A baby walker has a relatively simple job: give baby support and stability as they become more mobile. But, choosing the right baby walker for your little one may not be so simple. When selecting a walker, make sure you choose the features that are most important for you and your child. I especially appreciate a baby walker that is versatile and serves more than one function. Keep in mind that to use any walker, your child should be able to hold their head up and sit up on their own. For walk-behind walkers, they need to be stable enough to stand and move with the assistance of the walker. All baby walkers should meet or exceed national safety standards.
Many walkers offer fun, educational and interactive activity centers to keep your baby engaged and entertained while improving motor and other skills. Some walkers double as a place to eat and play. Adjustable seats with washable fabrics are desirable and most of the walkers on this list fold up for convenience. This is an exciting time in your baby’s development; have fun!
Baby Walker Options
The Bright Starts Walk-A-Bout Walker, Roaming Safari is a versatile walker and activity station all in one. Designed to be safe and sturdy, this baby walker has three heights so that it grows with baby. Rubber ‘brake pads’ stop the walker when it reaches uneven surfaces like stairs. A high seat back provides plenty of comfort and stability. The fun and colorful electronic activity station has lights, sounds, activities to engage baby, and loops to attach more toys. As an added bonus, the activity station can be removed from the walker and both the walker and activities can be used separately.
The Kolcraft Tiny Steps 2-in-1 Activity Walker, Jubilee is an activity walker that grows with your child. It starts as a sit-in walker but converts to a walk behind as your child grows and becomes a more proficient walker. The activity center is used with both set-ups and it’s colorful, educational, and designed to improve motor skills. This baby walker has plenty of desirable features: a plush seat with a high back for comfort and support, independent front wheels that can swivel or be locked, adjustable seat height, JPMA certified activity center/tray, washable pad, and the entire walker folds flat for easy transport and storage.
Reviewers absolutely love the VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker. They’re impressed with it’s versatility; it is a great stand behind walker and the interactive learning toy can be removed and played with separately on the floor. The play panel features two colorful spinning rollers, three shape sorters, and three light-up buttons that develop motor skills. Little ones will love the telephone handset and the 70 sing-along songs, sound effects, and fun phrases, as well as the five key piano that teaches numbers and colors and encourages musical exploration. The walker has easy-roll wheels that work on carpet or hard surfaces and parents will appreciate the frustration free packaging.
The Fisher-Price Bright Beginnings Activity Walker is a stand behind walker that will support your baby as he or she takes their first steps. An interactive activity panel that has flipping doors, sliding beads, turning gears, and spinning panels encourages motor skill development. The activity panel can also be used for play on the floor before baby starts walking. The entire walker folds up for easy carrying and storage.
The Baby Einstein Baby Neptune Walker, Ocean Explorer is a uniquely designed baby walker with a fun underwater theme. The elliptical frame of the walker provides plenty of stability as little ones learn to walk. The colorful and engaging activity center has ocean sounds and lights, and even a ship’s wheel. It can also be removed from the walker and played with on its own. The high seat back offers comfort and support and the seat and frame are easy to wipe clean. It has an adjustable height system and to keep up with growing babies and the rubber feet stop the walker when it gets to uneven surfaces that could tip it.
It may not have the activity centers that other baby walkers have, but the Joovy Spoon Walker is safe, simple, and practical. Doubling as a walker and highchair, the Joovy boasts unparalleled strength, stability, mobility, and safety. The ultra-wide base is built with steel reinforcement, has non-slip stair pads, and prevents little ones from pinching their fingers if they bump a wall. After meal and snack time, the super-sized tray is easy to clean by wiping or placing in the dishwasher. For playtime, the large tray will fit all of your little one’s favorite learning toys. The comfortable adjustable seat is covered with durable 600D material. The entire walker is BPA and phthalate free and folds flat for simple storage and travel. It comes fully assembled (just install the seat pad). With its attractive design, this is sure to be your favorite minimalist walker.
The Baby Trend Walker, Safari Kingdom is easy and fun to use for parents and baby. It’s easy to set-up, fold, and store. Designed for babies less than 25 lbs and 30″ tall, this walker features multi-directional wheels for complete freedom of movement. The fun safari themed toy bar is removable and the large tray is great for eating or playing. The high-back, cushioned seat is is extra comfortable and adjusts to three different heights. On delivery, it does require simple assembly.
Designed with future musicians in mind, the Chicco DJ Walker Activity Center has musical toys that encourage your child to begin experimenting with music and rhythm. The activity tray features a keyboard, drums, buttons, lights, sounds, and rattles. Your little one will be producing their own beats in no time! It has many other desirable features like adjustable-height seat, fold-flat design, removable seat liner for easy washing, and brake pads for added safety.
Baby will be zooming around the room in no time with the fun, car-themed Delta Children Lil’ Drive Baby Activity Walker. The interactive, removable toy tray even has a steering wheel and gear shifter! Lights and sounds will keep your baby entertained as they learn to walk and safely gain more mobility. The walker folds flat for storage and portability and meets all required safety standards.
A baby walker provides safety and stability as your baby learns to walk. Share your favorite baby walkers in the comments below!
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