Product Type: Tomy baby toys
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Tomy Toddle 'n' Ride
Member Name: kingfisher111
Tomy Toddle 'n' Ride
Date: 20/12/06, updated on 28/08/11 (467 review reads)
Advantages: versatile, practical, fun
When you first get the toy and open the box it comes in, you are confronted with a number of sturdy plastic pieces which have to be assembled in order to construct the baby walker. This is no problem though as the instructions are incredibly clear, all pieces are numbered and it is virtually impossible to go wrong! In fact it was so straightforward that my eight year old nephew assembled it for me! You don't even need any additional tools to put it together! There are no tiny pieces either.
Once it is assembled, your baby has a brightly coloured, sturdy little walker that will help him to wander about the house at a steady pace growing in confidence as he goes. It is quite chunky, with plastic wheels, which on carpet do not move too quickly - this is a very good thing when your baby starts to set off on the move! I did have another baby walker which moved a bit quicker, and tended to leave my little girl behind! Not a good start when you are just embarking on walking!
The walker also comes with a little horn that your baby can press to let you know that he is coming! Both my daughters had great fun with this, and it was lovely to see the proud looks on their faces as they realised that they were finally on the move! The front of the walker consists of a bright panel with a phone and three brightly coloured insects. All the insects move or spin depending whether you push, pull or flick them - this helps your baby to start to manipulate small things! I like the fact that this panel is also removable which means that your baby can just play with it separately. I used to find that it fitted quite well on the tray of a highchair so I could use it to entertain while I was finishing off getting tea ready!
Obviously though, these baby walkers have a limited life span because, once your baby can start walking on his own he's not going to be interested in this! However, instead of relegating it to the loft, it can transform into the next stage toy - a lovely little first trike! All you have to do is to take everything apart and then put all the components back together in a different way! - Very clever! Again, this is fairly straightforward as the instructions are so clear - in fact my nephew had no trouble at all!
Once you have created the transformation, there is a lovely little three wheeler trike that your toddler can use to propel himself along, and there are even enough pieces to make a trailer too! This trike is really suitable for both indoors on the carpet or outdoors on the grass so it can really be used all year round! Both my daughters loved this aspect of the toy as well and my twenty one month old still used it regularly.
As I have already mentioned it is both sturdy and hard wearing and very easy to clean. The toy does also come with certain safety warnings, most of which are common sense. Always supervise your child, only one rider at a time (not that I can see how two would fit anyway!) and not suitable for children over three.
My daughters like this toy because it is colourful and fun, and I like it because it is simple, versatile and helps develop their confidence as early walkers. It's RRP is £24.99 which I feel is quite good value for money, especially when you consider that you are really getting two toys in one!
Summary: A great toy that changes as your child groes!