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My little girl has just turned 1 and of the presents she received with the Fisher Price Little People ride on. It is a beautifully designed and very well made ride on perfect for little princess's in pink and purple and is suitable from 12 months.
My daughter loves to ride hers and will happily play for ages. It is very lightweight and she finds it easy to scoot along. She also likes to sit on it to watch the TV so it must be very comfortable.
The ride on has buttons for little ones to press for light and sounds effects. My daughter finds these very easy to press, but is often quite happy to just have a ride or play with the underseat storage- which she loves to open and put her toys or bricks in. She likes also like to put her favourite soft toys in and let them have a ride as well. The underseat storage is very well designed as it is so easy for little ones to open and close but there is no risk of squashed fingers, as even if closed on hands or fingers it would do no harm.
It is very easy to clean and can simply be wiped with a damp cloth or baby wipe as needed.
It is widely available in shops and online and costs around £35 and we would highly recommend this.
We wanted to get my daughter a ride on for her first birthday. She had begun to walk at 10 months so we wanted it so she could push it around herself as well as ride on it. We asked her grandparents to buy her one and this was the one they chose.
---Features of the toy:
The Fisher Price Little People School Bus Ride-On is based around the range of Little People toys of which we have a few (see other reviews). It came in a box which does take a bit of an effort to get the ride-on out of but a pair of scissors is a useful item for this! This is a pink ride-on in the style of a school bus with a purple handle at the back which they can use to push around or be pushed on. The seat lifts up and has a small storage space under it; perfect for a toy or drink. The ride-on also has lights and sounds that are controlled by buttons on the 'dashboard' and on the top of the bus. There are also some characters from the World of Little People; 2 on the front of the bus and two under the 'dashboard'. The two on the front move with the sounds and the two inside can be pressed so when one is down the other is up. As they are pressed, they make giggling noises.
The sounds that come from the bus do get very annoying after about 30 seconds of your child playing with this ride-on. The big button on the top of the bus is the main one. When it is pressed, the voice says: 'Everyone sit down, let's go to school'. It then plays an annoying song starting with 'Stop and go, stop and go...'. While this plays, the headlights on top flash red and the figures on the front of the bus spin round. There are two other buttons on the bus - one is the horn and makes beeping noises and the other just sings the song. Luckily there is the option to turn off the sound. Underneath the bus is the on off switch which allows you to still have the lights and movement but no sound.
My daughter really loved this when she got it. She was trying to climb on it as it came out of the box! Once we put it on the floor she was trying to sit on it and trying to move on it. At 1 year old she wasn't really strong enough to move herself so we pushed her around on it which she loved. She soon discovered that she could press the buttons to make noises so she spent a lot of time doing that. She also discovered the under-seat compartment and then kept hiding her bottle or her toys in there. As she got older she was able to push the bus around and put her toys on it. Unfortunately her favourite giraffe was not able to sit on it easily so she gets annoyed as he keeps falling off if she goes too fast around the corners.
She is now 18 months old and still enjoys being pushed around on the bus, even though she is too big for this now! She will go and sit on it whenever she sees it and asks to be pushed once she's on it! She's also started to push herself round the house whilst riding on it and is enjoying the fredom with it. The only problem she has is that she can't always get round corners so we'll hear cries of 'Stuck!' every so often.
I have been really pleased with this ride-on and am glad her grandparents go it for her. It seems to be very durable and takes the abuse of her standing on it, trying to drag it up the stairs and pushing it into walls. We've used it both indoors over the winter and outside during summer and it has stayed in good condition. The sounds on it are very annoying especially as my daughter tries to do the 're-mix' version of it and keeps pressing the buttons so it repeats the beginning of the speech every time she presses it. We therefor allow her to have the movement and lights, but we generally switch off the sound.
My other bigger issue with the ride-on is that it can't be steered easily as the handles only move the wheels a very small amount. I would have preferred a ride-on that my daughter could actually ride on easily herself and not have to be helped everytime she reaches a corner. Other than these isssues, I am happy with this.
This sells for around £30 at the moment which I think is a bit expensive for this product. I would definitely prefer a product which will allow freedom to turn and would prefer to pay the price for this instead. If you are happy with only going straight or in a very large circle then I would recommend this product. It has lasted us well and provides lots of fun and entertainment for my daughter. It states it is suitable from 12 months, but I think it would be suitable as soon as your baby is able to walk on their own if younger.