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98 of 101 found the following review helpful:
Great walkerFeb 15, 2007
By Mom of 1
We bought this toy when my son was about 11 months old. He had been pulling up to standing for quite some time, but just hadn't made the transition to walking yet. As soon as saw this toy he immeditiately pulled to standing and started taking steps! Now, 2 months later, he still uses it even though he can walk on his own. He loves pushing it around the house.
I saw some reviews on the musical version of this toy where some said that the toy was not good for kids pulling up to standing. My son weighed about 20 lbs when he first got it and never had any issues pulling up. The toy never fell over from his weight.
94 of 100 found the following review helpful:
Good toy - serves its purposeJul 29, 2009
My husband rarely cares about reviews, but he read the review with me when there was only one review for this (5-star at the time) and was sold on buying it. At first, I have to admit that I was disappointed when I unpacked it. It is very lightweight; it's all pretty thin plastic - on the whole toy. The picture made it seem like the part with the 'toys' on it was heavy enough to weigh the whole thing down. It's pretty much just a shell, with a few gadgets attached.
When we bought it our child was about 7 months old, and loved crawling. When we tried the walker, our son really needed to put his weight on whatever was holding him up when he wanted to practice walking. So, when we first tried the walker with him, it would have toppled right over (with him) if both us hadn't either been holding our son or the toy. It's definitely not made to be heavily leaned upon by someone with wobbly legs.
We helped our son practice using the walker practically all the time, even though I thought the toy was far too light to ever be a support. It actually became useful in stages. At first, our son was increasingly able to hold his own weight, standing, which is what made the walker increasingly usable. The walker was a little more useful when he could stand well, but the 'toys' on it were totally uninteresting. (At least it's a quiet toy that doesn't need batteries.) Then, he could pretty much take one or two steps with the walker, on his own. Finally, one evening he just crawled to the walker and ran down the hall with it. It was quite a shock because when he pulled himself up, I thought he was going to fall over with the toy. (We'd always held the toy steady for him, up to that point.) I was only a few feet away watching him before I realized he wanted to stand up, but by the time I got up and took two steps to go help him, he'd already started running down the hall with it. (After I recovered my jaw, I woke my husband to see the surprise.)
I'd say if you're interested in just getting something to help your child transition to walking on his/her own, this toy serves its purpose. Your child should probably be steady on his/her feet, meaning pretty much able to stand steadily. Early on, when he'd adjusted to using it, my husband and I still spent a lot of time holding the toy with him because his leaning on it made it roll quite quickly (the wheels are just as thin and lightweight as the rest of the toy.)
If you're like I was, and are looking for a walker that can double as a toy for a baby to play with while sitting, get something else. (I didn't invest much time looking into walkers because we have no stairs to worry about and have mostly carpet floors; so I can't make a specific, alternative suggestion.) It works very well on carpet, by the way. Regular floors, keep an eye on the little one driving.
Personally, I'd hoped it would be a multi-purpose toy (based on the picture), having little things on top of it to play with, but the widgets just flip like pages or spin. In the end, though, our son didn't really need us to invest a lot in a walker because the transition was about a month or two, then he wanted to take steps on his own and didn't want the toy to help him anymore. He pretty much stopped using it after he started practicing on his own.
We bought this when it was about $20, I think. (I'd spent so much on other toys I didn't have much left to invest in a walker at the time.) In hindsight, I'm glad I didn't spend a lot on this kind of toy. Really, it's not necessary to spend more than $20 on a push walker anyway. I definitely wouldn't buy this particular walker for more than $20 or $25. By the time children get the hang of walking with the help of a toy, they will probably just want to try walking on their own, one step at a time.
By the way, I rated this toy 5 stars because my husband specifically asked me to write a review for this (of all the toys I bought on Amazon) and to rate it 5 stars. I love him, he thought the toy was great, and my son's a champion at walking now, so, here's 5 stars. Cheers.
79 of 94 found the following review helpful:
HORRIBLE!!!!Sep 21, 2012
By Naveen Sharma
Ok! so we all love fisher price and I was excited to get a walker for my son - I bought it for him when he was 10 months old and we have had it for one month now. It looks great in the picture BUT its EXTREMELY light weight... DO NOT BUY THIS!!! its not meant to work as a walker... when the kid tries to stand up the toys falls over, the kid falls over, and he or she gets hurt. again - its very light weight and cheap... you are better off getting something heavy and durable... my son tries to stand up with this toy to practice and he falls over... the toy cant hold the childs weight... and my son is not over weight or fat... just a normal 11 month old baby!
18 of 22 found the following review helpful:
Too light to use as a walkingJul 10, 2013
By P. Lee
Had this toy for almost a month, my daughter was 9 month when she started using it, and now she is 10 month. She is at ~5% tile weight for her age, so she is consider very very light. Yet, when she tries to hold the toy to stand up, it would fall over on her. If she lean a little bit backwards during walk, it will roll back and she would loss balance and this toy would fall on her (if her hands are still holding on to it). If she lean forward too much while walking, the toy would go forward and she will try to knee down and the toy would fall on her. The only way my wife and I feel safe for her to walk with it is crawl behind her and hold both wheel with our hand to control the speed, that way if she fall backwards, we would catch her before the toy falls on her, and it would never go too fast with us holding on and turning the wheel by hand slowly at her pase.
Overall, it's not a good walker, most of the time we just lay it flat and let her play with the things on the front, but not for actual walking.
4 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Activities are boring and can't function as a walker....POINTLESSApr 13, 2014
By Miss H
My son received this as a gift for his first Christmas, he was 5 months old at the time. Now that he's 8.5 months and starting to pull up and cruise I decided to lock the toy in its upright position and let him use it as a walker. Bad idea!
First let me start with the activities. You get a ball that spins in the middle, a row of flaps below that can spin, a row of beads above that can spin and move side to side a little, a row of flaps to the right that can just flip up and down pointlessly, and a row of 3 interlocking gears that can turn if the baby turns a knob. My child is barely interested in the activities. When in the down position this toy is slanted somewhat so it's not easy to reach all the activities from sitting in one place. I don't think he was interested in 3 of 5 of the activities. He would sometimes spin the ball and hit one of the bottom flaps, but he never seemed completely enthused by it.
Second, I'm completely confused how this can be considered a walker unless your child is already proficient at walking....and then what's the point? This thing is LIGHT as heck and tips over constantly. My son is 9th percentile and tiny, every time he reaches for the red bars the toy either gets away from him or it tips back over onto him. There is ZERO stability. So what happens when I get him up and place his hands on the bars? Unless he walks slowly (because, you know, babies learning to walk have to much control), the toy will race forward and he will face plant. There is ZERO effort needed to get this thing to move. A slight breeze will push this thing along! How is that safe?
Overall I'm not surprised. Every single Fisher Price toy has been chintzy and inferior to the Leap Frog or V-tech equivalent, and this is no exception. Instead of running out to buy another walker my son accidentally discovered a free alternative. An overturned laundry basket with a blanket wrapped pillow inside. It glides so slowly across the floor and takes a lot of effort to push, it works perfectly! Therefor I can not recommend this toy to anyone. The activities are completely uninspired and boring, and the walker is basically dangerous for all but completely stable toddlers.
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