“ Brand: Mothercare / Age: 12 months / Type: Walker „
We bought this truck for my son's first birthday and was really pleased with the cheap price. However once the truck is assembled it's simple to see why it's so cheap. The truck is very lightweight and quite flimsy. Although this isn't such a bad thing, as my little boy has taken to carrying it around the living room and bashing it into the walls, as a result he can't do too much damage. The handle on the back makes this a walker as well. However because the truck is so light, the minute he puts a little bit of weight onto the handle the truck tips up. When he was first learning to walk this turned out to be quite dangerous and made myself and my partner a nervous wreck. However when my little one sits on the truck and whizzs around the floor he loves it. He loves pressing the horn and leaning over the steering wheel to push around the hands on the clock (another thing that makes me a nervous wreck!). So as much as I'm not too keen on this truck, my little on loves it!
When it was fast approaching Christmas time Mr and Mrs mikenw75 sat around fretting about what they could buy their youngest son who was 10 months.
Despite his young age he had high aspirations this boy. He had frequently tried to steal and joy ride his two year old brothers Kiddicare Fire Engine ride on ( see previous review for more detail) and so in order to discourage a stay in Pentoville later in life we began to investigate alternatively ride ons.
Our first stop was Kiddicare given the excellent ride on his older brother had but unfortunately we could not find any suppliers of different models. We ruled out any motorised ride on as it stopped them exercised and was damn expensive. We did consider a Little Tikes ride on but decided this would only encourage his older brother to mimic his criminal behaviour. In the end we settled for the this Mothercare version.
The biggest benefit of this ride on is its price. At £9.99 it is incredibly cheap. We made the decision to purchase this as it fitted our son's age range as it was suitable from 12 months. Furthermore we realised that at this price we could afford to make a mistake and purchase a more sophisticated ride on later if necessary.
The ride on needs to be assembled once purchased but this is a very easy process and if you have little ones I'm sure you'll know you'll have no shortage of offers to help. Most of it comes assembled and it is just a question of fitting 4 or 5 bits together. There is no screwing etc the parts just fix into one another.
There are a range of stickers that come with it. As you can see from the photo one is letters and one is numbers. It also has some swirl blue stickers from the seat which you can find yourself starring at in a trance like sleep when you've not had much sleep due to teething. I don't think they add much to the ride on and certainly don't have the same range as a Kiddicare fire engine ride on.
In terms of stature it is a bit of a mini. However this is good for little ones. My 10 month could easily hold on to the handle at the back and push it around while quickly graduating to sitting on the seat and driving with his feet. His brother's ride on he found more difficult to manage but he is resourceful and soon managed that too.
It does have some added features. It has a typical seat that lifts up and you can fit bits in . It has a detachable plastic phone but no hands free set so keep an eye out for the old bill if your riding and talking at the same time. It also has a clock at the front with hands that can move which is a nice feature and will lead in time to talks about time. My elder son (2 and a bit) showed more interest in it this morning.
It is important to know that the colour of your vehicle can vary. The one in the picture is purple but the one we recieved was yellow. It is fine but perhaps they could have made different colours for different sexes. A blue or red one would have been good but clearly the bright colours hold a certain lure for the little ones.
One disadvantage is that the handle is not sturdy enought. However this is probably a little harsh. I can't help but compare this to the fire engine ride on his older brother got ( see previous review) as that was one of my favourite purchases ever. However, discounting that comparison this car has stood up well to all the tests my two boys has thrown at. It is still in one piece despite many a crash. So for £9.99 it's not a bad buy.
The really good news is the two boys now borrow one anothers vehicles. They have found a useful means of employing their father who has to go down on all fours and push the youngest around the sofa as fast. We create wonderful Grand Prixs although the fire engines usually beats the Mothercare car but I give credit to the driver rather than models.
With squeaky horn, pretend telephone and clicking clock. Handy under seat storage. Can also be used as a walker. Suitable from 12 months.