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Playskool Step Start Walk N Ride

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Brand: Playskool / Type: Walkers

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      26.10.2010 07:21
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      A really good walker that sees you through from baby to toddler

      I really like this walk and ride and it has been very useful for my little boy since we got it when he was 7 months old.

      I paid about £25 for it which I think is about average for a push along walker but one of the best things about it is that it turns into a sit n ride so I think it is great vaue for money.

      It is nice and brightly coloured and is green, blue, pink, red, purple and yellow so is suitable for both boys and girls.

      My son started using it as a walker from about 10 months when he started to try to take a few steps. I have laminate flooring downstairs so decided to take the walker upstairs to the carpet as I think it can go a little bit too fast on laminate. It is nice and sturdy and helped him to take a few steps.

      I really like this though because my son started walking on his own at 11 months and therefore didn't need to use the walker part of it any more so if I had bought a just a walker I would have been disappointed but because with a few simple adjustments it turns into a sit n ride my son still loves to play on it now at 18 months. It is a really good sit n ride and is actually better than the walker part as it keeps my son entertained and it is easy for him to scoot about on it and he even likes to carry it about with him.

      I think this is excellent value for money as I can see my son using the sit n ride for a long time to come.

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      04.09.2010 22:58
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      Not a product I would recommend to anyone

      I loved the fact this walker turns into a little car. Now my son is walking it is still of use to him.

      I found the walker aspect of this not great to be honest. The wheels did not provide any grip on either a smooth or rough surface. In the house it just pushed straight out from under my son. We tried him outside and all I will say is I am glad I was there to catch him!

      He was not really taken by the "on-board" activities. The free moving spinner toys of which there are two he plays with for a matter of seconds before moving on and the gear stick he plays with when driving a car like his daddy! There aerial type attachment doesn nothing that I have seen and there is a purple spinner with resistance that he cannot actually turn himself and he is pretty strong! He does however play with the boot. He puts some of his smaller, more precious toys in here and quite often the odd snack which he saves for later!

      Visually this is enough for people to think it is a great walker but had I bought this myself I think I would have returned for a refund.

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      20.01.2010 17:40
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      A good quality walker

      I bought my son this for his first birthday, I wanted a walker and after looking at lots I opted for this one.

      The playskool walk and ride does just that, it converts between a walker and a ride on toy. My son is impressed with it in either setting.

      The toy requires assembly but is very easy if you follow the instructions. It took me about 10 minutes to put together.

      Once put together the walker is sturdy and easily changed between the 2 settings (can only be changed by adults and is very child safe). There is also some knobs and spinners on the main part that make noises and a small compartment to put things in that adds to the fun.

      The walker is as sturdy as most walkers. Your child wont be able to use it to pull themselves up as the light weight makes it easily pulled over but I have found this the same with other walkers in the past, due to the shape of the base however this is one of the better ones and once your child is stood up and holding onto the walker it aids them in walking.

      The walker is very brightly coloured and looks attractive.

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      17.01.2010 23:07
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      Pointless. I wouldn't bother with it

      The step start and ride was top of my list of things to buy for my sons first birthday. I bought it a few months before from Argos at the moment it is £19.79 but I'm sure at the time it cost a little bit more. At 9 months he was crawling and pulling himself up so because of this - and me being impatient- I opened it early to aid his first steps. It is suggested for babies 9months upwards.

      On opening I found that it requires self assembly, based on the size of the box it comes in I was quite surprised as the box wasn't much smaller than the toy once assembled. It was quite tricky to put together and I did need the instructions.

      The toy is like a little car, the main seat lifts up to create a handle and something to lean on while baby walks between the wide back wheels. When baby is older the 'handle' is lowered back down to form a ride-on toy. The car is brightly coloured, has chunky wheels and a few noise making toys such as a rattling spinning wheel and a crunching gear stick. It also has a compartment at the front -like a bonnet- where my son likes to keep his dummy.

      As an aid to help him walk I was very disappointed! The car is very light so as my son tried to pull himself up on it, it would flip back, hit him in the face and end in tears. If we stood him up and put the toy in front of him it would run away and he would practically be chasing it and struggling to hold on for safety because the wheels and base are simply too light to hold his weight. The wheels move too easily so there was no support whatsoever. Also the wheels down turn sideways so he can only go in a straight line meaning that when he did eventually get used to walking with it he couldn't turn it to avoid the wall and would end up pushing it along the floor sideways so he had something to hold onto, again this usually ended in tears too as the wheels couldn't take his weight so it would flip sideways.

      As a ride along car I don't see how this is supposed to work with a child of normal height. My step son who is 6 months older than my son tried it and his knees were up to his armpits! How they are supposed to be able to make the thing move while being comfortable and having fun is beyond me.

      All in all I was extremely disappointed with this toy. I would have returned it had I not lost the receipt and persevered with it for a few months. My son finally walked a few days after his first birthday - after this toy had long been thrown aside. Needless to say he walked without the help of this 'aid'. Now it sits collecting dust apart from the odd occasion where my son spins the noisy spinner on it and quickly loses interest.

      I would recommend that people don't bother with this toy; it won't help your child walk any faster than he would do without it.

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