Product Type: Wilkinson baby toys
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Let's get the roly poly out!
Wilkinson Baby Steps 123 Roller
Member Name: katyj10
Wilkinson Baby Steps 123 Roller
Advantages: A nice different toy
Disadvantages: Ours needs blowing up often
We have the baby steps roller at my parent's house and our daughter has enjoyed playing with it ever since she was on her feet. It was given to us in a bundle of toys from a friend and to be honest, would have been a toy I would have never dreamed of buying.
What is it?
The roller is a big plastic or vinyl blow up barrel shaped pillow with weights and balls inside that make it interesting to look at and more balanced to lean upon. When we first got our roller it was deflated so the first job was to blow it up but it only took minutes. It sometimes requires a top up when it has been played with as it works better when fully inflated.
It is worth noting at this point that this really is not designed for water use and is definitely not a buoyancy aid. It can be tempting to think all blow up toys are great for pool use but this would be dangerous used in that scenario.
This is described as a pre school toy and is perfect for helping with mobility. The tube has shapes on the side that you can look through to see the balls rolling around inside. We used ours more when our daughter was little and learning to walk as something to lean on. It wasn't 100 percent fool proof though as she would often fall over whilst leaning on it when it rolled away. Her favourite activity was peeking through the clear vinyl and looking at the toys inside or at people through the other side.
Price and availability
This is a pretty cheap toy priced at £3.99 from Wilkos. Fully blown up it measures 33cm high x 64cm wide but obviously you can deflate it to store it away.
I don't think this is a 'can't live without toy' but it certainly added a nice different angle to our toy collection. It immediately became affectionately known as the 'roly poly' as that was what we tended to do with it. It was quite boisterous and rough to play with and not for a delicate little flower but it also helps extend some energy whilst encouraging coordination skills. For the price I think this toy is great but really can't emphasise enough that supervision - and close supervision at that - should be deployed with this toy.
For the price this makes a lovely gift for a baby and Wilkos are a little vague on the age restriction so it's a use your own judgement toy. I can imagine two children playing with this could result in tears and all ornaments and vases are best out of the way when the roller is in play but those with babies will be more than aware of child proofing requirements for their houses!
Summary: Fun and energy burning activity
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