Advantages Helps promote a large number of different learning skills for your toddler.
Disadvantages The walker unit may only get limited usage from it.
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I am always on the lookout for good deals on toys for my son, as toys are so expensive nowadays. I frequent Amazon far too much and I am forever ordering goods from there. The prices on a lot of products on Amazon seem to fluctuate quite a lot so I always wait for the prices to drop on items before I purchase them. Whilst browsing through the toys I happened to notice the VTech First Steps Baby Walker was reduced down to £14.26, I also had a £10 voucher to spend so I couldn't resist a bargain and I paid the meagre sum of just £4.26 which I was most pleased with. The retail price of this is £24.99 however if you shop around you may find it much cheaper and it can be found on sale from time to time.
VTech are a reputable and trusted baby manufacturer and this particular toy has won numerous awards. I have always been happy with any Vtech toys that I have bought for either of my children over the years, so I was confident that this toy would be of good quality.
The walker comes in a bright and colourful box and it requires assembling, there is a pamphlet that has step by step diagrams to assist you in assembling the unit. It is simple and straight forward and it only takes a couple of minutes to build. The activity centre requires 3 x AA batteries which are not supplied, the battery compartment is located on the base of the unit and the batteries are screwed in for safety.
The activity centre clip locks into place on the walker, to detach it there is a blue release lock located above the activity panel which is designed in a way more for an adult to remove. The activity panel has a handle so it can be carried about and taken on trips out and about.
This toy is designed to enhance a little ones motor skills, it has two modes of play with lots of educational activities with lights and music rewards. Not only will it keep little ones entertained they will learn many new skills too.
There is an on/off volume slider switch located on the top of the panel which your child will always opt to have on full volume, no matter how many times you turn it back down. Once it is turned on it plays a tune.
The activity panel is bright and colourful so it will appeal to a little one; it features three turning cogs of differing sizes which make "whooshing" noises when they are turned, five light up piano keys, four shape buttons which are a heart, circle, triangle, and a square. There is a butterfly which has a wing that can be flipped from left to right to select the two different modes of play.
-Music mode-To select the music mode you just flip the butterfly's wing to the left and the butterfly makes a magical sound. My son will happily flip the wing back and forth repeatedly just to hear the sound.
In music mode when you press any of the four shape buttons different phrases and tunes and melodies are played.There are a few different catchy songs that will have you singing along whether you like it or not.
The piano can be played and your child can play along with the songs, the keys are nice and large and they light up when they are pressed.
When any of the shapes are pressed in learning mode, it will teach your child the name of the shapes as well as the colours and number which are on each of the shapes.When any of the piano keys are pressed phrases, words, and sound effects are made.
The words and phrases are all in a friendly female English voice, and the tunes and melodies are quite catchy, although it is a noisy toy it is tolerable and not too irritating for us adults.
The walker will aid in encouraging walking skills, it is sturdy so it will support a toddler and encourage them to walk.
The phone will promote role-play and your child will enjoy imitating you on the phone, this will also encourage speech and communication development.
My son was 15 months old when I first bought this toy, he would have benefited and had more use out of the toy had I of bought it for him when he was 6months of age. He has really enjoyed playing with the activity centre and he loves musical toys so he enjoys listening to the melodies when he is playing with other toys he will often come back and press a button to activate the songs. He also enjoys playing on the piano, and flipping over the butterfly wing to here the magical sound. He finds the sound effects made from turning the cogs hysterical and this toy has provided him with hours of play. He will often sit with it on his lap, and he will carry it about by the handle. The activity centre and the walker are both robust and sturdy and can withstand boisterous play, my son has fully tested it out he has stood on the activity panel numerous times and it has been dropped and it has not suffered any damage. The toy is durable and hard wearing and it is of high quality, there are no parts that will break off and there are no visible marks or scratches from all the bashing of the buttons and from being dragged about the floor.
I am really delighted with the toy, even though we haven't used the walker it has still been money well spent as the activity centre is a great toy that will grow with your child. I perhaps wouldn't have bought this at full price as its main use is a walker. If you are looking for a walker then this is excellent value for money as this has a dual usage, once your child has outgrown the walker and is walking independently they will still have plenty of use for the activity panel. It is sturdy, well designed, and it is educational too, what more could you ask for.
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VTech First Steps Baby Walker (Pink)
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