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A Review of 3 of the Best Walkers for Babies in 2013
What are the Best Walkers for Babies? Top 3 Baby Walkers Reviews
So your child is ready to take his or her first steps and you're wondering what the best walkers for babies are.
After all, this is one of the most exciting developmental stages of your baby's and naturally you're keen to encourage their progression.
Now before I get into things, I just want to point out that there has been some debate around baby walkers; some folks swear by them as a great tool for speeding up their child's development, while others don't believe that baby walkers contribute a whole bunch.
Finding the best best walker for your child will ultimately come down to your own personal preferences and beliefs.
I remember when my nephew was learning to walk a few years back. He was so determined to do things on his own. He'd clutch at anything; sofa, table, grandma's leg, in an attempt to pull himself up so that he could try to walk.
The day we got him a walker was classic.
The look on his face when he finally figured out that he could use the thing as a tool to get from A to B was priceless and I'm sure you'll feel the same way about your little ones when they get to take their first steps.
In this review I'm going to be focusing on three of the best walkers for babies in 2013 according to reviewers over at my favorite online store - Amazon.com. Here's hoping that you find something that is just perfect for your soon to be walking baby.
Always exercise caution when allowing your child to use a baby walker. Ensure the area is safe, clear from any objects that could hurt your child in a fall and never allow your child to play with a walker unsupervised.
Vtech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker - Baby walker reviews
The Vtech Sit-to-Stand Walker is currently tipped as one of the most popular toddler toys for 2012 and is therefore expected to be in huge demand this holiday season. Some speculators are even saying that it will sell out well before Christmas, so if you've set your sights on buying one, get in there early.
This walker is pretty much like an activity center that combines music, bright colors, a telephone, shape sorters, spinning gears and more. Aside from using this toy as a walker, there are two ways in which your child can learn with this Vtech model.
You have the learning mode where your child gets to learn about shapes, colors and numbers,
Then there is the music mode, where your child gets to hear cool sound effects, melodies and animal noises by pressing corresponding piano keys.
The play panel of the walker is detachable so you can have your child play with it on the floor, as well as attach it to the walker.
I think this is a great baby walker. I really like the fact that Vtech have factored in so many elements that offer your child plenty of visual and mental stimulation.
One thing to note; although on the whole reviews have been very positive about this toy (214 reviewers gave it 5 out of 5 stars), some parents have expressed concerns about the wheels not having any traction; resulting in the wheels moving too fast on wooden floor surfaces. Just something to think about if you have wooden or slippery floors in your home.
Recommended age: 6 months plus
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Playskool Rocktivity Walk 'N Roll Rider - Most popular car baby walker
Now this is all about value for money. It's a walker, but also converts into a pretty cool car so that your child can still play with it once they have outgrown the 'learning to walk' phase.
It's musical too; with the facility to play 15 different songs (which happen to be about walking and car riding). You'll recognize the songs too, so if you like, you can sing along to them with your child.
The Rocktivity Walk N Rider will have your child laughing, singing, dancing and walking all over your house!
In terms of the other play features, this walker has various car sound effects such as a horn that beeps and an engine that revs up. It also has a dashboard that lights up, offering your child visual stimulation. Oh there's also a toy giraffe on the dashboard too that says phrases each time it is pressed.
This is a fun toy and it's very easy to assemble. The only additional equipment you'll need is a screwdriver and 2 AA batteries (batteries supplied with walker).
Not digging the color? There is also a version of this Rocktivity Walk N Roll Rider in Pink
Recommended age: 9 months plus
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Plan Toys Baby Walker - Best baby walkers with wheels
I just had to add this one to the list and out of all three I think it's my favorite.
What I love about this walker is that it has a traditional look and feel to it, which kind of reminds me of some of my old baby toys. It's bright and pretty and is a solid toy that will no doubt last a very long while.
It's made out of recycled wood, but has a natural color stain on it. The handle is adjustable so you don't have to worry about whether it will be the right height for your baby. The wheels are also adjustable too in so much as you can tighten them to make the walker move slower or loosen them when your child is ready to stride out a little faster.
Inside the tray of the walker you'll find 24 building blocks in different sizes and shapes. Some of these are colored and some are left natural looking.
I guess it's really down to personal choice, but if you are someone who is a bit of a traditionalist at heart when it comes to well crafted toys, then you'll love this simple, but delightful walker.
Recommended age: 10 months to 3 years
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