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Product Reviews / Evaluation Report Summaries (ERS)

Induction Certificate Number:   74020130810-622
Induction Date:   August 10, 2013
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   My Early Steps
MSRP:   $39.99 USD
Company URL:  http://www.littledundi.com/

My Early Steps

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Editor / Branding Development & Analysis Expert
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  08/10/2013

My Early Steps™ is an exceptional well designed soft structured infant walker that makes a difference for Baby and parents. It offers a safe, natural approach to learning to walk and eliminates the safety issues and inhibition of motor skills development so commonly associated with traditional baby walkers on casters and wheels.

Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Infant Walkers 2012 Consumer 3 -10 months Female/Male

Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) - Index

Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.

Cost Benefit Durability Ease Of Use Functionality Innovation Visual Appeal
5 5 4.5 5 5 4

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.

Critical Evaluation Information

These icons represent important attributes with which this product / service is associated, contributes to, or encourages development of. Select any of the unique icons below to learn more about the specific attribute it represents.

image of factory with ecological leaves symbol. Trade Industry Sales Types

Wholesale Retail Reseller Online 


Safety Guidelines Symbol ImageSafety / Quality Classifications
CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
(Not Applicable)
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious

Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 

LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
(Not Applicable)  
BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)

UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
609132740442 MESBW1-C2YCLabeled

Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings


About Our New Inductee
A quick yet informative glance at what this New Inductee is all about.

Moms finally have a perfect solution to the nagging backache that occurs when working with your infant/toddler to learn to walk.  While many moms just get a walker with wheels so their infant can run around on his/her own while mom attends to other tasks at hand, My Early Steps creates an entirely new experience for mom and her infant/toddler.
Image of a mother using My Early Steps with her son at a park.

"I love taking this with me to the park so I can keep baby with me and stay close to my daughter as she climbs everything.

My Early Steps allows my son to get exercise and explore rather than be confined to a baby carrier or blanket.

With My Early Steps I can get both kids worn out and allow them to interact better with each other. And, seriously, my son just loves it!

* A quote from one of The Toy Man® News & Reviews moms in our consumer personal hands-on evaluation.
Interaction with your infant from day one of the post-natal state with an infant/toddler is of the highest importance.  The My Early Steps enables you to introduce your infant to walking and so many other new sensory experiences that just sitting in a walker is so lacking in comparison.

My Early Steps allows you to have this interaction without the backache.  As one of our personal review evaluators shared in her feedback, "I SO wish I'd had this product with my daughter. I was 6 months pregnant around the time she was really starting to walk and it killed my back to be bending over to hold her hands everywhere we went. This product is invaluable for any adult with back problems. I have major sciatica pain and this product is a back saver!"
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Additional Details and Perspectives
More than just a cursory glance with aspects of relative importance.

My Early Steps has taken a different approach from the more common walkers; what I often refer to as "The Lazy Walkers".  Although approved through CPSIA regulations, the unquestionable fact of impedance in the development of cognitive skills and undue stress on the spinal cord of an infant is not taken into consideration. My Early Steps has broken away from then herd and set making its own trail for others follow.

The soft yet firm raised sides of the Sleepyhead provide needed cushioning for an infant so they can't hurt their heads, while keeping the chaos from other siblings in the room from putting the infant at risk from their fun and frolic.

Image of consumer mom's daughter using My Early Steps with her son.
"My Early Steps is well-made, light weight, washable and a lot of fun for my son! From the moment I put him in it he danced all around the room and didn’t want to stop. The straps adjust easily so adults of all heights can be comfy, and the pouch itself can adjust to all amounts of chub on baby."

* A priceless quote from one the moms who participated in our consumer hands-on evaluation.

One one of the factors in our evaluation that impressed us the most was the safety factor.  By using the My Early Steps product rather than a traditional walker, your infant is starting at a much better age to develop spinal strength and proper posture.  In addition, a mom and pop have more interaction with their infant. 

For a mom, her bond with her infant is made even stronger than average, sharing the emotion and experience with baby first-hand; seemingly first person position.  This provides substantial positive re-enforcement for baby well beyond the norm.

A final point to consider is stated so well by one of our independent evaluators of My Baby Early Steps, "The well designed straps of the My Early Steps walker will allow a mother or caregiver to use it for an extended period of time with a significant reduction of discomfort for both mother and child. The fasteners on each of these straps as well as the entire product itself go well beyond the industry standard requirements."
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Independent Evaluator Reports Icon Independent Evaluator Reports
Extensive independent study and analysis by credentialed scholars.
The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from inclusive detailed Evaluator Reports pertaining to this New Inductee. These reports have been prepared by top credentialed scholars from their own extensive independent study and analysis.
* These excerpts have been posted verbatim, paraphrased, or a combination of both, in order to encapsulate the primary details conveyed in each of the evaluation reports in a brief summary form.

Doctor of Pediatric Developmental Studies, PhD, MD, ED
Director of Development Studies For Children and Special Needs Intervention

"The My Early Steps walker is a well designed too that has a strong influence not only in post natal progressive learning to walk, but motor, cognitive, language, and/or social-emotional development."

"Many 'walker' products in the market today have passed appropriate regulations for sale in the commercial market. The problem is that their manufacturers have not always taken the long-term impact they may have on spinal and other development details into consideration. Such is not the case with the Early Steps walker."

"In reviewing the information provided by the manufacturer of the Early Steps walker, I found that the company so clearly defined what sets the My Early Steps apart from the classic 'ball and caster' walkers that are more predominant in stores for buying. I have provided a copy of some of the information below which I feel stresses my own analysis so well."
My Early Steps™ offers a safe, natural approach to learning to walk and eliminates the safety issues and inhibition of motor skills development associated with traditional baby walkers on casters and wheels.

A padded fabric shell wraps around baby's upper chest and under baby's crotch, providing essential all around support. Baby's view of his/her feet is not blocked as with traditional baby walkers and visual feedback remains unimpaired.

Adjustable length, removable support straps attach to the back of the baby walker and enable the adult to support the infant while remaining comfortably upright. The adult benefits from not experiencing back pains due to bending.

"What else is there to say? The lab testing results combined with my own research and study of the product warrants a declaration of my highly recommending this product for your approval."

Textile Engineer (PhD) - Product Development
Director of Textile Engineering and Product Development

"The well designed straps of the My Early Steps walker will allow a mother or caregiver to use it for an extended period of time with a significant reduction of discomfort for both mother and child. The fasteners on each of these straps as well as the entire product itself go well beyond the industry standard requirements."

"The textile material of the product plays an important role in it being lightweight and durable and provides strong resistance to stains. also resistant to stains from liquid spills. When the My Early Steps walker is in use, it provides a combination of safety, sensory stimulation, and functionality which would be difficult to match."

Functionality is of course a first thought for a mother, but the My Early Steps walker is so much more than that. It is a well blended compilation of textile material selected and carefully weaved in design to create an impression of safety, class, color and function.

"The soft structured and padded harness or pod, combined with the well placed and removable holding straps, position the body frame of the infant to create an all-round uniform support. The result is greater sensory awareness for the infant to develop a more natural development of balance and bearing in their learning to walk.

An infant's essential nature inherits a wealth of contributions from each experience with the My Easy Steps. This is not just from cognitive skill development but a more stable Psyche with constantly evolving emotions of comfort and security."

* PLEASE NOTE: At the request of our independent evaluators their names are not disclosed to protect their personal and professional privacy. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and accurate evaluation report summary, (ERS). All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy Man® News & Reviews, any member or division of Epiphany Communications and the International Parenting Institute.

Consumer Hands-on Evaluation
Details about the experience at our consumer hands-on evaluation event.

Where you see a My Early Steps, you can rest assured plenty of smiles are nearby.  At least that's what you would think from The Toy Man® News & Reviews consumer hands-on evaluation mega-event we hosted in Kissimmee, FL.

During our consumer hands-on evaluation mega-event, My Early Steps had no problem drawing the attention of every single mother with an infant participating in our event.  It was so surprising to hear so many moms eliciting the excitement of other moms in the hotel Pavilion room.
Image of an infant in one of our My Early Steps

"It was so wonderful to see my son getting so excited being able to stand on his feet with the My Early Years!  He had a look of such wonder and surprise!  I wish they could have had this around when my other two kids were born."

* A quote from a Mother at The Toy Man® News & Reviews consumer hands-on evaluation mega-event in Kissimmee, FL.
It seems to me from my own personal standpoint that the most powerful part of the mega-event was the infants themselves. The expressions on the faces of each and every one of them while in a My Early Steps was priceless; a moment that would not be soon forgotten.

Our consumer hands-on evaluation events are a common thing for our team yet this one was in a class all its own.  Never before have I seen so much excitement and happiness which was a common characteristic of the entire event once moms got ahold of the My Early Steps products.

After reviewing all feedback forms from the consumers, the videos we took, and our own staff and volunteers feedback and evaluation scoring, My Early Steps passed this portion of our evaluation on the "A" list without a doubt.
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EVALUATION RESULTS - From evaluation for induction into "The Toy Man® News & Reviews"
    Overall Rating:   5
    Seal of Approval:  
    Recommends Award:  
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    Award of Excellence:  
    eChoice™ Award:  
    S. T. E. M. Award:   
    Mom Approved Award:  
    Award of Recognition:™  


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