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Our daughter got this, along with the soft doll, for her first Christmas/birthday present for an Auntie and a great choice it has indeed turned out to be.
Straight away I love things in big boxes, there's nothing better than watching you little one tearing apart the wrapping from a massive box under a tree, screams Christmas/birthday. Once she gets the wrapping paper of you can leave it with her while you assemble the pram.
Assembly is fairly easy, although the two screws on the underside of the chair are a little awkward and may require a long phillips as oppose to knives or normal phillips screwdrivers in all honesty. The other screws are fairly easy though. Once put together it does feel very sturdy, and safe enough to hold your child as let's be honest they will at some point give in to the urge of climbing inside it and pretending to be the baby, not the mother.
Appearance is just right. Not to in your face with the baby pink still telling everyone that this is a girls toy but at the same time not screaming it across the room. The little bear is a nice touch which when pressed produces a nice tune, although I will admit I think the addition isn't necessary. A button on the centre console I would have thought is a better idea personally, as every child that has used it never reaches in front whilst pushing the pram, instead opting to press buttons when they stop and inspect the pram from the front.
The soft doll fit's in perfectly and I do like the addition, this coming from a father who is not as willing to buy those 'real' plastic babies that eat, drink and... well you know the rest. It surprisingly acts as a little rattle, which our daughter loves, throwing the poor thing across the room, but she enjoys it and that's what matters most.
It's lightweight meaning that it's easy for your child to push, and the layout of the wheels means it very rarely topples over. In fact it only ever falls if the child pushing it decides to push it from one side, or physically pick it up and flip it over. I was surprised that it was so hard to turn-over when pushed from the back.
Overall it is a great present for a one year old in my view. Just as they start walking this is a great aid that will help them learn how to take those first steps (if they haven't already). It's subtle, but still tells you it's a girl's toy and I would recommend it to all parents.
With my first two daughters I had the vetch push along walker with light up display tray on the front which I am sure I have reviewed on here in the past and wasn't as happy as I could have been with it so when I had my nex6t child five years later went on a search of the internet for a walker that was a bit different and this is what I decided on.
I paid close to £50 for my walker which is quite expensive compared to just a standard dolls pushchair and doll but as far as walkers go it was around average price.
For my money I got a lovely little doll to sit in the pushchair and a lovely plastic pushchair that doubles as a walker. There is a teddy on the top of the pushchair that plays music, which my daughter loved listening to when she was playing with it.
It is made of a very solid plastic so will take the weight with ease of a toddler supporting them selves on it as they play and as the wheels are set wide apart on the back it is very sturdy too and doesn't tip up if leaned on like others I have known do.
3 years later and this toy is still going strong in our house, it has been used to teach both my youngest children to walk behind it which worked fantastically well on carpet and wood flooring as its wheels are quite stiff so didn't allow it to run away without my daughter causing her to fall. It has been played with in the house and the garden and is of a reasonable size to be able to put it in the car and take it to the grandparent's houses with us too.
I wouldn't recommend this for a boy with it being a pram for a doll but for any little girl it is a dream toy that they can enjoy long past learning to walk.
After much contemplation and a good hunt through the Argos catalogue the Fisher Price brilliant basics was the Christmas present of choice from my mother to my 9 month old little girl.. Already crusing her way around my living room holding onto pieces of furniture it seemed she was more than ready for a walker, especially a pretty pink one modeled like a pushchair... According to the description it is suitable for 9 months+ and I do agree that this is an ideal age, just as your child is starting to show an interest in standing and walking.
The first plus point was most definitely the minimal amount of assembly it required, according to my husband it was around 6 maybe 8 screws, at that point I was in the kitchen prepping Christmas dinner, so can't comment personally, but he has assured me it was very easy and even I could have done it (cheeky so and so). From being a child I can remember there really is nothing worse than recieving a gift and having to sit there patiently while someone scratches their head for an hour turning the pieces (and the instructions) around different ways trying to figure out how to make the assortment of bits look like the picture on the box! No such issues here though, there was less than 10 minutes from Eliza unwrapping it to Eliza's aunt using some choice words as it ploughed over her feet.
Don't be fooled by the pictures, it's a lot smaller than it looks, my 9 month old can use it perfectly whereas my slightly taller than average 2 year old (son) has to bend a little if he wants to use it to try and run his toys over. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as I was concerned it may be a little high up for Eliza, I would however be dubious about the amount of use it would get before being outgrown by a toddler though and would probably opt for a different dolls pushchair for a girl of say 18months + It is however more a more than ample size to trip over, and be prepared for it to act somewhat like an oversized roller skate if you collide with it in the dark on your way to the toilet (hubby was kicking himself that he didn't have a camera handy, myself, personally I didn't find it quite so funny, and didn't need a video to remind me as the bruise in my side served as an adequate reminder for several days after).
Despite my little 'incident' I still think the walker is a good toy, when she's not using it as a walker, Eliza can sit and play with it in other ways, on front bar there is a book, of sorts, that you can flip either way to reveal one of two pictures. There is also a set of animal shapes along the sides that can be slid back and forth ( I believe its an elephant and a bear but don't quote me on that), a rolling tube filled with plastic beads that rattle when turned and lastly a teddy bear on a spring that plays snippets of 2 nursery rhymes. So there's plenty to do!
It's probably not easy to see from the pictures as there's usually the Fisher Price my first doll sat in the way, but the seat area of the walker is very nicely designed with a big sunshine and other bits of raised pattern on the plastic. I much prefer this method of decoration as stickers tend to peel off and half a sticker makes any toy look old and grubby.
The handle as I said is a great height for my 9 month old, and has a ridged area for little hands to grip easier. The whole thing though small is heavy enough not to be easily tipped when walking (though light enough for you and them to move it easily) and seems very rugged and chunky, as though it would withstand a bit of a bashing. The back wheels come out wider at the sides than the front so it's an odd shape and as such is a bit of a bugger to store. But then so is a trampoline, a ride on scooter and a 2 foot pirate ship toy, so I suppose it's about normal for kids toys!
I said earlier that the Fisher Price brilliant basics stroll along walker is a good toy, and don't get me wrong it is, but there are a few simple tweeks that would have made it a great toy! It feels as though the manufacturers have made cuts, scrimping to save themselves a bit of money. The animals that slide allong the bar are quite thin plastic and their design is similar to that of a basic cookie cutter, it has very little detail which makes them look badly made. The beads in the rolling tube are garish colours and look like they got a job lot cheap and finally the teddy that plays 2 nursery rhymes actually only plays 2 second snippets of each rhyme, I've heard text message alert tones that lasted longer. It is for these few reasons that I could not justify awarding any higher than 3 stars. It is above average but having cost £30 I don't think it's too picky of me to want it to look a bit more polished. Afterall kids toys are on the whole mass produced, cheap to make. vacum-formed bits of plastic that make them a lot of money, so it does irritate me when they cut corners to make even more profit...
At a Glance Steady your little one's first steps with the Brilliant Basics Stroll-Along Walker. Your little one can pretend that they're pushing their teddy or doll in a stroller – just like you. Features and benefits for Fisher Price Brilliant Basics Stroll-Along Walker Supports your little one as they take their first steps Wiggly Jiggly Bear near the handle plays 3 tunes when your little one presses him Roller bar, spinner and flipbook on the front of the Walker add to the fun activities to engage your toddler Sturdy wheels, easy-grip handle and frame are ideal for supporting your little one 3 button cell battery is included Suitable for little ones from 9 months onwards Doll shown in image is not included with this product Requires 3 x AG13 batteries (included) Mothercare loves...??this walker that supports your little one through those wobbly stages of first steps as well as encouraging role play and providing rewarding music.Want to know more?When your little one is taking their first steps, the Brilliant Basics Stroll-Along Walker is the perfect companion. The sturdy frame and chunky wheels make it easy for your little one to find their feet.The attractive pink colour of the Brilliant Basics Stroll-Along Walker is sure to be a hit with your toddler, along with the space to put their favourite doll or teddy bear in to push them along. For more interactive play there's a flipbook, roller bar and spinners to keep your baby entertained. To top it off, touching the teddy on the handle of the stroller plays 3 songs that your little one will love to dance along to.Don't forget...Mothercare stocks a great range of shoes to support your little one through crawling, to walking to running around the park. What's in the box: 1 x Fisher Price Brilliant Basics Stroll-Along Walker