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Fisher Price Stroll-Along Walker
Walking Just Like Mummy
As my little niece will be needing a little walker eventually, I have brought out my daughters walker from the cupboard to give to her. I remember last year when my daughter first began taking a couple of steps with this walker, looking so pleased with herself as she copied mummy by not only walking but pushing her baby doll in its own little pram.
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I first brought this walker for two reasons, the first was the fact that it was on sale in Woolworths before the store closed down, and secondly because I hadn’t seen a walker quite like this before. There may be others like this around, though this is the only one I had come across and fell in love with it straight away.
The walker comes flat-packed and comes with instructions. Everything that is needed to build the walker comes within the pack and it is very simple to put together, just a little bit fiddly in parts. In the main, all the different parts slot together, though a few of these parts had to have a strong push to get them to click in. The wheels come with plastic pink screw like parts to secure them on tightly and when they are on, they do not wobble at all. Overall the walker took about half an hour to fix together which included a little daughter help there, so probably would take a shorter length of time without a little one in tow!
Unlike many walkers which have a musical play front to it, this walker is in the form of a doll buggy. The large pink wheels at the back which come out from the walker further than the front ones do, make this very sturdy as you would expect a walker to be, and no amount of banging or tugging will damage this walker in any way that we have found (not that we have purposely tried to damage it of course!).
The main colours are of pink and white with a yellow bar to the front which looks so attractive and cute. The top handle is a slightly darker shade of pink which is attached firmly to the main part of the walker which is in a paler pink with pale pink swirls and heart decoration over it creating a lovely finish to it. The main part is shaped as a buggy with the yellow bar attached to the sides and bottom in which you are able to sit average sized dolls safely within it. My daughter has a Baby born doll which only just fits in tightly which gives you an idea of the size of dolls it takes. Over this bar is a little front play piece which has a pink flap which lifts from side to side showing a little pink bunny on one side, and a little blue mouse the other, both on holographic type backgrounds. These parts are stickers so there is a risk of them coming unstuck or little fingers unpeeling them as the child gets older. Hooked over the bar, right around it so that the child is not able to take them off at all, are two plastic play figures of a cat and dog. These are also very strong even though they are not thick, and can not be bent or damaged at all. At the bottom of the bar, where it fits into the main part of the walker, is a see-through plastic wheel with little balls which rattle when the wheel is pushed around. This is easily pushed around and does not stick at all.
On the top of the main base is a small teddy toy fixed onto a spring which the child can push back and forth, round and round. This is an attractive little teddy with a little pink button on its front which when pushed plays a little tune similar to an ice cream van tune. The tune is not overly loud and only lasts a few seconds on each press, though can get a little annoying when your child learns to press it ten times a second!
The overall appearance is excellent and makes a change from the usual types of walkers around. The walker is also very durable and very sturdy which is the qualities you need in a baby walker.
Not only can your child learn to walk with this lovely walker, but they can also play with it as a buggy after they have learnt to walk. My daughter used this for quite a while after she had learnt to walk, putting her little dolls in it and taking them for a walk, though now she is two, she prefers proper doll buggy’s and so now this is waiting for my niece to enjoy the fun whilst learning to walk.
Please note that although in every picture you see of this item there is a first doll also sold at many places, this is not actually included with the sale of this walker.
The stroller requires 3 button cell batteries which were included in the box.
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We brought this over a year ago before Woolworths shut down for £12.00, though it was originally priced at £24.00. After looking online I have found that this is still very much available in a variety of places, all showing slightly different places. At the moment, it is on sale in Mothercare down from £24.99 to £19.99and Tesco does this slightly cheaper at £18.97. The highest place I have found this and find it ridiculous how they can ask for this much is on Kiddicare.com where they are on sale for £39.99 from £49.99! How they can dream of selling this at this price is beyond me. You can also find this at Argos and Amazon though these are both more expensive too – Amazon more so, so this time, Amazon certainly is not the place to go.
I feel that the cheapest price of £18.97 from Tesco is an average price for a walker these days, and for a little girl, this is one of the best walkers around. I certainly would not dream of paying £49.99 for this walker – yes, it is a great walker, but not that great!
So do look around for the best price as the prices stated above are at the time of writing this review and will probably change.
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I think that this is a great little walker which also doubles as a childs first sturdy buggy for their dolls. It is safe and attractive and very durable which is something that is important with young children.
When my daughter used this as a walker, I found that not only did it encourage her to walk quickly, and she also loved putting her little dolls in it and pushing it around just like mummy does with her. She continued to play with it for quite a while after she had learnt to walk so it lasts longer than some walkers, and gives hours of enjoyment as well as teaching the child to walk.
The price is, as stated above, something to watch out for, though at the lower price, it is certainly well worth buying this.