The 7 Best Baby Walkers In 2020
Choosing the right baby walker for your precious little one isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly. The very first time that you see your little bundle of joy take their first steps with the help of their baby walker is a huge milestone.
And while it’s definitely true that you can find a lot of parents who are split down the middle when it comes to how useful baby walkers really are, they really can be a great tool that can help many babies learn to walk on their own, at least in our experience.
So with that in mind, I’ve looked at dozens upon dozens of baby walkers to find out what the best baby walker of this year is. Not only that, but I’ll also be showing you a few great options that nearly took the crown, along with a few other great picks in specific categories.
- 1 Best Overall Baby Walker: Joovy Spoon Walker
- 2 Runner-up #1: Disney Music and Lights Walker
- 3 Runner-up #2: Chicco Walky Talky Walker
- 4 Best Push Walker: VTech Sit-to-Stand Walker
- 5 Best Car Walker: Combi Mobile Entertainer
- 6 Best 2-in-1 Walker: Kolcraft Tiny Steps 2-in-1
- 7 Best Cheap Baby Walker: Caterpillar & Friends Discovery Walker
- 8 Types of Baby Walkers
- 9 What Is the Best Age to Use a Baby Walker?
- 10 Know What You’re Buying
- 11 How to Use a Baby Walker Safely
- 12 Conclusion And Final Words
Best Overall Baby Walker: Joovy Spoon Walker
Let’s kick things off with the best of the best, and in this case, that’s the Joovy Spoon Walker. Not only will this walker help your little one learn how to take their first steps all on their own, but it also doubles as a highchair thanks to the dishwasher safe tray attachment. The seat pad itself is incredibly supportive and comfortable while also being machine wash friendly.
The tray attachment is actually quite spacious, providing plenty of room for either eating or playing with toys. Its clean and contemporary design is also quite easy to clean up in case of spills or messes – the walker is made of materials that are entirely BPA, PVC, and phthalate-free.
The walker is also easy to pack up and take on the go as you can fold it flat for easy storage and transport.
- One of the safest baby walker on the market.
- Has combined 2 baby essentials into one great product.
- Has three height positions for continued use as your baby continues to grow.
- The tray can be conveniently removed and washed in a dishwasher.
- Affordable price and good warranty.
- This compact baby walker is not an ideal choice for taller babies.
- Somewhat restrictive for movement as only the front wheels can swivel
Runner-up #1: Disney Music and Lights Walker
Our first runner-up came close to take the crown. The only thing that holds it back from being the undisputed top-rated baby walker is the fact it’s definitely designed primarily for your little princess as opposed to the more neutral design of the Joovy walker.
Nevertheless, this is one fantastic walker that’s designed for ages 0 to 48 months (although I would still strongly recommend waiting until your little one is at least 4-5 months old).
Featuring two swing-open activity trays and four princess themed toys, this walker doesn’t just help your baby learn how to walk – it also helps her to develop her motor skills as well. A machine-washable padded seat also helps to keep them comfortable for extended play sessions as well.
- This circular baby walker comes equipped with engaging sounds and lights that will delight your child.
- Three different height levels to keep up with your baby’s continued growth.
- Sturdy wheels work great for wooden hard floors or carpets and grip strips help to reduce movement on any uneven surfaces.
- Not an ideal choice for shorter babies – they may struggle to touch the floor with their feet until they have grown a bit.
Runner-up #2: Chicco Walky Talky Walker
Your baby will be able to learn all about the ABCs, colors, numbers, and a variety of phrases in multiple languages with the Chicco Walky Talky Walker. It supports English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Portuguese.
The multilingual tray can be removed from the walker for play both on the walker and on the floor. And your baby will just love playing with the interactive activity center thanks to the bright, colorful characters and activities that they can enjoy.
The padded seat is easily removed for washing, and this walker even has a built-in safety features in the form of brake pads that help to stop the walker in the event it does happen to go over a step.
And last but not least, it’s incredibly simple to fold it down for storage, or to adjust it to its three varying height levels for your growing child.
- Multilingual play tray is fantastic for supporting your baby’s development.
- Built-in brake pads provide some extra peace of mind when it comes to safety.
- Tray play station could do with some improvements in the volume department – they can sound rather low.
Best Push Walker: VTech Sit-to-Stand Walker
VTech is a well-known name when it comes to developing products for babies that are proven to help with their cognitive and motor skills development.
So it should come as no surprise that they made our favorite push walker with the Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker. It features a removable toy panel that comes in a plain brown box (which VTech calls ‘frustration-free packaging’).
The play panel comes with an activity center to keep your baby engaged – five piano keys that play music, two colorful spinning rollers, three shape sorters, three light-up buttons, and a pretend telephone handset.
And in true VTech fashion, you’ll be getting over 70 fun songs, sound effects, and educational phrases. Your little one will be able to play with the playset on the floor first and then simply attach it to the walker to continue their learning for when they’re on the go.
- This simple walker comes packed full of songs, activities, and games that are appropriate for baby’s aged 9 months to 3 years old
- Comes in ‘frustration-free packaging’ which makes it a breeze to use and put away
- Not appropriate for baby’s under 9 months of age
Best Car Walker: Combi Mobile Entertainer
Car baby walkers are fantastic choices if your little one has taken an early interest in cars, trucks, or you’re a parent into auto racing. And out of all of the car baby walkers on the market today, the Combi All-in-One Mobile Entertainer is my top-rated walker. The beauty of car walkers like this one is that they can be an entertainer, activity walker, and snack tray all at once.
The front hood of the car conveniently snaps on and off to reveal the snack tray underneath. The built-in entertainment system will also provide your little one with hours of educational entertainment with lights, sounds, mirrors, and toys that are all designed to aid your baby’s cognitive development.
Your baby will remain extremely comfortable as they play and learn to walk as well thanks to the padded seat cushion. Fun spinning wheels round out the package, giving your little one even more joy as they imagine themselves racing in this Italian supercar.
- Easy to assemble which makes it an absolute breeze to get your baby up and running.
- Surprisingly sturdy – durability definitely isn’t an issue with this walker!
- One of the most portable baby walkers on the market today.
- All four wheels can swivel.
- Lockable jump feature can be somewhat tricky to use.
Best 2-in-1 Walker: Kolcraft Tiny Steps 2-in-1
The Kolcraft Tiny Steps 2-in-1 Activity Walker is another product that came incredibly close to taking our top honors for the best baby walker. We liked it so much that there was really never any doubt about what would be earning the best 2-in-1 baby walker.
Featuring a practical and incredibly functional design that supports sitting, standing, and walking, the walker is incredibly simple to adjust on the fly.
A handful of fun toys are built-in to aid with your baby’s development, including an upright flower mirror toy, a spinning ball, and a bead bar. And thankfully for parents, this seated walker is easy to fold up and put away for storage and even easier to clean thanks to the machine-washable seat cover.
This 2-in-1 Activity Walker has also clearly been designed with safety as a top priority as it features skid-resistant friction pads along the base for added safety.
- High foam seat back provides an exceptional amount of comfort.
- Converting the walker from the sit-down play area to the standing walker is effortless.
- Quick and easy to assemble, put away, and clean.
- Very portable and adjustable height baby walker.
- Not one of the best walkers for babies who are taller.
Best Cheap Baby Walker: Caterpillar & Friends Discovery Walker
Another very important factor to consider when shopping for a baby walker is undoubtedly affordability. There’s certainly no shortage of expensive walkers that seem to do it all. But are those extra bells-and-whistles really needed?
Not necessarily, as more budget-friendly options can work just as well when it comes to supporting your baby’s development. With that in mind, you’ll find a lot to like about the Caterpillar & Friends Discovery Walker if you’re in the market for a cheap walker.
Designed with a unique elliptical frame that provides a sturdier platform, the walker also features a nautical play station that will help to foster your little one’s adventurous spirit. The steering wheel lights up and activates a variety of ocean sounds, while ocean-themed toys like the sea turtle help to keep your baby captivated.
Your child will be able to sit comfortably in the captain’s seat thanks to the high seat back that provides added support. The seat pad is machine washable while the toy frame can be conveniently wiped clean.
- This circular baby walker is one of the cheapest baby walkers as of today.
- Quick and easy to adjust and fold up for storage.
- The seat provides nearly unmatched comfort for your little one.
- Ocean theme is sure to delight fledgling explorers.
- This stationary baby walker is not ideal for carpet flooring.
Types of Baby Walkers
There are a wide variety of different types of baby walkers available to parents today. You can choose from basic push baby walkers to baby walkers that are designed to look like ultra-expensive supercars. Most also come with baby activity centers.
Classic Walkers: With the traditional style of walker, you’re able to place your baby in an opening in the middle that supports them. They are then able to push themselves along using the wheels.
Push Walkers: These baby walkers are designed to have your little one stand behind them while holding onto the bar to support themselves while they push around the walker.
Car Walkers: This type of walker is quite similar to the traditional design of baby walkers. The only notable difference is they’re designed to look like a car, giving the appearance that your baby is driving a Ferrari instead of simply learning to walk!
Parent-Assisted Walkers: Not all baby walkers are designed with wheels. There are models out there that are designed for parents to help assist the baby in taking their first steps while being strapped into a safety harness.
2-in-1 Walkers: There are also baby walkers designed to both help your children learn how to walk while also helping them to develop their cognitive functioning and motor skills. This is accomplished thanks to their built-in play trays that encourage your baby to use their hands.
Baby Jumpers: This one isn’t a walker per se but it’s still a great tool for helping your baby develop their coordination and balance. With a baby jumper, your little one will push with their own feet in tiny jumping motions instead of relying on wheels to move around.
What Is the Best Age to Use a Baby Walker?
It’s generally recommended to wait until your baby is at least 4-5 months old before letting them attempt to use a baby walker. You’ll want to make sure your baby is capable of steadily holding their head up on their own with their feet firmly touching the floor before even considering it.
Depending on the type of baby walker that you’re using, your little one may be able to use it up until 10-16 months of age.
Know What You’re Buying
One of the best ways to determine if a walker is a safe choice for your baby is by taking the time to do a bit of research. Parents should look into different brands, different types of walkers, and even read through user reviews to try and get an idea of what they’re buying. Fortunately, you can simply scroll through our picks below as we’ve taken the time to handle this step for you!
How to Use a Baby Walker Safely
Your first priority when letting your baby use any type of walker is to make sure that it’s 100% safe. And above all else, the No. 1 rule you simply must follow, is to make sure that you never allow your baby to use a baby walker unsupervised.
Never make the mistake of assuming that since your child is strapped into their walker they will be ok. Accidents can and do happen. The overwhelming majority of them can be avoided completely by simply keeping a constant watch on your child and their surroundings.
The second most important factor to look for is to ensure that your walker has been manufactured to meet the required safety standards, just as you would when choosing a stroller or car seat.
Those two points are basically the Holy Grail when it comes to safety precautions. Aside from that, a bit of common sense will (as always) go a long way:
- Make sure that the baby walker is the proper size for your child
- Be aware of the surroundings – keep an eye out for sharp table edges and stairways, for example
And just to repeat the point since it’s so, so important – NEVER leave a child unattended in a baby walker, even for one second!
Alright, with the basics out of the way, let’s now check out the best baby walker in each category:
Conclusion And Final Words
It’s so important to cherish each and every moment as your baby grows up. They do indeed grow up quickly! Once you notice that your baby is ready to begin taking their first steps, a walker can be a fantastic choice to help give them a bit of extra support.
And with so many baby walkers coming with a variety of educational toys and songs, your little one will be able to do a lot more than just take their first steps on their own – they’ll also be getting a ton of support with their cognitive and motor skill development.
Hopefully, this list of my best baby walkers has helped you narrow down a choice that’s just perfect for your little bundle of joy. Each and every one of these best baby walkers beat out dozens of others to earn a spot on this list. No matter what walker from this list you decide to go with, we’re certain you’ll be 100% satisfied with your choice.
If you have further questions about choosing your baby walker, or just want to share some tips and tricks, don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail using the contact form.
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