Product Type: Little Tikes Outdoor Toy
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Little Tikes My First Slide - so much fun, I can't get my daughter away!
Little Tikes My First Slide
Member Name: karlsm93
Little Tikes My First Slide
Advantages: Compact, colorful, indoor and outdoor
For my daughter's first birthday, along with some smaller toys, we decided to purchase this Little Tikes First Slide for her, as we had, by that stage, already started to take her to the park to play on the swings and slide, and although she wasn't able to go down the slide by herself, she still loved going down with my husband or I. We don't have a huge garden, so we didn't think we would be able to get her a slide of her own, that was until we saw this first slide, which can be used indoor and outdoor, which appealed, and since it was a first slide, we knew it wouldn't take up as much room.
Little Tikes is a respected name, so I wasn't concerned about its durability. Little Tikes claims that this slide is suitable for children from 18 months to 4 years. Firstly, my daughter got this slide at a year, when she was already starting to totter by herself, so with adult supervision, I see no reason why a child under 18months couldn't use this, but I also think that expecting this slide to be suitable up to 4 years old, s probably pushing it a little, and I can imagine my daughter by that stage, would be wanting something a lot more grown up and bigger.
This slide comes in a choice of colours, namely a pink/purple combination and a green/blue combination. Although you would think our automatic choice would be the former of these colour combinations, thinking ahead, if we had another child which was a boy, we didn't think a pink/purple slide would be the best option! So green/blue it was. At the time we purchased, we actually bought this slide in a local toy shop, as it was the same price as amazon around £40 and we thought we would support local business, however I notice on amazon it is priced at just over £35 at present and I have to say I think this is very good value for the quality of the product.
Another big feature of this slide, and it was this feature that encouraged us to purchase, was that it folds up easily and compactly, so you don't have to worry about it taking up unneccessary space in the winter months when not in use. Assembly of this slide seemed to be very easy and my husband was able to do this without too much trouble.
Being a first slide, this has been designed to be stable and the three steps that lead up to the slide are broad and thick to help as a young child learns to climb them. The solid handrail at the top gives a child good secure grip as they position themselves at the top of the slide.
When we got this slide at the end of August for my daughters birthday, unfortunately the weather wasn't terrific at the time, and it meant that we really only had it outside in the garden twice. However, we have used it indoors numerous times since my daughter's birthday. In fact, when I get it out, I can hardly get my daughter away from it and have to wait until she goes to bed to put it away again! When my daughter first got this slide, we had to lift her up and help her slide down, although her all time favourite was to try and climb up the slide. Now, she is 15 months old, she has a good go and climbing the steps herself, although my husband or I are always behind her should she fall back. SHe still can't quite position herself into a sitting position at the top steadily, so we help her with that part, but she loves being able to slide down herself now, and will giggle everytime and never tires of it.
Never have I felt this slide to be unsteady, and it has never marked an inch when my daughter has climbed it or slid down. It is a great height for her and I love that it is the right size to be used indoors as well as outdoors, as you really then get your money's worth, especially with the bad weather that we are so used to getting.
I expect this slide to be used by my daughter for at least another year and a half, and I really think it will stand the test of time. It is a colourful, durable, compact slide that is ideal for a young child.
Summary: A brilliant first slide