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      03.06.2009 23:45
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      Good example of Vtech brillance

      Our family love this product! My daughter had one of these when she was 9 months old and it was a hit all round. The non gender specific colour scheme makes this a worthwhile buy as it is robust enough to last through more than one child whilst still maintaining a reasonably new appearance.

      The walker is stable enough to aid baby's 1st steps and the activity panel has a good range of interactive elements, it also helps introduce early ABC and 123. The lights on the panel helped keep baby's attention and the fact that you can remove the front panel to use as a take along toy is an added bonus as it ended up going everywhere with us.

      It is worth considering that on some models the telephone toy is not attached by string and quite easily get knocked off and lost, however it does double as a rattle for baby.

      I would thoroughly recommend this product, but if you have already bought alot of Vtech toys it may be worth noting other options as the activities are very similar between the product range. If its your 1st Vtech purchase - go for it!

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      14.12.2008 23:31
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      A great all round toy for young children so much to explore!

      I have had a lot of experience with the vtech first step plus walker. Firstly as a parent my daughter had one of these when she was about 6 months old as secondly as someone was who works with children we have one of these at my workplace.

      I think this gives me good grounds to write a review as I have seen various ages and different children using the walker.

      Young babies can use the white part of the walker it detaches and can be placed in front of them. There are five flashing stars for them to focus on. The white part also plays three different nursery rhymes depending on which buttons are pressed.

      The animals all make animal sound the monkey makes monkey noises than if you press it again he say, "I am a monkey" and makes the monkey noise again. This repetitive action will help children to identify and make a connection. There are also shapes, which are different colours and have different numbers on them. This is great from a mathematic point of view. The shapes with numbers and colours also say thing when they are pressed such as "red circle" "number 1" etc.

      Another handy point about the base is the bear actually asks questions which is great for older children. He will say, "Find the red circle" etc this is useful to further a child's learning as they gat older.

      So the white part can be detached and lead down in front of babies and rested against something for babies that can sit etc.

      There is a blue phone with a dial underneath which children really enjoy. The phone can be detached from the toy, which some people might find useful, but I found this a pain as our phone got lost very quickly. Young children love imitating speech and this is an important milestone in there development. Toy phones are a good recourse to promote communication and language development.

      On the front bottom of the walker is a simple roller with colourful pictures, which young children seem to really enjoy.

      As a walker, I find the Vtech walker fantastic on a carpeted surface but it does way to fast for most children on a laminate or tiled surface. The walker has large wheels, which makes it smooth for children who are learning to walk. It is very difficult for children to steer as it is quite heavy but this weight helps control the speed.

      This walker is a fun educational toy that adapts to cover a vast age range from 3 month up to 2 years. The walker is easy to clean, bright and colourful. I have seen this walker for sale for £20 and it can be purchased much cheaper if you shop around. I think the walker offers fantastic value and I love the way it adapts to meet the different ages and needs of a child.

      The walker folds flat for storage is easy to clean with anti bacterial spray and it very well made and long lasting.

      I would highly recommend this walker as it helps cover so many areas of development, covers a vast age range and is fantastic value for money. The only negative comments I can think of is that some of the accents are annoying and it is plastic.

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      29.10.2008 20:54
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      An excellent choice although i think that there are newer versions of this

      I was given the VTech First Step Plus for my son before he was even born, along with a load of other toys by a friend of mine. I put them away safe and i totally forgot about them until he was about nine months old, when i was having a sort out. From the time he started playing with it he really enjoyed it and spent a lot of time playing with it. As he wasnt walking at the time, i folded the frame down flat so that he was able to sit on the floor and play with it. I did find it very hard to fold down and struggled quite a bit, could have done with an extra pair of hands. To fold it down you need to push the two white buttons down and at the same time pull out the metal bar to release the legs of the frame. As my son got older and started to walk around the furniture, i set up the walker for him to push around and there was no stopping him running round the room.
      The VTech First step plus is very sturdy and quite heavy, which i found to be a good thing as it never topples over. The frame is made of strong plastic and is brightly coloured- red, white and blue. It has a very big chuncky handle which makes it very easy for small hands to grip onto. The play tray on the front hooks on and off very easy. There is a lever that releases the tray from the frame and to put it back on, you just fit it onto the two grooves at the bottom. The on/off button is situated at the top and there are lots of bright buttons to press. There are four animal buttons- a bird, cat, monkey and a bear. The letters Aa, Bb and Cc and the numbers 1, 2 and 3 are also some of the buttons. Last of all there are five musical notes along the bottom. Each one when pressed plays different tunes. There are four little red stars and one orange sun, these light up whenever buttons are pressed.
      There is a phone on the side of the tray, the handset was actually missing when my friend gave this to me so i am unable to comment on this, but there is a green dial underneath where the handset should be. At the bottom of the frame there is a spinning tube with brightly coloured pictures.
      My son is now 20 months old and he still absolutely loves this and continues to run round my room with it. If any body is looking for a walker, i would suggest this one as a definate possibility.

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      02.09.2003 21:13
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      While cleaning out our attic over the weekend, I came across a box of old toys that our daughter Gemma had outgrown. I?d stored them up there ready for when our second child was old enough to use them and that time was now. Among the box of goodies was a V-Tech First Steps Plus Walker, which we?d given Gemma for her first Christmas. Although she had a sit-in baby walker, which enabled her to stand on her feet and giving her extra mobility, I felt that this was cheating her of taking her first steps on her own. I felt that this walker would give her the confidence to try walking unaided so I went out and bought it. What instantly attracted me to this particular walker was the name. There were so many walkers out there the same, but this was a name that I?d grown up with. V-Tech is a well-known company who specialise in interactive and educational toys and games. These games help stimulate young children through play and I had heard a lot of good things said about this walker so my decision had already been made. Another reason I chose this walker was because it has an electronic activity centre. There are various buttons on here featuring different shapes, numbers and letters as well as baby?s first words such as Mummy, Daddy and Baby, which help your child start talking. There are also little songs that little ones like to listen to and these encourage your child to sing along to them. The buttons are quite big and chunky, ideal for little children whose eye-coordination isn?t yet fully developed. When a button is pressed a loud electronic voice says whatever the word is and this encourages your child to repeat them. Also on the activity centre is a telephone handset. Kids love to mimic mummy on the telephone and my daughter used to spend hours having pretend conversations with imaginary friends. The Activity Centre uses 2 x AA batteries and these get fitted into a battery compartment at the back. To prevent little fing
      ers opening and taking out the batteries, the door is screwed on and can only be removed with a screwdriver. The battery-life is quite long considering the amount of time the toy is used. The fact that it switches off automatically if not used for a few minutes or so probably plays a big part in this. I?ve lost count of times we?ve had toys die on us purely because they?ve not been switched off. No need to worry with this one. I think we only changed the batteries once in one year which I found impressive as there are not many electronic toys we?ve had that have lasted that long. Another good feature is that the activity centre is detachable meaning that it can be taken off the walker at any time. To remove the centre simply press in a catch and it easily unclips. The catch is totally childproof so you don?t have to worry about little fingers getting nipped. The walker itself is made of strong durable plastic. It is brightly coloured with red, blue and yellow making it very eye-catching and attractive towards young children, The walker can be easily folded for storage or when travelling, again a childproof lever is lifted to fold it. Just over 1 ft tall, the walker is ideal for toddlers on the brink of taking their first steps. Although recommended for babies from the age of 4 months, I feel this is too young and a more realistic age for them to be introduced to this toy is 7 ? 8 months when they are able to pull themselves up on to their feet and at the rough and tumble stage. The wheels on the walker are well proportioned making it very sturdy and offering strong support for those babies who can?t yet walk. The handle is also strong and easy to grip making it easy for your child to push without slipping. My only recommendation with this toy and I found out one day when Gemma was small, is not to let your child push the walker without the activity centre. Without the extra weight on the front the walker can easily topple and your
      child could get hurt. The V-Tech walker as mentioned before is very sturdy and can withstand any amount of battering thrown at it. Ours has survived the perils of being thrown downstairs, slammed into doorways, backed into by my car L and general bashing about. Despite all this rough treatment, the walker looks as good as new and barely has a scratch on it. My son is now at the stage where he likes to be on his feet all the time, but hasn?t quite started walking. I?ve found that in the short space of time he?s used this walker, he has started to get more confidence and I feel that it won?t be long before he?s walking on his own. That?s when the fun will really start! Even once he?s started walking he will still get plenty of use out of the activity centre. The walker is aimed towards children up to the age of 30 months so the toy has loads to offer. We purchased the V-Tech First Steps Walker from Argos. I believe they were priced in the region of £30 back then. I?ve since seen them on sale there for £24.99. Even at the higher price I thought it was good value for money so at the lower one you really are getting an excellent deal. All in all I have found this walker a godsend. It has helped keep my kids amused for hours and it lasts an eternity. There aren?t many toys I can say that about. Venturing into the attic full of spiders and cobwebs isn?t my favourite pastime, but I?m so glad I did this time as I?d forgotten all about this hidden treasure.

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        26.08.2003 05:06
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        My first two daughters had both found their walkers helpful in teaching them to get their balance and finally to walk so when it came to daughter number 3 I had a good look at what was available. The Vtech 2 in 1 walker immediately struck me as being the best of the bunch. With its bright colours and chunky wheels, together with detachable activity centre, its a toy every young child will love. The activity centre itself introduces your child to numbers, shapes, letters and early words and has flashing lights and songs for your child to enjoy. It comes complete with parental volume control (oh yes there are times that low is required!) and automatic shut off which is a big bonus and it helps save the cost of those batteries (2 x AA required). The walker itself can also be used without the activity centre on it but it should be noted that without the extra weight it could possibly tip and did on occasions when my daughter tried to pull herself up on but overall its very sturdy. It also folds up easily for travelling or storing. Manufacturers recommend from 4 months upwards but I would say that 6 months is more of a realistic age when a child would start to enjoy this toy. Its currently available at Argos for £24.99 as well as other toy stockists.

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        Activity walker for early learning and development, promoting walking. Has a learning centre component which is removable allowing shape matching, and lots of colours, lights and tunes.