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can't quite believe it but my daughter is nearly 11 months old already and has just got to the stage where she is attempting to walk. There are all kinds of toys on the market that are aimed at encouraging your baby to walk. I also have a three year old niece and many of her toys were passed down to my daughter Molly so we are literally inundated with things for Molly to play with. One of Molly's favourite toys is her vtech First
Steps Baby Walker.
The vtech baby walker that I personally own is bright pink with purple wheels are a purple holding bar. On the front of the walker is a board which clips on and off the walker so can be used independently or as part of the walker when it is clipped on. The board is white in colour and has a whole manner of things to play with on it. As well as producing the pink walker (clearly aimed at little girls) they also produce a more unisex item which is exactly the same except it is yellow and red in colour.
As I already mentioned, this walker was handed down to us from my niece but I have had a quick look online and they seem to retail at around £25 - £35 depending on where you buy them from.
Going back to the board on the walker, I will talk you through the various activities for your baby to play with on the board. To start with there are three wheels which are interlocked so that when your baby spins one of the wheels, the others spin too. As well as spinning, the wheels can also be pushed in and out. Molly is particularly fascinated by things that spin so she really seems to enjoy this part. In the middle of the board are the numbers 1-4 in various shapes and colours. When pressed, all the buttons set of various sounds and lights featured on the walker. Next to the numbers pad is a butterfly that has a moveable wing which can be turned over either way to still show a butterfly. Again, Molly really enjoys this part and will quite happily sit there for a good five minutes straight just turning the butterfly wing over and over. At the bottom of the board are different coloured keys labelled A-E and each key features a picture on it also. When they keys are pressed they alternate between playing a sound (like a keyboard) or stating what the letter stands for i.e. "E is for elephant". Then underneath the keyboard pad are three spinning sections in different colours. This is the only downside of the toy for me as the spinning section is set back almost underneath the main part of the board meaning that your baby can't see it all that well but to be honest there are so many other bits to play with that its not like your baby will miss out. On the right had side of the board there is a pink handset to a phone which can be taken off the walker and used by itself. Molly adores the phone and we always pretend someone is on the line and pass it to her which makes her giggle. Lastly, in the top left hand corner is a pink puppy who talks when pressed. He encourages your baby to interact with the toy by saying things like "Puppy says clap your hands" and "Puppy says nod your head".
So I have detailed the various activities that your baby can play with on the main board of the walker and as I mentioned earlier the board detaches from the walker and can be placed flat on the floor so that it is easier for your baby to play with. Molly has only just started to take steps with her walker but she has been playing with the board part of the walker for a good few months now. She always seems to gravitate towards her walker out of all her toys so vtech must be doing something right!
Lastly, the walker can obviously be used for just that - a walker. The baby stands behind the main board with it facing away from them and can take their first few steps with the confidence that the walker with help them. Another reason I like this walker is that it is nice and sturdy so if baby suddenly jolts forwards, its too heavy to just go flying forwards too which stops any nasty accidents happening. Also, because it is quite heavy, when Molly topples backwards she just gently goes back onto her bum and I can rest knowing that the walker is too heavy for her to pull on top of herself.
You can probably already guess that I am a massive fan of this product. It is an educational toy and can also be used as an aid for your baby when they are learning to walk. I love the fact that it is sturdy, which helps to support your baby. It is quite incredible just how many different things there are for your baby to play with on the board and Molly loves every section. I also like the fact that the toy is helping her to learn all the while she is having fun. Lastly, I would also like to point out that the walker can be wiped clean which is very important for baby / toddler toys. I don't think this is too overprice at £25 but I would still advise getting it second hand if you can as you really do save so much money.
My daughter received this Vtech first steps walker as a present from us for her first birthday. We selected a pink version of the toy, costing a very reasonable £15 from Smyths toy store. That was the best price I found for it, everywhere else seemed to price it at around £20. It is also available in a white, red, yellow and blue version.
The toy is made of a plastic frame with four wheels on the bottom and a large handle at the top that she can hold onto as she pushes it around. Upon the frame is a plastic activity board filled with things for her to play with. This toy can be unclipped whenever you like so it can be played with separately away from the frame and laid down flat if you wish. With the frame, the walker measures 45cm x 40cm x 15cm - I feel that it actually suits my daughter's height much better now (at 19 months) than it did when she first got it - it's height can't be adjusted either. It also requires 3 AA batteries to power the activity board and those aren't included.
The activities include a plastic telephone, which fast became my daughter's favourite part. It is clear pink plastic and has a few small baubles inside that make it rattle when shaken and she loves to rattle it and hear the noise. The phone is detachable - good in one respect as it means she can take it around the house while walking about but bad in other ways as we always end up losing it! It never seems to live on the board! There are also a number of buttons that press to play sounds (for example there are a couple of buttons shaped like animals that make their sounds), a small keyboard, as well as hollow shapes (simple ones like a triangle and a square) that are attached to the activity base via a material cord. These act as a small shape sorter and fit around some of the buttons on the activity that are shaped the same way. There are small spinning pieces of plastic towards the bottom of the board (they do just spin around though) and a few cog shaped pieces that come with a handle and as she pushes this around, the cogs all turn. The cogs also seem to be one of her favourite parts.
My thoughts on buying it at first were to help her start walking as at the time she was crawling but hadn't taken her first steps. She took those at around 13 months, so 1 month after receiving this toy, although I can't say that I think this toy contributed to helping her along. It is only now, at 19 months when she uses the frame to push and walk around. The recommended age is from 6 months and upwards, but I feel that she was a little young to use it in it's intended way even at 12 months. She has always played with the detachable activity board and I feel that from 6 months they would perhaps enjoy that side of the toy - she found that fascinating to investigate. She has only used it as a pushalong though since she became a more confident walker. Now she loves to push it around and grumbles whenever I take it away as I think she feels like a grown up!
The design of the whole toy is a bit weird to me. The activity toy for example, facing outwards when attached to the frame. So as she's pushing it around, the main attraction of the toy is nowhere near her and to play with any aspect of it, she has to stop pushing it around and go to the front of it to push the buttons etc. Alternatively, we have to detach it completely. I just find it a little bizarre as being able to push it around seems completely independent to the toy's activities.
Although I like the activity part being detachable, I do also feel that it could be slightly better designed in the way that it clips on and off the frame. It just clips on via a piece and plastic and can end up falling off if it isn't clipped on just right. There has even been one occasion where I've dropped the whole activity toy on my foot by hurrying to clip it on and it not being fitted just so - that really hurt my toes as the activity thing is quite weighty!
I like this toy, although I think it is now that we're getting the most benefit from it. I feel that now it is helping to make her a much more confident walker and she looks so pleased to push it around, she looks really proud of herself looking like a big girl. The frame part did gather dust for a short time because it just didn't get used that much as she was learning to take her first steps although the activity part was a hit from day 1. There are no brakes to stop the wheels from moving on the frame and so when she was only just walking I personally felt it hindered her rather than helped her as it would roll forward - at that time, she just wanted to use it as something to lean on to and feel secure against. For that reason, I wouldn't advise buying this toy to help with those first steps. I think three stars is about right, a couple off for the things I've outlined.
Thanks for reading :o)
My little girl has just turned one and one of the gifts she received was the Vtech First Steps Walker. My daughter will confidently walk around furniture which she has been doing for sometime but she will not let go nor will she let us help her in anyway so I was hopeful that this beautifully designed walker would help.
Our walker is a little different from the picture in terms of some of the activities on the front and the colours- ours is predominantly various shades of pink from pastel through to a hot pink and a touch of pastel purple.
The walker itself is very easy to put together and only took a few minutes. The handle is the perfect height for my little girl and she finds it easy to grip, however she often manages to pull it over onto herself. The other issue we have is that we have laminate flooring in our house, and we find that when she does try to use it to toddle (finally consenting to let us help) it runs away from her and she falls down, however this is much less likely to happen on carpet as it would move more slowly. As she becomes more confident, and her balance improves neither would be an issue.
The walker itself is beautiful designed and extremely well made and durable, withstanding the knocks and rough play of a small child. The front panel clips off so you can play independently with the activities on the panel should you wish. However we find our little one is quite content to sit in front of the walker with the panel in place to play.
There really are so many activities on the panel and my little one will play for hours. There are musical piano style keys, a peek a boo cow with barn door, wheels to turn, spinning wheels along the bottom, and coloured and number flashing buttons with sound effects to press. These also have removeable shapes around them to encourage shape sorting play- these are on short bungee cords to prevent them getting lost.
My little one particularly likes the telephone function and always proudly tries to pass it to me or Daddy when it rings, it has been known to be quite a hotline and would you believe we even get sales calls and wrong numbers? (You have to get a little creative after 20-30 calls!!!)
My daughter absolutely loves this Walker, and so do I - it is fantastic both as a walker and play station and I cannot recommend it highly enough- it is extremely well made and designed with lots to keep little ones amused.
The Vtech First Steps Walker is widely available in shops and online and costs around £25.
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We bought this after our baby was born as they were on sale at our local supermarket. We usually read up on reviews first before buying but never had the chance on this one.
I was sceptical about it at first, I thought the walkers that can be sat on would be easier for our baby to use but then there were mixed reviews about that one.
Our little girl played with it straight away as the pad in front comes off so it can be put on the floor and play with long before the baby can even move. At 12 and a half months, my hubby showed our little girl how to use it as a walker, something she picked up really quickly. She started pushing it around right away though she kept crashing on things. After only 2 weeks of pushing it around though, our daughter started walking unaided and another 2 weeks after that, she was stable as a rock.
Based on our personal experience, I would recommend this. I believe it is a great buy and it does help the baby getting their balance and confidence to walk. Another plus is the fact that it seems to stay interesting for our little girl. She still plays with it and pushes it around even if she no longer requires it.
I've had this walker for all three of my children and it really is one of those must buy items. You can get it even before baby is showing signs of walking as it has a detachable activity centre which can be laid flat for baby to play with, it has various activities on to stimulate baby including different buttons to press, a keyboard and a phone to play with.
It also can be used after baby can walk as a toy to push around or again detach the activity centre. For teaching baby to walk it is brilliant as the wheels don't go too fast but are pushable. My only gripe with this product is that the phone is fully detachable meaning it can be easily lost, it would be a lot better if this was attached via a wire or other material to keep the walker all together.
We bought this walker when our daughter was 8 months, and from the word go she has loved everything about it. She had just started to pull herself up onto the sofa when she had this, but I think this encouraged her to do it more. She never really got the hang of using it to walk until she could actually walk by herself, and now several months after learning to walk she still zooms around our living room with it.
On the front of the walker is a detachable interactive activity board. It is both musical and educational. Our daughter still enjoys playing with it now at 17 months, I've even had my five year old cousin sit there and play with it happily. The newer model is different from the old one, we have the old one and on the front it's keys have 'a b c d' and instead of just only three numbers on the front has four numbers on different shapes. When the letters are pressed while on the learning setting will say 'a is for apple, b is for ball' and so on, the numbers will say numbers and other times will say colour and the name of the shape. Our daughter prefers it to be on the musical setting and often flips the butterfly over to have the music, she loves pressing the keys and dancing along to the tunes.
The only problem we have with this, our daughter is quite strong and often topples over with it. She's also able to pull the activity board of very easily, but I don't think that's a real problem. I would definitely recommend this to others.
This Vtech push along walker is fantastic value for money, mine is still in fantastic condition after being used by 2 children.
I have the unisex red and yellow one but it is also available in pink. The frame is made from chunky plastic as is the chunky, easy to hold handle. The play tray can be used whilst attached to the walker or you can take it off for baby to play on the floor with. The character on this walker, is the well known Vtech puppy, there are 3 cogs to turn, 4 numbered shape buttons, a butterfly who's wings open and close to change the mode of play, abcde keyboard with flashing lights and underneath the keyboard 3 coloured rollers to spin. It teaches everything from numbers to letters to shapes. Very educational and excellent for aiding new walkers. The same song seems to be repeated over and over which can become tedious, luckily there is a two level volume control but even the lower setting is quite loud.
When the child initially tries to pull themselves up you may find the walker kind of rolls away causing them to fall forward but as they gain more confidence and with practice it becomes easier. They may need you to hold it steady for them to start with.
The favourite part of this walker for my children was the green remove able phone that rattles, they spent ages "talking" into it.
It is a very sturdy walker apart from when the tray is not in place. If the child tries to walk with it when it is not in place it is liable to tip over due to the lightness.
My walker has been used outside a lot and even got wet in the rain a few times but it's still working fine with just very minor wear to the wheels. The batteries seem to last well, though the music becomes very annoying when they are wearing out so make sure you have a steady supply waiting!
As always an excellent toy from Vtech!!
~*~*~ Vtech Baby First Steps Walker ~*~*~
~ What is it? ~
This is a nice push along that helps babies learn to walk. At the front there is an removable tray with a nice range of activities.
~ The Walker ~
The main body of this walker is bright yellow, underneath the removable tray the plastic has a large Vtech logo and picture. The handle and wheels are bright red and the back legs as blue. On the front of the walker at the bottom are three spinable rings coloured in purple, green and orange. The main activity tray clips into place on the front but can be removed by simply lifting a little blue lever at the top of the walker.
The activity part is very cute. This is is mainly white in colour but is covered with a bright range of activities.
At the bottom of the tray you will see five coloured keys -
Red - a - apple
Green - b - ball
Yellow - c - car
Blue - d - dog
Purple - e - elephant
These keys are made from a crystal like plastic that allows them to light up when pressed.
There is a yellow butterfly on the left, you can flip his wing over and this will get it singing.
Next to this is four buttons -
1 - Red heart
2 - Yellow circle
3 - Blue square
4 - Green triangle
Above this is a cog like system that is constructed of three cogs - Green with musical note patterns, this one also has a yellow handle, a purple one with a red spiral pattern and a blue one with orange curve patterns, this one has a finger hole. These cogs can also be pressed.
Coming down the right hand side you will find the little lime green telephone, this is placed on a red 'wood' like feature.
At the very top is a little orange dog button.
There is also the power/volume switch - On, loud, louder!
And there is also the handle.
I would recommend that this is attached to the walker when the walker is being used as without it the walker isn't very stable as the frame is really lightweight and liable to flip over, the play tray adds weight to it making it much sturdier for baby to push.
The puppy at the top when pressed brings a bit of a game to the walker. When pressed it will ask baby to do certain things like ' Puppy says clap your hands ' etc. It's really cute.
The butterfly acts as a way to change the modes of the unit. When the wing is closed the unit is in the a, b, c, 1, 2, 3 mode. In this mode the letters, shapes, colours and numbers are said. When the wing is opened it is in the musical mode, pressing buttons whilst in this mode will get the unit singing and playing little tunes.
This is my sons favourite bit, as he like to just (annoyingly) open and close the wings to hear a little tune.
~ Overall ~
I first bought one of these walkers for my first child some 10 - 11 years ago and I used it for my second son too. After he had finished with it I gave it to a friend. When I had my third son I bought another one of these walkers as I really like them, they are nice and bright and not only do they aid with walking but they are also a bit of fun too. I still have this walker but last Christmas I bought my son a Winnie the Pooh themed Vtech walker off ebay for £4. I thought it made a nice change but my son wasn't as taken with this one and wouldn't bother using it but when I got the other one out he happily played with it and used it for walking so I took the Pooh one to my mums and kept this one here.
My son has used this a lot. This I feel has given him the confidence to walk unaided but it's more than a walker as you have the fun element at the front.
The wheels are plastic so do tend to slip a bit on laminate floor, they don't turn either but my little one just drags it around to turn!
Like I have said it does need the activity unit attached to keep it sturdy but I do think it's nice that it is removable as this means that my son can use it whilst sitting on my lap or on the floor.
It's a nice well made, sturdy toy that will last from one child to the next.
Being made from a nice strong plastic it is easy to keep clean by wiping over with a soft cloth.
Thanks for reading :o) x