“ Brand: Isis / Type: Play Mats „
We were given this mat for our eldest daughter by a friend when my daughter was starting to learn to walk, both my daughters played with the mat and both loved the musical rewards.
The mat is mat of soft feel plastic and is nice and colourful, it is about a metre and a half and it has a power pack at the top where the batteries are housed and also where you turn the mat on, this is made of hard plastic so isn't too good if your child stands on that bit as it can hurt. The mat has a walkway in the middle of it with the word START at the bottom and then 10 footprints going up it, around the path is some decoration showing grass and flowers.
When your child walks on the mat they are rewarded from each footprint with a little tune or a funny noise which Sophie used to love however Emily grew wise and would just sit on the floor and use her hands to bash the mat so it would make a noise. The mat is really nice and brightly coloured and both my daughters loved playing with the mat although I wouldn't really say it encouraged either of them to walk.
There are 3 settings on the mat so that your child can either have a little beep, a single note or a little tune when they step or hit the footprints, both my girls always had the mat set on the little tune as they both have always loved little catchy tunes. The mat also has lights on it to reward your child for stepping on the footprints however this is only on the control panel so really isn't very rewarding at all.
The mat takes 3 x AA batteries which were in the mat when my friend gave me it, we ended up giving the mat away to another family member once our girls had finished with it and we never had to change the batteries in the time we were using it so the batteries are certainly long lasting.
Both my girls really liked the music of the mat and when we got it out for our youngest daughter Emily Sophie would set the little tunes off for her and she would sit and giggle at the mat. I think the mat is nice and attractive for young children and the tunes are all catchy and as usual with childrens toys the tunes are likely to annoy adults but it doesn't do anything to encourage walking as far as my children go. The mat is strong and had already been used by 2 children when we got it, we then used the mat for our two children and then we passed it on to my Auntie for my cousin to use yet there were no marks, rips or damage of any sort on the mat.
I would rate this 4 stars as my children really enjoyed playing with the mat however it has to lose a star considering the whole point of it is to encourage walking and it really doesn't do that as far as I can see.
My little girl started walking when she was 10 months old and I wanted to find a way to encourage her to continue walking instead of holding her hand and walking her across to my husband etc. I wanted her to gain confidence alone with Mummy and Daddy there ready to catch her should she fall.
I came across the iZoom Learn to Walk mat on eBay and thought it would be a good idea to get her it to keep encouraging her to walk. It looked fun and brightly coloured so I knew it would get her interest.
The mat looks exactly the same as the one pictured here on DooYoo. The mat has 12 brightly coloured feet which make noise and light up when your child steps on them, encouraging them to make the next step so that they hear the next sound. The little footprints are actually like little bear footprints. The mat was fairly long and measured 56 inches long by 12 inches wide.
My daughter absolute fell in love with this mat the moment she saw it and I did too. I love the fact that at the start of the little "walk" there was a garden gate and the challenge was to make it all the way to the little toadstool cottage at the top. Even though this mat is unisex I do feel that it is aimed slightly more at girls.
I was disappointed to find that when my daughter started using the mat that the footsteps didn't light up it was only the little control panel at the top that lit up. It is not very clear about this when you buy it. The little control panel at the top is for you to change the settings for what happens when the footsteps are stepped on. There are 3 different settings for the noise which is played when they are walked on: 1) a little tune, 2) a little beep or 3) just one note. My daughter preferred the little tune the most so it always stayed on this setting but be warned, there is no volume control and it can get a little bit annoying!
My daughter really loved this mat and although at first she wasn't quite confident enough to spread her feet far enough to touch each footstep after a month or so she started to and she had no problem with doing it. I did find that the mat was a bit slippy which was a small concern given that it is aimed at children just learning to walk. Also, it comes in two parts and the bottom was forever slipping away from the top and vice versa when in use. Although it is a good mat, this did become annoying especially for daughter who would let out the occassional huff of frustration!
I was pleased with the mat and I definately saw my daughter's confidence increase when using it. I got it for £6.00 on eBay so can be picked up fairly cheap if you have a look around. I do recommend parental supervision with this mat though as it is a bit slippy.
Be aware that should you purchase this it requires 2 AA batteries.
I bought this learn to walk mat for my little boy for his first Christmas, he was 11mths, unfortunately he didn't start walking until he was 15mnths. Since he has been walking he hasn't really paid much interest to this toy as every time he plays with it, it slides across the room as he's walking on it, which makes him fall and hurt himself. It was of more use when he was crawling as it didn't slide so much. What was so annoying is that it didn't matter whether it was on my rug or my laminate flooring; it still caused my little boy to fall!!
But on the plus side my little boy did like the noises when he crawled across this mat. And as it has a few settings he didn't get bored of crawling back n forth.
And only paying £9.99 for this mat was a bargain, with it being so cheap, I'm not too disappointed about it not getting used very often.
My granddaughter started to walk at just 10 months and I was keen to encourage her so whenever she visited me I found myself hunched over holding her hands while she ever-so-slowly put one foot in front of the other to walk across the room.
Flicking through my Studio catalogue I saw this Learn To Walk Mat made by iZoom reduced from £25 to £9.99 so I decided to buy one as part of her first birthday present. It needed 3 x AA batteries so I ordered those at the same time otherwise I would forget.
The Learn To Walk Mat looks exactly the same as in the photograph above, it is 56" long and designed to help babies walk using lights and sounds. The idea is that your toddler will put their feet on the animal footprints which are printed on the mat and be rewarded with a tune or funny noise.
It's a lovely mat and is brightly coloured with a garden gate at the bottom and a path leading all the way up to a toadstool house at the top. I think it's very pretty and equally good for a boy or a girl because of the happy unisex design.
There are three settings for the sounds. You can either have it play a short tune every time your toddler steps on a footprint, or set it to play a single note or a fairly quiet beeping noise that sounds like a steam train to me. The music is very jolly and tinkly as all baby music should be, unfortunately there is no volume control and the tunes are very loud which is a little annoying when I am cooped up indoors with my granddaughter and she decides to have a long play with this! We sometimes take it out into the garden because then the music doesn't jar through me like it does in the small room in my bungalow that I have given over as a play area for the grandchildren.
My granddaughter loves the Learn To Walk Mat, she enjoys the sounds it makes and likes to crawl up the mat pressing the footprints. She is only just one so cannot manage to step far enough to put her feet on the footprints but an older toddler would manage it, it would also be easier to describe to them how and why they need to step in the certain spots.
I was a little bit disappointed with the lights aspect of the mat as it's only the control pad at the top which lights up. I was expecting the footprints to glow or something when they were stepped on, but on the control pad there are four mini footprints in colours that correspond to the prints on the mat and it's just these that light up and for no real reason that I can see!
We encountered a problem with the Learn To Walk Mat last weekend. The mat is made of two lengths of shiny plastic, joined together at the edges with a sturdy red ribbon. Because the front and back of the mat are not in one piece it means the top of the mat literally slides away from the bottom sometimes, I am not sure why they made it like this because the age this mat is designed for are not very steady on their feet at the best of times and this slippiness just makes life harder for them. The mat itself is not as slippy as it looks and my granddaughter can easily walk along in just her socks and not slide over, but the silly idea of making this mat out of two pieces of plastic instead of one means that she sometimes causes the top of the mat itself to slip if she is dragging her feet.
Again, this problem probably would not be so apparent when older toddlers are using the mat because they are heavier and more stable but the Learn To Walk Mat is recommended from age one year plus so I think they should have designed it with this in mind.
Overall though I think this mat is very good. It seems to be durable which is a very good thing because my granddaughter likes to scrunch hers up and pull it around with her, the plastic used is a tough crinkly fabric and this leads me to believe that the mat will stand the test of time until she is walking properly leaving the mat redundant.
I'm glad I bought it, but am even gladder that it only cost me £10 because as good as it is I do not think it is worth the full RRP of £25. My daughter has since seen the exact same mat at a car boot sale for £1 so do hunt around if you are looking to buy something like this - even more so because this has limited usefulness and people will be getting rid of their as soon as baby is walking unaided meaning you could easily pick one up very cheaply in a charity shop that has had very little use at all.
Baby can have fun learning how to walk to lights and sounds. Recommended for children 12 months+.