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      14.09.2013 13:25

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      Very good first scooter

      My daughter really likes this scooter; she got it for her 2nd birthday and always wants to go on it. Because it has up to four wheels it's very steady for her to stand on it on her own without falling and just recently 3months later she has started to get the hang of pushing with one foot. Though usually I have to push her along on it, it is ok when going straight but when you have to turn it's a bit tricky, but 1 day she will learn to use it by herself and because you can change from having four wheels, to three or two wheels it's a brilliant first scooter to learn on. Well worth purchasing.

      The scooter is also light weight because my daughter tends to carry the scooter around following me to get me to push her on it. The handle bars have bubbly groves on that make it a safer grip when holding on. It folds very easily by just pulling the leaver out at the bottom and it will stay closed when lifting, until you pull the leaver out again to open it, very handy for storing. The handle bar can be adjusted for different heights, and it was easy to put together using the instructions. The size of scooter is: H55, W29, D63cm.

      I would definitely recommend

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      26.04.2011 11:05
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      i would not buy another one and recommend that you do not waste your money on it.

      I bought my daughter her first scooter a few summers ago, it was a birthday gift for her 3rd birthday and had been asking for a scooter. I was a little dubious about buying a scooter as she had never tried a scooter before and she is always very careful with herself, i felt i should have waited a while longer before buying but hubby told me to stop wrapping her in cotton wool. I found the "My first scooter" on amazon and thought it would be perfect.

      I paid £19.00 for it from amazon with free super saver delivery, i have also seen it for sale in toys r us but was a little more expensive, it would be a good idea to buy it from a shop and not online so you can try it out with your child.

      The scooter came in a cardboard box that can be recycled, also came with instructions with picture diagrams. The instructions were easy to follow and the scooter was easy to build, my husband built it in ten mins, he was under pressure as my daughter was trying to help! Its mainly a few nuts and bolts and its built, and the handle bar slots into the hole. Very easy compared to some toys we have built.

      The scooter is very colourful and perfect for little princesses, its mainly bright pink all over with yellow finishings. The scooter has a pearly sparkle finish to it, it glimmers in the sun shine. Its very pretty to look at. The handle bars are metal with a sponge covering where the little hands grip, this makes it comfortable to hold and gives you something to grip on to. The foot board is made from metal, its large enough for small feet, my daughter could fit both her feet on with plenty of room. My only concern was the foot plate is my daughter has stood on it before with wet shoes on and slipped, it could be improved with some form of rubber grips.

      The wheels are made from a rubber resin and are bright yellow in colour, the weels are sturdy and hard wearing. The wheels give the scooter balance as there are two wheels at the front and back, if i did not have the double wheels my daughter would not have been able to balance at all.

      Another thing i like about the scooter is it can fold away to store in my garden shed when not in use, its quite easy to fold away, there is a small clip near the base that you hold down and at the same time you have to push the handles bars down towards the base and close the clip to lock it. Also the handle bars can be adjusted in size so it can grow with your child, its a great idea and makes the scooter last longer with more use.

      My daughter was delighted to see it built but that was short lived, it was difficult for her to use. I held her on it until she got used to it moving. Then little miss independent wanted to try it herself, she was fine to start with until she fell off and grazed her arm. She has not had much use out of it until recently but will only go on it with her elbow and knee pads and helmet. Its easy to push along and only put one foot on until you get used to it moving. It was not as fun for her as i thought it would be, it caused painful tears and i would never buy her a scooter again.

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        04.04.2011 13:01
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        A scooter which is a lot better on paper than in reality

        Grossman My First Scooter for Girls


        My daughter is very much an outdoor person and loves going for walks and simply playing outside. She already had a three-in-one child's bike bought for her the year before, so we decided to look around for a little scooter for her. I spent quite a while hunting around for different prices and scooter abilities, keeping in mind that my three year old is quite small for her age and lacks the physical balance that my nephew of the same age has! After looking into different scooters which matched the criteria we were after, we decided to buy the Grossman 'My First Scooter' from Amazon for £14.99 reduced from £24.99. It seemed to have the same capability as a few other scooters, though what I particularly liked before purchasing about this model was the fact that the price was a lot lower than the others, and it came in a lovely pink colour - something my daughter loves!

        So did the scooter live up to expectation?


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        A SCOOTER WHICH GROWS WITH THE CHILD
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        Occasionally, when buying a present for our daughter, I (or rather my husband!) take it out of the box and assemble it before wrapping it up to save my little girl growing frustrated when having to wait for something to be put together and finding out it takes hours to work out! We did not actually have time to do this with the scooter, though, but luckily the assembly of it was quite simple. It was just a matter of finding the right nuts and bolts and fitting it altogether in the right places. It took my husband no more than five minutes to build the whole scooter and then it was ready to go, much to my daughter's excitement.

        The image on Amazon is actually quite precise for once, with the pink colour matching the actual shade found on the scooter. This bold pink covers the majority of the scooter with a bold yellow colour finishing the appearance off nicely on the wheels and trimmings. The whole scooter also has a slight shimmer to it (apart from the wheels which are more of a matte texture) which creates a much newer appearance even after months of use. There are two stickers which come automatically stuck onto the scooter; both having the words 'My first Scooter' on them with what I believe is the logo of the scooter. The first is on the front and is very small and barely noticeable. The second is on the actual scooter base which doubles up as a foot gripper with its sand-paper type texture. This helps my daughter keep her feet still upon the base to a degree though do not expect any miracles!

        On to the frame itself as the appearance with regards to colour is only a small part of the scooter and not really something which would overly matter in a decision for purchasing if the scooter itself is not up to scratch! The majority of the scooter is made from a hard metal which makes it quite heavy and something I unfortunately overlooked on purchase. At first my daughter did struggle a lot when manoeuvring the scooter around due to the weight, though after a year of use she has become a little stronger and is now three and a half which I think is the ideal age when thinking about its weight. The wheels are made of a similar strength rubber though if the scooter rolls over jagged stones, we have found that the rubber becomes much rougher though this does not seem to interfere with the wheels turning. Upon the handle bars there is a spongy material with a groove in the centre of each, perfect for little hands to hold on to without slipping. I have seen this same type of material on other outdoor toys in which, after hours of use and little finger nails digging away at it, it becomes ripped and full of holes, though even after nearly a year of use, these handle grippers are still as good as new.

        You may be wondering why I have not mentioned the height yet as this is another important feature. The reason for this is simple; the height is adjustable! Now apparently, this scooter is ideal for children aged from two years plus, and apart from the weight issue which I have already mentioned, the adjustable height and adjustable wheels are perfect for such a young age. The height reaches up to approximately 61cm (with the rest of the measurements being 54x30cm) and lowers down approximately six to seven cm allowing a great amount of growth for the child. Unfortunately, it is not all sunshine and rainbows with this height adjuster. The bars are secured only by a screw tightening against the inner bar opposed to height variable holes in which to secure a screw. This causes many problems as, no matter how tight the screw is placed, it always becomes loose in next to no time at all. Once this loosens even a little bit, the handle bars pull out easily, or slip down unexpectedly, causing the child to fall forward, and also the turning mechanism becomes obsolete as the screw does not only keep the height in check, but also secures it to the pole leading to the front wheel which is used to steer the scooter. When we first purchased it, after making sure it was completely tightened, it lasted approximately a week before the screw began to fail. My husband has been looking into buying a new screw for it in case that it the problem, though I personally think the problem lies with the pole being too thin for the screw to pull together secure enough. If this is the case, then this design flaw can not be undone unfortunately. I also want to mention here that when the screw is tight enough and the handles and wheel does turn, you have to put up with an annoying squeak!

        As mentioned briefly above, not only is the height adjustable, but also the wheels too. Our daughter is not great with balance (she takes after me - I could never have been a gymnast!!) so we have put the full four wheels on the scooter and have not yet changed this (two at the back and two at the front). With the four wheels, it does give a certain amount of balance though my daughter has fallen sideways occasionally! I think it would have been better if the back wheels were more spaced out to allow a better balance, though that is another gripe I can not do anything about! When the child grows and becomes more adept at riding the scooter, you are able to go down to three wheels and then finally two wheels. In this aspect, it does grow with your child, though if your child is anything like me, then the two wheels will be a long time coming I think! If this is the case then the child may not actually get down to two wheels before the height of the scooter makes it too short for them!

        The height adjustable feature alongside the wheels adjustable attribute was certainly something which pushed me towards the purchase of this scooter, so I was extremely annoyed when the main features did not work right, and in the case of the height (as the wheels are actually fine from what I can see), it can be quite dangerous for a young child.

        Another feature which looked much better on paper than in reality is the folding mechanism. A scooter is quite a bulky toy and without a garage or room in our shed to keep it, it was an important feature that I considered when purchasing it. Not only this, but it is also something which comes in handy when we are out for the day and my daughter tires of riding the scooter and it is down to me to carry it or, if I have her pushchair, hang it over the back...this is of course if I was able to collapse it easy! The concept is a basic one for folding it. There is a small part on the bottom near the base with a yellow top to it which you need to pull out and push down on the handles to fold it up. Easier said than done! It takes a lot of strength and more than two hands to wiggle the bars down the curved hole and even when this is finally completed, clicking the screw into the lock position is nearly impossible! Even my husband has a lot of difficulty with this which means that the scooter is left up most of the time in our hallway causing many a trip and fall!

        Apart from the problems already noted, the durability is above average (as long as you ignore all the problems!). Due to the hard metal, the scooter does not scrape easily and the handle bar sponge area is as good as new. The wheels are a little rough and ready now from constant outdoor use though this does not hinder the wheels going around at all.

        So what does my daughter think of her scooter?

        My daughter loves her scooter...when it works! The amount of understandable upset we have come across from her when the handle bars come loose when we are out is beyond ridiculous! I feel quite sorry for my daughter when this happens and if the design could have been thought out a bit better then my little girl, along with other young children, would not have any need to get upset. It is the worst feeling when you buy something for your child with all high hopes of it being great and then it lets them down! We are now considering buying her another one as, although money is tight, she does love her scooter and I really want her to be able to make the most of it, and unfortunately with this one, that will never happen!


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        The appearance of this scooter is probably the best part of it! The mechanisms with the adjustable height, the turning wheel and the folding part are all terribly thought out and cause a lot of problems and upset. In my opinion, although cheaper than many other scooters, £15.00 is still a price in which I would not want to go over too much, though have I just got what I paid for? Perhaps spending a little more may have ensured a better model, though I guess you can not really tell until you purchase something and then try it out yourself, which then it is often too late!

        Do I recommend this scooter?

        I think you know the answer to that already! Ignore all the 'easy to use' statements on the box and Amazon as this scooter creates more problems than what it is worth!

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          03.02.2011 13:29
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          A great first scooter with only a few small flaws

          Grossman My First Scooter for Girls


          As our little ones birthday is in the winter, we decided to go and get an early birthday present in the summer so the most use could be had out of it. We took a look at a few different scooters and decided upon this Grossman 'My First scooter' which we purchased from Amazon for £15.00 (£5.00 off of the usual price). Admittedly, the main reason we went for this scooter was the fact that the price was lower than others, though the look and features appealed too, to both us and our little one.

          I have read a few reviews on this scooter after buying it which have not been overly positive, though we are all very pleased with it.

          The scooter is in the colours of pink and yellow and has soft, easily gripper handles and large wheels which have a fair amount of grip. The base is rather small, though fine for a two-three year old, and has a good grip to it. It is recommended for a child over two years plus, which I think is an accurate rating, and it will grow with your child as it has adjustable height to it.

          As well as the adjustable height, another great feature is the fact that you are able to use it as a 4 wheeled scooter, a three wheeled, or a two wheeled. I have to admit that so far, our little one has only used it as a four wheeler so I can not comment too much on how it runs with less wheels, though with the four wheels, it gives a decent balance and runs quite well over flat surfaces. Like many scooters, on thick grassy areas is a problem.

          When we first got the scooter, some assembly was required, though it did not take us too long to figure it out. The instructions, as per usual, could have been Chinese for all I could understand of it, though by looking at the picture and figuring out the different nuts and bolts, it was actually quite simple.

          Storing the scooter is simple, yet fiddly. By pulling a small lever, the scooter fold nicely in half to store easily, though actually performing this move is a job within itself. It is really stiff to manoeuvre the scooter the right way to fold, and the lever jams a lot so we find ourselves leaving the scooter up most of the time and only struggling with it when taking it on holidays and such like.

          One small problem I did come across was the fact that the handle bars seem to lock quite a bit if twisted too far around. Not only this, sometimes the top part comes a little lose and needs tightening, though this is easily worked around.

          Perhaps as the child gets older and bigger, the scooter may need to be upgraded, and perhaps this is the problem others find with this mainly, though personally from my youngsters perspective as well as mine, apart from the few annoyances as stated above, this is a great little scooter for young beginners.

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          22.12.2010 10:53
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          great idea that fails in its execution

          It is always, it seems to me, a good idea to encourage kids to be active, and scooters can be a really good way of getting them moving, I say "can be" as in my experience this one isn't - to cut to the chase this scooter probably isn't a great buy as I've found out by owning it.

          Billed as a scooter for girls due to its bright pink looks, this scooter is, admittedly reasonably priced at under £20 and in theory quite adaptable; it can be used as a 4, 3 or 2 wheeled scooter. It comes in a teeny tiny box and has to be assembled. In fairness putting it together is not too challenging, though the instructions could be a bit better and there are rather too many very similar looking bolts and screws, packaged in a small cardboard box optimistically called a "tool box" - this did contain all the bits and bobs you needed and a spanner type tool. The assembly was manageable, took me about 20 minutes, and does produce a fairly solid looking scooter.


          The wheels are of good quality and size wise it is all perfect for a child of 2 or over as billed by the manufacturer with a short, height adjustable handle bar, at minimum height this is, by my measurements about 55cm higher than the base plate, if I don't put you off this scooter you could measure on your toddler to give you an idea as to how height adjustable this is, it can be raised by 5cm or so as your child grows. The footplate is similarly mini-sized at about 20cm along and has a good grip for little feet; the printed bit that has "my first scooter on it". The handle bars are quite nicely padded, and the right size for smaller children's hand, the whole thing is a bit heavy in all honesty but once made up it looks better than the tiny box suggested. It's a good size for a 2 year old, but probably too small for most 4 year olds.

          So far so good............ (well if not "good", at worst "not too bad") the proof of the item is, however, I tend to find, in how a child gets on using it and this is where this item fails badly in my experience.

          I bought this scooter because, in general I think Ozbozz two wheeled scooters are very good- we own one which we have been very happy with. This scooter, however is a different matter and we soon realised it has limited possibilities as it has a fatal flaw - the handle bars can't turn through 360 degrees, and actually just stop and go no further when you turn them less than 90 degrees. Why does this matter I hear you ask? Picture the scene..., you set off to do the short walk to school, in a bit of a hurry, with your toddler who wants to show off their nice pink scooter, they scoot, they try to turn, the handles lock and, invariably they fall off, even though there are 4 wheels, it's narrow so topple over they do. This happens repeatedly until eventually both you and small child realise that the whole thing is going to end in tears. From both of you. You, the parent, try to fold the scooter (there's a puller to do this), struggle as it's really not easy to do and then end up carrying the scooter, along with your screaming child and finding out the hard way that for a small item it's very heavy, unwieldy and a hindrance rather than a help to any journey, after one such experience I was sorely tempted to bung the whole thing in the nearest bin.

          Even trying to use the scooter around the garden, which is a more realistic use of this item maybe, is pretty pointless - albeit aimed at being a first scooter experience and, through having 4, 3 or 2 wheels this scooter doesn't really function well in any combination, and we tried them all. By the time they are big enough to have just 2 wheels the base plate is a bit small for their feet, and lovely as the 3 and 4 wheeled idea is, as you can't turn it just isn't very usable, unless you particularly enjoy seeing your small child fall over a lot. They can't ever really build up any speed on this, and if they do, they are liable to fall off it unless travelling in a VERY straight line.

          I bought this item in Summer, suggested it was added to the dooyoo database hoping it was going to be as good as it looked, found out that it wasn't, and it's telling that it has languished unused for a while in the depths of the garage. It is still pristine - partly as the finish of it is quite good and it is fairly well made but really because it hasn't had the use I hoped it would at all. We've ended up buying a different brand for Christmas that is more expensive, but which I think will be much better. I can't in all honesty recommend this scooter, and I don't think my little girl would either, overall disappointing and one to avoid - I wish I had!


          *Also available in blue, for boys and presumably equally as bad*

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            08.09.2010 19:10
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            the perfect scooter!

            My daughter was always trying to play with her older cousins scooters, but never quite managed it! She had just turned 2 at the time and I didn't think there would be a scooter small and stable enough for her to play on. I had seen the 3 wheeled ones at the park but all of the children riding on them seemed a lot older than she was.

            I was having a look on Littlewoods for the 3 wheeled scooters to see the minimum age for them to see if they were appropriate for my daughter to use. I was immensely surprised when i came across my first scooter as I had never seen a four wheeled scooter before. At £25 it was also one of the cheapest on the site and in my opinion I thought it looked much better than those rather tacky looking character ones.

            I ordered it straight away and was in no way disappointed when I received it. My partner was shocked by the size of it because it does look rather small but for a 2 year old it is the perfect size. The scooter is pink and has yellow wheels and a few other yellow parts, but the main colour is pink. It also has a logo on the bar where the foot goes saying my first scooter.

            The scooter has 4 large wheels to provide extra balance for those who are a little younger. It then can be changed into a 3 wheeler and then 2 as the child grows and develops with balance. I thought this was brilliant as it will last a lot longer. The handle bars can also be adjusted in height to go along with the child as they grow up.

            My daughter absolutely loves this scooter; she whizzes around everywhere on it and looks so proud as she does so. She has not fell of it once neither has the scooter toppled over when she has not been on it. She is not quite ready to use it with 3 wheels yet, but I think that this scooter has definitely provided her with confidence and I think she (and I) will be immensely proud when she can.

            The scooter also folds up, as in the handle folds down to the base of the scooter, making it easy to store. We have taken this on many trips with us, including on holiday, it folds up so small it rarely takes up any car space.

            The only problem I found with this scooter is that because the handles are made of foam, they tear easily. One of our handles has ripped and I don't think it will be too long before my daughter discovers it and rips it off. Saying that a lot of scooters have sponge handles, as they are provided for extra comfort and safety. I am therefore only going to knock of one star for that little fault.

            I would highly recommend this scooter, it is suitable for children ages 2 + and it is a great learning tool and will allow children to gradually progress at their own pace to using a 2 wheeled scooter.

            As I have already mentioned I bought my scooter for £25 at Littlewoods but I would suspect you could find it cheaper.

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