Fisher-Price Smart Stages Train

The new Fisher-Price Smart Stages Train couldn’t have come at a better time for Lacie –  she’s on the move big time, and likes nothing more than chasing things – especially the hoover!

The train is aimed at babies six to 18 months – but even older kids seem to like it. My nephew for instance, is three and he plays with it on the stage 3 setting, which when you press the different shaped buttons it tells you to do different things, like jump like a frog or spin round and round like the wheels. It’s so entertaining to watch.

The train itself comes as three separate sections – a train and two carriages – with three animal figures, puppy, monkey and froggy who ride on board. The animals all rattle and are the perfect size for little hands – and mouths – she chews anything at the moment!

The best feature of the train is that you can set it to move. You press the chimney down, and then the motorised train toots off as it sings one of its sing-along songs – it’s actually not annoying in the slightest. The songs are catchy and cute!
Lacie got it straight away and knows exactly how to make it go forward, which is lovely to see. She grabs the chimney and gives it a bash as it flashes and goes forward.

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The train also boosts different shaped buttons to help introduce colours and numbers. There are also three stages of play – each activated by sliding a switch. This enables the train to grow with your baby and has something for every stage; Stage 1 is aimed at babies six months plus, stage 2, 12 months plus and stage 3, 18 months plus. Each stage is designed to keep Lacie amused and learning, as it sings the alphabet, counts from 1-10 and sings about the colours of the rainbow.

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The Smart Stages Train definitely encourages curiosity and gives plenty of stimulation; from the twisting wheels, to the sliding ladybug, the ABC spinner, the number roller and the clacker beads, Lacie finds something new to play with every time she picks it up.

I have a feeling this train is here to stay! Send batteries….

RRP £34.99; www.argos.co.uk

Fisher-Price Discover Your Way

As you will know from previous posts, me  & Lacie are huge fans of Fisher-Price. She’s had toys from them right from the word go, which have helped her develop and have kept her entertained no matter what age.

Now the leading infant and pre-school brand, has launched ‘Discover Your Way’, a celebration of all the wonderful and different ways that children like to play helping them to develop happily at their own natural pace.

The leading toy company knows that children are happiest developing at their own natural pace, creating products perfectly designed to feed children’s natural curiosity, encourage exploration, stimulate imagination and facilitate discovery through play, to help babies learn and grow their way – that’s what I love about Fisher-Price toys, they evolve with your baby and at their own pace!
I love how I can leave Lacie on her own to play sometimes whilst I make the dinner or heat her bottles – I’m always so surprised by how engrossed she is in just one toy and how much she already knows instinctively about how it works and what things to press and pull. These babies are too clever!

Take the Laugh & Learn® Puppy’s Smart Stages for instance. The 50+ sing-along songs, tunes & phrases helps Lacie pick up new words, while the sounds help spark her curiosity. The motorized train also encourages her to crawl-along after the train (she is soooo nearly there!) and the slider ladybug, ABC spinner, number roller and clacker beads keeps her hands and brain busy – they all do different things, so she never gets bored.
Their toys are definitely all about helping her to figure things out for herself; Playing her own way and at her own pace.

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Have you checked out the new Fisher-Price Discovery Your Way TV Advert also? I am loving it. These moments in a baby’s life are special and the advert totally portrays how curious and clever these little human beings are. Put a toy in front of them and just watch how they explore it and spend hours playing with it….you can almost hear their little minds ticking. It’s lovely!