Holly gets to know our new range of friendly developmental toys
By Holly Burge
Playtime is one of the most important times of the day for baby, it’s also the most fun. And what better way to enjoy it than with a few friendly faces. Our new Cheeky Faces toy collection is designed to entertain your little one and help them develop their coordination. New Parent Approved Panellist Holly gave them a try with baby Posey.
The Cheeky Faces range is beautifully bright and colourful, with cute characters that have super friendly faces. The range has an interactive playmat and gym, tummy time cushion and travel toys to keep little ones entertained.
Let’s first talk about the design of the range. I have a rather neutral home, anything cream or grey and I’m there, so this is the first bit of colour Posey is really getting to play with. The rich and vibrant jewel tones add a gorgeous pop of colour to our lounge, which is a bonus as - let’s face it, us adults have to look at their toys too. The characters, like the collection name suggests, really do have ‘cheeky faces’. The attention to detail is just adorable, like the rosy cheeks on Koko the koala.
The playmat and gym is perfect for Posey to stimulate her in this early developmental phase, as she is 6 weeks old and has just started reaching out to touch things and is starting to focus on objects. From the first time I put Posey on the playmat, she was thoroughly entertained. Features such as the scrunchy base and squeaker; hanging teethers and rattle toys, really engage her senses. She gets captivated looking at the animals and reaches her arms out to touch them. Her favourite thing is to kick her legs on the crunchy base which gets her all over-excited.
She has made a new bestie and loves nothing more than looking longingly into Koko’s eyes and then when she’s had enough, she challenges the koala to a boxing match. There is so much to keep her entertained while on the mat and most importantly, it keeps her super quiet and entertained, which wins massive mum points with me. She even wore herself out and had a mini nap on it the other day and I managed to put some makeup on… winner.
The second item in the range is the Activity Snuggle Rug which is perfect for tummy time. Posey can only really handle short periods of time holding her head up at the moment, so this is perfect to get her beach body ready and pump some iron in the gym. Tummy time is important for muscle development, and the rug makes it so much easier to weave this into her day without her really realising. The fabric is super soft and snuggly whilst the cushion is supportive, making it the perfect place to chill and play. It can also act like a little sofa if Posey sits the other way around and she really seems to find this comfortable. The first time I put Posey on the rug, I think I placed her too high and she face planted the floor in slow motion... bad mother award coming my way. However, I have now perfected the placement and she can lie comfortably and engage with the toys attached. There are also additional hoops to attach her other toys, which are handy. We took this to granny’s on Sunday, and it was small enough to chuck in the car and kept her happy while the family had a good catch up.
The Activity Book is another great addition to the range and has lots of different interactive elements with the super cute Ebby Elephant, Koko Koala and Maxi Monkey characters. It also comes with a detachable mini Koko and we have hooked this onto Posey’s car seat, so she has something to look at as we drive along.
Overall, the design and quality of the range has really impressed me, and I feel the toys have already helped Posey’s development in the short few weeks we have been using them. I love them as much as Posey seems to, so it’s a thumbs up from both of us!