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Whilst looking around for a baby walker for my then 7 month old baby we came across this walker. Honestly it wasn't something i'd spent much time looking into buying we just happemed to come across it whilst shopping in asda living and it was £11.95 at that price we couldn't pass it up, you can pay more for a 2nd hand walker! Unlike the one pictured oursnis pink but everything else is exactly the same.
It comes in a large flat pack box so does require some assembly, this wasn't the easiest job so I left most of it to my husband. Byfar the most fiddly part is hooking the seat onto the frame, its done by a series of plastic clips that you have to hook over the frame. Obviously the seat has to be secure so its extremely tight to squeeze them over and it took some time, a lot of frustration and small fingers to complete the job. That said once its done its secure so its not about to come off or go anywhere. The top play tray then clips in and the bottom is screwed in place.
There are 2 height options for the walker. Which is adjusted with a lever under the front of the top section. It goes to a good height so even my long baby will get good use out of it.
The lever that adjusts the height is also the way to collapse the walker down for storage. It folds down pretty flat but it is still a bulky item to store. The lever is easy to use so its quick to collapse.
The seat is nice and deep so its comfy for baby to sit in and is , made of a wipeable fabric so its easy to remove any mess from. Its also in a lovely bright circle patterned fabric. It feels nice and sturdy too.
The bottom of the walker has 2 fixed wheels at the back and 2 swivel wheels at the front allowing baby to maneouvre around. It also has 6 friction strips that prevent baby going too fast as they cause friction with the floor. I think this is a nice safety addition to the walker.
The play tray is lovely and bright and features both lights and music. It has a beachy theme with a twistable palm tree, a boat that pushes along a track and makes a clicky noise, a spinning windmill, a ships horn and steering wheel. The steering wheel has a horn in the middle and is surrounded by lights that flash as you steer and play music to baby. My daughter loves the lights and the toys keep her well engaged, shes definitely a fan of this walker.
For the price we paid we didn't really have anything to lose but I have been suitably impressed with the features, durabilty and quality of this product. More importantly my daughter loves it.
At the back of the seat the walker has a long handle designed for baby to able push around once they are fully mobile, this is a nice feature that even some of the most expensive walkers don't have. It pushes the age range of this up and allows baby to play with it for longer.
The "Red Kite" Frutti baby walker was a recent purchase I made for my 10 month old baby son. He's reached a development milestone now where he can sit upright unaided and has just about mastered crawling backwards, consequentially the things around him now attract his attention and his exploring hands want to touch and hold the things that he sees. A baby walker was the obvious item that would aid his development and newly found set of skills and whilst not perfect this one from Red Kite has opened the world up to his inquiring mind and it's the source of much excitement for my son.
It's a brightly coloured, mainly plastic constructed baby walker as shown in the picture here. Packaged in a large cardboard box it requires some assembly to put together with the base, seat and tray coming in separate sections. It's not easy to put together I have to admit, the seat in particular is very awkward to attach to upper part of the frame as it is held in place by a number of catches that have to be clicked into place and being plastic without much in the way of movement I quickly became flustered at its inflexibility and downright awkwardness to get the catches to go where they were meant to go. Once in place though the seat is strong and fixes firmly without movement to the upper part of the walker, this is then attached by a series of plastic bolts to the lower frame before the final section of the activity tray is eased into place to complete the assembly.
Once assembled the walker is sturdy and feels robust, it has a very large footprint and does take up quite a bit of space but obviously needs to be as big as it is to be safe for a baby to toddle around in, there are 4 small wheels in each corner of the walker which allow it to move around and when not in use the whole thing can be collapsed so doesn't always need to remain upright. The plastic activity tray offers some visual interest and stimulation for a baby to play with and features a few plastic toys that make noises when twisted or grabbed and whilst I don't think they're the best quality in the world they are adequate and my son does show some interest in them so I can't be too critical of them. Movement wise the walker is good, by leaning forwards and backwards my son can move the walker around and though it's a hit and miss affair he can make his way round my living room and hallway with relative ease even if he does bump into everything whilst on his travels. It moves easily on laminate and flat floor surfaces but seems to struggle to move as freely on thick carpet or rugs so I wouldn't recommend this particular model to anyone with a plush-pile carpeted home as it may cause unnecessary frustration to a child if they can't move the thing. It can double up as a grab-on walker for a child for when they take their first steps as it features a grab bar at the back but as my son is not at the age for walking yet I can't comment on how easy it is for them to move it around, personally I think it's perhaps a little too big and cumbersome to be of much use this way and I do think there are better 'first step' walkers available to buy.
As a sit-in walker I think it's fine, my son likes it so that's the main thing and it opens up my home for him to explore at a different vantage point than he's used to. It stands to reason that you should never leave a child unattended when they're in a walker, I don't think it could topple over given its size but there are obvious safety issues to be aware of when a baby is scooting around, as mentioned my son has an inquisitive eye at the moment so likes to grab at the things he sees and given the fact that I have a lot of glass furniture in my home and ornaments dotted around it's a very big temptation for him to want to explore the shiny thing that catch his eye. Admittedly it is quite fun watching him move around even if he has no sense of direction and my dog has to keep out of the way otherwise he gets run over! so on that basis this Red Kite walker has been quite a success and even though it is fiddly to put together I would recommend it to other parents.
It cost me £49.99 to buy brand new from Mothercare although looking around for prices to mention in this review I have noticed that it's currently cheaper on amazon where it retails for a little over £32.00 at the moment. For the lower price I think it offers good value for money, at £50.00 it is perhaps a little too plastic-y for the money and maybe a little too big however it has been the only walker I've had experience of so can't say if others would be any better. Ratings wise I think 3 stars is fair, it loses points for being a nightmare to put together but once assembled and baby is bombing around bumping into things I think it's a fun item that as a development tool is good to have and something that my son enjoys using so I can't say fairer than that.
Thanks for reading my review.