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Fisher-Price Baby Playzone Stride-to-Ride Walker

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      21.08.2010 18:10

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      A great toy when it is new but deteriorates quickly

      This is a great walker because it can turn into a sit on toy just by opening and shutting the seat.It also comes with a basket on the front that you can throw the balls that come with it in to.Its a great toy because it can be used indoors as well as outside. It is a great toy but there are a few downsides to it.
      I feel the child would need to be supervised alot though because of the wheels fall off and sometimes if they lean to much one side the walker tips over and the opening and shutting the seat is tricky and of course would need help the and also the mechanism does break after a couple of years but they would of grown out of it by then anyway so thats not really an issue.It cost around £25 but you might be able to find it cheaper now because that was a few years ago.For the price we felt that was very good because of the developing physical skills that the child can get from it and it had 3 play activities in one toy.An older child could join in using the basket on the front.

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      25.06.2009 11:25
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      great 2 in one toy for the outdoors

      This has been passed down to my youngest child due to it being at the grandmothers house in the garden.

      It is a lovely little toy that will help your child learn to walk it comes equiped with 3 balls that are used as basket balls having a hoop on the front it has 4 wheels on it that makes it sturdy for the child. It also has a little face on the front to make it more child friendly.

      This is a 2 in one toy the part that the child would sit on to ride it as a push along bike splits down the middle so that the child can stand between the parts and learn to walk with it.

      If you do not have a garden but do have enough room in your home this is great it is not really that big so can be stored in their bedroom.

      It is easy to put together and to dissemble which we have had to do to clean it due to being in the garden. It is easy to clean just wipe over with a wet cloth, ours is a bit faded now due to being out in the sun.

      There are 2 downsides to this the first one is that when it is as a walker if your child is not very balanced they will tend to fall over the side or tip it up and that the wheels do have a habit of falling off.

      This at the time was £30 to buy you can now get it for £20 from argos.

      It is a good outdoor toy that does need adult supervision for the early years due to the age range being 9 to 18 months it will teach them some co-ordination by using the basket ball feature and will definatly help them to walk.

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        14.10.2008 14:03

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        a great toy with many different functions

        i bought this for my now eldest daughters 1st birthday - so 3years ago.At the time it was 29.99 but looks like the price has now gone down.

        first impressions is that its bright and fun looking and advantage that it ca be a walker or a ride on toy.
        my daughter at the time was cruising but not quite walking, for some stange reason she wouldnt stand up and push this toy in the walking position (would kneel and push!) but loved it in sitting on position.

        The fun music by pressing the lion faces nose and 3 balls to pop in the basket in the front and then find them down by the seat on the other side was one of her favourite bits!
        easy to keep wipe clean and found was a good toy to use inside or outside in good weather.

        unfortunatly my daughter has now out grown this and i havent been able to pass it down to her sisters as it has been used so much over the years one of the wheels has now broken off.

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        14.05.2006 03:17
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        overall a very productive kid's item

        My three children have used this item and have really enjoyed the interactive aspect of the toy. The face section that plays music and flashes when you push its nose proved very popular! They also loved putting the balls into the basket.
        Generally it was used more in the "ride" mode as my kids found it hard to use as a walker when they were learning to walk. It was a bit too fast.
        Great colours and great design enabling the change from stride to ride.

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          15.02.2006 17:08
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          Kieran loves it!

          Christmas just gone, i wanted to buy kieran a baby walker. He was nine months old, and i felt he was ready for one.
          I looked around at the wide range thats out there. But i felt that i didn't want to get him one that he sat in, as i feel they can be dangerous.
          So when i came across this one, i felt it was perfect.
          So i decided to look on line to see where it was available.

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          Availability
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          This is quite easy to get hold of. All the main stores do this, such as:
          Argos,
          Toys 'R' Us,
          and woolworths.

          I chose to go with Argos, as i could get it delievered. It saved going into town so close to christmas.

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          Packaging
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          It comes in a rather large box. So if you are going to get it from the shops, i'd advise that you take the car. I think you'd take up about three seats on the bus with this.
          The box is quite light. But awkward to carry. So you gentlemen, be sure to help the ladies.
          It has an open fronted box, so you can have a little play before you buy.

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          Putting it together
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          Well once Kieran had ripped the wrapping paper off, and decided that it was far more interesting than any of the pressies he had recieved, i got to work.
          I was not looking forward to this, as i hate putting toys together. But with a boyfriend who's about as usful as a chocolate teapot, i had no choice.

          I got all the bits out of the box. To my joy, i realised that the main part of the walker was already assembled. (why can't they all do that?). Some of them were attached to card by them annoying plastic clips. So siscors were required.

          I found the instructions, and commenced with the check list.:
          BASE - Check
          BASKET - Check
          WHEEL ASSEMBLY -Check
          BACKBOARD - Check
          2 CASTER WHEELS - Check
          3 BALLS - Check
          4 SCREWS

          Screws? What screws? I don't have any screws!! 'Well thats great! Messed up christmas already'. I ranted at the top of my voice. And continued to moan about the people who pack these things, and how they always forget something.
          I got up off the floor ready to give up, When to my partners amusement, i found that i had been sitting on the screws all along!!
          So while my partner continued to roll round the sofa in fits of laughter, i continued with the assembly of the walker.

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          Instructions
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          The instructions for this, are the sort, where it goes page by page. But it takes you five minutes to find the bit thats in English.
          But if you are fluent in many languges, then you will be just fine.
          They have lots of diagrames, which are very usful. As sometimes even the english bits don't make much sense.

          There are 15 pages to the instruction book. But this takes you right from the check list, through to how to use it.

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          It wasn't as bad as i'd first anticipated. It was mainly clipping things in and screwing on wheels. But i think getting the back board on was the hardest bit. You have to put a lot of pressure on it, and wiggle it. But you feel like your going to break it. It took me a while to do it.
          The rest was fine though, and i had it all done in about half hour.
          you will need a philips screw driver before you begin though.

          Once you have completed the assembly, you need to attach the stickers. This only takes five mins. and if you don't want them on, then they aren't essential.

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          Why is it stride and ride?
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          It's called stride and ride, as it can change from a walker into a sit and ride toy. It does this by a clip just under the main part. If you undo the clip, the sides open up to make the walker. The wheels turn slightly, so that you will be going straight.
          The baby/toddler, then stands in between the sides, and walks along holding the backboard (which is actually at the front).

          To turn it into a ride along toy, You press the botton near the front of the toy, and the sides will be loose. You push them together, and fasten a red clip underneith. This is then turned into the seat. The child then sits on it and can be pushed along, or push them selves along.

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          Features
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          This is a wonderful toy. With lots of fun for the little ones.
          The front of the walker is a face. It has lights and a red nose. When you press the red nose, the lights all illuminate, and it plays a very jolly tune (kieran loves to dance to this).
          It also has a movement sensor on it. So when your baby walks, or rides, they are rewarded with a tune and pretty lights.

          It also has a basket on the front. This is for you to put the balls. They then roll down the sides and appear underneith.
          This is nice, but i feel it has to faults.
          1, you can't store the balls in the basket, as they always roll down. Kieran finds this annoying, as he wants to put the balls in there and take them for a ride.
          2, The balls come out underneith. So the little one has to bemd down to pick them up, and this often leads to them toppling over.

          But I worked away round the ball thing. If he wants ti take something for a ride, we put his teddy in the basket. And if he wants to play with the balls, we sit in front of it, so that he won't fall over.

          It has a very easy to grip handle on it. It's just the right height for little toddlers. On the handle, there are 2 balls. these can be spun round and round. Kieran loves these.

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          You need to help little ones with this walker. There is a chance that they can fall. Kieran nearly fell off when it was a ride toy, but luckly we caught him in time.
          He also has a habit of sitting down whilst walking with it. Which is only normal if you are learning to walk. But when he does so, he tends to run his legs over and gets stuck.
          So adult supervision is required.

          The clip underneith and the one that holds it open, are very secure. So there is no chance of them opening or shuting at the wrong time. But always make sure they are clipped properly before you let them play.

          The back board requires 3 AA batteries. These are included, and the battery compartment is screwed shut safely.

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          Cleaning
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          This can be cleaned using a damp cloth with some soap on it. I generally clean it with anti bacterial wipes, just to be on the safe side. You can't immerse it in water. So don't let them hose it down, when dady washes his car.

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          Storage
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          It's quite a large toy, so you need plenty of space to store it. It does not come apart, and if you try, you risk breakage. So it has to be stored whole.
          The sizing is:
          Height -45cms
          lenght - 55cm
          width - 30cms
          I find it just fits down by the arm chair.

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          This is for the age group of 9 months and over. I think this is the perfect age for this walker. It was perfect for kieran.
          It would go up to about 18 months or 20kgs.

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          Price
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          This is available in the places i named above for the price £28.99.
          I think this is about the right price for this. I wouldn't be willing to pay much more. But if it was much less, you would worry that it would be cheap and tacky.

          I think this is a great item, and i'm glad i bought it. It was well worth the money. Kieran is now walking with it, and i'm sure will soon be going alone.

          Thanks for reading my review.
          julie xx

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