My baby has entered the “golden hour” of babyhood: she can sit up independently, is able to play with toys on her own, but is totally immobile. It’s heaven.
I’ve been in the market for toys that are a step above infant teethers and rattles and just below activity tables and push toys. I was so excited when I came across the Sassy Sensory Symphony a few weeks ago. It seemed like the perfect toy for her.
“This will quickly become baby’s favorite busy box with stimulation for all of the senses. Soft, textured fabric fish engage and delight the sense of touch and encourage exploration Rich, multi-layer music, designed to grow with baby, begins with classic tracks to stimulate sense of rhythm. Silly sounds mode engages discovery of cause-and-effect; by pressing each fish, baby is rewarded with a new sound. Baby can make music change in Tactile Tunes mode, providing baby with self-confidence building Symphony is lightweight and easy to carry around 3-Dimensional squeaker fish dangles from bottom for tactile discovery.”
“It also promotes concentration with a light mode and pleasing sounds encourage cognitive processing. Each fish is a different color and texture to keep baby exploring. Also includes a mirror for baby to focus. Attaches to stroller or car seat. Paint, phthalate and BPA free.”
Here is my paired-down description of the Sassy Sensory Symphony:
It’s a flat board that is decorated with five fabric fish, each with its own texture. Pressing on the fish activates a series of musical tones. There are three buttons on the left hand side of the board that control the two different tunes/sounds the board plays. One mode is classical music. The other mode is “silly” sounds. The board measures 4 x 15 x 9 inches and weighs 2.1 pounds. It’s flat a light enough to easily bring to the park or even pack in a suitcase on a trip. Suitable for ages 6 months and up.
I really fell in love with the idea of this toy. I had grand visions of the baby sitting for hours (well, minutes) playing with it, pressing the little fish, and grooving to the music.
The Sassy Sensory Symphony sounds pretty great doesn’t it? Well, it’s not.
First, did you notice that the image of the Sensory Symphony has a fish hanging down from it? Mine didn’t come with that fish. It’s not even like there was a different animal hanging from it, or that there was a possibility the fish got lost in transit. The Sensory Symphony does not come with the hanging fish as the description and image of it suggests.
Sassy also claims there is a mirror attached to the Sensory Symphony “for baby to focus”. Umm. Maybe I’m the one who’s not focusing that well, because I’m pretty sure there isn’t a mirror on it.
And the lights? Zip. None. Nada.
Also, the Sensory Symphony is supposed to easily attach to a stroller or car seat. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how one is supposed to attach it to anything. It a board. Period. There is no obvious way to attach it.
Finally, and the most important part, the classic music drives me bonkers. It’s LOUD- even in the quietest mode. Also, it plays continuously. Not just when the baby presses on the fish. It doesn’t stop. Ever.
Needless to say, I was really disappointed with the Sassy Sensory Symphony. It did not live up to Sassy’s reputation for providing quality baby products. I’m not writing Sassy off all together though. I own many of their products that I have been more than satisfied with.
But the Sensory Symphony? I’m kicking it to the curb.
-Contributed by Morgan