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**UPDATE**~*~*~*~Great for a "cheap" walker, my twins LOVE them~*~*~*~ Oct 07, 2009
By Mommy of Cuties M & Z
"Mom of Twins"
*****UPDATE~1 year of use update is at the bottom******
I don't understand why so many people are giving these a negative review(I'll address those in a minute) because my girls LOVE these & play in them EVERY single day, several times a day.
We first got these when my girls were 7 months old(see my pics posted above) & both of them were small for their age, my smallest was about 25" & she was able to push heself backward the very 1st time in these. I put tennis shoes on both girls since we were using them outside and that really helped them touch better & give good traction. At first they didn't realize they could move themselves in these, that happened on accident and soon enough both girls realized they could push themselves backward. Learning to go forward took a couple of weeks but once they learned that they were even happier with these. My girls can "drive" super fast in these, they zoom all over in these laughing & squealing with delight. They love to run into things with these, including eachother...like a demolition derby but even when they are speeding & bump into eachother all they do is crack up laughing.
Now to address some of the negative reviews that I have read.
*there are a lot saying that this was too tall for their baby but I find that hard to believe considering my smallest was about 25"(5th%) when I 1st put her in this. And she is still less than 27" but I've put it on the higest setting(just to test) and she is still able to touch and get around. I think most babies have to 'learn' to use a walker so that may be why people think it is too tall...give them a little time to figure out what this new device is that you've put them in and soon enough they'll figure out what to do.
*I've read it was cheaply made. Well my girls have played in these a LOT, they run into eachother, couches, etc. and nothing has broken, fallen off or worn out. These are really sturdy in my opinion. Plus, I don't understand why people are buying one of the cheapest walkers available and then complaining it is cheaply made...Um, buy the much more expensive Chicco...it's like buying a Cavalier & complaining because it isn't as nice as a Volvo.
*I've read you can't change the batteries. There are several people on here who have explained exactly how you can change the batteries. My girls used their music/lights a lot in the beginning and 4 months later they are still going strong although they don't turn it on a whole lot anymore, they like driving around more than anything.
*I've read the toys aren't that fun. My girls have liked the provided toys from the beginning. Plus I added more toys/teething toys for them which is a very simple solution if your child doesn't enjoy the provided toys.
*There is one nutty person who hates all walkers in general, thinks they are unsafe so they would give all walkers a bad review, they just happened to get this one as a gift...and to show a thank you to the person who got it for them they said they hope the person who gave it to them would never have kids...can you say Crazy!!
All in all this walker is great for the money. I also love that the toy tray removes completely...if it were like one of the ones that stay attached and open for snacks they would be able to touch the toys and get food all over them. We also use these as seats when we visit people...since they've outgrown their bouncers, we can put them on carpet in these and they have a safe and lovely seat or if on hard surfaces and we don't want them rolling about we just put something like a blanket under them so they can't roll.
If you have lots of extra money to spend then buy the Chicco, since it is almost double the cost of this one I'm sure it probably is much nicer, plus I think the colors of the Chiccos are better and to be quite honest, had I not been buying 2 walkers at once, I would have purchased the Chicco myself(I also think the Chicco wheels are probably better, the Chicco wheels look just like the wheels on my girls Wheeley Bugs & they flow over everything perfectly smoothly no matter what-the Safety First wheels don't seem as nice or like they are as smooth but we've had no problems with them). BUT if you like to save money and still want something that works just fine then buy this Safety 1st.
So my girls have been using these seats basically everyday, normally several times a day(anywhere from 30 min to over an hour each time) for a year now so I thought I'd give an update.
My girls still LOVE them!! The seats are still in perfect condition, well, the lights/sounds no longer work since the batteries are dead but they don't care about that at all. Even if this had never had the lights/sounds they would not have minded. I've washed the seats in the washing machine many, many times and it still looks like new, no holes, no fading, nothing wrong at all, even the thick foam has held its shape perfectly. Nothing has broken, the toys are still in tact. Besides the lights/sounds they are just like they were when we bought them.
These are one of the few things that my husband and I feel we definately got our moneys worth & then some. Not only do these seats give my girls independance, they give me & my husband some free time as well. We have a big/long living room and I put up gates so they have to stay in here. Everything is arranged so they can't run into anything dangerous and they can't grab anything they're not supposed to. They LOVE watching cartoons so every morning after breakfast our routine is for them to get in their walkers, I put on their educational cartoons & I can do anything that I need to do: start laundry, computer stuff, etc. They normally relax and lay back with their head resting on the thick foam when they are watching cartoons and they always end up chasing eachother & cracking up laughing. Sometimes I put objects on the couch or chairs that are within their reach w/out them seeing me because they think they've really found some treasure ; )
I think the weight limit on this is like 26lbs and I believe my girls will be using these till they reach the limit. They've been walking for months now but still enjoy these tremendously.
24 of 26 found the following review helpful:
WE FIGURED OUT HOW TO CHANGE THE BATTERIES! May 26, 2007
By Katrina Manis
I love the fact that this walker folds down for storage. And you can't beat the price but to change the batteries on this thing is a pain to say the least! My husband used a 1/4 inch open end-boxed end wrench with a phillips head screwdriver bit to remove the screws on each side of the steering wheel. The one in the center is for the light which can be changed too. Once you are inside the steering wheel(Congrats by the way!) remove the two screws on the inside and turn this piece over to reveal the batteries. It takes four lithium batteries. I don't know the size as of it. I read reviews saying the battery was souldered into place. The only thing I can figure is she was trying to remove the speaker. I hope this helps!
A little chintzy, but an excellet value. Apr 06, 2007
By N. Bianco
I needed a walker for my very active 6 month old son, and this was the hit that just keeps on comin'. He loves the little spinners and the adjustable height is great for a fast growing boy. It's a little cheap looking, though - and the music on the steering wheel scared the sin out of him because it's VERY loud and then it just stopped working completely. Overall, three out of a five and it's a great value.
8 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Batteries CAN be removed Jun 19, 2012
By K. Jordan
Safety 1st does not make this easy - but it is do-able. You will need a Philips head offset screwdriver (ratcheting is best), a fairly small Philips head screwdriver, and four button cell batteries (1.5V G13-A, which are the same batteries found in cheap cat-entertaining laser pointers and some led flashlights). It's pretty easy once you gather your tools: Without removing the steering wheel from the base, locate the three screws holding the top and bottom sections of the wheel together; unscrew the three screws with your ratcheting screwdriver and separate - you will see a circuit board with two led lights and one speaker (this may be mistaken for a big watch battery) coming off of it; unscrew the two screws holding the circuit board down - the batteries are on the underside of this piece; pop out the four old batteries; pop in fresh batteries (make sure that they read 1.5V in the multimeter; test to make sure it works; screw the circuit board back on, then the top.
I found it very annoying that I couldn't find any information as to the type of batteries that I needed, or how many - so here it is: four (4) G13-A button cell batteries. They are 1.5V. These are, incidentally, the same batteries that are in those laser pointers that they make for entertaining cats.
13 of 16 found the following review helpful:
How to change the batteries Mar 02, 2008
By Tiny Tim
The batteries ran out after about two months, but after a little investigation I found that the batteries can be changed. First, remove the three screws on the bottom side of the wheel. Second, remove the two screws from the electronic panel. On the bottom side of the panel there are four "watch-type batteries". I used Energizer 357/303. A little steep at $2.75 a piece.
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