Melissa & Doug Deluxe Chomp and Clack Alligator Wooden Push Toy and Activity Walker
- Wooden walker with engaging activities for babies on the move
- Sturdy construction and craftsmanship
- Features three chomping alligators, fish on wheels, spinning butterfly and ladybug beads
- Makes noise as child pushes
- Ages 12 months and up
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Three alligators will charm toddlers as they take turns chomping with every step! This multisensory wooden push toy encourages walking and discovery. Graphic details feature cattails on the handle supports, fish on the wheels and spinning butterfly and ladybug beads. This cheerful toy encourages gross and fine motor skills, while developing hand-eye coordination. Brightly painted with child-safe paint.
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My daughter is 11 mos, 18lbs and, well, she totally manhandles this thing. If she tries to pull to standing, it tips. She can tip it easily in any direction. She does love the wooden beads and the crocodiles, so she sits and kneels to push it to and fro, without going anywhere.
So I think it's more of a push toy than a walker. It's beautifully made, and I think once she learns to actually walk, she will love it. Also if I am helping her, she can stand with it and make some progress. So I'm not sorry I bought this, but it isn't the aide-toward-independent-walking that I was hoping for, if that makes sense. Just an awesome toy with some fun features :)
This cart moves well on all floors in our house. The rubber on the wheels prevents major slipping on hardwood floors and it still moves well on thick and thin carpet.
(A) 1st problem encountered was a slightly out of place drill hole on the handle assembly. Due to the misalignment I was unable to start the bolt into mate located in the handle. I remediated this problem by drilling out the hole 1/16th of an inch larger. Cool, off we go right? Nope, not just yet, this was the warmup.
(B) At this point I had the handle securely bolted to the body, unfortunately the rear axle/wheels would not turn easily. I removed the rear axle to find that one end had a significant warp to it. The warp was causing one of the wheels to rub on the body. Another effect of the warp was that it made the factory supplied screw work loose far too easily to be considered safe for someone just learning to walk. So to correct this I replaced both screws that attach the wheel to the axle with larger screws with a coarser threading. See picture for reference.
(C) And finally, when the handle was bolted in place to the body, the handle rubbed on the rear axle on both sides. This one confuses me, as it appears to be a design failure by the mfg company. As you can see in the picture, the profile of the axle encroaches into the area where the handle mounts. I resolved this by removing 1/8th inch of wood from each side of the handle where the handle had to pass by or touch the axle.
I like the toy, the assembly was a huge disappointment. I'm glad that I put it together now vs waiting till Christmas morning to do it. If you have basic woodworking or engineering skills and have the tools available you can get through this. If you have neither the tools or the desire, you are going to be staring in the eyes of a disappointed toddler.
One note, that actually turned out to be more than fine, is that the gators on the front don't actually make noise even though the name is chomp and clack. There isn't really much of a clack to be heard. You really only hear the wheels turning. This wasn't a bad thing (and for our sanity probably was a good thing), but I kind of thought the gators would make noise as the cart was pushed. They do make the chomp motion up and down though. Another thing to be aware of is the height of the handle is not flexible. Our daughter is a bit short and smaller than normal for her size so she's had no problem fitting the height of the handle. But thinking if someone had a taller baby maybe it wouldn't fit so naturally? Not really a big deal as I woud think once kids are too tall, they're also too tall to be needing a walker. But something to know.
Overall it's been a great purchase that we're very happy we made.