?

When the big box arrived at our door, I was excited. I have been secretly hoping that it would be a toy for Lily, my youngest of the three. She is 10 weeks old and the only little girl of the family. Lo and behold, in that big box we unravelled My Little Lamb Cradle 'N Swing, fit for our little princess Lily. All of a sudden, it was ALL ABOUT ME! This is JUST what I need.

In our busy household, sometimes I could use an extra pair of hands. Although Lily is an easy baby, sometimes she still wanted to be held, cuddled and rocked. Here's a swing that cradles and swings, here's a place I can plonk Lily down and she can easily entertain herself.

The swing rocks with a side to side motion, a bit like how you would rock a baby in your arms. And the cradle that surrounds her has a really soft, squishy fabric and a canopy, making it a cozy little cocoon. Above her a little hanging mobile with cute little felt lambs, fluffy clouds, moon and star in pretty shades of pastel.

When I first saw the dials and buttons on the body, I was a bit overwhelmed! So many different functions, tunes, speed and volume. There are 8 soothing lullaby tracks as well as 3 nature sounds. The volume and speed dials allow for control of a comfortable setting.

What I love most is the globe mirror on the mobile. I watch Lily watching herself, she could stare at herself without blinking for ages or she makes these little funny grimaces that are sooo cute! The rotating toys engages her attention. And I think Lily enjoys looking at her own reflection, and it encourages self-recognition. And the best thing is, it rocks her to snoozy sleepyland.

Now that's not all. When Lily grows a little bit older, the seat could be repositioned into a more upright position, and the rocking motion could be changed to back-and-forth motion. It also comes with a tray that can be snapped on in front of her. The tray has little tethered toys and beaded bars for when she can reach out with her hands and fingers for tactile stimulation.

What's more, it has a lovely neutral colour that blends into the home. A nice visual appeal. The sturdy steel frame as legs that could fold in for easy storage.

Overall verdict: I think this toy has many positive aspects. It stimulates, it soothes, it entertains and it is an extra pair of hands for me. Perfect for Lily, perfect for me. I couldn't be happier.

Would you buy this for your newborn? What do you look for when choosing a toy for a newborn?

Drop me a comment, let me know what you think.

Here are some links that may interest you:

My Little Lamb Cradle 'N Swing

Age by age resource for toys

What's new at Fisher Price Australia Best Blogger Tips


Michael Tee said...

This is what I would want to get when I have a baby!

Anonymous said...

Looks amazing! Wish I could get free toys in the post too! Lucky gal! Will definitely get it when we have number 2!!!

annabanana said...

talk about new age technology! i would buy it if it came in an adult size for myself!

Grace said...

@Michael: We look forward to your good news then! hehe...:) At least we already know what to get for your "baby"!

Grace said...

Dear anonymous:
I couldn't believe my luck too! You never know what will come your way... carpe diem!

Grace said...

@Annabanana: What a great idea! Like a motorised hammock! And a Pina Colada.... just what I need now, saves me from going for a holiday! :)

Mom said...

Whoah, you get to keep this for Lily?

TH Koay said...

No wonder, Lily seems to be concentrating on something... in some of her photos posted on Facebook.

Grace said...

@Mom: Yesh mom! We get to keep it. The perks of having a blog advertising provider. :)

Grace said...

@Koay: It's awesome! She loves it... and you're right, it catches her attention... must be the globe mirror!

Maria said...

How cool! Lucky LJ :). Is there one for adults??? :P

Grace said...

Hi Maria: Yes she is a lucky girl! :) And yes, if you weigh less than 9kg!
They should make one for adults huh? But that might take up too much space!

Chuong said...

I want one too! what a great little invention.