“ Brand: Mothercare / Type: Walker - Includes colourful wooden bricks „
My little girl is in that inbetween stage where she is pulling herself up and cruising but cannot walk unaided yet. With that in mind we decided to buy her a walker to get her moving and satisfy her desire to be standing at all moments and still have something to hold on to. I love wooden toys as I think they look really classic and withstand lots of play and so with this in mind I bought her the Mothercare wooden walker with bricks. This is such a classic toy as I think all my little girl's friends have this as well but it really stand the test of time and is a good walker.
The walker itself is quite simple. There is a base unit which has four wheels and then there is a handle which is attached to the side of the base unit and comes up to a handle which extends the whole way along the walker. I think this is good as it allows your child to grip on well and gives them lots of space in which to put their little hands. The handle also has grooves in it which make it nicer to grip I think and is high enough that they are not bending over trying to hold onto the handle. This walker has such good stability and is quite sturdy which is really good when your little one is unsteady on their feet as I think it gives them and you confidence that the walker is not going to tip over. I think it's a bit sturdier than plastic ones and not as flimsy which I really like.
In the base unit there are a number of bricks of different shapes and sized which are really fun for your little on to play with. We got the girls version of the walker so the bricks are pink, yellow and green with spots on and some are square, some are rectangle and some are little rectangles. One of my little girls favourite games at the moment is to load the bricks in and out of the walker and then push off again and do it all over again so I think the bricks make a nice addition.
The wheels have little grips all over them and so they make this walker great for walking on slippy surfaces such as wooden floors as they grip in my opinion better than just plastic wheels would. As I've mentioned above we got the girls version so these wheels are pink as is the handle and the the base unit has pink and yellow sides. I believe you can also get it in a more neutral colour with primary colours such as blue and red. It really has a nice look to it and this is definitely a toy which will last a long time.
These walkers are available in Mothercare and generally cost in the £25 region but can be cheaper during their sale.
For my daughter's first Christmas, everyone wanted something to buy her so I had to come up with lots of ideas for her. I liked the idea of traditional wooden toys so chose this wooden walker with blocks from Mothercare.
---The features of the toy:
The Mothercare Walker with Bricks is a wooden base with 4 wheels and a handle attached to the back. It comes with a collection of 24 wooden building blocks that are different colours. The blocks are different shapes and all fit together inside the wooden base. You get two arches, two semi-circles which fit inside, four squares, four small triangles, two large triangles, two large rectangles, four straight thin rectangles and two curved thin rectangles.
My daughter got this when she was 5 months old. I knew that she would probably be too young for a walker at that age but we wanted her to have something that would last. When we got it out of the box it took a while for my husband to put the unit together. He had to screw the wheels on to the base and attach the handle but soon it was ready to play. My daughter wasn't really interested in trying to push the walker but she did like being pushed around the living room whilst sitting on it. She also found the blocks very useful for teething on and also liked taking them out of the trolley to put them all over the floor.
When she got to about 8 months and was starting to crawl everywhere, she started to use the trolley to pull herself up and would try to walk with it. It was great for her to have something the right height to pull herself up with, and as it moved it also encouraged her to walk. The biggest problem though was that it went too fast for her and so she kept falling over. This happened for quite a while and as she was walking properly by 10 months, I had to let her use it before the recommended 12 months.
Now that she is 17 months old, my daughter still enjoys playing with her walker. She isn't really interested in the building blocks although I keep building them up and she knocks them down for me. She does enjoy using the walker as a buggy for her toys though and walks them around the house with her.
If my daughter had wanted to play with this in a hurry she would have been disappointed that she had to wait so long for it to be put together to start with. We thought it would be very sturdy but unfortunately one of the screws on one of the wheels kept coming off. This was quite a worry because she was at the stage where she was putting things in her mouth all the time so we had to watch out for this at first. Once my husband had tightened them enough we didn't have the problem again.
The other issue for me is the age range. I'm not sure why it was aimed at 12 months+ and to be honest I think it is suitable for the age at which your child starts trying to walk, in my daughter's case around 8 months.
The walker does appear to be quite sturdy as my daughter is a climber and is always climbing all over it and using it as a step for climbing higher. She also bumps it into walls and furniture all the time and it is still in good condition. The only real sign of wear is on the blocks where her teething has ripped some of the paint off. The blocks are still in good condition other than this.
I like this toy because it has two uses. Building blocks on their own can be quite expensive and this way you have a ready made storage space for them as well. Although my daughter has not had the use of the building blocks much, I can see that they would be good for other children. It costs £25 from Mothercare which I don't think is too bad for this type of walker. I think there are a couple of issues with it but i would recommend it and as such I am only giving it 4 stars instead of 5.