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minor pinch points and tips on usage
on October 23, 2012
The walker is quiet and light on our wood floors. It was easy to assemble: only seven screws. Even before we assembled it, our 11-month-old was fascinated by the different shapes and colors.
The line "Always wear shoes" in the warnings is because the rider or walker's feet are very close to the wheels, and could get pinched if you rolled or scooted the bike backward.
It's not obvious, but I think this toy should be used as a walker before it is used as a bike. Our 11-month-old has not been able to dismount from riding without falling. (Update: by 12-and-a-half months, she was able to mount and dismount with ease. She's cruising now but not walking yet.)
The conversion between walker and rider is smooth and easy. From walker to rider, there is a potential pinch point near the seat lock release tabs for the adult who is doing the conversion; but that place should be inaccessible to the child user.
The sounds are engaging for our daughter and not annoying to us. She especially likes to press the horn. We wonder whether that's a product of her genes or her midtown Manhattan environment.
Update: after a month and a half, our daughter still likes this toy, but she prefers to use the Plan Toy Baby Walker. The Plan Toy is heavier and impossible to turn; but perhaps she likes that predictability. Or it may be that the Plan Toy's handle is much wider than the end of the Rocktivity's seat.
Update: now that our daughter is walking, she prefers this toy to the Plan Toy Baby Walker. However, because of its width, the toy is hard to use to scoot. Our daughter tends to just climb onto the toy and sit and press the buttons.
The toy has a "Demo" and a "Play" mode. In demo mode, the buttons produce the same tunes over and over. In play mode, the sounds produced by the toy become a little unpredictable: the music will play longer; sometimes actuated by simply bumping the handlebars; after the first brief period of inactivity, the toy will play a short tune to remind us that it's still available.