Baby Walkers –Making the Right Choice!
You know by now that raising your baby is by far the most incredible, unique, and insightful process you’ve ever experienced. And while those miraculous and amazing moments are invaluable to you, that same process can also be tiresome, costly, and rather stressful, especially when we all want only the very best for our little ones. It’s completely normal and fair to want to give him or her the very best and unique tools to learn from as they grow through their fundamental stages, but it’s also essential to consider the cost and long-term value of those tools, for the sake of both your wallet and your sanity.
I say it that way for a reason - whether you’re prepping for your first baby, have more than one child, or are just helping someone you care about prepare for their children. I’m sure you’re aware that there is an impossible number of products out there to choose from, All boasting their unique features and trying to prove to you that their offer is worth their exorbitant price tags.
This leaves you with a lengthy but important task: discern which products you need, and what varieties of those products will work best for your baby, your budget, and your lifetime expectations. The good news is that we’re here to help break down the pros and cons of some of those products to help you compare your options. And that’s why today, we’ll be looking at a handful of baby walkers that meet all of the criteria above - affordable, cost-efficient, and most importantly, engaging for your baby.
VTech Sit, Stand, and Ride
As the first up on the list, this walker truly takes the cake in terms of cost, versatility, and fun. It usually runs between $45 and $60 depending on where you find it and is recommended for a fantastic age range (from nine months to three years), making it clear that you’ll be getting your money’s worth from it. The main feature of this walker is actually the three-in-one functionality that it offers! The engaging toy pad lays flat for younger babies just learning to get excited about the variety of lights, colors, buttons and moving parts provided (batteries and assembly required), all of which are designed to stimulate motor function.
The pad then stands on a wheeled V-shape that helps guide baby as he or she grips the handle on top of the pad for support, encouraging independent standing and first steps. And once they’ve got the walking down, the legs can be combined to form a seat that allows for a self-propelled ride as well! The only major downside is that it has fewer safety features than other modern walkers (as is evident by the visual design). But the parental speed controls and unique, wheel-lock feature will have you more than covered when it comes to the safety of your baby. Because of both the versatility in use and inter activeness of the toy features, this walker is one of the best we found regarding value for the price you’ll pay.
Cosco Simple Steps Walker
The Cosco walker lands the second spot on this list for a few reasons. Although you can usually find it for around the same price range ($40-$60 on average) as the first choice above, this product is more of standardly modern walker that remains in one position, so the versatility aspect is lost here. But if you’re looking for a walker that will help your baby learn to stand and swaddle him or her in in a safety-inspired design, then this product is an option to consider. It offers more support for baby, designed with the typical padded seat and surrounding, wheeled frame to provide security, and yet in no way hinder mobility.
The height of the seat is also easy to adjust as your baby grows, which means that it will still give you a longer period of use than other non-adjustable walkers for tall babies.
My favorite part is that it includes a playful, cartoon-like monster design available in either purple or blue, which makes it more personal and exciting for baby. And the workspace on this one also includes fun toys, as well as an easy-to-clean tray for any snacks or additional stimulation you want to add to your baby’s experience. The Cosco Simple Steps Walker is the best choice if you as a parent often need to multitask and know that your baby is safe and content, but also want to guide your baby’s experience!
Chicco Talky Baby Walker
And finally on this list is the Chicco Talky Baby Walker, which offers some unique features that are not quite covered by the other two walkers above. Although these walkers can range in price from $90 to $120 or so (depending on your color preferences), they are worth the extra bucks if you can appreciate the added features. This walker boasts a much more visually simplistic design, as well as thicker plastic pieces intended for long-term sustainability and a supporting frame made of steel, ensuring the utmost security as your baby learns to support him or herself!
If the safety aspect doesn’t already have you hooked, then consider the fact that the padded seat is not only removable but also machine washable for an easy clean when those little messes happen. The Chicco walker also offers a slight layer of versatility with its three pre-set seat heights, which is a little less useful than other completely adjustable walkers but will still provide growing room for your baby. And we can’t forget that awesome lineup of toys included keeping your little one entertained, complete with a multilingual interface if you want a really early start to language immersion. If you like a sleeker look and can stand to save up for the price of the Chicco, its safety-based design, easy-clean parts, and a unique play center all make this walker more than worth that cost.
Keep in mind that we were only able to discuss our favorite cool baby walkers here - if you’re looking for an actual stroller, I would recommend considering this one (especially if you have or are expecting multiple little ones to stay mobile with!). And there are still dozens of other choices out there, but this list was just to give you a taste of some of the most affordable and quality-based options. Hopefully, we’ve got you thinking about all the little details (including price and investment value) that will be just right for you and baby!