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Sunday 30 September 2012

Leapfrog Twinkle Twinkle Little Scout Review

Leapfrog sent us Twinkle Twinkle Little Scout shortly before Holly was born and I knew, before we even needed to use him, that he was going to be perfect.

When Lara was a baby we had a second (actually about fifth) hand Winnie the Pooh soothing toy that would sit in her nursery and play her lullabies and shine a steadily dimming light until she fell asleep. We loved it because the lullabies didn't need to be turned off or wound up and that they went on for a good 20 minutes to ensure she was asleep. We were sad when we had to give Winnie the Pooh back and I was worried that we didn't have an equivalent for Holly. Then Twinkle Twinkle Little Scout from Leapfrog came along and everything was good.

Leapfrog Twinkle Twinkle Little Scout

Scout plays some good quality lullaby music (some recognisable to me, some not) for either 10 minutes or 20 minutes and while he does so there is a little glowing, flashing light in the moon that he holds to help your child recognise that it is time for bed. Alternatively you can get Scout to play 10 or 20 minutes of 'environmental sounds' such as blowing leaves, falling rain, trains on a track etc and this is weirdly relaxing. We used the environmental sounds a lot with some success in the weeks after Holly was born.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Scout is the very first Leapfrog toy that Holly will own but it certainly won't be the last. Even at this age you can connect scout to your computer to monitor your baby's learning journey (although I think this is really meant for children who are a little older than 4 months!).

As your child grows older then little scout still has lots to offer and can become a trusty friend. He has a comforter blanket that is detachable so that it can be washed. Twinkle Twinkle Little Scout also has settings which sing about it being time to go to bed, introducing the first words that they will associate with bedtime for years to come. He also has some basic counting songs to offer which currently fascinate my three year old (although her counting is far more advanced than this, I think she likes the fact that the songs confirm she knows how to count!)

We love our Scout - he has become a permanent fixture by the side of the crib and I can't wait for Holly to fall in love with him too!

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