I’ve been searching for a while now for a sensory toy for Thurston to try and steer him away from being so attached to the label on his pillow, which isn’t really very portable! I’ve tried him with taggies, comfort blankets etc but he hasn’t really taken to anything. I discovered a lovely range of sensory toys on www.mushroomandco.com and they very kindly sent Thurston the adorable Hunter the Hedgehog to try out. It is made of 100% organic natural rubber and painted with non-toxic food-grade dyes. I was really relieved by how natural the product is as Thurston instantly puts all of his toys in his mouth and I regularly find scarpings of paint coming off of the toys and into his mouth.
Hunter the Hedgehog has lots of lovely rubber ‘spikes’ all over his back which Thurston loved straight away. He likes to rub him on his face and be tickled with him. He also likes to squeeze the hedgehog and listen to the satisfying squeaky sound.
It has been mentioned to us that it might be useful for Thurston to have a small toy to take to school to ‘fiddle’ with during quiet times such as registration and assembly. Apparently, using a small sensory toy can help keep Autistic children calm in situations where they otherwise might get stressed out. I think that Hunter the Hedgehog will be perfect for this.
Mushroom & Co have loads of different animals in their sensory toy range and they are also fantastic for teething as the rubber texture is really soothing for sore gums. Thurston loves the sensation of chewing on Hunter the Hedgehog and it has definitely had a calming effect on him.
All the toys from Mushroom & Co are really adorable and beautifully natural, as well as being very simple to keep clean. I will definitely be buying more of their toys in the future, and Hunter the Hedgehog is excited to start school with Thurston this September!!
Thanks for reading!