While the idea of a plush toy that hugs you is appealing, the reality is that the toy is a little too big and 'boney' (metal substructure) to cuddle comfortably, and the 'hug' feature is mostly flailing arms that you need to guide around your neck – a little scary for some toddlers.
WHAT THE KIDS SAY
i like it when Elmo sleeps beside me at night. I also like it when he talks to me.
WHAT ADULTS THINK
My son (M4) has barely played with it. Elmo can talk and can be quite funny but his hugs are a little bit awkward and I think my son is just a little too old for Elmo. He has hugged him quite a few times and even brought him in his bed the first couple of nights but after that, the novelty wore off and Elmo's been lonely. He would probably be better loved by a younger child.
My son (age 2) is not really drawn to playing with the toy, will play for a very short time with Elmo, give him a hug and walk away.
I was a bit disappointed as I thought Elmo would be sturdier, but does not sit or stand on his own. Also when he gives hugs, his arms just go all over the place, you have to guide them around your neck. My son (2Y) loves to dance to the little songs that Elmo sings, but otherwise is a little scared (I believe because of the movements of Elmo) and does not play much with him.
My daughter (almost 3) plays with it frequently. Its interesting because there is a dialogue between Elmo and my daughter, and its nice that Elmo is "sensitive" to how he is being handled. For example, he knows if he is being held too tight and if he is upside down.
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