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VTec Baby Walker
I bought one of these for my granddaughter a few years ago and fortunately chose the red, blue and yellow colour option as it is now being used by her little brother. Other colour choices are Pink and White, Blue and Blue and I think there is a blue and yellow colour version now as well.
The walker measures approximately 40 x 45 x 15cm and is made almost entirely of plastic, with a large handle to hold onto or for a parent to use and has 4 caster type wheels. The height is not adjustable, but there is room to bend knees as the child gets older and bigger. The design is such that it gives them something to hold onto as they stand on one side and an activity centre on the other.
The activities tray is nice and includes rattles and animal sound buttons. There is a shape sorter incorporated and a lovely telephone. An especially nice touch for my musical daughter is a toy keyboard, so the children can join in whilst mum practices on her Sony. However, it is worth noting that the activity centre requires three AA batteries to work, but they do seem to last quite well and are easy enoug to replace.
My daughter asked me to buy the walker and it is a useful option to help ensure the toddler is occupied and safe whilst learning to stand and walk, they have both loved playing with the various activates and the walker still looks good now being used for the second time.
The negatives are that all the activity rattles and cogs and keys are a bit tricky to clean, however they do come up looking good with a bit of an effort. We tend to clean it with surface wipes. The phone detaches and falls off the table. An adjustable height would be fabulous, although bigger toddlers can and do kneel to play with it.
Marketed at age six months and upwards, I think both of ours started using at about seven to 8 months and my granddaughter carried on until about nineteen months.
A useful feature is that the activity centre clips on and off easily, with a simple clip either side and this means that it can be used in a high chair or whilst sitting on a sofa.
Priced at just 19.99 this walker does represent excellent value for money, although I do sometimes wonder if a more expensive brand might have been a little better. That said it is functional, the kids love it and it''s stood the test of time.
Available from Argos and other outlets at around 24.99 at time of writing (May 20.14).
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This is a lovely walker but the major issue is that it is not suitable to use until your baby is walking quite well already. It has a lovely interactive front panel with buttons to activate various sounds. In particular, my son loved the telephone. This is suitable and entertaining from around 8 months old. However, due to the light weight and lack of brake, the walker moves too fast for a baby learning to walk. It also slips quite a bit unless you are on a carpeted floor. My son also found that he could tip it backwards by accident quite easily resulting in a bump to the face. It therefore requires close supervision until your baby is a bit older. The most useful way to use the walker is to prop it up against a cupboard or sofa and sit your child in front of it. While this is still fun for them, it is not quite what I had in mind when I bought it.
We were given this product as a gift back in 2010 for our first little boy. We got it out of the box when he was about 7 months old and he loved the interaction with the sounds, lights and buttons to press and twist. He's a long way off walking, so the fact that the activity section can pop off is great and can be placed on the floor next to our baby for him to operate by himself. Now that we have had our second little boy, the 3 year old loves pressing the buttons for our new baby and it's a great product that still has a lot of life in it. We fitted batteries back in 2010 and they are still going strong, so it doesn't guzzle batteries and unlike some electronic toys, the music and sounds are not at all annoying. As a baby walker itself, it got less use. Our wooden floors meant that the wheels would spin too fast and fall away from the baby, but it worked great on thick carpet. Our first son definitely preferred dragging it behind him for some strange reason.
This baby walker is great! The typical kind of baby walker you may picture as one of them low lying plastic tables with wheels on which your baby would sit in and scoot around, banging into furniture and having a great time! Well now these walkers encourage your baby to be more upright, to have more freedom whilst walking and to not just be sitting down all the time. These are meant to be safer and better for your toddler.
They are available in various different colours but this is the one which we have as it's neutral so great for either of the grandchildren without it being an issue if it was geared towards one sex or the other.
There are various activities on it including buttons, lights, spinning things and this does detach so that if your baby can't reach it whilst it's upright then you can take it off easily and lay it down. This means that you can use this toy for more than just a walking aid, you can buy it before your baby is up to this stage and just use it as a little toy so you certainly can get your money's worth! We like to take this off for our little grandson to sit with on the floor and play with as if he tries to play with it whilst still attached to the wheels it often moves and he can stumble. He particularly likes the phone that comes with it!
It was easy to assemble and now it's put together we don't need to put it back together again so that ws a one off. The detachment is also easy although not for a child.
I think the negative of this is that it's quite noisy and repetitive tune wise so be warned you may develop a headache! The batteries last a long time we've only had to replace them once.
I think this is a great toy and at just £25 it's a bargain because you can use it for much longer than just the 'walking aid' age. It's brightly coloured and plastic so attractive to children and easy for us adults to clean!
We bought ours from Toys R us and I have seen them available in many other shops. I think they're a great buy so definitely recommend them to help give your child the confidence to walk and also a lot of fun time playing!
A note of caution though, I don't think that babies or toddlers should be left playing with this unattended as it is easy for them whilst they are so unsure footed to fall and they could bash themselves on this.
Managed to grab one of these walkers for my little boy for only £10 using a voucher which was an absoloute bargain, its totally worth the £30 RRP.
The walker come in a large box with very minimal assembly, you just have to pop on the back legs of the walker and your good to go, only takes a few seconds to assemble! The walker has two long back legs with wheels, a large front panel which has two more wheels, the front of the walker is a detachable panel covered in buttons/a phone/lights etc, this comes off the front of the walker so baby can sit down and play with it or have attached to the walker so they can stand up and play with it. The toy panel has 2 different settings, learning and music, at the top the panel are 3 shapes on a curly rope that can be 'sorted' onto the correct shape on the panel, these are labeled 1, 2, 3. There is a little barn door that be opened and closed next to large cow which is also a button, on the right side of the panel is a phone which can taken off the walker (this is one of the few letdowns of the toy, the phone isn't attached so gets lost on a regular basis!). Underneath the phone is a 3 spinning cogs (the toy calls these flowers, the cogs sing and make clicking noises when turned. At the bottom on the panel is 5 piano keys, they play do, re, mi, fa and so, each key is an individual colour.
When baby has learned to pull up they are able to stand up against the walker holding onto the large handle and push the walker along whilst toddling along behind it. At first the walker went a little fast for my son which shocked him a little and he would sit straight down but he quickly got the hang of it can now walk along pushing it with ease, it has really helped him gain confidence when walking and learned to cruise furniture not long after getting the walker. He also spends a lot of time sat in front of the walker playing with the toy panel.
The vtech walker is a panelled walker with a detachable play centre on the front. It has a detachable phone, a mini keyboard, shapes and numbers. Plus two settings, music and letters/ numbers. It also has volume selection. The walker lights up and plays music/ shape names/ numbers etc when certain buttons are pressed.
We gave my little boy this walker when he was about 5 months old. We detached the front so he sat and played with the buttons and keyboard quite happily, without the walker being pushed away. Now he's older, crawling, pulling himself up to stand we have reattached the front and he stands hits the buttons, very contently. He also occasionally pushes the walker from behind, however when he does this it can run away from him ( we have lamenant flooring and it skids away) and he often falls to his knees.
The music is quite pleasant and not as annoying as other toys to listen too, my wee one also enjoys it. A big smile on his face when one of the songs plays, he loves that he has made it happen (he 9 month )
It's light enough so that he can move it around himself and not need mummy and daddy to come rescue him.
But when he just playing with front I place it in front of the wall so it doesn't skid back the way.
It has been well made, and very durable. Good quality toy for baby. Had for several months are no breaks or cracks that's with a very boysterous young boy
I think we bought it for £20 from tesco, and I think this was good value for this walker, I wouldn't pay more than £25 for it though.
I bought one of these in the pink colour for my daughter, she has enjoyed playing with the toys on the front, and the telephone, tho this just comes off it is not attatched so, just goes missing each time she plays with it.
I cant say that it has helped her learn to walk because the wheels go round to easy, I think they should be made so they can support the child whilst trying to stand up holding on, because each time she tried standing up holding on or if I put her standing up holding onto the handle, then she would try and move and the walker would roll off without her. Also I found the toys a distraction for her when I was trying to practise her walking.
she has had more use from the baby walker after she has learnt to walk than she did when learning, because she enjoys pushing it around, but now she has other toys to push, its no use any more.
This has got to be one of my son's most used toys! It is used so much during the day when we are at home, my son loves it so much. This baby walker was bought by my mum, for my son at Christmas who was 7 months at the time. He is now 15 months old and with the help of this walker has just started walking this week finally!
You can get this baby walker for between £20-£30 from places like Amazon/supermarkets. My mum paid £20 for this baby walker in Tesco's, and I think this is an amazing price, as it is so well made. It is so strong and durable, it has survived my son wacking it into all sorts and banging it about, and it isn't even that scratched!
When my son first got this walker, he would just sit at it touching it and pressing the buttons, and it wasn't long before he was using it to pull himself up. It is a really sturdy walker, it does stay put whilst my son pulls himself up using it, and doesn't slide away from him, but it is so easy to push about. The handle is on the top and is strong and easy for my son to grip. The wheels are quite big and chunky, and the legs are really strong and sturdy too.
There are so many different little activities on this walker, There is a little piano, cogs which you turn, a little gate that you can open and shut to play peekaboo, a cow to press, buttons with lights and sounds which are different shapes with different numbers on, so it is an educational toy too. On the bottom of the walker there are two rollers on the bottom which my son loves spinning.
The phone has got lost in our house, it is not attached to the walker by a string, so was constantly pulled off and left behind, and now we can't find it! The activity panel actually comes off the walker, which is really handy, we take it in the car on long journeys to keep my son entertained. It just clips on and off really easily.
The little gate to play peekaboo, has fallen off our walker. We clipped it back on every time it came off, but it just wouldn't stay on, other than this, the walker is in perfect condition considering how much it has been used! One bad thing about this walker, is that it can't be folded up, the legs are so difficult to get off, and on again! It is nearly impossible to remove them and put them back on again! It would be great if it folded flat for travelling.
My son loves this walker, he takes it to the park, and it has really helped him learn to walk. It just built his confidence up walking, until he was ready to let go of it! This requires 3 AA batteries, which have never run out in the 10 months we have had it. The music and sounds this walker plays are fun for my son, and he even dances now to the different songs! I can't recommend this walker highly enough, it is bright, colourful, fun and a brilliant present which has been used everyday since the day he got it, he loves it so much!
I purchased the VTech First Steps Baby Walker Plus from Asda Direct when it was on offer for an amazing £10. The usual RRP is £20, so a 50% saving is not to be sniffed at!
I went for the VTech First Steps Baby Walker Plus in the standard colouring which is a white body and yellow walker legs, though you can purchase it in 'girly' colours - pinks and lilacs. I decided against this though the price was the same, because though I have a little girl, I may have a little boy next and wanted to be able to reuse it, because really the amount of time a child uses a walker for is pretty brief.
The VTech First Steps Baby Walker Plus comes in a large box and is pretty much pre assembled, though you need to click the legs out into an a-frame type arrangement. The walker itself is quite basic as they all are; a large handle, with small wheels over the a-frame, all styled in bright plastic.
The 'entertainment' part of the walker is a removable carry-handle 'fun station' which clicks on to the front of the walker. This means baby can sit and play with the toys in an easel type way, or they can click it off and carry it around and lay it on the floor like a piano.
The toys are a butterfly with turnable wings, a light-up keyboard, various spinners, music buttons and a removable telephone. All of them are electronic and make sounds, the batteries are supplied and it is very easy to use, and very entertaining for a pre-walking child.
I do have a few criticisms of the VTech First Steps Baby Walker Plus, one is that when the baby is playing with the activities on the front of the walker, they can often bash the keyboard, but push the walker away from them, as there is no way to stop it (ie a little brake on the back). So you need to prop it up against a chair.
Secondly, the phone is not actually attached (say with a curly cord) to the activity station. Now, I know this will be for safety reasons but there are other toy phones on the market which have attached cords, so it would be good to see some way of securing it as the phone often goes walkabout with baby, and as a consequence, it's hard to re-use a walker with a lost phone! (You see a lot of them on ebay with the same problem).
Thirdly and most crucially I don't think the VTech First Steps Baby Walker Plus actually helped my daughter to learn to walk in any way. There is a bar along the bottom of the a-frame which is placed exactly where your feet go when you take a step, so rather than this walker guiding the toddler to take confident steps, all it seems to do is be pushed and run away with itself. Maybe if the wheels had a bit more tension on them, but on it's own, I don't think it was well used as a walker or particularly useful.
My daughter found it fun as a toy, but I doubt we even got six months of use out of it. For £10 it's ok, and I will re-use it for future children, but I would recommend if you do want to get hold of one to buy one second hand or see if you can get a better designed walker because I don't actually think it is worth £20, for the use you get out of it. Certainly a child doesn't need a walker to learn to walk.
Overall I'll give it a 3/5 as it's OK, but has it's flaws.
My little boy absolutely loves this walker. It's been useful for him through many stages. He used to sit next to it and press the buttons and everything. Then he started kneeling up to it and spinning the cogs and picking up the phone. He's just recently started standing up and trying to take a few steps with it. So far it's been a brilliant purchase and well worth the money.
For my son's first Christmas last year I went a bit mad on buying him presents that I knew were a bit too advanced for him but figured he'd eventually get to the stage of his development where they'd be a source of interest and fascination. Now at 11 months old he's a lot more boisterous and adventurous than he was at Christmas and for the past few weeks has come to love his VTech walker and activity centre with its flashing lights and attention-grabbing phrases and despite the fact that he can't yet put the walker part of the set to any great use the activity centre itself is more than enough to keep him entertained and amused whenever he spies it in his nursery.
I'm going to assume that this is something that's been around for a number of years given the amount of reviews that are already on dooyoo and I suspect that over time the design of the walker and activity centre has changed, I bought mine late last year from amazon as a Christmas present and looking today for the sake of this review I can see that mine appears to be the latest incarnation so will base this review on my findings as it is now. It looks pretty similar to the picture shown here, effectively it's a sturdy plastic frame with 4 wheels in each of the corners that has a detachable 'activity' centre that can be either laid flat on the floor or left on the walker itself. As my son doesn't use the frame yet I'm going to focus on the actual activity centre in this review although I have helped him 'walk' with the walker and can report that it has a good fluid motion with nice chunky wheels that grip the floor well. Do be aware that the wheels are free-moving, there's no locks or brakes on the walker so supervision for safety should be paramount if letting a toddler use it, I could imagine that it would be quite dangerous otherwise and is an accident waiting to happen it left unattended. For a child finding their feet I think this is perhaps a little too advanced and is probably better suited to those who are relatively confident and sure-footed already.
So, the activity centre itself is made from moulded plastic, it's brightly coloured and features a number of activities that are said to promote interaction and stimulate interest for a child. There are numbers and shapes to help promote early learning and music and sound effects which capture attention, a mini musical keyboard runs across the bottom of the unit and a brightly lit sun sits at the top. 2 AA batteries are needed for the music and sound effects to work and these are placed in the back of the activity centre via an easy-to-get-to door which is held in place with a single screw. There is an 'on' button and the choice of either 'story' or 'music' mode which adds extra versatility to the centre as the words, phrases and songs change depending on which setting you have it on.
My son's absolute favourite part of the activity centre is a little door which reveals a sticker of few baby chicks when opened. It says 'Peek a Boo, I see you' when it is pulled open and as this is a fun game we play together away from his toys my son recognises the phrase (much to his delight) so much so that it does become ever so slightly annoying when 'Peek a Boo' is repeated endlessly as he opens and closes the door. Annoyances aside (mine, not my son's) I do have to admit that this is a interesting and fun thing for my son to play with and I do like the fact that it does get him interacting with the sounds and shapes and in a short time he has come to recognise what each thing does when it is pressed or pulled. I think as an early learning aid it's perhaps a little too advanced for a very young baby, at 11 months old my son has no idea what 'red' or "1" means but at least it does introduce the concept of shapes, colours and new words and as his development continues I do think it will make for a useful 'tool' for getting him familiar with new things. As it stands at the moment the activity centre is a brightly vibrant n, colourful and fun thing for him to play with, it's very well made - the moulded plastic has been finished off well and there are no sharp edges or sides that could cause harm and it has certainly withstood the attention of a heavy handed baby who thinks nothing less of bashing the hell out of it whenever possible and finally, of course it's made by VTech who are a respected name in the baby industry.
A small niggle from me about the activity centre of the walker comes from the female voice used on the songs and phrases, it's a rather 'trill' voice and I can't help thinking that it's faux-American in accent though I may be wrong in that thought. Without wanting to sound Xenophobic I would have rather it have a more 'English' sound though I realise that this is being extremely picky and certainly wouldn't be a reason not to buy nor would it affect my overall recommendation of the item.
For £23.99 as it currently retails for on amazon I think it's a great buy, I paid £15.00 for my son's just before Christmas last year so it could be a bargain if bought at the right time and my five star rating of it here adds another perfect score for this interactive, fun and extremely well-made baby activity toy. Definitely recommended by me and my fussy 11 month old, thanks for reading my review.
I bought one of these for my daughter in 2009.
I had tried her in one of the baby walkers that you sit in but she didn't seem to like it so I thought we would give this one a go.
I had seen this before at a friends house and her son had loved it so thought it was better to buy one that I knew was good rather than just randomly picking one.
When we bought the walker we found that it came packed with features. The thing that I like best about it is that not only is it a walker but the front section also lifts off so it can be used as a toy on its own.
The front section has a little dog on it that plays Simon says with you. There are little cogs that can be twisted or turned around. There are colored shapes with numbers on them too.
There are other things too but these were the ones my daughter liked the best. There was also a phone on the front which my daughter loved pretending to answer.
The frame itself if very well built and sturdy. It doesn't tip up and my daughter used to pull herself up on it too.
My daughter felt so clever when she was walking along with it she would spend ages going from one end of the room to the other and then turning around.
I paid approximately £20 for this so it is quite reasonable
I was very pleased with the purchase and would definitely recommend getting one. I have saved this for my next child as it kept in such good condition so you definitely get good value for money!.
Hello puppy calling do you want to play with me? Lets have fun together while you learn your ABC! Every minute of every hour until she finally drops, my word it can get annoying!
I got this walker for my daughter because she took a shine to the one belonging to her little playmate. Getting this walker seems to be a bit of a right of passage for every baby, I believe it is v-tech's best selling toy of all time, and I can understand why.
It's called a walker, but initially at least, that bit is secondary to the front activity panel. There are buttons to press, flaps to flip and wheels to whirl which are all very exciting when you can't stand on your own two feet yet. The buttons are easy to press, so baby will get something interesting happen every time, unlike some toys that seem to need a hard touch to get a response. There's a telephone (always a winner with babies), which has a little button behind that says "well done" in a cheery voice, shame my baby tries to get the same response from my nipple ... anyway... The flashing lights are eye-catching and the songs are catchy ... too catchy, you'll be singing them long after the baby has gone to bed, trust me!
The activity panel can be easily detached from the walker unit, so it is portable in theory, but it is quite large and cumbersome to carry around - so it isn't my 'go to' toy for taking out with us.
Then, when baby gets bigger it gets even more interesting! We had hours of fun watching our daughter practically running along hanging onto the handle for dear life, trying to keep up with herself (bad parent emoticon), but she soon learnt how to control herself and the walker, and quickly got steady.
This is a really fun toy that I would say suits from about 3 months old, but unlike most toys aimed at that age, its dual purpose makes it a long lasting buy so it is well worth the money. You can pick them up for around £15 to £20 new or between £5 and £10 second hand - just make sure the telephone is there if you buy a second hand one as it is the only removable part.
VTECH FIRST STEPS BABY WALKER
***THE PRODUCT AND PRICE***
The vtech walker we have is in pink and can be purchased from argos and tesco, My mum got this for my youngest for christmas and has said she paid £20.00 for it.
This is suitable to use in 2 ways, one is where the child can hold onto it as they are walking along for extra support and to play with the tray that is attached with the activities on, The other is to detach the tray so the child can play with this on the floor.
The main colours of this walker are pink, white and purple and it does require 3aaa batteries although, we have had ours since christmas and the batteries are still going strong.
The tray has a on/off switch and volume control button, It has a keyboard that are numbered and each a different colour, balls that spin around, butterfly and a phone that detaches from the tray.
***MY OVERALL OPINION***
My daughter is 5 months and the recommended age for this is 6 months, but she still likes to sit on the floor and play with the tray, my other daughter who is 3 also likes to play this, she likes to pretend she is on the phone to her daddy, but often loses the phone so then we spend ages going through all the other toys looking for this.
My daughter loves the flashing lights and laughs when we spin the balls around, I do think that this is a great toy but she will get much more use out of it in a few months time when she is able to do more herself, It can help children with walking, colours and numbers.
As mentioned above it does have volume control on this and I think that at the lower volume it is loud enough for myself and the kids
My Mum bought this as a little gift for Tyler once he was really getting into cruising and moving around furniture! He loved it and even though hes been walking for about 4 months unaided he still likes to play with this toy when given the chance.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
Its a sturdy push along walker. Its a yellow board on red wheels, supported at the back by red wheels attached to blue legs. There is a removable interactive board mounted on the yellow board with a variety of features.
FEATURES ON THE BOARD
PUPPY- The baby can press puppy to be given simple instructions- much like simon says e.g. "Puppy says clap your hands" (tyler quite likes this feature now he's older)
MOVING COGS- There are three cogs- purple, blue and green with patterns inside which you can turn to make the others and it says "twisting, turning, round and round"
TELEPHONE- There is a removable green telephone. There is a sensor button so if baby replaces it it can say "Well done". A minor flaw is that the telephone isnt attached to the board. This means we kept loosing it and I havent seen it for the last two months. It was annoying to begin with as Tyler didnt want it on the board! He kept throwing it off. Just before we lost it he had finally got used to the idea of putting it back but it comes off pretty easily so if your storing it like i do in a playpen which has turned into an oversized toy box it can fall off.
BUTTERFLY- Theres a buttery with a flippable wing to change the option of the keyboards & number/shapes to abc&numbers or music. Tylers favourite thing to do for a long time was just sit there and flip the wing back and forth!
SHAPES/NUMBERS- There are 4 shapes- heart,circle, square & triangle which have numbers 1-4 on them. As i said before depending on the butterfly these will play music or state what they are/the number.
MINI KEYBOARD- This has the letters A to E on them along with a picture (Apple, Ball, Car, Dog, Elephant). Again the butterfly position dictates whether it tells you the letter/picture or plays a musical note.
ROLLERS- These are actually just below the board but there are three rollers (for lack of better word) your child can spin. They are purple, green and orange and make a little rattle as they spin. Tyler found it a little difficult to access these when he was younger and tried to get to them by crawling under the walker from behind!
HOW IS IT FOR WALKING?
Tyler never overbalanced on this so Im quite impressed with its sturdyness. He loved walking with it.
I'd say its more ideal for carpetted floors. I found on lino it went a bit quick for him although he managed to keep up.
I had to add a little bit on volume here. I dont think it goes very quiet! There is 2 choices of volume but I think both are quite loud!
The batteries died within about 6 months. Compared to most of our toys this is a bit poor, we got a good use out of it but it was rather annoying. WHen the batteries died the ladies voice slowly transformed into what sounded more like a mans voice and the puppy went into a bit of a constant bark.
The walker folds down quite easily once you've worked out how to do it. This was great for us as I go to visit my Mum in Bournemouth every couple of months and at one point this was the staple toy we'd bring in the boot of the car! Its also good if youre thinking of storing it away for the next child.
Shop around for this as Ive seen it priced between £10(on offer) and £29.99. It may be worth checking in when asda/tesco have their baby events to see if you can get a low priced one.
Baby walker which aims to promote early walking and learning. Features include a learning centre with 12 activities that are aimed at improving motor skills and flashing lights and an interactive bear which asks baby questions.