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VTech Sit-To-Stand Learning Walker For 6-18 Month Old Babies
Why The VTech Learning Walker?
My little boy, Alfie, has always been a bright baby - well advanced for his age, which is wonderful and I feel truly thankful for. The flip side of this is that I am forever trying to find new, exciting things for him to explore and enjoy - once he has hold of something new he will be completely engrossed... For a maximum of five to ten minutes. I'm sure if you are reading this and you have a baby or have ever had a baby, you will know/remember this phase of their development.
I adore watching Alfie when there is something different, colourful or unusual within his reach: if you are holding him he will 'starfish' - putting his arms and legs out as far as they will go with anticipation of being given the new object... Even if it is just a jar of jelly or an empty water bottle...
Another thing that really drew me to this product was the fact it is designed for babies who can't yet walk or crawl as well as babies just learning to cruise along and more confident toddlers, too! Basically, it means that instead of lasting just three or six months, it will remain age appropriate for over a year (providing the walker was bought for a six or seven month old) - this along with all the other points makes it great value for money.
What Skills Does It Encourage And Develop?
We have now had the learning walker for two weeks and the novelty of it hasn't worn off yet!
I expected it to be a wonderful product for two reasons:
- I had been recommended the VTech Learning Walker specifically by three different mothers, and
- as soon as you see the VTech walker you can see how many activities there are, all of which help little ones to develop their motor skills and entertain to no end.
but even though I had high expectations, these were completely surpassed by what we actually got. Alfie is not an easy child to entertain for long periods of time, but he sat happily with the activity table for absolutely ages, until I eventually decided to do something else with him, worrying that he was going to spend so much time on it that he would be bored of the thing by the next day!
I really shouldn't have worried about it. He has been totally engrossed with the whole thing; every single time he has been sat in front of it.
And now the really exciting news (for me, at least). Two days ago I was washing up and Alfie was playing near me (surrounding by soft-landing cushions in case he toppled over), when he got so excited (I think by the keyboard and the moo-ing cow which were two of his favourite features at this time), that he kicked the activity table which was on its wheel-along base. Subsequently, it rolled out of his reach and, as if it was no problem at all, he slid down onto his belly and started wriggling after it. I was gobsmacked, and then ecstatic that my little man had finally started wriggling along! Hoorah!
So, I firmly believe that had it not been for this wonderful walker, Alfie still wouldn't be inspired to crawl (or wriggle), and I would still be wondering when he would actually begin moving his rather chubby bottom... Sorry Alfie!
Other skills the activity table and walker improve are:
- Hand-eye co-ordination
- Knowledge of colours
- Knowledge of shapes
- Cause and effect (for instance, pressing the cow produces a "moo")
- Fine motor skills
- Helps to encourage crawling and standing
Do You Have A Young Baby?
Do You Think The VTech Walker Sounds Like A Good Toy To Aid Development?
Features List For The Walker
- A toy phone, which rings!
- A circle, triangle and square which have push-in shapes which encourage the child to put the right shape in the correct place. When they do, the shapes light up and play one of several tunes. It also tells the child the name of the shapes, which makes it a fab educational toy.
- Spinners which make sounds and have bright colours. The child spins them around and listens to different sounds, songs and the clicking of the spinners too.
- A musical keyboard. Each key is a different colour and plays a different note, which is an absolute delight for Alfie.
- A button shaped like a cow, which makes a mooing noise when pressed.
- A window which (when opened), plays "peekaboo! I see you"
- Flashing buttons
- a huge range of sayings, songs and musical tunes
What Are The Negatives?
Honestly, there is only one thing that I can think of that irritated me on this walker which is the fact that there is no brake that can be applied to the wheels to stop it rolling.
So far, resting the back wheels against a wall or the sofa so that Alfie can stand whilst holding on has proved successful. Then again, I suppose as they are designed for when children who can cruise along pretty well and mostly independently so putting brakes on may seem a bit pointless.
Also, having looked up several baby walkers it does appear that none of them have brakes on so perhaps that's just me being picky.
Also, just a note and not a negative point, this walker does require two AA batteries but they aren't included so you have to buy some separately - again, I'm pretty convinced that almost nothing comes with batteries included for safety reasons nowadays.