Product Type: Mothercare baby products
Newest Review: ... 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 b... more
Useful for taking teddies for a walk!
Mothercare Walker with Bricks
Member Name: bush1
Mothercare Walker with Bricks
Advantages: Building blocks and a walker in one toy, helps babies starting to walk
Disadvantages: Moves too fast for new walkers, need to make sure wheels are screwed on tightly
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.
Summary: Good but also suitable for younger ages as well
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