Baby Toy Review: Playgro Music Drive and Go
Infants and young toddlers have pretty short attention spans, which means that sometimes, a previously-loved toy might suddenly be regaled to the bottom of an overflowing toy chest. It’s no wonder most parents have way more toys than their little ones probably need; it’s good to have a wide range of stuff to occupy your baby or distract him long enough to forget that tantrum he was mulling over.
Most babies—at least, mine and others I know—are pretty into cars (or “beep beeps” as my daughter lovingly calls them), so having a good range of car-related toys in your arsenal can help keep your little one busy and distracted, while simultaneously learning things.
Enter the Playgro Music Drive and Go.
Review of Playgro Music Drive and Go
Product: Playgro Music Drive and Go
Manufacturer: Playgro USA
Size: 12 x 7.8 x 3.7 inches
Batteries Required: Yes
The Playgro Music Drive and Go is a fun toy for babies and toddlers aged between 12 months and three years. It comes with straps to allow you to attach it to your child’s car seat, stroller or high chair—which means you won’t have to keep picking it up off the floor after it’s been dropped for the 700th time.
The toy has a number of features, including a moving steering wheel, a horn that beeps and plays a short song, a spinning rattle thing, an indicator that makes real-life noises, a clicking gear shifter, an ignition switch that revs the “engine” and plays a little song, and some sliding rings at the top.
All in all, the Playgro Music Drive and Go has just enough features to keep it interesting to young children without being overwhelming.
The Playgro Music Drive and Go is made of durable plastic that should withstand a decent chewing by a teething baby or toddler. There aren’t any small pieces, so you don’t need to worry about your child accidentally chewing off or detaching a piece of the toy and choking on it. The music is loud enough to keep your child’s attention, but not so loud that you lose your mind after hearing it for the 8,000th time in five minutes.
Instructions for Use
There’s no instruction manual with the Playgro Music Drive and Go—and that’s because the instructions for use are simple and easy to figure out on your own. All you need to do it flick the switch at the top left-hand side of the steering wheel from the “off” position to the “on” one. Older toddlers will be able to figure this out for themselves, so you won’t even need to keep switching it on and off for them.
The button in the middle of the steering wheel makes noise when you press it, as do the gear shifter and the ignition key. All in all, a minute or two with the toy should be more than enough time for you to figure out how it works.
Overall Assessment: Does it Do What it Advertises?
My 21-month-old daughter was mesmerized with the Playgro Music Drive and Go, especially since cars are her favorite things. However, I think this toy would be equally interesting to children who are not as into cars as mine, since it has plenty of buttons, noises, and flashing lights to occupy tiny hands.
For parents, there’s none of that obnoxious music you find on many toys—the only music played by this toy is gentle and, thankfully, quite short. That makes it a win for babies who like music (in other words, all of them) and for parents who hate musical toys.
I definitely think this would be a good toy for a younger toddler—particularly on a long stroller ride—but I think older toddlers with inquisitive minds (like mine is turning into) will get bored by this toy easily and move onto other things. However, that definitely wouldn’t deter me from buying it as a gift for someone else; a first birthday would probably be the ideal age for a toy such as this.
The Playgro Music Drive and Go is available on Amazon.
Product provided for review by manufacturer.
Catherine Hiles is a native Brit currently based in Dayton, Ohio. Don’t ask how that happened. Cat has written about a variety of subjects, from dog training to fashion, and counts running and cooking among her hobbies.
Cat lives with her husband, Ben; their daughter, Rose; and their collection of animals, including an energetic mutt, an elderly basset hound, and a jerk cat. See more articles by Cat.