Product Type: VTech baby products
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Vtech First Steps Walker - worth every penny!
VTech First Steps Baby Walker Plus
Member Name: karlsm93
VTech First Steps Baby Walker Plus
Advantages: Learning potential as child develops
Disadvantages: Moves quite quicky so can cause child to fall easily
Our daughter was only around 4 months when she had her first Christmas and we did struggle for ideas. I researched online quite a bit for a toy that she would get a long duration out of rather than only a couple of months, and I kept coming back to this Vtech Walker, which I ended up picking up in Asda just before Christmas for £10, but I had expected to pay closer to the £20 mark initially, but it definitely is worth looking around for the best price!
This Vtech walker is actually recommended for children from 6 months plus, but it is perfectly fine for children under this as my daughter was fascinated by all the lights, music and buttons on the front of this walker. The great thing about this toy is that it is really made up of two parts - the actual walker and then the front (removable) toy part. Obviously until my daughter was getting closer to moving the walker part wasn't used, however, she made plenty of use out of the toy part, and when we removed it (very easily) from the walker, it could sit on the floor and she could play with it. Even now at 11 months, she still plays with the front toy part, but now she will use the walker part to support herself as she moves around the room.
The toy itself is comprised of numerous buttons. There is a removable phone that clicks on, a set of three gear cogs with a finger hole to move them round, and as they move, there are accompanying noises when the toy is turned on. At the top of the toy is a puppy who when the toy is turned on, immediately starts a game of 'Puppy says......' instead of 'Simon says'. There is also a keyboard which can be played for music or you can use to hear the initial sounds of the first five letters of the alphabet, along with the sound of an object. There is also a butterfly which when its wings are closed or opened control whether the four shaped and numbered buttons to the side of it either play different styles of music or state number, shape and colour. The final feature of the toy is the three round spinners at the bottom of the walker.
As my daughter has grown so has her ability of manipulate the different features of the toy. She loves lifting the phone and moving the butterfly wings. Even at this point she prefers the music to the more educational features such a numbers or colours and likes to dance along to the different music styles. In the last couple of weeks, she has now taken to using the walker to support her as she walks around the room, and this is where my only criticism of the product lies, in that the wheels move very freely and quickly so several times my daughter has pulled herself up to begin to walk with the walker, only for it to move too quickly and her end up falling forward (thankfully unharmed). This walker could do with some form of stopper to prevent the wheels moving too quickly.
At 11 months this is a toy that my daughter plays with every day, and it really has a long term usage and learnig potential. I am so glad we got this for my daughter and even it i had paid the full price for the product, it would still have been a worthwhile!
Summary: An great long lasting toy
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