Pros: It's a Vtech. It only cost $8
Cons: My daughter didn't like it.
When I had my 3rd daughter right on the heels of my second, I didn?t really need a whole lot of ?stuff?. I did however, want her to have a couple of things that were just hers. Mainly to make it a little easier on Hannah, who was getting upset to see Abby play with all ?her? things.
So, when Abby was about 6 months old, I saw the Bright Lights Baby Ball on sale at Toys R Us. It appeared to be somewhat educational and fun. As Abby was crawling at 5 months, by now she was looking for things to chase around the house, and this seemed like a good candidate. I also know that Vtech is an excellent brand that I trust, so for $8 I picked it up.
The Ball is hard durable plastic, with 5 panels built in ? 2 for the caregiver, and 3 for the child. The main ball is white with music notes decorating around the panels. The panels for the caregiver are:
Red: This panel is on top of the ball and has the on/off button. You can also set it to say words or play music. So basically it has an off/music/voice switch. There is also a speaker on this panel.
Blue: This panel is on the bottom and it is where you put the batteries. This toy takes 2 AA batteries. You need a flat head screwdriver to take off the battery cover (I always hate that!). The blue panel also has a volume control button ? I LOVE this. ALL toys that make noise should come with a volume control!
Going around the sides of the ball are 3 panels for the baby to play with. Each have two buttons on them which when pushed either say something or play music (depending on how you have it set). They each also have red stars on them that light up randomly.
Man (Daddy) ?says ?bye-bye!? or plays Pat-a-cake
Woman (Mommy) ?says ?Hello, Baby? or plays ?all around the mulberry bush?
Cat ? says ?kitten? and then meows, or it plays ?skip to the lou?
Dog ?says ?puppy? and then barks, or it plays ?twinkle twinkle little star?
Rabbit ? says ?bunny? and then a hopping sound, or it plays ?row, row, row your boat?
Teddy bear ? says ?teddy bear? with a child laughing, or it plays ?tra la la boom de ay?
That?s it. There is absolutely no variety at all (and why is daddy saying ?bye bye??!?). My daughter figured this out within a couple of days and never played with it again. For a while I could get her to chase after it, but really it is too heavy for that, and she would much rather use a regular ball.
So, I am sorry to say that this toy was pretty much a bust in our house. It works great and is very durable, but its fun value seemed to be non-existent. I am glad I didn?t pay a lot for it. I think I?ll sell it in a garage sale?