When my eldest son was 18 months old, I had my second child, and I was keen for him to start walking a little bit more when out and about and acting in a more gentle and caring manner with his little brother. We bought him a little soft bodied dolly with a bottle, and my mother in law bought him the stroller from the early learning centre alongside a soft bodied doll for learning to dress that she thought was a good size to push in the stroller. He was 2 years and 2 months when he received this, and although this is less than the recommended age of 3, he was steady on his feet as he had been walking for 14 months already and was also tall for his age, so it was a good size for him.
The stroller a few years ago cost only £6, but nowadays it is £9. It is still available in a girly pink and a blue colour. The cover we got with it was a navy blue and yellow check pattern. Like adult buggy's the cover has been updated with new colours, but the basic frame of this umbrella style buggy has remained the same.
Because it is umbrella style, this buggy folds down to quite a narrow size for storage and transporting about if you want to chuck it in the boot of your car to take somewhere. It is very compact, measuring about 26 inches in length and 6 in width and height when folded. The buggy is hinged so it is easy to unfold, though my children always struggled aged 2 and 3 to put this up themselves. The reason being, to stabilise the frame, there are plastic caps on either side at the front which go over poles attached to the front wheel. This is easy for an adult to do, but my kids always seemed to struggle. There is then a plastic upside down V shaped bar at the back of the buggy like real umbrella buggies have, and pushing this down to a straight position then makes sure the wheels don't bow in on the buggy. Each of the buggy wheels are double wheels, which gives the whole structure a lot of strength.
The fabric seat then hooks over the handles of the buggy at the top with loops before slotting on poles at the front. This is the only weak point to the design in my eyes, as the pole on ours ripped the fabric on one of the front corners of the seat, though this is probably from the kids overloading it, and would tack back in if I could be bothered to sew it. The seat is finished off with a T bar style strap to hold the toy in. Pretty essential when my two are driving this thing. The straps fasten with velcro.
With its double wheels, I did feel that this looked rather like my Mclaren buggy, and my sons have both been willing to push this round both inside and outside when they were smaller. The handles when assembled are at a height of 23 inches, so nowadays my 4 year old is the only one who does play with this, and he is now far too tall and ends up stooping quite badly when trying to push his cuddly toys round the house.
The frame is very hard wearing and has withstood many hours of play without any of the metal or plastic parts breaking or bending. I would say this was a brilliant toy when my kids were the right height to push it. It shouldn't be given to a child who is just walking as it would tip if they leaned on it and they would fall over pulling it on to themselves, but for a child who is confidently walking they like having this to push around. Not many dolls toys are particularly aimed at boys, so it was nice that this one was blue for them and didn't look horrendously girly, otherwise it would have been abandoned a while ago. The plastic handles have always been comfortable for them to push, and it is so lightweight they have never had trouble pushing it on carpet, laminate flooring, pavements and grass surfaces. It is also fairly easy to clean the wheels if you find they manage to run it through something yucky outside.
I think for boys who will play with it sometimes but perhaps not as frequently as a little girl would play with it, the price is very reasonable for what you get. It is quite basic, and I am sure if I had a little girl there are better buggies out there with accessories, but for a first buggy, this is pretty good.
Shortly after my godson started to walk I bought him one of these ELC buggies and he loved it. His mum was quite open about letting him play with "girls" toys, which gave me the idea of buying this as a gift and I seem to remember it being a bargain at only £5. This was a number of years ago now as my godson has just turned nine.
This was a successful purchase, so when my daughter started to walk I bought one for her too. Again it was a hit and we would have to take it out with us so she could push it around in the park etc. Luckily by now (about five years later) ELC had done some design alterations and the buggy is easy to fold, and folds up "umbrella" style small enough that it can go in the bag under "real" pushchair. My godson's buggy didn't fold, or at least we couldn't get it to and we would have to hook it over the handles of his big pushchair when we went out with it.
My daughter is now a little big for this buggy and we have brought her a more sophisticated pram, however my son who is two loves this little buggy and likes to push it around when we are out and about. Where as my daughter did like to put dolls and teddies in, my son never bothers with these and seems quite happy to push an empty pushchair around. Perhaps this is a boy thing as I seem to remember my godson did the same?
The buggy comes in a pink and blue version, I got the blue one as the pink one was just too pink and sickly! It's a very basic model, with two front pointing handles of about 60cm, a material sit-up only seat with a three-point harness and four sets of two plasticky wheels which make quite a sound on pavement surfaces. The buggy is very light indeed.
Since buying this buggy for my godson inflation has kicked in and it cost £7 when I bought it for my daughter. It's cheap and cheerful but appears to be good quality as we have never had anything break on it. A great toy for both girls and boys!
With child number one being very much a 'typical boy' who was always into the traditional 'boy' toys like cars, trains, dinosaurs and pirates, it has been a bit of a shock entering the world of pink girlie toys with baby number two. Initially, our now 19 month old spent a lot of time playing with the toys that her big brother had played with as a baby, but we are gradually starting to buy her more things of her own. She got her first baby doll as a Christmas present last year, as she'd reach out her arms for the little dolls every time we went to a toy shop. At the start, there was no maternal instinct whatsoever - she used to swing it round by the legs and bash its head against the bars of the cot. However, about two months ago we decided to finally spend her Christmas vouchers on the ELC My First Stroller, and that has completely transformed the way that she plays with her baby doll.
* The Stroller *
The ELC My First Stroller is a simple, umbrella fold style buggy. The frame is made from pink metal and the wheels are pink and turquoise plastic. The buggy seat is a fuschia pink fabric with pink and turquoise polka dots of varying sizes. Unfolded, it is 58cm high. Officially it is designed for children aged 3 and up, but my daughter is very confident pushing it even though the handles come to just below her shoulders at the moment. Folding and unfolding the buggy is simple for an adult - you simply slide the two plastic clasps off the sides, unclip the blue bar across the back and push up like a normal buggy. The side clasps are easy for a child to slide as they are fairly loose, but there is a safety clip on the back fold-up bar which is a bit too stiff for a child to undo, meaning that younger children are unlikely to be able to collapse the buggy without adult help and this minimises the risk of them trapping little fingers in it. Once folded, the buggy is very compact and easy to store / stash under the real buggy for a trip to the park. The fabric seat is also removable which makes it easy to wash if required.
* Playability *
The ELC My First Stroller has already given my daughter many hours of fun and I can see it continuing to entertain her for years to come. My son calls her 'Little Mummy' when she is pushing the stroller around with her baby (or her beloved bunny / Jessie and Woody from Toy Story / an assortment of other soft animals) and it is so cute to watch her. She likes to imitate me and put a little bag with shopping from their market stall over one handle and her little handbag over the other. Even my four year old, the boy who is completely resistant to anything pink or girlie, enjoys pushing his monkeys around in the buggy occasionally and he has started to ask me for a 'blue version' and a 'Boy Baby' so that he can join in with his little sister's games. Although it initially looks fairly flimsy, it is surprisingly durable - neither of my children are exactly gentle with it, it is played with literally every day and still looks as good as new. I have been surprised by how the arrival of this stroller into our house has completely changed the way that my daughter plays with her baby doll - as well as constantly pushing her around she now also feeds her milk from a bottle, food from a spoon and sits her on a tiny potty! I never knew that a buggy could trigger so much maternal behaviour in a toddler.
* Price *
The ELC My First Stroller costs £9.00 from ELC and is available in pink and blue.
* Summary *
I would definitely recommend this product. It is lightweight, cheap, folds up easily for storage and clearly very appealing to toddlers. For the amount that it has been played with already, it was a bargain at £9.00 and it is not something that my little girl is going to grow out of in a hurry. This is definitely one of my daughter's favourite toys and I expect it to continue to be for years to come.
ELC My First Stroller
When there is a girl in the house there is pretty much always some sort of pushchair or pram. My little one is doll mad and so we went out looking for a lightweight stroller/push chair which was light enough for a toddler, small enough for a toddler and sturdy enough for a toddler!!
Once again we found ourselves at the Early Learning Centre which from past experience I have found the toys last longer even though tend to occasionally be more expensive.
This stroller was an average price it seems at £9.00. I had a nice £10 voucher to spend on my daughter at the time so got it more or less free!
This stroller was perfect for our little one. It is really lightweight and very durable and sturdy which is perfect for both balance in a young one and survival through rough play! To show me just how strong it was, my daughter even sat in it herself! This shows also how big the seat is, though it was a little bit of a squeeze for my daughter. Average sized baby dolls fit in this perfectly though.
The stroller is a perfect mimic to basic real baby strollers with the Velcro fastenings around the doll to keep it in. This is easily mastered by my daughter. It also folds up easily though not for the child as there is a safety catch in which my daughter has not yet mastered luckily though with an older child I can see this being collapsed a lot easier and so there is that aspect of fingers getting caught.
Cleaning is easy with wipe clean frame and machine washable cover.
My daughter spotted this sroller in the Early Learning Centre when she was two and fell in love with it. Needless to say it took us an hour to get back to the bus stop, but she was happy strolling through town like a little mummy. The pram is the perfect size for little toddlers from around 18 months to 2 years and the handles are a nice height so it will not be quickly outgrown. My daughter used hers for over two years and still has it now even though she has several other 'big girl' prams. For the 9 pounds that this pram costs its an absolute bargain. The pram itself is very well made and doesn't look cheap like you might expect considering the price tag. It has lovely floral pink fabric on the seat and matching pink straps to hold your dollys in place. It fold up nice and small so is easy to carry around and store away when not in use. For a first stroller for your little one this is a great buy and i would definatly reccomend it. Its nice and sturdy so great for even the littlest of girls.
I got this pushchair as a gift for my daughter when she turned one. It is very well received and she loves it. As with alot of children we have far too many toys and much of them end up unplayed with or not played with as much as you would hope. This is different and she will often choose this over many others. It is a lightweight stroller and comes in three different options, i know that one is more blue and is aimed at boys but ours is pink and very girly. It flods very easily which would come in handy if storage was a problem, for us it isn't really so we have never folded it back down after getting it as one of her dolls lives in there and my daughter would be sad if she was moved!
It is seven pounds directly from the shop however the early learning centre often have offers on and they have a birthday club where they send you a twenty percent off voucher so if you fancied a real bargin this would help!
It has been really helpful in role play games but earlier then this it helped with learning to walk as she didn't have the confidence to go on her own and this made her think that she was having proper support - due to the weight of it she wasn't really but we did put some of her building bricks in the pushchair to weigh it down for her.
My eldest daughter has always been dolls mad right from when she first began to walk and talk, she was only 16 months old when I had her sister but this made her love of dolls and pretending to be a mummy even stronger, I wanted to get a basic pushchair for her to play with her dolls with, I didn't want something too big or bulky, it needed to be short so she could push it and fold away for storage, this pushchair met all our requirements.
It has a nice sturdy frame that is light weight but wont bend too easily with the rough play of a young child, there are no complicated bits to it is simply a frame and the seat which is made of material and very strong, my daughter quite often sat in it her self without it breaking.
The handles were a little too tall for her when we first got this but it is designed for children aged 2 to 6 years so it was understandable but she could still use it.
The seat is big enough for the average doll up to 40 cm in length and the straps to hold the doll in has a simple Velcro fastener so is very easy for a young child to use.
It is an umbrella style folding system so folds up very small but there is a plastic safety catch to stop your child being able to accidentally fold this up and even at 6 years old my daughter still isn't strong enough to operate the fold up catch so no risk of any trapped fingers.
The cover is removable for washing so it wont be too difficult to keep clean.
My daughters have had loads of fun out of this toy, which I paid £7 for at the time, it currently retails at £9 but is a great bargain that will last a long time and encourage learning through imaginative play.
Lord help us, my daughter is not yet 2 but already a little mother. With her it's bears. Forget dolls, she's not interested. But bears are her little babies who on a regular basis get dressed, fed, changed, rocked, cuddled, nursed!, put in the carseat... you get the idea.
So when she was 14 months, and our second was due to arrive, we decided to get her this little stroller. She wouldn't let it out of her sight for weeks, and it is still, nearly 8 months on, her favourite item in the toy area. Each and every bear has been taken for long walks around the streets, bumpy rides down our gravel terrace, and crashing into walls spins around our downstairs. I am so pleased to say that it has survived all of this and keeps coming back for more!
I can't really fault this. For £7 you'd think it would last 8 days with a toddler, not 8 months. It's easy to fold, even for my anti-baby toy husband, and it takes up a very small amount of space, which is good when you don't have any to spare. For those who have a pink aversion there is a blue one. The wheels have taken the beating of our drive with gusto, and don't look marked hardly at all.
Should my son decide he is also inclined to push bears around all day long, we'll be investing in another as I know my daughter won't be sharing this beloved toy!
My daughter was bought this buggy for her first birthday and it is still going strong!
I am not sure how much was paid for it at the time but on checking ELC it is £7 at the moment and in my opinion worth every penny.
My daughter likes nothing more than pretending to be mummy to her god knows how many dollies and teddys so this has been a hit with her.
The buggy doesn't look sturdy its made of a metal frame with plastic parts and a piece of fabric stretched over it so I thought it would be a month maybe two before it was wrecked but it really seems to be tough even the wheels (which are getting a bit wobbly) are still all in tact.
Its really light weight and easy for toddlers to push around.
My daughter has been bought two other buggies since but this one is a firm favourite with her and her friends who come over to visit. Its even a hit with the little boys.
As a mum of two little girls that have about 15 dolls between them a dolls pram is a vital part of live in my house. I didn't want to spend to much on a pram for my girls as they are only three and four so are not the best at looking after things. I also wanted a pram that was not to high as they are short (they take after their dad not me)
After looking around I found (well sitting on my bum and searching the net) I found the early learning centre my first stroller and at £7 I thought I was a bargain as early learning centre toys are normally well made and good quality.
I brought the pram from my local shop did not want to pay a delivery charge of £4.95 for a £7 stroller. The staff where very helpful in the shop and there was a lot of toy out in the shop for the children to play with while mum goes about her business.
I picked the pink stroller (they also come in blue) as my girls love a bit of pink. The stroller comes folded up and is quite small it fitted under my sons pram, so this an idea stroller to take out and about to keep the kids happy.
The basics of the stroller is a medal frame, plastic wheels and a material seat, the seat does come off for washing which is really good but the is also quite easy to get off so my girls took it off all the time and I had to but it back on.
The stroller is very strong, well it holds a 3 year old that weights about 30lbs.
After a shopping trip to asda I did find a stroller just like the one in the early learning centre but for £3 so I brought one of these so the girls had one each and I would say the early learning centre one is not any better that the cheap one, so maybe I was just paying for the brand.
My eldest daughter had a similar stroller to this when she was little which very quickly broke so I didnt want to get one of these for our youngest as in my opinion it was a waste of money.
However one day my husband went shopping and came home with this. After getting an ear bashing from me about wasting our money on something that would just fall apart he took it out of the packaging and I had to admit that I was wrong. There cheaper ones on the market that do fall apart but this is NOT one of those ones.
At £7 it is not quite as cheap but you can easily tell why. The metal used if is good quailty and lightweight. All the plastic parts like the folding bar on the back and the handles are good quality and well moulded. The material that the doll sits on it quite thick but bright and attractive and is held on with elastic, rather that cotton in cheaper versions. There is a strap to hold dolly in that velcros together making it easy for small hands. THe wheels are also well made and run smoothly.
This easily folds up making it great for taking in the car or to the shops.
I would recommend this for a child of around 18 months, once they are walking without leaning on it as it is lightweight and easily tips up, but before they are ready for a bigger, heavier pram.
There are lots of toy pushchairs and prams on the market but I think for value you can't really go far wrong with this one from the early learning centre.
The pushchair is a very lightweight model so this has its plus and minus points. The plus ones being the fact that it is esy to carry when small people get fed up puching it around and you end up carrying it, but it also means that they need to be confident walkers because it won't support them if they are a bit wobbly - in fact it could be quite dangerous.
The mechanism fold fairly easily in avery similar way to a childs buggy. The tubing that the puchchair is made from feels very substantial so it does feel as you close it down that you may be bending the frame. The handles nice a chunky so it is nice and easy for the child to hold onto. The folding mechanism makes it very easy to pack away or just leave in the car for teddy's trip to the park!!
The age range of this product is probably between 2 and 6 and at only 7 pounds from the ELC it is a good value product
I've just bought one of these for my third child, after my older children played the last one into the ground. It is without doubt the most played-with toy in the house, absolutely worth every penny.
The ELC one is pretty much the same as the ones you can get in Argos, ToysRUs etc, except that it is one of the few places that sell a BLUE one. My boys don't care if it is pink or blue, but their daddy does! So we needed a blue one.
It is very light - a bit too light for a newly walking toddler, since if they put their weight on the handles the buggy tips back. So they need the brick trolley until they're walking stably. After that, the stroller is great.
It folds up very small, so they can take it out with them on a walk, and when they get tired you can sling it in the basket of your pushchair.
It is straightforward to fold and unfold, but it has a little safety clip thing on the side and the mechanism is quite stiff - my 7 year old can't fold it down.
It has a little velco seat strap to hold a dolly in - actually this is the most annoying feature. You have to thread the cross bit through the leg bit, and my younger children can't do it, and keep bringing it to me to do!
It takes the weight of a small child, sitting in it, quite well, considering that is totally not what it was designed for.
It's a good height for a small toddler but seems to work just as well for older children.
If I had to write a list of the top ten most played with toys in our house then this stroller would surely be on it. We have a lot of toys, actually far too many probably, but this buggy has certainly been great value for money and is much loved.
You can buy this buggy for £7.00 from ELC. For parents worried about the pink thing it comes in blue too - I would say it was a great toy for girls and boys alike.
The buggy is an umbrella fold buggy, and folds down quite small. Unlike other similar buggies it is actually easy to fold for adults - I have struggled with a few at various play groups. It probably could not be folded by smaller children but this isn't really an issue, they will be too busy pushing it around endlessly and if my children are anything to go by hanging things off the handles as they "go shopping".
The seat of the buggy has a strap for toys that toddlers are able to manage to open and close easily, and overall the buggy is quite solid and durable. Ours has been much pushed around inside and out and bar a little scratching it is in remarkably good conditon for nearly 5 years of play. Because the wheels are solid plastic it is rather noisy when pushed on pavements, I always give the wheels a quick wipe down and it is ready to play inside. I have also removed the cover and washed it in the machine and it has worn well - it is secured by elastic at the top and this has stretched a bit but probably as some children have sat in it - not advisable as the buggy is not made to take a child's weight.
Both my children have loved playing with this buggy from the confident at walking stage and up, at age 5 my eldest still enjoys pushing her dolls along. We do have a second buggy to avoid buggy wars from siblings and visitors, the second one being a cheaper version (from memory £1.47 reduced in Tesco!) but the ELC version is better.
I would thoroughly recommend the ELC buggy as a present or for your own child - it might make a good first birthday gift and is sure to be loved by any child.