“ Brand: Safety 1st / Type: Walkers „
I payed £45.99 for this walker for my second child.
I opted for this walker as i thought it would be ideal with it having toys built into the walker on the top tray so she could be kept entertained wholst in the walker and having them on a hinge so i could move them to the side to use the tray under neith was a great feature or so i thought, the reality of it was that the toys didnt realy keep her entertained for very long at all as she wasnt too impressed with how basic they were, there is some music played by the toys and lights which she enjoyed for awhile but she wasnt too impressed with the rest of it, she never had any interest in moving the beads around on the walker at all.
The idea behind there being two trays which i thought was great to start with wasnt too good either as the top tray doesnt move far enough away for it to be out of reach of the child or to fully expose the bottom tray and although my daughter only ever had snacks like crisps and biscuits in the walker they made a right mess and were hard to clean up as there was a over lap in the tray and the toys also got covered by mushed up food on her hands. On the plus side the seat area detaches very easily to be machine washed so this is easy enough to keep clean.
Another feature i thought was going to be great was the fact that it had 3 heaight adjustments on the walker so i thought this would be idea with my daughter having short legs for her age, i was wrong about this too as the adjustments seem to be tall, taller and even taller, to the point of my other daughter who is 16 months older couldnt actually touch the floor no the top height. By the time my daughters feet actually touched the floor enough in this walker on the lowest seting she was already 11 months old and quite capable of crawling where she wanted to get and pulling her self up the furniture and walking around the room holding on so its only real use was out side in the garden for her.
An even worse point to this walker for anyone with thick or long piled carpet is that the wheels are very small so will not move on this style of carpet at all, we had laminate flooring at the time which was fine for us but at my mothers house the walker wouldnt move at all.
The walker does fold down for staorage but you are still going to have to have a large space to store it as the back of the seat in the walker is so high you still need a 2 foot gap to store it in at least.
As you can see from above i wasnt too impressed with this walker at all,
I was given one of these by a good friend when my baby was 7 months old. She is now 10 months old and it is only in the last month that she has started to have a real interest in being in it.
The first couple of months whenever I would put my daughter in the walker she would make no attempt to move it but would really only be interested in playing with the tray infront of her which basically makes sounds and plays music when baby activates simple pieces of equipment. I did notice however that she only wanted to be in said walker for quite short periods of time, ie 10 minutes at which point she would get fed up and want to come out.
At about 9 months my daughter started to crawl and developed a real interest in moving generally. At this point she showed renewed interest in her walker and started to move the walker. It was a matter of days then before she was bombing around having a merry old time. Again however her interest was short lived and she was only happy to stay in for about 10 mins or so.
The problem with walkers is that they move best on hard surfaces. On carpet its a bit of an effort to move them so if your house is carpeted you may want to think about whether they are suitable. Also unless you have a big house with some open space baby cant really get anywhere and really just ends up bumping into things which brings me to my most important point. Safety. These things are not particularly safe and you really do need to watch your baby closely when they are in them. Its not that the walker isnt safe and the safety first walker is sturdy and safe in itself, but the baby's increased mobility means they can reach things that may be dangerous to them,
Health visitors dont like walkers but i think its because some babys are left in them too long to the detriment of letting baby explore on the floor which is much better for encouraging motility.
My conclusion is that i would not buy this walker and i dont really think walkers generally are worth the money. My baby is really much happier just being on the floor. If you are offered one or could get one second hand then it might be worth it to keep baby amused for very short periods but i think thats as much as I would recommend them
Keep your little one entertained with this sound and light filled walker!