7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
"Learning" nothing, here...,
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This review is from: VTech Baby's Learning Laptop, Pink (Toy)
I agree with a reviewer of the boys' version of this toy that the sound effects are simply too random for a child to make the connection between their actions and the toy's reaction. On the first press of a button, the voice tells the shape of the button; on the second press, the image on the button; on the third press, the image on the grid-monitor that corresponds to the button position. ...and that's just when the laptop is in "explore" mode. When my daughter received this at 6 months old (the minimum age suggested), she was TERRIFIED of it. She seemed to take issue with disembodied voices...music is no issue, but when a voice talks to her and there's no face it freaks her out. Now, almost a year later, she is interested in it again. She just spent 10 minutes or so lying on her belly smacking at buttons as the laptop spouted at her. I seriously doubt that at 17 months she understands what it's talking about even now, but it makes noise and has lights and things that move on it, so it occupies her. The most interaction she has with it is to sometimes say 'bye' when she shuts the lid and the voice says 'goodbye'.
I didn't like this toy when we received it, and I don't like it much more now...but I inherently dislike toys that only DO stuff and don't encourage a child to do something. This toy leaves NOTHING to the imagination and I seriously doubt if it will ever teach her anything other than that it makes sounds. Still...it keeps her busy while I work, at least.
There are plenty of toys out there that will do as much (little) as this toy. If you really want to get your child started 'using' a computer this early, get them an actual educational game and a toddler keyboard to plug in to your computer.