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This toy stands the test of time - 1.5 years and going,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Stride-to-Ride Puppy (Toy)
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(See update for long term impressions)
This toy doesn't move well on either carpet or hard surfaces. The wheels are small, cheap, and don't rotate well. They also don't have any tread so the toy just slides instead of rolling.
The other major problem is the locking mechanism for the seat that allows it to switch positions. The mechanism requires large hands so a small toddler can't do it. The build quality of the mechanism is very poor because it doesn't securely lock the seat - there is a tremendous amount of "play" in each position and it just doesn't feel durable.
On the positive side, the plastic shapes have been fun for my 2.5 year old to play with and stick into the puppy's belly or into its mouth. She can reach in on the other side of the belly to pull the shapes out.
The music is fun and pleasant (not annoying to parents) and the sound quality is actually very impressive with good intelligibility. There are 3 buttons in addition to the nose button which all light up and are easy to press.
Overall, I would say this puppy is fun to interact with but the construction quality is poor. The distinguishing feature of this toy is the ability to ride or push it. Unfortunately, this feature doesn't work well. So what you are left with is a pretty bulky stationary toy. If you have plenty of room in your house, this may not be a big deal. But for most people, a more compact interactive toy would be preferable.
UPDATE: I am upgrading this toy to 4 stars because despite the lousy wheels, my 10-month-old who is on the verge of walking has been having fun pushing it around the house. It works better than I thought it would as a "walker" and my baby uses it much more than I expected. The music is also motion activated so the dog "sings" and shakes its head while being pushed. There have been no issues with durability to date.
UPDATE May 2014: After 1.5 years of this toy, my kids (2 and 4 years old) still enjoy playing with it and pushing it all over the place. This is somewhat amazing since they usually get bored of a toy (or break it) in no time. Despite my concerns about the build quality, nothing has broken on this toy and it is in near perfect condition. This toy has stood the test of time and deserves 5 stars (my initial rating was 3 stars).
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Initial post: Nov 8, 2012 6:32:00 PM PST
Alicia Seffernik says:
We have a 9 month old grandson that needs something that is weighted enough for him to pull himself up with so he can walk behind. The baby is quite big for his size so we are looking for something that isn't going to tip over. The last thing we bought was highly rated but if he tries to pull himself up he just tips it over. He weighs about 25 lbs and taller than the other 13+ month old babies around.
Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 9:36:09 PM PST
This toy has worked pretty well as a walker for my now 11 mo old who is about 25lbs. It has a very low center of gravity since most of the weight in in the lower "puppy" portion. It will occasionally tip over to the side but not often. My baby uses it as a walker much more than I expected. I haven't purchased any other baby walkers so I'm sorry I can't comment on other options.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 7:01:37 AM PST
Alicia Seffernik says:
Thanks Goosecat. I appreciate your input.
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