Over the last month or so, we’ve been lucky enough to try out and review the new Fisher-Price Dance & Move BeatBo toy. This baby toy is suitable from ages 9 months+. BeatBo is cute looking rabbit/alien type character who has three different modes:
- ‘Dance N Move’ – Plays music and sounds.
- ‘Learning and Games’
- ‘Sing Along’ using a recording button.
It has an on/off switch (which I think is vital for all toys with sounds – and it’s surprising how many don’t have one!) and two volume settings.
Here’s a little video of me running through the features (I even did a bit of singing!) ;) –
What we loved:
BeatBo requires 4AA batteries, which were supplied – hurrah!
It’s definitely a ‘grower’, meaning whilst Jasmine enjoys playing the toy now, she will get even more use/pleasure out of it as she gets older and understands how to play the learning games and activities.
The variety of sounds/music is huge. We’d had the toy for about a week before I’d felt like I’d heard all of the music/phrases. Normally I want to chuck noisy toys out the window within minutes of taking it out of the packaging – this certainly wasn’t the case with BeatBo.
It’s pretty robust – still intact, despite being thrown around by the ears/antenna by my toddler.
BeatBo’s light up belly – pressing it gives you even more sounds and music. Also, it just looks pretty cool and creates an instant disco for your little one!
What we didn’t like quite so much:
Because Beatbo ‘dances’ he sounds quite mechanical when he moves, which is often louder than the music/sounds coming from the speaker.
The recording function, I feel, could be a bit better. The playback of recorded sound gets a bit lost in the music and ends up sounding a bit strange. Also, at 17-months-old, Jasmine doesn’t really understand how this all works which is fine, but she ends up pressing the record button constantly which can be a tad annoying.
I really like the Dance and Move BeatBo and he’s currently one of Jasmine’s favourite toys. She loves to boogie so it was always going to be a winner with us. As I mentioned above, there a couple things I feel could be improved upon but on the whole the BeatBo is a good ‘grower’ toy. It’s a toy that your child will enjoy for quite a long time, getting more out of it as they get older, and I think that justifies the £34.99 price tag.
Click here to buy the Fisher-Price BeatBo.