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Get Active This Summer With Little Tikes

After what seems a long Winter, Summer is on its way, which means it’s time to get out and have fun in the great outdoors. Building on last year’s award-winning Little Trikers Challenge, Little Tikes is once again encouraging parents to enjoy adventures with their family by getting out and about with their Little Tikes’ Trike. Hoping to inspire you, they’re working with five families to show you how exciting adventures look like from your little ones’ perspective and offering you the chance to go on an adventure with your own Little Triker by winning one of 20 trikes!  Launching on 22nd April, you’ll be able to find out more and join in at www.facebook.com/littletikesuk.

When families go shopping, out for a stroll or embark on day trips, little ones can sometimes be sat in their stroller for hours often leaving them bored or tired. Little Tikes want to make life out and about, from the age of 9-36 months, a little more fun by challenging parents to swap their strollers for a Little Tikes Trike this summer and create a nation of Little Trikers on mini adventures!

To launch the initiative, Little Tikes have challenged five families to undertake their very own stroller swap by using a Trike instead of their pushchair, and commissioned five videos of their little one’s adventures along the way!  Check these out at www.facebook.com/littletikesuk.

image002Now they’re ready to challenge the rest of the UK!  Across their social media channels the UK’s number one outdoor toy brand is offering everyone the chance to win one of 20 Trikes to go on their very own Little Trikers adventure! All you need to do to be in with the chance of winning is to share your family fun days with the Little Tikes Team by posting videos or photos to the Facebook page. The competition runs until Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May and the winners, chosen at random, will be announced on Tuesday 3rd  May.

Try A Trike…

The must-have Trike for you and your little’s adventures is the new 5-in-1 Deluxe Ride & Relax® Recliner Trike from Little Tikes. Growing with your child from 9 months to 3 years+, it helps them learn how to ride, steer and finally pedal. The ‘perfect fit’ technology design allows the trike to not only adjust to three different positions but to recline too, so after all that adventuring your tired Triker can take a comfy nap!

This latest addition joins a fantastic range of award-winning Trikes from Little Tikes including the 4-in-1 Perfect Fit, the 4-in-1 Sports Edition, 4-in-1 Deluxe Edition and 4-in-1 Trike.  Each comes with a whole host of features such as detachable easy grip handle for parent control, 5-point seat belt harness and safety bar, padded, soft seating, removable shade canopy, durable quiet-ride tyres, convenient beverage holder, packing bag or storage bucket for additional trike storage. You can see the full range and individual Trike features at http://www.littletikes.co.uk/trikes.

Every Little Tikes Trike has four stages to ensure it grows with your child:

  1. The Guided Stage: 9+ months.
    Push your little one along with the footrest down and safety harness in place.
  2. The Learning Stage: 12+ months.
    You’re still in control as your childlearns to pedal and understand speed control.
  3. The Developing Stage: 18+ months.
    The Trike is child-and-parent powered! Your youngster can pedal, while you stay in control.
  4. The Independent Stage: 30+ months.
    The guide handle is removed and your child gains confidence, coordination and skill under their own steam.

You can check out the brand new Trikes’ section of the Little Tikes website at www.littletikes.co.uk, plus get some adventure inspiration through their Top Triker Trails here: http://www.littletikes.co.uk/top-triker-trails.

So what are you waiting for? Get your Little Triker on board and get triking! The adventure awaits!

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The Churchill Lollipopper Fund

Did you know there are thankfully more than 20,000 lollipop men and women who help keep our kids safe across Great Britain? It sounds a lot but with there being over 8.2 million pupils attending  over 24,372 schools in the UK that is a lot of busy roads left with out the help of the amazing lollipop men and women to get us across safely.

I remember as a child we always used to walk to school unless it was raining. Outside the school we had a lollipop lady called Pat who was also the school caretaker and rain or shine she was outside making sure that all the children got across the main road to school nice and safely. There is still a lollipop lady outside of the primary school I went to and my Mum actually works there now and crosses that main road every morning to work.

Pat the lollipop lady was always waved to and all the parents would chat to her on the way in and out of school. She put a smile on your face before you got into school and was a permanent fixture in my school day. Unfortunately the number of these amazing ‘Lollipoppers’ on our roads is beginning to dwindle, with Churchill Insurance’s research showing that nearly a third of parents are aware of a Lollipopper being removed from their local area with no suitable replacement. Obviously this has a huge impact on the safety of our children!  So Churchill want to help redress the balance and make this safeguard around our nation’s schools stronger than ever by giving funding to 50 schools to have their very own Lollipopper. With  95 per cent of parents and 88 per cent of children (aged 5– 11) feel safer knowing there is a Lollipopper present on their route to school why not nominate your school to get their very own Lollipopper? I have already nominated our school and you can simply nominate yours HERE too.

It is a real shame that we have lost so many of our valued Lollipoppers and it is vital that we try and get back to having one at every school gate! I have such fond childhood memories of skipping across the zebra crossing waving at our Lollipop lady and I want that for my children too. It also would make me feel much more at ease knowing that our children are guaranteed to get into school safely everyday without fail! I know at most schools they have a zebra crossing outside but so many times drivers don’t even bother to stop and it is so dangerous, this could totally be eliminated by having a Lollipop lady or man!

So what are you waiting for, nominate your school today! Happy school run!

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Providing a safeguard around our schools

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Our Stokke Xplory Review Vlog

A couple of weeks ago I posted my first thoughts on our gorgeous new Stokke Xplory. I have a lovely friend called Rachel who is a super talented film maker and she kindly filmed me using our Xplory so you can see first hand just how great it is and what I love about it! I hope you like it!

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Review Of The SmarTrike Explorer 5-trikes-in-1

We were recently picked to be a #littlesmartriker  and we were thrilled! We love being outside and as Archie is getting bigger now it is nice for him to be able to ride in his trike instead if being strapped into his pushchair. Although the British weather has been pretty rubbish for the last few months whenever we have had the chance to get out we have.

Before our trike arrived I did have high expectations as SmarTrike are defiantly the leaders in the trike market and a lot of my friends have them for their babies and have raved about them. Their trikes have multiple awards globally and have been running almost 10 years and within those years have developed amazing trikes that develop with our babies, grow and evolve with them and they are always developing and launching new trikes that will help the development of your child. When a brand are putting that much in to it you know their trikes must be great!

When our Explorer 5-trikes-in-1 arrived it was quick and easy to put together and the instructions were so easy to follow. Within 15 minutes we were ready to go. I put our trike together whilst Oscar was at school so afterwards we could go for a walk and take Archie out in his new trike. The trike itself is really well made and I couldn’t wait to try it out. In the box is:

The Explorer 5-trikes-in-1, storage bag which can fit shopping or a picnic in, an extendable canopy, play phone, bottle holder and a zip mini bag that fits on the handle which is perfect for your phone, purse and keys.

My first impression of the trike was that it is so easy to manoeuvre, it handles just like a stroller would and can be used with one hand. Archie seems really comfortable in the padded seat and if we are out and he has a nap the seat reclines to keep him nice and comfortable and supported. The trike is fine on any surface, at our local park the car park surface is pretty horrendous and I thought it would make Archie bounce all over the place but with the inbuilt suspension it was absolutely fine. The UV extendable protection canopy is large which is great as it keeps the sun out of Archie’s eyes and will keep him protected in the warmer weather (if we get any!) Archie loved being in the trike and is constantly looking around and getting excited as he is at the same height as Oscar when he is running next to him and he is constantly looking up to Oscar and wants to join in with him and now he can.

The trike is suitable from 10 months to 3 years and grows with your child and their needs. The Explorer 5-trikes-in-1 has an RRP of £119.99 and I think is worth every penny for the quality and amount you are getting with your trike! It comes in Red, Grey, Blue, Orange, Purple or Green.


 Even space for our picnic blanket! 

I really love our SmarTrike and am super impressed with it and can’t wait to have lots of SmarTrike adventures over the Summer! We are going to have so much fun.

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Disclaimer: We were sent the SmarTrike Explorer 5-trikes-in-1 for the purpose of this review, however we really love it and all opinions are honest and my own.

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My Positive Elective Caesarean Experience On The NHS

Last week I was on the BBC Victoria Derbyshire show talking about how I was listened to by my consultant when I opted for an elective caesarean when I was pregnant with Archie and had a really positive experience at Hillingdon Hospital.

Before I tell you about my elective caesarean I will tell you why I wanted one in the first place. In February 2010 I had Oscar at 37 weeks by emergency caesarean after being in labour for three days and Oscar’s heart rate dipping. After having Oscar at 1.58am on a Monday morning I stayed in the next day and then discharged myself on the Tuesday as I felt well enough to go home. Afterwards I was adamant that when we had another baby I would opt for a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean). After that I went on to having two miscarriages, one in 2012 and 2013 and then had to give birth to a baby in 2014 at 17 and a half weeks. I was prescribed 150mg of aspirin and when I fell pregnant with Archie in March 2014 I took it everyday.

As you can imagine I was nervous the whole way through my pregnancy. At one of my first consultant appointments at 16 weeks I was very clear that I wanted a elective caesarean as I didn’t really want to go back on the delivery suite after the experience we had had only a few months before. I walked out of the delivery suite with no baby and would of done anything not to have had to go back there.

My consultant listened to me, explained the risks and told me if I changed my mind at any time throughout the rest of my pregnancy that that was fine. I honestly couldn’t have wished for a more understanding consultant. As the pregnancy went from week to week I still wanted to go with an elective caesarean as in a silly way after loosing the three babies before and having no control over any of it it was my only bit of control that I could choose just how I wanted to have my baby.

When I read articles saying women that have had a caesarean are cheated out of giving birth or haven’t “properly” given birth it does annoy me. I carried my babies and however they were delivered I gave birth to them! I think people should keep their opinions to themselves and however a mother chooses to have their baby is their business not the rest of the Worlds to judge. We should be supporting each other as women and parents not criticising one another.

So in December 2014 I had Archie by elective caesarean. I also took part in a enhanced recovery course which meant that I had Archie on the Monday at 9.32am and was discharged at 11am the following day. I was also allowed to drive after 9 days so I was back to normal in no time, taking Oscar to school. I am quite a proactive person and like to just get on with things so being able to get up and get home quicker was great for me. Having an elective caesarean this time around was quite strange as you walk in absolutely normal and within an hour I was in theatre having my epidural put in and then Archie was here. This time around I had the curtain dropped and got to see him being born which was amazing!

I wanted to share my story as I know that the NHS make mistakes but at Hillingdon Hospital I couldn’t have paid for better care, from the support they gave me after loosing the babies and then in my pregnancy through to the birth they were fantastic.

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Share Your Ghastro Ghoul or Noro Story To Win A Break To Legoland

Norovirus causes diarrhoea and vomiting and is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK. As a Mummy to two boys Norovirus is a nightmare! Archie is only 15 months and touch wood we have swerved it so far but Oscar has had it a few times over the last few years. One particular that time that I will always remember was when Oscar was 4 and I had just been for my 20 week scan as I was pregnant with Archie. Oscar had had a fun afternoon playing in the playground as we had met his Nanny for lunch afterwards for lunch. On the way home Oscar said he didn’t feel very well and that he had a tummy ache. I just thought he needed the toilet and told him we would be home in 5 minutes and not to worry. We were literally a couple of minutes from home and Oscar was sick, he was so upset that he had been sick and also worried that he had ruined his car seat. Seeing your little one so upset when they are ill is awful, you just want to switch places with them. Luckily when we arrived home Daddy was there and as it was a warm Summer’s day I took off Oscar’s shorts and tshirt and Daddy lifted him upstairs to give him a shower and get him cleaned up and in fresh clothes. After taking the car seat out of the car and putting the covers in the wash Oscar was in fresh clothes and still feeling really unwell. We gave him plenty of fluid and snuggled on the sofa to watch a DVD.

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Within a couple of hours the diarrhoea set in and I Googled what the best remedies were to treat it and rehydrate Oscar as I knew this was really important and Dioralyte came up as the number 1 selling rehydration therapy. I sent Greg out to get some Dioralyte from the chemist.  Dioralyte provides the right balance of mineral salts and water to combat dehydration and rehydrates better than plain water, fruit juice or fizzy drinks and contains essential electrolytes (mineral salts) and works by replacing fluids and body salts lost as a result of acute diarrhoea. By the next morning Oscar was feeling much better and it is amazing how quickly children bounce back after an illness and he very much enjoyed having 48 hours off of school to recover and play! Annoyingly after a day I came down with it as well, which was awful as being pregnant I couldn’t take a thing, only drink loads of water and pray that Oscar didn’t get it back again from me as obviously he was off of school at home with me. Luckily we both recovered after a few days.

You can have a look on the Dioralyte website and if anyone in your family is suffering from sickness or diarrhoea you can find the right product for you to get rid of it as quick as possible. In the range are:

DioraleZe

DioraleZe is a product which can stop the symptoms of diarrhoea in just one dose, it contains Loperamide Hydrochloride, which has an exceptionally rapid onset of action compared with other anti-diarrhoeal drugs. DioraleZe works by slowing down muscle movements in the gut which leads to more water being absorbed from stools. The stools then become firmer and are passed less frequently. NHS guidance recommends taking oral rehydration sachets and anti-diarrhoeal medication as one of the ways in which you can help to treat diarrhoea – taking DioralyteTM and DioraleZe together can help aid a faster recovery time. DioraleZe 2mg capsules RRP £3.49 for 6 capsules and are available from Boots, Asda, Superdrug and independent pharmacies.

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Dioralyte is the number one selling rehydration therapy. It is clinically proven to treat dehydration faster and more effectively than plain water, fruit juice or fizzy drinks, it works by replacing fluids and body salts lost as a result of acute diarrhoea.

Dioralyte comes in three different flavours:

• Blackcurrant

• Citrus

• Natural Dioralyte is suitable from 2 years.

Dioralyte Relief

Dioralyte Relief has a unique formula which reduces the duration of diarrhoea and the time taken to return to normal drinking and eating, thanks to the rice powder. It also treats dehydration faster and more effectively than plain water, fruit juice or fizzy drinks by replacing essential electrolytes (mineral salts) and water – just what your body needs to help you rehydrate and start feeling better. Dioralyte Relief is available in blackcurrant and raspberry flavours. Dioralyte Relief is suitable from 2 years.

I would love for you to share your Ghastro Goul or Noro Story of when somebody in your family was struck by either the Norovirus or Rotavirus. By sharing your story you will be entered in my competition to win an amazing family mini break (2 adults and 2 children) to Legoland Windsor, including centrally located hotel accommodation for one night and tickets to Legoland worth over £560! We went to Legoland ourselves last week and it is amazing! Competition closes Monday 16th May 2016 at 11am.

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Competition terms and conditions:

1. This competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland.

2. All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.

3. Entries should be submitted as a comment on the blog post or via the bloggers given email address (mummyszone@gmail.com). Entrants should include their own name and relevant contact information i.e. email address.

4. All entries must be received by the advertised closing time and date.

5. Each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to Sanofi to feature any or all of the submitted story in consumer and trade press and Sanofi company publications, on their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition.

6. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.

7. The winning entry will be chosen by Pegasus. The winner will be notified within seven days of the closing date of the competition.

8. Offensive or entries deemed by the competition organisers to be inappropriate will not be accepted.

9. The winning entry will win an experience with a perceived value of £560.

10. The winners may be required to take part in publicity.

11. Events may occur that render the competition itself, or the awarding of the prize, impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Promoter and accordingly the Promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Promoter as a result thereof.

12. English law applies and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts shall prevail.

Disclaimer:

• This competition prize is provided by Dioralyte as part of their Gastro Ghouls & Noro Stories campaign

• Dioralyte has not influenced the content of this piece

• To find out more about Dioralyte, Dioralyte Relief and DioraleZe products visit www.dioralyte.co.uk

• Always read the label when using any Dioralyte products.

 

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Little Tikes Spinning Seas Water Table Review & Competition

With the weather being warmer and brighter Oscar has been begging to go out and play in the garden. He was especially excited as Little Tikes had kindly sent the boys a new Little Tikes Spinning Seas Water Table. This will be the first Summer that Archie will be able to actually join in and play with Oscar in the garden as he was only a tiny bubba last year. So over the last two weeks we have spent a lot of time in the garden and to be honest our garden is full of Little Tikes toys that we have brought over the years and we love them!

The Spinning Seas Water Table was easy to put together and only took 5-10 minutes and we were ready to go outside. As it is still a bit cold I filled it with warm water and both Oscar and Archie had loads of fun. As Archie is standing now he could play too and the table was low enough for him to play easily. The three legs can also be removed easily for easy storage during the Winter. I also love that all the pieces are easy to take off of the table to clean.

  

The water table has lots of different activities which are great to improve fine motor skills, sharing skills and will let their little imaginations run wild whilst having a splashing good time. 😉 The is a red spinner that your little one can spin around in the water with one finger, a carousel that you can spin three balls around on, a catapult to fly the ball into the water, a main funnel in the middle of the table to spin the ball around then it falls through the spinning windmills and a purple cup to play in the water with too.

  

The Little Tikes Spinning Seas Water Table has an RRP of £49.99 and is suitable for 2 years and over although Archie is 16 months and plays with it fine. The table comes with 4 balls and the water scoop.

The boys have had great fun playing with it and it is lovely to watch them play together and Oscar teaching Archie how to throw and splash. Archie loves getting his hands wet and splashing them in the water, it makes him laugh hysterically. I am so looking forward to the Summer as Oscar loves that Archie is old enough to play with him a bit now. Watching them together makes me smile from ear to ear!

  

Little Tikes have kindly given the chance for one of my readers to win a Spinning Seas Water Table of their own to help them get ready for the Summer. So enter below and good luck!

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Disclaimer: We were sent the Little Tikes Spinning Seas Water Table for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are honest and my own. We love it!

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Protein and early life nutrition during your baby’s first 1,000 days Q & A’s

Thank you for all of your fantastic questions about protein and early life nutrition during your baby’s first 1,000 days. I have found them really interesting to read and as I have a baby who is still in his first 1,000 days I was looking forward to reading Dr Ellie Cannon’s answers so I could get some extra tips too.

As I mentioned in my previous post for SMA Nutrition, in order to set a good nutritional foundation for life it is so important that baby’s get the right level of protein in these first 1,000 days. Protein is a key component in breast milk and is nature’s control on the amount of this nutrient that baby gets, as the level decreases as they grow – helping lower their chances of being overweight in later life.

Dr Ellie Cannon has kindly picked a few of your questions to answer and I hope you find the information as useful as I have.

My baby is 3 months old and is formula fed, is there any vitamins or supplements I should be adding to her milk?

Babies who are fed infant formula don’t need vitamin drops if they are having 500ml (about a pint) of formula or more a day. This is because formula is already fortified with the vitamins they need.

I am starting to wean my baby have you any tips of great foods that I should be introducing as to give my daughter the right amount of nutrition?

For your first feed, pick a time when your baby isn’t too tired. Wash your hands and make sure all your bowls, spoons and chopping boards are clean. It may take a while for your baby to get used to taking food from a spoon, so be patient. These little tips may help you: Give them a little of their usual milk first to take the edge off their hunger, and make them more relaxed

Babies like sweet tastes, so good first foods include pureed fruit and naturally sweet vegetables such as pureed carrot, apple and pear

If the puree is too thick, add a little of your baby’s usual milk or some cooled boiled water

Serve food lukewarm or at room temperature

For more guidance, SMA® Nutrition have created a handy 3 step weaning guide to help you along the way.

I am 5 months pregnant and would love some must have information of how to make sure my baby gets the best start in life.

From the moment of conception, your baby starts growing fast. At this first stage of your 1,000-day journey, make sure your pregnancy diet provides the energy and nutrients you need, by eating a variety of different foods every day, including plenty of protein, dairy products, oily fish, fruit and vegetables. This all helps your baby to get the best start. For the first 6 months of your baby’s life, breast milk is the only food they need. The nutrients and protein in milk your baby drinks are the foundation for their cells, muscles, bones and brain as they develop and grow. At around 6 months you’ll start introducing complementary foods to provide additional nutrients. At this stage, your little one needs the right amount of protein and nutrients to maintain a steady growth and good health.

My baby is 13 months old and I am returning to work so want to switch to formula. What makes the SMA formula better than any other formula on the market? Finding all of the different brands a bit confusing, I just want my baby to have the best. 

I am here as an expert and a mum supporting the SMA Nutrition Protein Awareness campaign educating mums on the importance of the first 1,000 days and the benefits of protein so I can’t comment on a particular product. For specific product information you can contact the SMA Nutrition’s Careline team who are available to help.

How long in an ideal world should I breastfeed for?

It is recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that you breast feed exclusively for at least 6 months, however giving your baby breast milk alongside family foods for the first two years, or for as long as you and your baby want, will help them grow and develop healthily. There is no set age for when you should stop breast feeding.

Is full fat cow’s milk better than toddler follow on milk?

Toddler milks are milk drinks with added vitamins and minerals and are specifically designed for the needs of toddlers from 1 year onwards, and are one way to help provide the nutrients they need as part of a balanced and varied diet.  Whole cows’ milk does not contain any added ingredients and is full of natural goodness such as calcium and is also given as part of a balanced and varied diet.

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Fisher Price Learn With Me Zebra Walker Review 

Archie is now 15 months and only started crawling a week before his first birthday. In the past month he started pulling himself up and now in the last two weeks is confidentially cruising around the furniture and stands unaided for about 5 seconds at a time. The big grin on his face as he can fly around the furniture now is adorable.

When Fisher Price asked if we would like to try out their Learn With Me Zebra Walker it was perfect timing for Archie. For the first week he sat and played with all of the fun activities on the front of the Zebra, he then started crawling and pushing it around, which Oscar kept telling him is cheating and then finally last week he got up and walked with it.

  

I loved that he gradually used it at his own pace and still had so much fun sitting and playing with it before he actually used it as a walker. It has a book page that he can turn and Oscar has been reading him all of the numbers, plus two light up buttons which when you press play different songs that Archie jigs to and the other says different phrases which is great for early learning. It teaches ABC, 123, colours and much more. The flashing buttons help to stimulate your baby’s brain and Archie gets very excited when they flash. On each hoof there are four different activities; a rolling ball, flipping picture, a switch and one where you have to put your fingers in to turn to different pictures which are all great for Archie’s fine motor skills. All together the bright colours, music, lights and textures grab your baby’s attention and help to develop all-important senses that are crucial at this stage of your baby’s development. 

 

Finally when Archie got up and started walking around with it he was slow and steady to start with but now races around and screams at me every time he bumps into anything or gets stuck so he can keep on going. The walker itself is nice and sturdy and doesn’t tip when Archie is using it even when he sits himself down slowly using the walker as a support it doesn’t tip up.

  

I really like the Learn With Me Zebra Walker and all of its functions and Archie really loves it too. At £29.99 I think it is great value for what is essentially a toy, learning aid and walker. It would make a great first birthday gift if your baby isn’t quite walking yet.

 

Disclaimer: We were sent the fisher price walker for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own.