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Once our first daughter started showing interest in being on her feet we wanted to encourage her so we were really pleased when a member of the family gave us this walker for her. This was about 4 years ago now but you can still buy it for between £20 and £30 although I have only seen it on the internet or to be ordered into shops rather than sitting on the shelves in shops.
The walkers is advised for babies 9 months upover and is available in different colours which are white with primary coloured accents or pink with primary coloured accents, even though we had a little girl as we were given this we ended up with the one in primary colours. The walker is made out of strong white plastic and has a bright red handle and two large red wheels on the main part, from the main part of the walker are 2 legs which your child stands between to start walking and there is a big green wheel on each one of these.
The walker can be used for walking as you would expect and can actually go quite fast and run away with your child a little, we did have a few instances on our daughter landing face first on the floor whilst the walker carried on across the room. It can be used with brakes on for your child while they try to learn to stand up, there is a little yellow lever on the blue legs to allow the back wheels to be locked into place and prevent the walker from moving which I thought was good as I had never come across this feature before but it did mean our daughter would happily stand with the walker for support.
The walker is also an activity centre, it comes complete with three plastci balls in purple, orange and yellow and three plastic shapes a blue flower, yellow triangle and red star for use with a sorter. At the top of the walker there is a hole for the balls to be put through, there are two little push sensors inside the hole so that when a ball is pushed through it sets of music and a red and green light flash either side of the hole. Below the hole for the balls is a little shape sorter and then both the shapes and the balls collect in a little green lip at the bottom of the walker to be used again. We did have a bit of a nightmare with our daughter as she insisted on putting anything she could find through the hole an we often ended up with things stuck that just weren't the right shape to get down. Finally there are two indicator looking things in the either side and when these are pushed or pulled they make noises which often happened as she crashed into things.
This walker was well used and our daughter really enjoyed playing with it, we found from it that she was actually quite clever as she very quickly worked out the shapes and where they could go. She finally learnt to walk at just over a year old and this toy encouraged her to take a few extra step as when your child starts walking with it it plays music but when they stop walking the music stops, she used to find it amusing to push it very slightly and then stop.
I wish we have kept this walker as we have just ended up buying a different one for our second daughter, this walker is worth the money and keeps your child entertained even after they are capable of walking.
This is a great toy both as a walker and for the activity centre on the front. The 'Chicco Baby Steps Activity Walker' is a very colourful and fun baby walker that offers great value for money.
The walker takes two AA batteries to power the lights and sounds. When it is pushed forwards the wheels acivate a cheerful tune, the wobblers either side trigger either a brief tune or a 'boing' sound that Lewis finds hilarious, putting the balls through the top makes the lights flash and makes a sound and there are some shaped blocks with corrosponding holes.
Since Lewis has started crawling he has been more interested in playing with the activity centre but as he gets more confident he will start trying to pull himself up again. there are switches either side so you can lock the wheels while your child is just starting to try and stand up and as they get more confident on their feet you can unlock it so they can start learning to walk. The red handle at the top of the walker is at just the right height and is easy to grip.
The music stops when the wheels stop moving which is to encourage your child to take another couple of steps which is a great idea. Chicco produce a great range of developmental toys that are very affordable. At the moment this would set you back around £20 which is very reasonable but I would always recomend shopping around.
*About Chicco*Chicco is an Italian brand that sells educational toys for babies and children. Besides toys, the brand also offers a wide range of other children and baby products like carseats, buggies, strollers, childrenchairs and babycarriers. Chicco is know for its quality products and selling points can be found all over the world. Almost every regular baby store sells something from the Chicco assortment.
*About the baby steps activity walker*
I got this walker for free when I signed myself to a baby magazine. At that time my daughter was too young to use this walker, but when she was about 10 months she started to pull herself up and that's when I started using this toy.
The activity walker is about 50 cm high and that's the perfect height for a child that is starting to walk, it wasn't too difficult to pull herself up to the red "push part"of the walker. At first, she was pretty scared to use this walker because even when I put the brakes on (little yellow click system on the blue legs of the walker) it was riding too fast for her. I just left it in the livingroom and she discovered the front of the walker, which was way more interesting.
On the front of the walker, you'll find several interesting play-parts. Delivered with the walker are three round balls, in purple, orange and yellow (they are plastic). You also receive three plastic blocks, a red star, a blue flower and a yellow triangle. When you put the ball in the blue part on the top of the walker, they roll through and touch a music-sensor that makes the walker go musical! At the same time, two lights (red and green) start blinking, giving the walker a disco/effect and this really made my daughter enthusiastic. She kept trying to get the balls in the walker to get some music from it.
On the sides there are two round flexible parts, when pushed, they make a funny sound.
Most motivating for a child to practice walking, is the fact that when they push the walker themselves, it starts to a song! When my daughter was almost 1 year old, I didn´t use the brakes anymore, at that time she was walking so fast that she almost fell over the walker )which is quite light'.
The price of this Chicco babywalker is around 24,00 pounds. I think it´s wporht the money, my kid had so much fun with it and it helped her practice her first steps in a fun way. The wheels turn smoothly and I never had to change the 4AA batteries in the months my daughter used the walker.
Once my baby started cruising, I was on a lookout for a good walker for him.
I found chicco for £16 at argos, which is the lowest price I've seen for walkers. Apart from price, this walker is good value for price product.
It is very easy to assemble and only requires 2 AA batteries. I haven't seen any other walkers with 'Break' feature. This helped when he didn't know how to walk and loved to try to stand holding on to something. Since the day I've showed him this walker, he still loves it. The activity centre is very entertaining. He still hasn't learnt to use the shape sorter though but loves to put the ball through hole and watch it dropping down. I believe the music it has, helped my baby to learn to walk. Because the music stops as your baby stops and this I believe encourages baby to walk to hear more. Good thing about music is it has two settings so you can lower down the music too.
I'll still caution others to use it on wooden floors. We have a combination of carpet and wooden flooring so I only use the walker on carpets.
The walker didn't last long though. I mean it's quiet good build but now my baby can easily lift it up and bang down. But he loves doing that too!
When my daughter started cruising, I looked around for a good baby walker. I wanted something sturdy and heavy weight, that would be easy enough to push, but wouldn't run away from her. Sadly, we tried a lot of different walkers, and didn't find one. It was only when we were at a friend's house that we tried this one. (John Lewis had it, but it was not with the other walkers, it was with the baby bouncers, so I hadn't seen it.)
This can either be used as a walker, or the wheels can be locked and it can be used as an activity centre. It has lots of lovely lights and sounds that activate either by touch, or when you run into something, which is a nice touch, as it stops baby getting so frustrated at the solidness of walls, parents etc.
The best thing about this walker is the shape. Unlike other walkers, baby doesn't stand complete behind it; the back wheels protrude far enough that baby stands between the front and back wheels and pushes from there. This brings extra stability, and makes it easier to push. It also has ridged wheels, making it grip to the floor more, and doesn't go to fast even on parquet floors.
The handle is nice and chunky, and seems comfortable to use, but it is a little short for my 10 month old, 50th centile baby. Having said that, if your baby's ready early, you probably want it short, and it doesn't seem to bother my daughter.
The shapes on the front are very easy to lose as well; it would have been ice not to have detachable parts on an item meant to be moved around, especially as they fall straight into a tray slightly too small to hold all six. It's not the best activity centre, but that's not primarily what it's for.
In my opinion it *is* the best walker.