All of a sudden time seems to go even faster, the twins have turned five and are getting ready to start school, Juliet is three going on thirty and then there is little Sybil… Six months ago she was a tiny little bundle who just needed milk and sleep, now all she wants is to play and explore. Especially around dinner time, when I really need to hurry up and gets things done, I could use an extra pair of hands to keep her entertained, so we popped into our local Target store at Newton to see if we could find a solution there…
The Target Nursery Department was full of fun and colourful toys for little people, from bouncers to swings and from walkers to activity centres. Going by her age and weight we decided on a walker so she can sit up, look around and even practise moving those little legs about if she feels like it. In time it will also allow her to follow me or her siblings around the house which is entertainment in itself. There were quite a few options to choose from, all quite similar in features but very different in price, starting at $79 all the way up to $149.
I was glad all the walkers were on display, so we could see for ourselves what the toys were like and even let miss Sybil have a test ride. From the past we know that once babies learn to walk by themselves they will not use a walker anymore so we went for best value for money: the Target Lights & Sounds Walker ($79). So far our experiences with Target branded products have been really good, great quality and of course a fantastic price too.
Setting up the Target Lights & Sounds Walker was a breeze: just click in the wheels, screw in the front and side wings and attach the seat. The seat is padded for extra comfort and is both supportive and flexible so your baby can move around safely. Last but not least we fitted the toy tray which just clicks into the dedicated spot. The battery compartment is hiding underneath, neatly tucked away from curious little fingers. If you can get to the toy tray that is because our little girl got her hands on it first, isn’t it amazing how much babies love a pop of colour?
The brightly coloured toys are great for fine motor skills like pushing, sliding and pulling and it teaches young chilren about cause and effect eg. press a button and music will start playing, she loves how the three ‘piano buttons’ light up while the songs play.
I know it is probably a bit silly but I felt more attracted to the Target Walker because of the neutral colours of the frame and the seat, somehow it felt more calming and with all those happy colourful toys there really is enough going on already. The toy tray can be removed, which leaves you with a generous sized tray which can be easily wiped clean. This will come in handy later on when she is able to help herself to finger food, nothing like a tasty snack on the go.
And there we go, a happy baby means a happy mum! For the first time in weeks I was able to cook dinner without a baby on my hip (that cuts the preparation time in half!) and managed to get dinner on the table in time. Smiles all around.