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2.0 out of 5 stars A good toy, but not ideal for it's stated purpose as a "first steps walker", 25 Feb. 2010
This review is from: VTech First Steps Baby Walker (Baby Product)
My little boy has had this since he was around 7 months old, but as he's now 9 months and starting to stand and try to walk, the limitations of this toy as a "first walker" are very evident...

Although the lights and buttons on the front provide lots of entertainment, the fact that you can't lock the wheels or control them in any way means that if your baby tries to stand up or push it using the handle, it runs away very quickly - and the handle then becomes the first thing to make contact with your baby's face or chin as it slides away!

I've seen one or two other reviewers say they prop it or lean it against something, which is what we've been doing, but this isn't a reliable way to make it safe, and for me it's a major failing of the toy design.
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Initial post: 25 Mar 2012 15:46:10 BDT
Swede says:
How can it be better than when the most helpful critical review and the most helpful favorable review both say the same. I feel confident that I know what I get if I buy it.

Posted on 20 Jan 2014 09:27:55 GMT
Because your baby is too young for that! If he can't stand by himself even few seconds, certainly this toy will run away very quickly under his body weight, cause he will be hanging with all his weight on it. Look at the video, the kids stand and run very confident, this first step walker is for that period when baby is making real first steps, without really big help, NOT when you think "OH my baby is trying to stand up, even if it happen in his crib, and even if he hanging with all his weight in his hands...MAYBE IT'S TIME FOR HIM TO WALK" well, NO.. it's not time yet

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2014 09:52:31 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jan 2014 09:54:52 GMT
I don't know what video you're talking about, but I was guided by the name of the product, the photos on the Amazon product page, and the age guidance. All of which fail to give me the expert guidance you have.

Lots of other purchasers have had the same problem, so I don't think it's fair to imply that it's the customers fault.

Anyway, as I said, a decent product, but potentially dangerous for younger kids.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2014 12:09:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Nov 2014 12:10:39 GMT
Sarita says:
Absolutely - it is SO tempting to buy a baby a walker - which is why I'm back reading reviews having decided against it 4 months ago - but now I'm remembering why I did decide against it. They are quite simply dangerous and even harmful to a baby's natural deveolpment. If you google you'll find paediatrician after paediatrician wanting them banned and urging parents to stay away from them. They are banned already in Canada. They develop completely the wrong muscles in a baby because the baby is walking leaning forwards, and this actually hampers the baby and can cause problems later in life as well. Plus thousands of babies end up in casualty every year through walkers that run away with them, burst through stair gates, you name it.
I so want to give our little one the fun and pleasure of a walker now he's 13 months old but boy we would have to seriously supervise it and hold it as he walks to slow it down - and is that realistic?...
What a shame the LeapFrog walker got recalled - that had a brake and was meant to go much slower on carpet...
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