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Having had three children, I know only too well the difficulties in keeping them safely amused once they reach the stage of being mobile and wanting to explore everywhere and everything! It isn't always possible to give a toddler 100% of your attention, particularly if you have other children to look after, so I found a Chicco branded baby walker to be a lifesaver! This wasn't needed for a particularly long length of time - just the period between crawling and walking independently- but for those few weeks, this just gave me the confidence of knowing that I had somewhere safe that I could put my youngest child and know that he would be content for a little while having a different view of the world!
The main drawback of these is the cost, particularly as they are only used for such a short period of time. This Chicco band walker is currently available for £44.99 from the Mothercare website. I would recommend trying to find one second hand, if at all possible, as they are widely available and work out much more economical. It is then, of course, possible to recoup some of the purchase price by selling this on after use as it is subject to such little wear and tear. I sold ours and it was in as new condition afterwards!
The walker is quite bulky to store between uses. It is possible to fold down but that doesn't really do a great deal to minimise the space that is needed to store it away. That is a small price to pay for a secure safe haven, particularly given the number of added electronic devices that come supplied on the detachable play tray to keep the little one fully amused! There are a variety of flashing lights and sound effects along with little flaps to lift up and close.
Although this is bought as a walking aid, my son found this quite difficult to move around on our carpeted floors as it is weighted to prevent speeding and toppling. To be fair, he was pretty content to be static as he was engaged with the toys provided. I also sometimes removed the toys as they simply slot into place and gave him some snacks and a drink as an alternative distraction. This was much easier for him to move and control on a tiled surface in our kitchen but it struggles over any raised or uneven areas as the wheels aren't particularly tough for all surface terrain!
This is a great product, with a padded base to keep baby comfortable and a good option for use in short bursts just to allow parents to get on with the rest of their life, knowing their baby is happy and safe!
Can be adjusted in height to suit the build of different children and ensure their feet touch the floor correctly, as recommended by paediatricians. New fun shaped base and chassis design. Entertaining electronic piano or driving toy, with sounds, lights and manual activities. Toy has straps to allow fitment to a stroller bumper bar. Adjustable seat and padded abdominal protection. 2 swivel wheels and 2 fixed with step fall pads for extra safety. Seat can be adjusted to 3-height positions. A rigid backrest to offer maximum support to babys back. Padded seat is removable and hand washable. Compact when closed. Develops their motor skills. Helps with their physical development. Improves their hand-eye coordination. Improves their visual development. Improves their sound awareness. General information: Size H51, W66, D79cm. Weight 4500g. Batteries required: 2 x AA (included). For ages 6 months and over. WARNING(S): Only for domestic use. To be used under the direct supervision of an adult.