Mattel makes a lot of toys (Barbie, Hot Wheels, and Fisher Price stuff, just to mention a few). Which Mattel baby toys are the best? Which ones should you buy, which ones should you not buy? Here is my first Mattel baby toy review based upon my own personal experience raising an (almost eleven-month old) daughter:
The Mattel Fisher Price Bright Beginnings Musical Activity Keys
This is one of the first baby toys I bought for my daughter. I was raised with a lot of Fisher Price toys as a child and I felt comfortable buying them for my daughter.
As a new father, I initially thought that I would never buy anything made in China for my daughter. My first visit to the toy store aisle soon made me realize how naive I was (virtually everything is made in China – baby toys are no exception). I guess I could try my hand at making a whirlygig or a set of wooden nesting dolls, or some wooden blocks, but I am simply not skilled enough. Visiting a good Mennonite market might be an option. (Note to Mattel: I would pay more for a product made domestically).
I also had some concerns regarding Mattel’s quality control after their massive recall of Fisher Price products last year. I had always considered Fisher Price products to be very good quality, but this rather shook my confidence. It still does to a degree.
Nonetheless, the keys feel very solidly built. All the edges are nicely rounded and I have no concerns about Willow harming herself while using them. These Mattel Musical Activity Keys have proven themselves to be an excellent buy.
From about four to six months, she mostly just sucked on the keys. Since then (from about seven to ten months), however, she has really enjoyed using them. Her favourite is the blue (musical) key. She presses that shiny little button endlessly on our walks (I have it attached to her stroller) and even dances when she hears the longest of the three songs.
Her second favourite key is probably the red one. It has a spinning thing on it with two different (and textured) pictures on each side of the spinning thing. I like to think that that this is helping to develop her sense of permanence (the idea that things can disappear and they can come back). I think her need to develop this idea of permanence is also why she always drops things on the floor and why she loves playing peek-a-boo so much. Good thinking, Mattel!
She also enjoys the third (yellow) key as well. It has a looped piece with two differently textured rings on it. She loves to chew on this one with her two new teeth.
I should also add that it comes with a key ring that has a fascinating spinning ball on it and various textures all along it. Oh yes, it also holds all of the keys together. It is a useful feature.
All in all, I have to say that the Mattel Fisher Price Bright Beginnings Musical Activity Keys were a terrific buy. I feel that they are safe and that they will last. They also seem to be well-designed with appropriate cognitive development in mind. They have a variety of textures and they are suckable. My daughter also loves them. I have also not had to replace the batteries yet so the battery life is also good on this product. Overall, I would rate these Mattel Musical Keys as an excellent (five stars) baby toy (maybe not the best baby toy of all time, though – read about that toy here).
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Author: Jason Milburn Google