Product Type: VTech baby toys
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VTech Sit to Stand Dancing Tower
Member Name: katyj10
VTech Sit to Stand Dancing Tower
Advantages: Fun and varied
Disadvantages: Takes up a lot of room
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!
Summary: A decent toy for babies