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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2006
We got this toy as a gift from our friends and our baby loves it. He is 3 months old and finds this toy really easy to grab. The rings are squishy and thin so there are many places to grab hold. He can put his entire hand through it and use his arm to get it to his mouth. It's also large enough for him to grab it with both hands easily. He'll also shake it. It's definitely his favorite toy and it keeps his attention.
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118 of 143 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2012
My 6 month old loves the Manhattan Toy Winkel! I highly recommend this toy and all of its uses, but buy in an actual storefront to know what you're getting. The price on Amazon was hard to beat, but received second rate toy.

1. Nowhere in the listing does it say colors may vary. And if you go to the Manhattan Toy website, you will find only two variations in the colors of this toy. The one we received was not as pictured. A baby doesn't care about colors, but when I receive something not as pictured or described in the listing, and especially not like what is found on the brand website, I question authenticity.

2. Even more concerning is that the center rattle piece was also slightly damaged - two cracks on one side, peeling on a corner, and polka dots not solidly painted. Toy seems safe for babies and small children and hard to destroy in transit, so I'm not sure how the quality of this toy was overlooked prior to shipping. Definitely not the same quality of the Winkels my friends have or that I've seen sold in stores!

Did they think I wouldn't notice any of this?!
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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2010
I found out about this toy on a parenting forum where some mom wrote "I melted my son's Winkel!" after a few chuckles about the obvious "what that *could* have been referring to" I went and looked at the product itself and after hearing other parent comments about how much their little person enjoyed this I decided I would get one for our little boy too.

First of all: I guess you probably shouldn't put this toy in a sanitizer (like you would use to sanitize baby bottles) that's how the forum mom melted her son's toy. So put that on the top of the "don't do this" list.

This is plastic and it is made in China but purports to be PVC and phaelate free. When it arrived it was very clean. I washed it off with a little soap and water to be safe but I am not too concerned about him sticking it in his mouth.

I gave this to our son when he was ten weeks old. He was able to grab it and hold it and eventually started passing it from one hand to the other and holding it up, sticking it in his mouth, playing with it with his feet. I think it makes a good first toy. It's light enough and soft/flexible enough he can't really hurt himself with it.

It's also really cute and reminds geek daddy a little bit of an atom or molecule.
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239 of 308 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2011
I was really excited to get this toy for my daughter, because all the reviews were so positive. The toy got dirty so I washed it in some soapy water, this is when it bled green dye all over the wash cloth. If it's bleeding dye from a little soap, who knows how much dye my little one could ingest when she's chewing on it... Needless to say I threw it out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
My 2.5 month old son was becoming very frustrated because he wanted to put everything in his mouth and did not have the coordination. I searched for a toy that he could easily hold and cram into his mouth at the same time. This fit the bill! It's very colorful and got his attention right away. It was the first toy he could easy chew on his own without my help. Now that he is 3.5 months old, he still loves to chew this toy, even though his coordination has improved and he can hold and chew others. It holds his interest for quite awhile and he's learning to shake it for the rattle noise as well.

The toy seems very durable and is easy to rinse off. Anything that makes playtime fun for my baby gets an A+ in my book! Great first toy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2011
We bought this early on when our son could begin grasping, probably around 2 or 3 months. It was the only toy that he could grasp and keep ahold of to use as a teether. The wires were so small and so numerous, that it didn't matter where he grabbed, he would get one and be to hold onto it and put it in his mouth. It was also small enough that we could take it with us and it has been in many restaurants since.

He began to lose interest in it around 6 - 7 months. But it was irreplaceable for those 4 months he did use it. A must have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2010
My little one loved playing with this from very early on, maybe around two months and she has always been tiny. My nephew couldn't stop playing with it and he was over 20 pounds at five months. It's easy for them to get their fingers into and around, it's easy to manuever a rung to chew on (my little one got soooo frustrated with other teethers trying to get that magical angle to fit in her mouth), it's bright, it's easy to clean. Who could ask for more?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2004
Our son loves this toy. He is absolutely fascinated with it! He loves reaching for it and will actually put forth quite an effort to do so. He is teething right now, and it must feel good on his gums because he instantly puts it in his mouth and will not take it out. He has a very strong grip and will actually put up a fight when we try to take it away from him! This is a big hit!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2009
My daughter is teething and this is the best toy--not only can she pick it up from any angle, no matter how she holds it up to her mouth, she's able to get a loop to chew on. A drawback with other teethers is the baby has to hold it a certain way to chew properly and can end up frustrated. That's not a problem with this one. I wish I'd gotten one sooner!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2011
I heard so many great things about this product in reviews from Amazon to just about every parenting magazine out there. It's a great developmental toy (useful for two-handed play and hand/eye coordination) it fits tiny hands, it rattles, it's a good teether, it provides distraction, and it's easy to clean. So of course it was high on my list of toys to buy for her last holiday season.

However, while I believe it helped my daughter with some of her developmental milestones, I feel other less pricey toys helped her more. Likewise this toy had its moments where I was glad to have it for teething but my daughter seemed to find the small tubes frustrating and less satisfying than a thicker teether. The Winkel was a helpful distraction but only for a very limited period of time; once she started throwing it, she never stopped and refused to play with it again.

I'd probably buy it again because it ticked so many boxes in the few months (about age 3-6mo) that my daughter had any interest in this toy, but that may also be because I still really want to like it more than I do and I like saying the word "Winkel."
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