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The Baby Born Train Andy puppy: a review

Baby Born Train Andy toy dog

Can this toy dog be man’s best friend?

Last month my baby girl turned 7 years old.

Seven!

I still can’t quite believe it myself.

One of the gifts she had for her birthday was a Baby Born Train Andy puppy, a soft toy that walks, barks, sits and begs, operated by a basic remote control.

Baby Born Train Andy puppy

I was sent the toy to review after my daughter took a shine to him. Frankly, I was rather surprised by this because Olivia, as a major cat-lover, normally shuns anything dog-related.

However, it turns out that Andy is not your typical toy.

Not only does the Baby Born Train Andy puppy walk, bark, sit and beg, but he also poops – something that makes him instantly hilarious to my children.

That’s right, you feed Andy his bone (included in his box) and then he poops it out later on.

Baby Born Train Andy puppy

Baby Born Train Andy puppy

Before you get totally grossed out and swear never to buy such a toy for your son or daughter, it’s not as bad as it might sound.

So what is the Baby Born Train Andy puppy really like?

Andy is a small, plush toy with a cute, shiny collar. Despite having a rigid ‘core’, he is very soft and perfect for cuddling.

Baby Born Train Andy puppy

Baby Born Train Andy puppy

The toy is advertised as being suitable for children aged 3 years and up due to small parts. I assume that’s to do with the remote control and plastic bone.

The remote control itself is super easy to use. It has 2 buttons – one to make Andy sit and beg, and the other to make him walk (and poop) – which are large enough for small hands.

Baby Born Train Andy puppy remote control

All you have to do is make sure that both the remote control and Andy are switched to ‘On’, hold the remote control directly in front of him and press one of the buttons.

Baby Born Train Andy puppy

My daughter laughed with delight when she unwrapped Andy on her birthday. I’ll give you 3 guesses as to the first thing she did with him after we had unboxed him.

That’s right, she made him poop.

The fact that this toy is able to ‘do its business’ remains a great source of amusement for both Olivia and William. For better or worse, its the main reason they play with him.

Baby Born Train Andy puppy

Baby Born Train Andy puppy

Baby Born Train Andy puppy

Andy isn’t a toy that will get played with for hours every day, but he is a toy that will get a good amount of playtime overall. Olivia and William seem to play with him in bursts and while I wonder whether Olivia’s interest in him will last, I have no doubt that William will enjoy him for a long while yet.

I’m also sure that, at some point, Andy will join the collection of cuddly dogs adorning William’s bed, which is an elite club indeed.

How much is that doggie in the window?

The price tag for the Baby Born Train Andy puppy varies according to retailer, but currently costs £34.99 from House of Fraser and The Entertainer.

Please note: I was sent the Baby Born Train Andy puppy for free in return for a review. All thoughts and opinions are ten0% honest.

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