Our Review of the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Puppy

When Carson was a baby he had a Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Puppy, the one with the glowing heart, do you remember them? As much as it provided endless hours of baby fun, it was for only a short period of time development wise as it became 'old news' for Carson far too quickly. We just didn't get half as much use out of it as it we could've done. 

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It's such a shame when any given baby learning toy is so age-precise that the littluns have outgrown them before the original twinkle even wears off. 

Well, times are a'changing and that includes this little puppy! Yes, Fisher Price have revamped Baby’s favourite puppy, with new Smart Stages™ technology, giving up to 2.5 years worth of educational learning fun as it carries a recommended age guide of 6-36 months. 


When I say revamped, let me be clear that he’s the same soft, bright, cuddly friend that responds to baby’s touch with silly sayings, sing-along songs and that flashing heart, only now he has Smart Stages™ technology that changes the learning content as baby grows! 

Because every baby develops at their own pace, Smart Stages™ technology gives you the ability to select the stage that’s best for your child. All you do is push his foot to change from once stage to another as and when you like. Just note that because it really is that easy to change it - you may accidentally swap stages during play without realising it. That said, I, as a mum listening to Puppy for hours on end, prefer this though. It keeps the phrases and songs fresh, changes it up a little bit!

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So what is the The Smart Stages™ Technology? Fisher Price describe each stages as the following:

Level 1 – Explore – 6M+ First words and sounds spark baby’s curiosity 
Level 2 - Encourage – 12M+ Prompt baby through questions and simple directions 
Level 3 – Pretend – 18M+ Imaginative fun and early role play 

And I would agree with their claim. Let me put that into perspective for you. See the ear in the picture above?  

Press it at Level 1 and it says or sings the following
"My ear is blue"
"My ears are silky, My ears are blue, I love my ears, how about you?"

Press it at Stage 2 and it says or sings the following:
"Blue ear. Can you find your ears?"
"Everybody clap along with me, 12345678910" 
"I have 2 ears, let's count! Can you find my hand?" 
(this then starts a chain of well done's and encouragement in discovering your body parts!)

Press it at Stage 3 and it says or sings the following:
"Listen *quack quack* It's a duck! Let's quack like a duck" 
"*roar* Oh did you hear that? It's a lion, can you roar like that?" 

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So, now we do have a versatile baby learning toy available for our littluns! With over 50 phrases and tunes/songs, introducing body parts, letters, colours, animals, counting and even actions, all whilst being a soft and cuddly friend.

Finley can't put it down. He seems fascinated by the fact that he can feel a colour and make this puppy sing and glow. I think he'll be at Level 1 for a good few more months to come so I am confident that the addition of Smart Stages Technology will make the Laugh and Learn Puppy a member of our family a lot longer than his predecessor!!

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Retailing at around the £15 mark depending on where you shop (Argos/Amazon etc), it's a worthy investment that can grow with your baby over a period of years as opposed to weeks or months like some other baby learning toys. And if you prefer the 'sister' version of Puppy, there is one available in pink too.

Finley is now fixated! It's certainly the one toy that holds his attention most of them all. 

What holds your littlun's attention most?

Thank you to Fisher Price for sending us this Puppy to review FOC, all opinions are my own throughout.


  1. I've been looking at this as a possible birthday prezzi idea for Oscar. It's so cute and sounds like great value for money with all its tunes and phrases. Will definitely bear it in mind. Great review :D

    Louise x

    With love from Lou

  2. I've been looking for more interactive toys for my baby boy (5 months). This looks like it could be going on the to buy list.

  3. Awww so cute, i remember my boys having something like this when they was little. Great review X

  4. Pam Francis Gregory25 March 2015 at 19:32

    Looks like great fun was had!


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