“ Brand: Ladybird / Type: Childrens Skates „
At the start of the summer months I come across these ladybird roller skates on the Littlewoods site purely by chance. I would never have thought to have got these for my daughter as she is only 3 but after checking the age recommendation which was aged 3 years and over so I decided it might be worth buying them. The price on Littlewoods was rather steep costing £19 so I tried shopping around on the likes of amazon but I unfortunately couldn't find them selling anywhere else.
The roller skates come packaged in a rather compact box decorated in a ladybird theme with a picture of the roller skates. Inside are the roller skates themselves, a safety leaflet and instructions on how to operate the skates.
The skates themselves are rather simple in design; they are red in colour with a ladybird on each foot. The skates are designed to slip over the shoe rather than be worn instead of the shoe. On the underside they have a screw type mechanism that allows you to tighten/loosen the skates to adjust them to the size of the child's feet. The skates can fit shoe sizes between 5 and 11.
The idea of the skates is to put them over the shoes, there is then a pull fasten tab that locks into place when you have them tight enough so that the feet don't slip out. I have noticed when using them with my daughter that it is better to wear shoes such as pumps because chunky shoes have difficulty fitting in and shoes such as sandals are prone to hurting the feet.
The roller skates are relatively simple to use having 4 wheels, 2 on each side to ensure balance. My daughter is easily able to stand up in them without falling over. Walking in them is also easy to do when on surfaces such as carpet or grass. As for actually skating in them, well my daughter hasn't quite got the hang of that yet, she is able to make basic movements but she struggles as she tries to lift her feet off the floor in a walking movement. I am sure with plenty of practice she will eventually be able to skate alone. She is still able to have lots of fun however holding my hands as I pull her along.
From what I have learnt from my daughter, she falls over a lot so I would advise wearing protective equipment. My daughter has a helmet, arm pads and knee pads but she somehow manages to get scratches and bruises when she uses the skates. I don't have any problems with the skates themselves, I think they are excellent, they have the right amount of give in the wheels to make the skates move but they are not loose enough to make them too fast or dangerous. The problem I have found is that my daughter is perhaps not yet old enough, in another year perhaps she may have the ability and patience to be able to learn how to skate properly on her own without falling over but at a shoe size 9 now she may not be able to fit in them by then.
I do think that the skates are a good idea and they are of excellent quality, they feel hardwearing and sturdy and as they are made completely from plastic they are easy to clean and maintain. A slight problem with the plastic design is that they are prone to scratch when scraped along a hard surface but that really is only to be expected. I would highly recommend buying these skates, they are totally worth the price as the quality is excellent and they are really fun!