Let’s be ready here; baby walkers do not teach your child to walk. Instead, they satisfy the need for movement and curiosity around the environment while protecting them from falls. The sit-ins can also be a convenient place to slam the little one when they start moving dangerously fast when you need five minutes to get something done. It is recommended that baby walker action be held for short, infrequent periods. That said, there are some super fun products out there that can offer your baby real stimulation with the little accessories, additions and even sounds to help their cognitive development. Here are some options we really like.
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We recommend this colorful option from the renowned children’s technical brand Vtech. Non-walkers will enjoy the detachable panel of activities, and push it together once they have found their feet. There are five piano keys, two spinners, a baby-friendly shape sorter, a game phone, light buttons and over 70 different songs and fun sounds to entertain.
$ 35 on Amazon
If you’re looking for an option that doesn’t hurt your ears or eyes, Joovy’s “Spoon” model is about as stylish as you might hope from a walker. In white and charcoal, this simple seating solution has a super-large drawer with a removable dishwasher-friendly insert and a comfortable machine-washable seat. It has three height positions, non-slip cushions and can be folded flat.
$ 90 at Amazon
With a race car theme, this walker will see your baby zoom around at home. Complete with a realistic gearshift and steering wheel, this has an interactive drawer with engaging sounds and lights from the engine theme that can be removed to make room for snacks or other toys. There is height adjustment in three positions, and it can be folded flat for storage and travel.
$ 78 at Amazon
This affordable option is great for smaller babies to sit in. It is an extra wide base for superior stability with multi-directional front wheels, an upholstered seat with a high back and has three height positions. The large surround tray is suitable for toys or snack time. There are built-in toys – a butterfly, flower and hoops to move along a solid wire – but these can be removed. Useful, it folds flat for storage.
$ 45 at Amazon
This walker takes you from baby days to infant level. It is easily converted from seated activity rollers to a rear-rolling walker. The board has some fun developmental toys – an upright flower mirror with wrinkle leaves and structured stem, spinning ball for percussion and a bead bar for motor development. The seat cushion can be machine washed and folded flat for easy transport and storage.
$ 50 at Amazon
This car-themed walker can be used in push-along mode, or as an alternative to sitting in, with or without the front of the car. It includes a detachable dashboard that has authentic truck sounds, lights, gearshift and a steering wheel that turns. With three height adjustment options, this means, and the different ways it can be used, that it grows with your future driver as they do.
From $ 80 at Amazon
Another great choice for babies who are not yet on their feet, and this friendly puppy offers a lot to entertain your child while still sitting with a scroll ball, a rocker switch, a look, swivel wheels, light buttons and singing phrases to learn about the alphabet and numbers . When they are up on their feet, there is a grip that is easy to understand and a solid four-wheel base that helps them stay upright when pushing the toy together.
$ 25 on Amazon
If your little one is dino-obsessed, consider this safety first option. It has five dinosaur-themed toys that promote excellent engine management development, as well as lights and sounds. These activity boards are perfect for anyone who can lose removable bets, and swing out to reveal a large board table for snacks or multiple toys. The seat is washable, there are three height options, and it can be folded down when not in use.
$ 40 at Amazon
This product’s unique selling point is that it can be easily converted into a rocker if you want to stop your child from zooming around. When in tilt mode, the sides of the base are moved down, and you can use the included fabric foot. When your child is ready for action, they can be entertained by the toys and musical lights on the activity board, which can then be removed to reveal a snack board.
$ 66 at Amazon
Anyone interested in traditional toys will appreciate this wooden design, but be warned – assembly is required! Once put together, this beautifully simple push-along walker will give your baby not only stability as you walk, but a xylophone, drum, shape sorting and tactile motor skill enhancing beads, numbers and more.
$ 50 at Amazon
Yes, this is an officially licensed Pinkfong product. If you have an incredibly high tolerance for annoying viral baby songs, this push-along walker will no doubt delight your baby. When your child stops walking, Baby Shark Song stops to encourage them to take the next steps. There are also light buttons and other non-shark songs.
$ 40 at Amazon
Make the movement
Our overall staff selection, VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker, receives our recommendation, as it is a proven alternative from a truly renowned specialist in interactive baby and children’s toys. We like the fact that babies get a lot out of both the activity center in front and the walker itself.
Other walkers that offer something for babies who have not yet found their feet include Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Learn with Puppy Walker with its interactive elements, including learning activities in the alphabet and numbers, and Kiddery Toys Wooden Push and Pull Learning Walker is a more traditional choice with a musical element.
If you can’t stand the thought of all the colorful plastic, noisy sound effects and flashing lights from most of these options, Joovy has you covered with the beautifully simple Joovy Spoon Walker. It’s as close to a stylish ride as a one year old is going to get.
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