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Snippets of classical music play along to dancing lights.
<p><strong>Toy Description</strong></p> <p>Small plastic toy made to look similar to an MP3 player with a caterpillar shaped handle. The handle has several beads that move, but not much.</p> <p>Pressing the button cycles the toy through seven popular pieces of classical music:</p> <ul> <li>Serenade No. 13 in G, &quot;Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,&quot; K525, 1st movement, Mozart</li> <li>Nocturne No. 6, K239, 1st movement, Mozart</li> <li>Piano Sonata in A, K331, 3rd movement, Mozart</li> <li>Waltz in GB Op. 70, No.1, Chopin</li> <li>The Four Seasons, Spring, 1st movement, Vivaldi</li> <li>The Four Seasons, Summer, 1st and 3rd movements, Vivaldi</li> <li>William Tell Overture, &quot;Lone Ranger&quot;, Rossini</li> </ul> <p>Each tune plays for about 30-50 seconds, with the seven tunes combing to about five minutes of total play. The button must be pressed to continue to the next tune. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_r6q-Tf4utg" linktype="3" target="_blank">Here&#39;s a YouTube video cycling through all the songs.</a></p> <p>Volume can be changed between two settings.</p> <p>The rectangular area at the top lights up as the music plays.</p> <p>A paper decal covers the &lsquo;Play&rsquo; button.</p> <p>Dimensions: 7.5in X 1.2in X 6.5in&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Weight: 0.45lbs</p> <p><strong>Play</strong></p> <p>Press the button to activate and cycle through the seven classical tunes. Each tune only runs for less than a minute, but that seems to be a good length of time to keep babies interested without getting bored.</p> <p>The handle and beads make for an optional teether.</p> <p><strong>Observations</strong></p> <p>Most users have given great feedback for this toy. They report children as young as 3 months being fascinated by the lights and music. Many users report taking this toy on road trips, to waiting rooms, or on airplanes in order to help keep baby occupied.</p> <p>The volume settings, Low and High, are both fairly quiet, making this toy more suitable to use in public places. Because the tunes play for more than just a few seconds at a time, hearing baby play them over and over again isn&rsquo;t as annoying as some other music playing toys.</p> <p>Most users report this toy keeping children occupied for an hour or more at a time.</p> <p>We did note a few instances in which the button is too difficult for smaller babies to activate. However, most users did not have this issue. We are unsure of how to account for this difference.</p> <p>Batteries are already installed in this toy upon purchase, but these may not last long. We recommend making sure extra batteries are on hand. Two AA batteries are required.</p> <p>Several users report that the decal over the button is paper, and can be chewed off. This may result in the small paper pieces being eaten by children. Some users chose to peel and wash the decal off before use.</p> <p><strong>Care</strong></p> <ul> <li>Wipe down with damp cloth.</li> <li>Do not submerge in water.</li> </ul> <p>For more in-depth information on how to clean this type of toy, please see our blog, <a href="/Blogs1/The-Cleaning-Guide-for-Toys.htm" linktype="8" target="_self">The Cleaning Guide for Toys</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Parts and Pieces</strong></p> <p>Not applicable. No additional parts are needed.</p> <p><strong>Materials Used</strong></p> <p>The manufacturer reports that the plastic used in this toy meets all safety standards regarding PVC, BPA, and Phthalates. This toy is latex-free. If you have further questions, <a href="http://www.kidsii.com/customer-service/contact-us" linktype="3" target="_blank">here is a link to their contact form</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Concerns</strong></p> <p>We noted several reports of the paper decal wearing off, creating small pieces of paper and glue that may be eaten by smaller children. Inspect the decal for any tearing or peeling before each use. &nbsp;</p>
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes
Date published: 2016-02-09
7.50 / 10 stars

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes

by Kids II
current stage2016-02-09

Music and lights are usually a winning combination for children’s toys, and for the most part, this toy is no exception. The handle can also be chewed on.

Overall, users report being pleased with this toy, though we did note some users wishing that it played more than just 40 seconds of each tune. 

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Overall7.50
This measures the quality of the materials and production processes used.
Quality
  • 5.00
 
Including both gross and fine motor skills, this measure how much this toy engages and challenges physical mobility, body awareness, and coordination.
Motor
  • 6.00
 
Used only for baby toys, we grade toys on the types of sounds they make. Be it soothing lullabies, energizing dance music, or animal sounds, noises should not be dangerously loud.
Audio Stimulation
  • 9.00
 
Used only for baby toys, this measures how much this toy will keep baby’s attention by drawing their eye.
Visual Stimulation
  • 7.00
 
This score refers to this toy's ability to teach your child that every cause has an effect.
Cause and Effect
  • 4.00
 
Used only for baby toys, this measures how attractive a toy is to a baby, as well as how long they will likely pay attention to it. Used instead of Replay.
Holds Interest
  • 9.50
 

Product Specs

Age 3mos - 3yrs
Made in China
Recalls No
Batteries 2 AA
Materials Plastic
Choking Hazard None
Date Reviewed 2/9/2016

Where to Buy

Amazon $8.99
Pros
  • Volume is not overly loud
  • Combines music and lights
Cons
  • Less than 1 minute of each tune is played
Detailed Review

Toy Description

Small plastic toy made to look similar to an MP3 player with a caterpillar shaped handle. The handle has several beads that move, but not much.

Pressing the button cycles the toy through seven popular pieces of classical music:

  • Serenade No. 13 in G, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," K525, 1st movement, Mozart
  • Nocturne No. 6, K239, 1st movement, Mozart
  • Piano Sonata in A, K331, 3rd movement, Mozart
  • Waltz in GB Op. 70, No.1, Chopin
  • The Four Seasons, Spring, 1st movement, Vivaldi
  • The Four Seasons, Summer, 1st and 3rd movements, Vivaldi
  • William Tell Overture, "Lone Ranger", Rossini

Each tune plays for about 30-50 seconds, with the seven tunes combing to about five minutes of total play. The button must be pressed to continue to the next tune. Here's a YouTube video cycling through all the songs.

Volume can be changed between two settings.

The rectangular area at the top lights up as the music plays.

A paper decal covers the ‘Play’ button.

Dimensions: 7.5in X 1.2in X 6.5in        Weight: 0.45lbs

Play

Press the button to activate and cycle through the seven classical tunes. Each tune only runs for less than a minute, but that seems to be a good length of time to keep babies interested without getting bored.

The handle and beads make for an optional teether.

Observations

Most users have given great feedback for this toy. They report children as young as 3 months being fascinated by the lights and music. Many users report taking this toy on road trips, to waiting rooms, or on airplanes in order to help keep baby occupied.

The volume settings, Low and High, are both fairly quiet, making this toy more suitable to use in public places. Because the tunes play for more than just a few seconds at a time, hearing baby play them over and over again isn’t as annoying as some other music playing toys.

Most users report this toy keeping children occupied for an hour or more at a time.

We did note a few instances in which the button is too difficult for smaller babies to activate. However, most users did not have this issue. We are unsure of how to account for this difference.

Batteries are already installed in this toy upon purchase, but these may not last long. We recommend making sure extra batteries are on hand. Two AA batteries are required.

Several users report that the decal over the button is paper, and can be chewed off. This may result in the small paper pieces being eaten by children. Some users chose to peel and wash the decal off before use.

Care

  • Wipe down with damp cloth.
  • Do not submerge in water.

For more in-depth information on how to clean this type of toy, please see our blog, The Cleaning Guide for Toys.  

Parts and Pieces

Not applicable. No additional parts are needed.

Materials Used

The manufacturer reports that the plastic used in this toy meets all safety standards regarding PVC, BPA, and Phthalates. This toy is latex-free. If you have further questions, here is a link to their contact form

Concerns

We noted several reports of the paper decal wearing off, creating small pieces of paper and glue that may be eaten by smaller children. Inspect the decal for any tearing or peeling before each use.  

Manufacturer's Description

Baby Einstein™’s Take Along Tunes music player features seven classical melodies recreated just for little ears! Large, easy-to-push buttons trigger playback of quality-sounding masterpieces from Chopin, Mozart, and more. As the melodies play, colorful lights dance behind the screen and flashes to the rhythm of each melody to help keep baby engaged. The comfortable caterpillar handle makes it easy for little hands to enjoy classical tunes wherever they go! Take Along Tunes, Baby's First MP3 Player!

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