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This play walker was given to my daughter as a Christmas present by her Auntie and it was one that is used on a fairly regular basis. This is currently available from Argos for £21.99 but I believe this was picked up second hand from a friend of my sisters for around £5.00 which is a total bargain, even at £21.99 I would recommend this product (available from Argos). My daughter was just 9 months old when she first started using this walker as she was already beginning to pull herself up and could stand holding on to my two hands with barely any wobbling at all. Once she hit 10 months old my daughter was going backwards and forwards across the room with no problems at all and I found that this was sturdy enough for her to begin using from such a young age. This walker comes with a little seat in which my daughter sit's a toy doll, whichever one she feels like using that day. There is a very small area for the doll to sit in so this is definitely designed just for a toy and not for a child as my second youngest seemed to think one morning when I was preparing breakfast! There are a few plastic toys on the front bar which keep my daughter amused for a few minutes if she is sitting down in front of this walker. There is also a bear on this walker which can be pressed to release one of two musical tunes. My daughter seemed to pick this up very fast and she loves to walk around to the front of the toy and continually press the bear so that he is almost continuously playing the two tunes over and over which can get a little bit annoying after a few minutes! This walker has very wide set legs which I have found to be very useful as it means that my daughter does not end up pushing the stroller forward and falling over if she is a little enthusiastic. Also, if she is sitting next to the walker and tries to pull herself up it seems to stay nice and sturdy for her and gives her a good footing for pulling herself up. I would say that this is a very well designed product and it provides lots of entertainment for my daughter as she is very happy to walk up and down the length of our living room. It does take her a little bit of time to turn it around and she often ends up trying to pull herself around the stroller until it's facing in the direction she wants again which usually ends up with her stuck in the corner of the lounge or just facing in to the furniture and looking at me for help. I love the little features of this walker and it's fantastic at encouraging my daughter to get up on her feet more as she loves the little bear and pressing on it over and over. I understand that the bear requires 3 x button cell batteries but this came with batteries already in it and I have had no need to replace this so I can't comment on how long these last other than to say that my daughter has been using this for a few months and obviously a child was using it before my sister brought it cheap.
My daughter started to play with dolls when she turned 2. She absolutely loved them and she still does! She will feed them and bath them; she insists that they have to sit at the table with us when we are eating! Last Christmas we decided to buy her a pram with all of the accessories, changing mat, travel cot etc. It wasn't until we had bought it my dad told me that he had bought her a pram. Not wanting him to feel bad, I didn't tell him we had already got one. Come Christmas she was spoilt for choice, but she did prefer the one that granddad had got her, the Fisher Price My Baby Newborn Stroller. This set actually had the carry car seat and the doll with it. The pram itself is really pretty. It is a lovely shade of pink with a green handle and green wheels. Putting it up myself, I did find it relatively easy; it took around 10 minutes or so. The pram is very sturdy; it's not like some of the flimsy strollers you can get. Due to the larger wheels it stays upright and is easy to push and control. My daughter has used many different sized dolls in the pram, but it's not a large size, so will only fit the average sized dolls. It's also at a great height for little ones to push so it would be a bit too small for older children. It states on the packaging that it is suitable for ages 3-4. I don't think this will get the use out of the pram at all as it is such a small age gap. Saying that my daughter has been using this since she was 2 and I think it will last until she is 4 then we will have to upgrade to a bigger pram. However depending on how generous Santa is feeling, she may be getting a new one this year! The pram also has an attachment, a little play bar that you would find on babies rockers and things like that. It has 2 dangling butterflies attached which have stickers for you to put on yourself. This comes with the pram. It also has a hood, which lifts up and down, just like on a normal pram and has a Velcro strap that keeps dolls secure in the pram. Overall I think this is a great pram, in my opinion it is suitable for ages 2 + there are no small parts or sharp edges and it is of a perfect height for that age. It is very durable; this pram has been on many trips to the park and is still in one piece and in relatively good condition. I would definitely recommend this pram, I would also advice people to look at the deluxe set which contains the doll and carry car seat. It is around £5.00 more than the pram alone which costs £20.00. So definitely worth taking a look at buying the set as that is just as good quality as the pram.
As I was struggling to buy Scarlet Christmas presents this year it didn't seem that anyone else was. My main reason for struggling was A) she already has so many toys and B) everything seemed either too young or too old for her. I obviously wasn't looking hard enough because both of her Nannies and her Auntie Lucy seemed to know exactly what they were getting her. As they have spoilt her rotten and found some lovely toys that she adores I have come to the realisation that I am just fussy. One of the many Toys that her Nanny (Mr Kimbles's Mum) got her was the Fisher Price New Born Deluxe Play Set. She loves Dolls and Prams so I really am shocked that I never thought if this one. Fisher Pricey are a well known Children's Toy brand and we have used their toys before. Some of them are fantastic whilst others have been not so great. Scarlet previously had the 'My First Pram' set for her first Christmas off her nanny but it wasn't big enough to put her Annabel doll in. I can't actually find the age range on this item and as Granddad had already assembled the item I didn't have the box to check. But it is quite a small pushchair in height and as Scarlet is already 2ft in height I think it may only last about a year for her. I would say the Stroller comes to about knee high. Scarlet actually has the deluxe version of this item which comes with the Doll, Car Seat and Changing/Feed bag but the stroller is exactly the same. I am unable to advise how hard it was to assemble as Mr Kimbles's Dad had already done this before they wrapped it up for Christmas for our monkey. But when asked (for reviewing purposes) he said it was too bad and that is all I got out of him. Typical man. Once built though is seems to be a sturdy little thing. It comes with green wheels and looks the same as a Travel System that you would buy for your newborn. The material on the pram is a pink flowery design with a bar the goes across the front with pink dangly toys to keep the doll entertained on. This is also where the Car Seat rests when it is used with the pram. The car seat also comes with the same material and a white handle so Scarlet can carry her around. Unfortunately though Scarlet has also got her head and arm stuck in it. Don't ask me how but it took a while to get her out. Then the changing bag is again in the same material. It turns into a changing mat also. The contents of the bag comprise of a feed bowl, spoon, a bottle, a plastic jar of baby food, a dummy and a cereal box plus a little dolls bib. Apart from the bib and box the rest of the contents is made out of sturdy plastic, the box is obviously made of cardboard and the bib out of card. The bib was so flimsy that Scarlet has ripped it already trying to put it on her doll. Plus the box now looks a bit worse for wear. The doll itself comes with a cute little outfit and a little bonnet. It is about 20cms in length and looks really cute and quite lifelike. Her body is cloth which makes the doll soft to touch with plastic arms and legs however, there are no dangerous parts in case you little monkey fall on t whilst running around. As soon as Scarlet saw the pushchair was so excited, she got her new doll straight out for cuddles and then proceeded to push the pram around the house for about an hour non stop. She loves looking through the bag to see what she can give her baby next or take the car seat in the car. The pram is really easy for Scarlet to push and she can also pick it up to get it over the step into our conservatory. It is also really easy for her to put the car seat on. Mr Kimbles's mum paid £49.99 for this pram set on Amazon and even though it is a great set I think this price is a bit expensive in case it only lasts a year. I would recommend this item but must advise that it may not last long.