Product Type: Wilkinson baby toys
Newest Review: ... 4 pounds it was the cheapest toy that seemed age appropriate. My mother was very happy with her purchase, she told me that I had someth... more
My poor expectations blown away by the Wilkinson 123 baby steps roller
Wilkinson Baby Steps 123 Roller
Member Name: Jenny_Summers
Wilkinson Baby Steps 123 Roller
Date: 02/10/12, updated on 03/10/12 (82 review reads)
Advantages: Inexpensive, Fun for little ones to play with, durable
Disadvantages: Tends to roll away from or under baby a bit
While out on a visit to our local shopping center my 2 year old son used the public toilets for the first time in 2 months after having developed a fear of the hand-dryers. My mother was over the moon and promised that she would buy him a toy once we had finished our shopping. Well to cut a long story short we ended up in Wilkinson's and Will took full advantage of his grandma's generosity by picking himself out a 10 pound Lego set. Well my mother has always been very generous towards my children and felt it necessary to buy something for my then 3 month old daughter Eliza as well. So that's how she ended up with the baby steps 123 roller. I feel a little embarrassed to admit it, but the initial factor that appealed to me was the price, I felt bad about my mother spending so much on my kids and at just under 4 pounds it was the cheapest toy that seemed age appropriate.
My mother was very happy with her purchase, she told me that I had something similar when I was little and had loved it. When I got home I took out Will's Lego and set him off playing so I could investigate the 123 roller. As I removed it from the slim box it came in that lovely familiar plastic-y smell that inflatables have immediately hit me. After separating it a little, as it comes folded within the box, I began to blow it up. It was easy to inflate, it certainly wasn't one of those inflatables that require the assistance of a pump to put up. As I was doing this I noticed Will begin to loose interest in the Lego and become very curious about the roller.
Well that was it, I was convinced it would be popped by the end of the day. Will's not the most gentle of children and doesn't have a great track record when it comes to blow-up toys. 'Ah well' I though, at least it hadn't been expensive. Well, how wrong was I? Turns out very! It's been mauled, rolled on, thrown, bounced on, scooted along the floor and just generally used in ways I can't imagine the manufacturers had intended it to be and it's still perfectly un-popped. In fact, despite the extensive use/misuse it's perfect, I have only had to give it a slight top-up of air every now and again to keep it full (it seems to roll best when fully inflated).
The roller, besides being a firm favorite with my 2 year old is also a well loved play thing of my now 6 month old (its original owner) although if you ask Will who's it is you'll get a very definite response of 'it's Wills!'. Eliza likes all things bright, colorful and noisy, the roller ticks all those boxes. It has inside it balls with bells in them so it jingles as it is rolled along. As you can see from the picture it's dumbbell shaped and the ends are see-through which both kids think is great for playing peepo through, from the box you'd think it would be tiny but it's a reasonable length plenty of room for even my 2 year old to lie on it. Eliza doesn't really use it to try and walk but then she's only just started crawling, so she may do at a later date.
The only thing I would say when she leans on it she has a habit of rolling straight over the top which if you weren't supervising could be dangerous. My only other criticism would that some of the seams do come a little sharp. But as the intended audience aren't meant to be hitting you with it I can't see it being a real issue for most people.
I wouldn't say rush out and buy it tomorrow but I would recommend it. With Christmas coming up maybe it would make a good stocking filler. It's a good little toy and for the price I really cant grumble.
Summary: A good toy for babies, would recommend