I still can’t understand how these tiny babies can be entertained by hanging toys on activity gyms but Oliver will giggle, stare, caress, pull and bite on these toys for about 30 minutes. But he’s been known to do marathon playtime for two hours!
I love to lay next to him and watch him explore and squeal with delight. It’s so amazing to see the wheels turning in his head as he’s learning and playing. Please don’t mind me, that day was a LOOOONG day and I may or may not have been wearing the same outfit for 2 or 3 days and I may or may not have not showered for 2 or 3 days. Being a new mom is uhh….life changing, but that’s for another post.
What must Oliver be thinking?! He’s never seen a real life moose!
Oliver was getting bored with the hanging rattles that came with his Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym and I noticed that he was really gravitating towards soft, plush toys. I decided to do some research and find a plushy for his activity center.
I am very picky and somewhat indecisive so I actually did A LOT of research before selecting the Lamaze Mortimer The Moose snuggy. Mortimer is very well reviewed on Amazon and he’s also inexpensive so if the little one doesn’t like it, it’s not the end of the world. Mortimer’s feelings might get hurt but he won’t say anything. There’s a pink version of Mortimer for the little girls and her name is Muffin the Moose.
Oliver is now just a little over five months old but because he was born two months early his adjusted age is just around three and a half months. He is showing a lot of interest in the moose. When I am carrying Oliver past his play gym he squeals and points at the moose. That’s mommy’s cue that Oliver wants to play!
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On several occasions he has fallen asleep with a death grip on Mortimer’s legs. I don’t even try to pry the moose loose from Oliver’s hands, just cover him and let the babe sleep as long as he needs to.
The moose is made out of a soft plush fabric with a slightly longer coat it’s quite soft and perfect for snuggling. The antlers are flat and made out of a soft rubbery plastic that the baby can chew on, soothing teething gums. Moose’s legs are dangly with colorful crinkle hooves and satiny legs. The hooves are made out of different fabrics with different textures. There is also a rattler inside so when shaken the moose makes a rattle sound that babies seem to LOVE! Mortimer also squeaks but at five months old, Oliver can’t quite make the moose squeak yet. Someday.
The moose attaches by a clip and ours is typically attached to the Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym but we have taken it off there so Oliver could cuddle with it. Another great place to take this little guy is in the car, your little one will keep busy on shorter car rides. Clip and go anywhere including playmat, strollers, cribs, carriers, diaper bags, car seats and it is perfectly fine to use as a plush “teddy bear” too!
It’s recommended from birth up but honestly, Oliver didn’t show interest in the hanging toys above his activity gym until about two and a half or three months. But we did introduce him to the activity mat at around 1 month old. But he just laid there or started crying because of all the colors and sounds. I think sometimes VERY young kids, around 1 or 2 months, may be overwhelmed.
Oliver doesn’t understand “gentle play” at this point so he is pretty rowdy when he plays with Mortimer. Mortimer is well-built and he feels pretty sturdy like he will last for a long time. The toy DOES come with a 90 day limited warranty from the manufacturer and if you purchase it from Amazon, they have an amazing return policy. Especially if you are a Prime Member. So rest assured.
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The Moose measures around 11.5″ L x 5.3″ H x 2.8″ W and he weighs about 4.8 ounces so he is pretty large and can definitely be used as a snuggle bear when not hanging on the little one’s activity gym or crib.
I have not washed Mortimer yet but it is recommended that he be surface cleaned only. I don’t see why he couldn’t be gently hand washed but, again, this is something we have not tried out yet.
Lamaze seems like a great company and they are a subsidiary of Japanese toy company TOMY. The toys in the Lamaze line are created by working side by side with child development experts. All of their toys focus on baby’s development, learning and sparkling creativity. My son Oliver and I are really big fans.
Every time I purchase a Lamaze toy, Oliver seems to really enjoy it. Most of their toys are very brightly colored and have a plethora of different textures on them so Oliver is always intrigued. Lamaze has been creating toys for over twenty years.
And Mom’s have spoken, Lamaze brand items are typically highly rated and recommended. This Mama and her little one give Mortimer a rating of Excellent! Highly recommended toy!