Product Type: VTech baby products
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Time for walkies!
VTech First Steps Baby Walker Plus
Member Name: Bunnyhop2
VTech First Steps Baby Walker Plus
Advantages: A sturdy walker and great activity pad
Disadvantages: Hard for baby to change direction
We first started thinking about buying a baby walker for our twins when they were 7 months old as wanted to have it ready for when they needed it. The Vtech First Steps Baby Walker was recommended to me by my sister as my niece had really enjoyed hers. It is suitable from 6 months+. I always like to have recommendations on the quality and durability of toys before I buy them, added with the fact that the twins already had a Vtech toy which they loved I was happy to go for this one.
It is 46cm high and has a good chunky handle for little hands, it's textured wheels make it easy for your baby to push along as they take their first steps. There is a rattle roller at the front of the walker so you get rattling sounds as they push it. One of my twins has had problems learning to walk but has been assisted greatly by the walker which we use it daily to practice her walking. It is quite hard for baby to change direction and we often have to assist in turning it round.
The learning activity pad
When we first got the walker we detached the activity pad, easy to do as it clicks on and has a release switch. This was then used as a toy for a few months on it's own. There is a greeting song when you first turn it on which you have to listen to before you can get any of the other sounds to work. The activity pad has a choice of 2 volume levels for you to choose between, I've always found the quieter one loud enough.
It has lots of great features:
- Green telephone
The telephone is a rattle, it's made of clear plastic so you can see the coloured beads inside. As my little ones have got older they have started using this for imaginary play and we often have conversations with them passing the phone to me. It clicks onto the activity pad saying 'well done' when on correctly.
The butterfly controls whether the activity pad is in 'learning' mode or 'music' mode. It also says 'peek-a-boo' when flipped between the 2. The butterfly has gone backwards and forwards a lot and the stickers on either side showing the mode have started to wear off.
When you press the orange puppy it plays a Simon Says type game with your baby. For example Puppy says clap your hands, nod your head or lets wiggle. Lets wiggle has always been their favourite one.
There are 3 cog wheels with a small handle to turn them round, the notes and swirls on them then make a good effect as they go round. It says a couple of phrases like 'that was fun' as they are turned.
There are 4 numbered different shaped buttons which either say the number and shape in 'learning' mode or play a different song in 'music' mode.
At the bottom of the activity pad there are 5 different coloured keyboard keys. They each have a letter on and a picture associated with that letter, ie. a and a picture of an apple. In 'music' mode they play 5 different notes. In 'learning' mode they say a is for apple etc. This keyboard part is the most popular with my 2 after the butterfly and they particularly like it on music mode.
It has a very sensible English sounding voice which is slightly annoying but I've heard far worse!
Only the original colours version was on offer so we had that one. The structure of the toy is a red handle and wheels, yellow main body and blue legs. The activity board has these colours and also some green, orange and purple so very colourful to stimulate your baby.
Vtech also do a pink and purple version and had this also been on offer I would have chosen that one as nicer colours for little girls.
I usually just wipe it over with antibacterial spray and damp kitchen towel. The activity pad has raised plastic balloons, flowers and notes which seem to collect the dust after sticky fingers have been on it!
It takes 3xAA batteries which weren't included. These are for the activity pad.
My sister kindly offered to buy one for them and bought it from Amazon when it was on offer. It is currently available from Tesco, John Lewis and Amazon for £19.97. I think this is good value for money as mine have been using it for a year already and even if they had been walking at an earlier age I would have detached the activity pad again and continued to have use from that part.
Summary: Has been in use for over a year and would recommend.