I’d done a pretty negative review of the assembly process of the Little Tikes Princess Cozy Coupe, and I still think the assembly is unnecessarily complicated and a pain in the butt, but two weeks into ownership this thing is amazing.
Not so much for how much baby likes it, which is a lot, but for the fact that it’s at its core a portable baby chair that keeps them contained and entertained with their toys.
Maggie has a tendency to not like life when she’s not able to be right there in the action, but load up the Little Tikes Princess Cozy Coupe with a couple of toys, roll it wherever we’re working, and it’s a portable play palace for my baby.
For reasons I do not understand, she has an absurdly good time spending minutes at a time opening and closing the door and the wheels are fascinating to her. It also has some cup holders in the rear so if you want to get your baby used to drinking and driving early, well there’s that.
Let me re-emphasize the problems with assembly. Since I wrote a negative review of the assembly process the search engine traffic containing Little Tikes followed by complaints about assembly has outpaced our most popular articles’ search queries. In layman’s terms: I put up a piece and a LOT of people came looking for it.
On the assembly side, give yourself a couple of hours. If everything goes well you’ll only need about thirty minutes, but if you run into any problems, reverse assembly is a major pain especially on the axle caps.
Let me give you a hint – don’t put the end caps on the top of the front axles until you’ve verified that the wheels turn hubcap-out when the car is pushed forward. You’ll save yourself some pain removing end caps. You’ll also want to do the hammering on a concrete surface as carpet and floor seem to absorb and remove your force.
But back to Maggie’s use – this is the first non-annoying large toy I think we’ve gotten for her – it makes no noise (well, technically if you hit the horn hard enough it does, but she hasn’t found that yet,) and she’s playing and happy turning things and opening and closing the door. The fact that the play mess is contained is a very happy side effect.
The Little Tikes Princess Cozy Coupe is available at Amazon for $38. You can also pick them up at your local Walmart which you might want to do just in case you get a unit without some parts like I did. Walmart also seems to have the $40 price range set, whereas the price on Amazon was $30 higher two weeks ago.