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Last Christmas me and my Husband bought Jayden the V Tech Sit to Stand Tower, I liked the fact that this was a toy that could grow with him as he developed, it was suitable for him whilst he was unable to stand, but as he learnt to stand up on his own the tower could be adjusted to the correct height for him.
The V Tech Sit To Stand Tower comes unassembled in a large cardboard box, it was mainly taken up with the name of the product and a large picture of the tower in its different forms. From what I can remember there was a small amount of information on the packaging telling you what the tower does and also how it will help your child. The packaging was bright and colourful and told you what you needed to know about the product.
The V Tech Sit To Stand Tower allows your child to dance and learn at the same time, it is ideal for when they are unable to stand, but as they develop the tower can be adjusted to suit their needs.
The main part of the tower is the activity panel, on this there are a series of different coloured keys which have a picture of animals on them, these also light up. There is also a microphone, a wheel to spin and some symbol buttons. In the centre of this is a large plastic teddy bear holding some musical instruments, as the music plays the teddy bear moves around in a circle and waves its arms.
The on off switch is also on the activity panel along with a button which allows you to swap through the different modes. Around the activity panel are 3 green coloured handles which allows your child to hold on if they are a little unsteady on their feet. As I have mentioned the V Tech Sit To Stand Tower can be altered to fit your child's stage of development, the activity panel comes with a wide blue plastic base, this has an oval either side with foot prints on the, in the centre of this you can attach a bright orange plastic stem, this comes in 2 parts so you can have the activity at 2 different heights, this means the activity panel can be at 3 different heights in total going from the activity panel on the floor, the panel slightly raised for a sitting position and then the activity panel at full height for a standing position.
The whole thing is made from brightly coloured tough plastic, the whole thing is well made and durable, it easily withstands the rough play it sometimes gets with a young child, Jayden's is still in excellent condition and looks as good as new. The tower is run by 4 AA batteries which are positioned underneath the activity panel so that they are not easily accessible to your child.
There are 4 modes with the V Tech Sit To Stand Dancing Tower these include learning, singing, dancing and follow the lights, there is also a microphone allowing your child to sing along to 8 songs and 12 different popular melodies. What I like about this toy is that Jayden has a lot of fun with it but he also can learn at the same time. The different modes will introduce your child to numbers, animals and different musical instruments and the sounds that they make, whilst your child will think they are just having fun they will also be learning at the same time. With the tower in the standing position your child will be strengthening their muscles whilst they are occupied by the different activities on the panel.
Price and Availability
We purchased our V Tech Sit To Stand Tower from Asda and it cost us about £20.00 as it was on offer at the time we bought it. However this toy is available from a range of shops including Tesco, Toys R Us, Argos and Amazon, the price does vary depending on where you purchase it from and generally is sold for between £20.00 and 30.00, it is worth shopping around to find the best price.
Jayden has had his V Tech Sit To Stand Tower since Christmas now and we have been extremely pleased with it. Jayden loves music and loves to dance so he was really pleased with his Sit To Stand Tower, when we purchased this for him he could already sit up so we have only ever had the stand in the sitting position and when he learnt to stand alone we moved it to the standing position and have used it like this ever since.
Jayden loves to listen to the different songs and melodies and dance along as well as pressing the different flashing lights and watching the teddy bear dancing in the middle of the activity panel, and the added bonus is that whilst he is having fun he is also learning.
I have been extremely pleased with the quality of this toy, despite frequent use it still looks as good as new and has proved to be tough and durable. This toy is sold for a very reasonable price and in my opinion is well worth the money. This is a toy Jayden will get use out of for a while and not something he will have grown out of within a few months.
I would highly recommend the V Tech Sit To Stand Tower, it is a reasonably priced toy that your child can have fun with and learn at the same time, it is ideal for both boys and girls.
The Vtech Sit to Stand Dancing Tower was a present for my little boy when he was 8 months old. The recommended age for the toy is from 9 months but as we now babies all develop differently.
It was initially used as a floor toy, the top part of the tower can be used on its own for sitting down play and when baby learns to pull themselves up it can be attached to the tower. The assembly itself was very easy, the base is blue with a nice foot design where baby stands, onto this the orange post just clicks into place and again the tray clicks onto the top of that, very simple!the battery compartment is underneath the tray, out of sight of little hands and eyes.
The play tray itself has lots of activities to keep your child occupied. There is a two level volume control, as it can get a bit loud and annoying. There are 4 different levels of play to choose from, music, abc and if I'm honest I don't know what the other two are they seem a bit random. There's also a little microphone, a spinning roller and a slider to clash the cymbals, this one was a favourite of my boys. Around the tray there are 3 green handles for baby to pull themselves up and to hold onto whilst they are playing. And of course the dancing bear that is perched on the top.
This is a much loved toy in my house, even my 3 year old loves it. And even though the child it was originally bought for is now walking unaided he still gets lots of enjoyment from making his own sounds and music. The bear is a little tedious as he sort of clicks and clicks as he dances, it is very sturdy, I was worried about it toppling over as my baby was pulling himself up but I needn't have worried, it's been fine.
This is a review of the sit to stand tower by Vtech which we bought for our daughter when she was around six months old. She's a very active baby so we wanted something to challenge (and wear her out!).
What is it?
The toy features a base with two platforms to stand on and then a screw in tower which looks like a plastic wooden pirate's leg to me (!) and then the top part which is interactive. All the parts screw together so are easy to store when not in use. There are different heights that the toy can be assembled to suit sitting or standing babies so it is quite versatile in terms of stages. There are songs, flashing lights and a dancing bear on the top that all have lots of noise and entertainment when the toy is switched on.
We immediately assembled the toy to have a play with it and were amazed at how many songs it did. The light up buttons did a small sequence and the bear tells the child to "Follow the light" - which freaked me out when we first heard it! The best laugh we had though, was when our daughter bent over and shouted down the microphone, which we had thought was just for show and pretend play but it does actually work in a basic kind of way. Of course she loved hearing the noise so would shout down it often and this always made us chuckle. There are four play modes for learning, singing, dancing and follow-the-lights game and eight songs plus 12 melodies. I could never really work out what made it do something in particular so it was all a bit random to me. Another fun feature on the deck is a slidey button that makes a symbol clashing noise at any time, little fingers soon get the hang of this and it is another feature for them to enjoy.
This toy, when assembled to it's full height was a little short for our daughter when standing up around the 10 month mark (she didn't walk until 12 months but was always hauling herself up on things!). She had to stoop over to use the microphone but to be fair she is on the 100th percentile for height so is very tall and looks a lot older than she actually is! The bear is a bit noisy when it moves around and makes quite a mechanical sound which gets worse when the batteries are wearing out and does spoil the toy a bit. It is supposed to be playing a tambourine but it just sounds like whirring to me. My only other observation that is a little negative is the amount of space this toy takes up. You really need to clear a space for it in your room and will be glad to pack it away and regain the space eventually.
On Amazon, the whole unit currently sells for just over £34 which sounds quite a lot but you do get a fair amount of toy for your money and it encourages the baby to stand and exercise muscles whilst entertaining them.
We have had hours of fun from this toy and I am pleased we bought it. We will definitely reassemble it for the new baby when she is old enough. It is easy to clean and fun to play with but after a while I was ready to switch it off as the bear's voice gets a bit irritating eventually. I would reccomend this toy as a great developmental tool bringing baby from sitting to standing whilst providing support and lots of fun!
The sit to stand dancing tower is yet another toy that my daughter owns. It was purchased from tesco for around £20 which was an absolute bargain in my opinion. Believe it or not we actually live in a tiny flat. It is starting to feel more like toyrus in here by the minute. This tower is a particular favourite now that Amelia is pulling herself up to stand.
The sit to stand tower can be used, as the name suggests either sitting or standing. There is a blue platform at the bottom which a tower is inserted into and this can either have 2 pieces for standing or one for sitting. They simply click together. The only real assembly required is 4 screws to attach the platform securely, everything else just clicks into place, very quick and easy. Although it's easy to assemble it also feels secure. Amelia is now using this to pull herself up to stand and it hasn't fallen or tipped over yet.
The main features of this is the platform at the top of the tower. This features a bear with a pair of cymbals which can be moved and spun around. I don't know whether Amelia loves him or hates him but she certainly enjoys bashing him. There is then 5 piano keys which light up and activate the music. There is also a little game on there where they tell you which colour to press. Amelia is only 14 months so this means nothing to her yet but she really enjoys the talking and music. There is also a microphone which actually works, Amelia is yet to understand this but again she loves puling it around and twisting it. There is also a colourful spinner and a pair of cymbals.
One of the cleverest features of this is the design of the platform. It has 4 bright green handles around it so baby has something to grab onto. These come in handy for both sitting and standing modes. With sitting for ages my daughter would sit quite happily as long as she had something to hold on to but fall over as soon as she let go. This allowed her to play without needing support. Now she's standing she uses the handles to pull herself up with. It is worth noting however that Amelia is very small for her age and a heavier child might not be able to do this as it might tip over.
The box says that this toy is suitable from 9 months but I do feel that it would be suitable for a younger child, any time from when they can sit up really. The toy is made completely from brightly coloured plastic and is very easy to clean by wiping it over with a damp cloth. There are 2 volume settings on here but both are pretty loud. The bear says various phrases and Amelia loves it when he talks to her although I admit I do cringe every single time he tells her to 'shake it baby'.
All in all I would highly recommend this tower. It has really grown with Amelia and she has used for around 6 months now and is showing no signs of getting bored with it. In fact as she gets older and can interact with it more the more fun she gets from it.
My son was bought this as a christmas present and so far, he's yet to get bored of it.
The toy consists of a dancing bear on an activity platform (please note: neither vtech nor upsykimsy condone real bear baiting) and several simple activities. The platform can either be attatched to the stand or left as a floor toy, depending on the age of the child.
The toy is very musical, which is great foir encouraging both physical development through encouraging dance, and intellectual development (as music is supposed to have a positive effect on the brain). The bear dances along to the music and encourages the child to dance and sing along.
The activity platform has five piano keys surrounding the bear, which, when pressed, light up, and play music or gives vocal descriptions. There is also a sliding cymbal, a roller and microphone.
There are 4 p-lay modes on the activity table: songs, dance, learning and a follow the lights game.
In this mode, the child is encouraged to sing along to several songs and rewarded with songs by pressing the keys. This is great for encouraging vocal development, with the bears constant encouragement to "use the microphone to sing along". The platform uses a mixture of traditional nursery rhymes and soome lesser known songs, all of which are easy to learn and tuneful.
Dance: The child is introduced to several genres of music, including a child friendly version of hip hop. (Don't worry, v-tech aren't trying to turn todays tot's into mini eminems and 50 cents)
Learning: the child is taught the names of the animals and instruments in this mode, with a short musical performance after each character and instrument is introduced, to keep the child's interest.
Follow-the-lights: In this game, the child is taught colours, as the bear encourages yoiur tot to press the corresponding keys. By pressing the correct key, the child is rewarded with a short musical piece. By pressing the wrong coloured key, the child is corrected gently by being told "this colour is..." and then encouraged again to press the correct colour.
By using the sliding cymbals, your child is encouraged to stomp their feet to the cymbal beat. In my son's case, however, this consisted more of flapping arms and high pitched shrieks of delight, but I'm sure once he can, he'll join in.
Throughout all musical parts, the bear dances, which keeps the child's interest fresh, although my son spent three days trying to work out if he could pull the bear off the platform.
The v-tech sit to stanmd tower is suitable from 9 months. However, I personally feel, it could be suitable from a younger age, and having a removable bear may be beneficial for the younger ages. Also, we had been under4 the impression before removal from the box that it could be used to encourage a youngster to pull to stand.Unfortunately, the tower is not intended for this. We've had to discourage our son from trying to pull himself up on the handles, as it is too lightweight and tips very easily. I feel that maybe weighting the stand a bit, so that encouraging young children to learn to stand woiuld be beneficial, especially as it is designed to be suitable from the age at which many children begin to do this.
The bear, despite being jointed, seems very durable for interfering hands, although we did think the toy had developed a fault when he stopped dancing . It turned out this was actually down to the demo batteries running low.
The bear can tend to be squeaky when he moves, so I will be contacting v-tech to see if it can be amended, but this can easily be drowned out by using the higher volume setting. The toy is very colourful and eye catching, and seems very good at holding even the most hyperactive one year olds attention.
The toy is made entirely from plastic, and so far, we've foiund it easy to clean when chocolate covered hands have been playing with it. My son seems very hapy with this toy, and it is easily the best present he recieved this christmas (Thanks Mum, you even upstaged IgglePiggle...)
I'd definitely reccommend this toy, although earplugs are also recommended for the benefit of the parents. Well worth the price.
RRp £40 approx
UPDATE 7/2/09: Unfortunately, our beloved dancing tower has stopped working. Despite trying various new batteries, nothing happens. Not expected at all from a VTECH toy, usually so well made and durable. Will be contatcing VTECH for an exchange as argos (where my parents bought it) no longer stock it.
The VTech Sit-to-Stand Dancing Tower includes an entertaining activity panel with light-up piano keys and four play modes for learning, singing, dancing and a follow-the-lights game. It includes a microphone and speaker for baby to sing along with, as well as eight sung-songs and 12 popular melodies. The standing mode on this baby development toy strengthens the muscles while keeping baby occupied with fun learning activities.