When your baby's trying to take their first steps, it really helps to have something to give them a leg up. We've all seen little babies attempt to raise themselves up on furniture and walls, and those tentative first steps are so much easier when they've got adequate support. That's why a baby walker is a must.
But you knew that already. You're a smart cookie, and that's why you're here. Read on to learn just what sort of baby walkers you can buy, and what to look for when you're buying one.
What Types of Walker Are There?
There's actually three types of baby walker available today, the seated, walking and trailer types. But what are the differences, and which ones are best? Here's the skinny.
Seated baby walkers are best for younger babies, because they're going to be sitting in it with their feet hanging out of the bottom. This supports your baby when they can't quite keep themselves upright, but still allows them to scoot around using their hanging feet, like a Flintstones car!
Walking frames are better for older babies, because they're more like a zimmer frame, except for toddlers. Most babies are ready to use a walking frame from about six months old.
Trailers are the most traditional style, and they're literally a trailer with a standing frame to hold on to. Trailers tend to lack the safety features and versatility more modern styles have, but they age better, because your baby can use them as a toy holder even when they don't need it as support any more.
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What Should You Look for When You're Buying a Baby Walker?
There's a few key things you should search for. Most of these are pretty obvious, but it's so easy to overlook them, especially when you're slightly frazzled from being a new mom!
Can It Be Adapted to Grow with Your Baby?
Did you know some baby walkers can actually be converted from sit down walkers to stroller types?
Even if it can't, it's definitely worth looking at the riding heights, because there's nothing worse than buying a baby walker and having your baby outgrow it in a month! So check how many heights it can be adjusted to, and what age of baby it's aimed at.
Does It Work as a Feeding Tray or Feeding Chair?
A lot of good baby walkers, especially sit down styles, come with a built in tray that's usually adequate to be used as a feeding tray. Some might even recommend it for this use, with cup holders and other bits built in!
How Many Activities and Toys Does It Have?
You're buying this to help with your baby's development, and the toys and accessories are a huge part of that? The variance here is massive. Some only have a couple of basic toys on them, others have removable panels that function as really impressive toys just by themselves. So double check and see what you're buying!
How Stable and Safe Is It?
All good baby walkers have to pass safety standards, and if yours doesn't then seriously, don't buy it! However, there's a lot of other things that a walker can include which add to safety, like built in brakes and stability sections.
How Easy Is It to Clean?
We both know just how messy things can get with a toddler rolling around the place, and if they're using a baby walker every day, especially to eat, then it's definitely worth making sure that you can clean it quickly and easily. The best walkers are machine washable, and might even come apart so you can clean them even easier!
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