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My son received this as a gift from his grandparents on his first birthday. He loved it instantly and still loves it today, now aged two and a half. This little ride on toy is completely fit for purpose- trundle along and scuttle around on a-plenty! It can be used as a walker/push along if your child so wishes. It's brightly coloured and at the front has a window with spinning Tombliboos, activated by a chunky push down knob. It has a clicky twisty mirror and a yellow star opposite which turns and clicks also. On the steering wheel there is a button which plays the Tombliboos song and little phrases (requires batteries). The seat lifts up and lo n behold- a storage compartment for all sorts of goodies including half eaten fruit, nappy cream, remote control and mummy's Visa card (we discovered at the till in Marks and Spencer)! The advantage of this being that whenever you lose something- odds are you'll find it in there!
It's sturdy and built to last- it's been chucked around a fair bit and used in the garden and it's still going strong.
It's brightly coloured and attractive, with plenty of visual stimili in the form of our favourite little characters.
Aides development- Gross motor skills are utilised when the child uses their body to move the toy along as they sit on it and it can be used to help your child as they toddle away- they can hold onto the back and potter round to their hearts' content. They also learn the concept of steering (a very small give in the steering department but good enough for the purpose).
You can use it to go on very short walks as an alternative to your buggy.
We 'loved' learning how to play 'hide the random object' under the seat.
It's a good old staple toy!
**We weren't as impressed with...**
The stickers which I believe came on a sheet with the ride on (my mum in law must have stuck them on as they were wonky!). It doesn't take long before they're all dog eared and dirty. But hey, they're stickers and a toddler is abusing them- what did I expect? It just makes the ride on look a bit tatty quite early on in its life.
The batteries faded pretty quickly (which power the Tombliboo song etc), which is fine- but try as I might with the appropriate shaped and sized screw driver, I could not remove the plastic bit that houses the batteries as despite the screws lifting out the plastic cover was stuck fast and has no lip to get a grip on. Needless to say, it is now a quiet toy and shall remain that waay for ever more I imagine. This doesn't really detract from the fun though.
This is most definitely amoung my son's favourite toys and he still prefers it to the 'big boy's bike' that we spent a fortune on! Well worth the money- if only to see how super cute your smiley little one looks as their little legs are working ten to the dozen! A good player in the ride on world!
My little boy was given this as a gift from his auntie on his 1st birthday. It came boxed and was easily unpacked and readily assembled- which is great if you have an eager birthday boy wanting a go!
If im honest, its not very well made. The dots on the side are simply stickers and the plastic frame is slightly thin and flimsy, as are the wheels. It does support my sons weight and he is of average size and 16 months old now- so will be fine for any child upto about the age of two maybe two and a half i'd say.
My son loves all the features on this toy, there is what i can only describe as a spin top on the front. You press in a yellow nob and the tomliboos spin around inside the little glass window. Ontop of the stearing wheel there is a red button, when pressed it makes the tomliboos noise. There is also a little mirror and yellow turning nob on either side- when turned they make clicking noises which seems to entertain my son no end! The handle on the back of the walker is great for pushing them around with and seems pretty sturdy- also it can be used by the baby as a push along walker which benefits their development. The seat also lifts up and toys can be stored in their, my son likes to put toys inside and them immediately remove them- he sits for ages doing this (god knows why), i don't complain as it keeps him happy!
Overall i am very happy with this toy, i know i said its a bit flimsy but it does the job and hasn't ever broken or become a hazzard.
My daughter was given this for her first christmas when she was about 9 months old.
She was able to balance on it immediately but could touch the floor but most of the time she liked to be pushed around on it. Now that she is getting closer to 1 she can reach the floor but only backwards at the moment.
I expected the horn in the middle to beep it doesn't it, sometimes it makes a strange click noise and other time it says hello tombliboos whicj i prefer. Im not sure if our is broken as it doesn't tend to make a noise until you have pressed it a few times.
The car has a handle behind it which i thought she would be able to use to learn to walk but with the car move to fast so she can only push it on her knees so she is more in control.
I quite like this car but it nothing special and unless you a particular In the night garden fan i think there are better ride on ons availible.
Another of the In The Night Garden products my granddaughter received for Christmas was the Tombliboos Sit and Ride which became a firm favourite within minutes of her opening it.
The Sit and Ride has a wide chunky handle at the back which means you can push your little one while they sit on the seat, or a child who isn't as confident at walking as my granddaughter can use it as a walking aid and push it along themselves.
It's a very stable toy, the wheels are well spaced so that when your child is sitting on it there is little chance of them tumbling off. Unless they are like my granddaughter who seems to enjoy tipping herself sideways until she ends up on the floor with the toy on top of her!
The steering wheel with turn the front wheels on the Tombliboos Sit and Ride which means my granddaughter will race around the house steering around corners and you do have to be careful that she doesn't bang into you as it comes very sharp!
I love the design of this toy as it's obviously In The Night Garden orientated, the spots and stipes which decorate the body of the toy and the handle are there because this is the basic design of the Tombliboos costumes that they wear in the show.
This being an In The Night Garden toy there are lots of surprises for your child to discover. First of all the three Tombliboo characters inside a clear plastic dome on the front of the toy will spin around when a large button is pressed, they spin as though they are on a roundabout and this is lovely as my granddaughter loves toys which actually do something. The problem with this part of the toy I find is because the button to activate the Tombliboos is quite hard to depress, it means that sometimes my granddaughter will exert such strength that the actual toy will overbalance and tip over onto its front. This is not a problem when she is sitting on it and asking me to press the button but, yes it is a problem actually as when she's sitting on the seat she can't actually see the Tombliboos moving!
There are also two shapes on the 'dashboard' which my granddaughter loves to turn around, these shapes don't do anything other than create a clicking sound but that is enough to keep a baby or young child entertained for a while.
The red horn in the middle of the steering wheel isn't actually a horn as such, it has a small button which when pressed says some of the Tombliboos phrases from the TV show and also plays the Tombliboos theme song beautifully sung by Sir Derek Jacobi. My granddaughter loves this and falls about in fits of giggles whenever it plays, sometimes even when she isn't playing on the Sit and Ride she'll go over and press it just for the lovely tinkling song.
The plastic seat flips open so my granddaughter can store some of her bits and pieces inside it, it doesn't hold very much but then how much does your average nineteen month old have to store? Mind you, if you get your baby one of these then be aware that if something goes missing in the house then the first place to check should always be in this little storage compartment!
We're all very impressed with this Tombliboos Sit and Ride, with my granddaughter being the most impressed of all. When you take it out of the box you'll find the stickers are already on it which saves the hassle of trying to stick them on yourself, and also cuts down on the nuisance of air bubbles in your otherwise perfectly stuck down stickers.
Just before Christmas this cost around £35 but I've seen it as cheap as £19.99 now, my daughter actually paid just £10 for hers when her local Woolworths was closing down but obviously this isn't an option now. I know they are retailing at £29.89 on Amazon so if you're looking for something to spend your Dooyoo vouchers on then this may be the product for you!
Ride on or push along. Seat opens for storage.