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Plan Toys Walker vs. Haba Walker Wagon
on June 12, 2012
We bought the Plan Toys wagon and returned it and bought the Haba Walker Wagon. The Haba Walker Wagon was a MUCH better choice. The Plan Toys walker was not too hard to assemble, but it was more assembly than the Haba. It's maybe five screws vs. two. It's a cute toy and appears well made. But it is in my opinion ill-conceived. Here is why we made the switch.
1. The Plan Toys wagon tips when the baby tries to pull up on it. She's 10 months old and 15 pounds. In the 25th percentile for her weight. She pulled it over on herself several times, spilling all the blocks each time. It made a ton of noise on the hardwood floor. She doesn't scare easily but it freaked me out.
2. The Plan Toys walker is too lightweight overall. It has to have the blocks in it to give it the proper weight or it tips even more.
3. The baby enjoys the blocks, which is great, but the last thing I need is her traveling with the blocks all over the house and scattering them everywhere never to be found again. Some of the blocks are round and roll under couches. Given that the walker is so lightweight when the blocks are not in it, this is hugely problematic. Also, only an adult or much older child can make the blocks fit uniformly into the wagon. A 10-month-old can't do it. So there's a lot of parent involvement involved, including massive cleanup multiple times per day.
Now for the Haba Walker Wagon:
1. It's heavier, but still easy for the baby to push.
2. It does not tip. The handle is positioned better so the baby can pull herself up no problem.
3. It's an adorable wagon she can use to push her toys around in, but this is a secondary and optional function and doesn't detract from its main purpose which for now is as a walker.
4. No blocks!
5. No clacking alligators or other annoying noises.
6. Very durable and well made. Non toxic.
I love everything about the Haba wagon. True, it doesn't turn easily, but I'm okay with that since she's unsteady on her feet and that's why she needs a walker. It's nicely designed, a good height, great for imaginative play down the road. It's a two-minute assembly. Costs more, but worth it.