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I have recently been going through some of my sons toys that he has grown out of and passing them on to charity, and one such toy that I have come across is the Step 2 Push Around Buggy that I bought him when he was about a year old. He is now 3 years old and is starting to get to the stage where he has outgrown this toy, although he will play with it very occasionally still. I can't remember exactly what I paid for the Step 2 Push Around Buggy a few years ago, but I saw it recently on Amazon for £32.00 which seemed like a good price to me because I know how much my son played with this when he first had it. I would estimate that the Step 2 Push Around Buggy is appropriate for children between the ages of about 1 year and 3 years old - and so it has quite a narrow focus in terms of audience, but it is fun while it lasts.
The main body of the car is a bright red, with a yellow bonnet, blue and white wheels and a blush push handle. I would say that this version of the car is okay for both boys and girls, although I have seen a pink version also that may be more appropriate for a girl child. Certainly the car is attractive to look at and it looks friendly, with the headlights looking like friendly eyes - and the primary colours appealing to my son. The idea of this car is that the child can sit in the car and then be push around using the attached handle - and in this way it can kind of double up as a buggy if you're going out to the supermarket or out for a walk.
The car is quite chunky and it feels very robust and sturdy. I feel like my son was well protected when he was in the car and that when he bumped into things, as he inevitably did, the car took the impact of the wall (or whatever it was) that be bumped into. The car weighs 7.5kg and so it is fairly lightweight to lift but despite this, the car stays firmly on the ground and it is virtually impossible to tip over or invert. The handle at the back of the car makes the car easy to manoeuvre, even when my son was in the car and being pushed and it really takes very little effort to push the car at all. The handle can be removed so that if you're transporting the car it makes it easier to move, and the handle then doubles up as a carrying handle.
When my son sits in the car I like the fact that there is a lap seat belt to mean that he is secure in the car and that he can't accidentally fall out. This is a really nice safety feature and while we wouldn't always use it, if we were going out for a walk along a road then I would usually fasten him in in case he decided to jump out - or accidentally fall out. My son could keep himself occupied by "steering" using the steering wheel which doesn't really steer the car but a 2 year old doesn't really understand that! There is also a horn that honks - and again, this is something that kept him entertained as we were "driving" along. I think it would be nice if there was a removable hood that could protect him from either the sun or rain should we be out in that type of weather - but unfortunately that wasn't an option.
The hood of the car lifts up and there is a small storage area under the bonnet. We tended not to use this much for any real practical purpose, but occasionally my own would put little things in there that made him feel that the car belonged to him.
Overall, I think this is a really good little car buggy that doubles as a buggy and as a toy. It's worth having and would recommend it.
Your child can 'drive' this fun buggy ride-on as you push.With safety harness, honking horn and steering wheel. There is a space under the bonnet for transporting toys. You can store the parent handle underneath the buggy, so it's easy to fit in the car. Age range: 18 months - 3 years.