Baby toys have come a long way since the rattle was invented. With emphasis placed on developing their growing sense of place and touch, hand to eye co-ordination and keeping all products as safe and as colourful and entertaining as possible, parents now have a great deal of choice. One product that stands out amongst the many on the market is the Baby Einstein range. Suitable from birth onwards and requiring minimal assembly, parents can supervise these toys, knowing that their children are learning whilst playing. We have studied all of the Einstein collection to give you our thoughts.
Baby Einstein Baby Neptune Ocean Adventure Gym – £54.39
This is a great interactive and colourful activity gym that will keep your baby entertained whilst they learn to develop their co-ordination at the same time. It is a soft play gym which features an electronic water filled toy with Baby Einstein ocean characters, classical melodies, and dancing lights. There is a whale shaped prop-up pillow to accompany your baby on their fun-filled adventure, which comes to life with the colourful scenery of the sea on the play mat. The animal peek-a-boo flaps enhance Tummy Time with real-life imagery, and you have the option to reposition and attach toys to loops on the mat or loops on the whale pillow. There is a soft octopus toy, a large fish-shaped baby-safe mirror, a soft and colourful multi-textured fish toy, a set of ocean discovery cards featuring real-life images of 6 underwater animals, a Baby Neptune rattle, and the water-filled teether shaped like a sea urchin. A great purchase that will keep them occupied for hours. Buy from www.johnlewis.com
Baby Einstein Around the World Discovery Center – £79.99
The Baby Einstein Around the World Discovery Center will stimulate and entertain your little one as it introduces them to the sounds and real-life images of animals from around the globe. Playful wildlife joining the fun include a click-clack giraffe, a panda teeter-totter with rainstick rattle, a penguin popper with spiralling beads, a soft lion puppet, and a rocking parrot rattle. Choose from 3 modes of play – World Music melodies, animal sounds and introduction to colours in Spanish, English and French 4 engaging activity stations. The seat rotates by 360 degrees, it comes with a flip book with real-life imagery, an electronic piano with volume control, lights and mirror, it has 3 different height adjustments to grow with your baby and 2 link loops to attach more of baby’s favourite toys and includes a toy tray in table top. Available from www.mothercare.com
Baby Einstein Entertainer – £89.95
This fun activity centre will encourage little ones to enjoy music and join in. There’s a mini piano, lion puppet with a plastic drum, a penguin popper with spiralling beads and a snowflake bead chaser, plus a click-clack giraffe. Discovery cards are also included, and the activity centre has 3 height positions so it’ll grow with your child. There’s a toy tray, 2 link loops for attaching baby’s favourite toys and the seat pad is machine washable. Bi-lingual sounds and music synonymous with Baby Einstein. 9 interactive toys to encourage and develop sensory skills. 360° rotating seat unit which is removable and washable. Requires 3 x AA batteries (not supplied). Buy from www.argos.co.uk
Baby Einstein Caterpillar and Friends Play Gym – £54.99
Let the discovery begin with Baby Einstein Caterpillar and Friends Activity Gym! This large, soft play mat features classical music, dancing lights, and 6 activities so baby will be engaged for hours of play. For tummy time, there is real life imagery on the washable play mat. The star-shaped electronic toy attached to play gyms, carriers, and most cribs, and has baby motion activated lights and 8 classical melodies. Additional toys include: plush Dog chime, ring rattle, discovery cards with real life imagery, Frog rattle with bead chaser, leaf-shaped water-filled teether, and large baby safe mirror. Includes: 1 x Play mat, 2 x Toy arches, 1 x Musical star, 6 x Accessories, 1 x Instruction manual. Visit for more details.