My mind has turned to a certain little persons birthday that is fast approaching us. At the end of the month my youngest baby girl will be turning 1! I really cannot believe that this milestone has so quickly come about. Birthdays of course mean celebrations and presents. I literally have not got a clue what to get her but when I did take a look around the room I realised she doesn’t actually have many toys for her age so I was very grateful when we received the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Scooter.
I hadn’t thought about getting a baby ride on because of space but actually the Smart Stages Scooter is a really nice size. It’s quite a simple toy to look at but beneath the surface it has a huge range of fun songs, tunes and phrases there’s over 50!
As part of the Smart Stages range there are three levels of play; Explore from 12 months, Encourage from 18 months and Pretend from 24 months. There are three shape buttons to help teach colours, shapes and other exciting things for children. The wheels have motion sensors that trigger the sounds as it rolls along. The whole scooter is very sturdy which is very reassuring with a climbing baby.
It was lovely to see P3s little face light up when she saw this. At first we had some fighting between P2 and P3 but they soon found a way to share with P3 up front and P2 riding behind her pushing them along. Both P1 and P2 love to push P3 along and she laughs which is lovely to witness. P3 feet only just touch the floor enough to be able to push herself backwards and sideways but not forward yet.
I do think that the scooter needs some flashing lights or other entertainment features other than just the buttons as I feel it doesn’t quite capture her attention as much as some other musical toys. Having said that all three girls play with it throughout the day and I really love seeing P3s face light up every time she manages to move it.
The Smart Stages Scooter is suitable from 12 months onwards and helps to promote balance, walking and is great for role play. What I love is the price tag, £36.99, an absolute steal in my opinion when you remember that this has three different stages of play specific for your child’s current development.