The Fisher Price 3-in-1 Sit, Stride and Ride lion is probably one of Toby and Teddy’s favourite toys at the moment. Probably the first reason is that it’s noisy. Kids are just totally drawn to noisy toys and this is one of them, but it’s not annoyingly noisy like some other toys they have – phew!
As the name of the product suggests, it’s a 3-in-1 toy and both Teddy, 16 months and Toby, 3 years, have been making as much use out of it as possible, which is great as the suggested age is 9-36 months. The set up was really easy, although I wasn’t really expecting screws. Having said that they were really easy to get into place. Once assembled it’s quite a compact toy, which is great as we’re always striving to make more space down here. Oh and you get batteries included, which is a huge bonus!
The first way to play is to sit and play. Ted was kept really busy with fun songs and phrases when one of the buttons on the lion’s mane was pressed. It lights up and activates a whole host of activities and music and Ted was really keen to clap along, and obviously bash the buttons as hard as he could. He’s always been much more musical than Toby as he dances around quite a lot and Toby never really did that. When you’re sitting and playing there’s also a spinner which clicks, a butterfly you can flip over, a mouth to put balls in and you can press the nose too. The nose plays songs and phrases which both boys thought was great and initially this was the only thing they did with it for a while!
The second way to play is by pushing and walking. Ted is already a very confident walker so this is perfect for him to push around, although Toby just wanted to race around the whole downstairs with it bashing into whatever he could find! To turn it into a walker you simply pop the seat up, which becomes a handle and this in turn steadies the lion for pushing around.
If Ted wasn’t such a confident walker then he would certainly be leaning on this quite heavily. I’m not sure how sturdy it would be for a baby taking their first steps, but I can say that it is quite a sturdy product insofar as Teddy didn’t go flying away with it. When Ted was pushing it around, the sit, stride and ride lion kept producing encouraging phrases and songs to help move him along and he really enjoyed this and often stopped to gasp.
It’s also really great for fostering confidence and independence as it helps babies get from one place to the other on their own.
The third, and final, way to play is by turning it into a scooter. Simply pop the seat back down and this makes for a little ride on. Again, there are encouraging and fun songs and phrases to get your little ones using their legs and scooting around. The only problem was that Ted wanted to scoot and play with the lion’s head at the same time, which is nearly impossible! That’s not to say he didn’t love the challenge though. He was also happily pushed around by Toby, until Toby wanted to have a go and Teddy didn’t push him back.
This baby ride is really colourful and vibrant which is great even for my Toby who is really trying to practice numbers and colours, especially with the ten numbers and light up buttons on the lion’s mane. He also loved feeding the balls to the lion as when they’re popped in the sit, stride and ride lion it makes silly sounds as the balls come out from underneath. The balls are a little hard to get in the mouth as you have to hold it open while trying to put the balls in which both boys found a little difficult and got frustrated with.
The only other niggle I have is that sometimes the wheels don’t move as freely as I’d like. It could just be our carpet, but sometimes one will get stuck while the other three continue moving even on our laminate. It doesn’t effect the play at all, even when they’re pushing or scooting around, but it might be worth just trying to loosen one of the screws if you have the same problem as this solved it for us.
I love that it encourages active and physical development as it appeals to both fine and gross motor skills and as both of my boys are very physical, they love this sit, stride and ride lion! But I also love that it plays songs and has educational material installed.
*I received this product in return for a review. All views and opinions are my own.