If you know anything about babies, you know that it doesn’t take long until they want to be on the go. Sure, they just lay there and look cute when they’re born, but soon enough they’ll start rolling, sitting, crawling, and eventually walking. The time goes so quickly!
As your baby grows, you may be looking to acquire a baby walker to help keep your little one entertained. There are so many baby walkers out there that you may have trouble narrowing it down.
Wood? Plastic? $$$ or $? Battery-operated or not? Whatever you’re looking for, peruse this list of the best baby walkers to find our top picks.
Our Top Picks
|Best Overall||LeapFrog Scout’s 3-in-1 Get Up and Go Walker|
|Best Value||VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker|
|Best Travel||Little Tikes Little Baby Bum Twinkle’s Musical Walker|
In This Article
- Top Baby Walkers
- 1. VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker
- 2. Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon
- 3. Fisher-Price Musical Lion Walker
- 4. Little Tikes Little Baby Bum Twinkle’s Musical Walker
- 5. Melissa & Doug Chomp & Clack Alligator Push Toy
- 6. LeapFrog Scout’s 3-in-1 Get Up and Go Walker
- 7. BRIO Toddler Wobbler
- 8. Hape Wonder Walker
- 9. Little Balance Box 2-in-1
- 10. Fat Brain Toys Busy Baby Deluxe Walker
- What About Sit-in Walkers?
Top Baby Walkers
From budget-friendly to big bucks, battery-operated to plain and simple, here are the best baby walkers currently available.
1. VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker
The VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker is one of the best baby walkers for many reasons. It’s definitely very budget-friendly and is priced around $30.
This walker is intended for babies and toddlers 9 – 36 months old. Babies who can sit up can start by playing with the activity panel on the floor.
Then, when they’re ready, you can attach the panel to the walker. Once it’s attached, Baby can use the walker to pull up to stand, and eventually push to walk.
The activity panel is the real star here. It has several interactive learning features including 5 piano keys that play music, 2 colorful spinning rollers, 3 shape sorters, and 3 light-up buttons that develop motor skills.
Baby can use the pretend telephone handset and mechanical elements for even more fun.
And yes, it is battery operated with over 70 sing-along songs, music, sound effects, and fun phrases. Two volume settings are available. AAA batteries are included.
This walker is very highly rated. Reviewers like that it’s entertaining to babies and encourages problem-solving skills. The wheels work on carpeted and hard floors and can lock to slow Baby down. They also state the handle is the perfect height.
As for drawbacks to this walker, considering it is made out of plastic, it is a little lightweight at just 5 pounds. You also may not like that it makes noise, but at least you can somewhat control the volume (or just take the batteries out if it gets too annoying).
2. Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon
The Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon is one of the best baby walkers with a classic design that you’re probably already familiar with. It’s a little higher priced (around $80), but has some features that may help you justify that price.
It’s intended for little kiddos ages 1 – 4 years old. Beginning walkers can use the wagon to help learn how to walk. There are resistance clickers that prevent the wagon from moving too quickly. Parents will like the furniture-friendly bumper to help prevent scratches and/or wall damage.
This wagon doubles as a toy box and can be used for indoor play or pushed outside. Considering all babies and toddlers go through a phase of putting toys into a container and then taking them out, they will love doing that with this little wagon.
It has a natural all-wood body and removable wooden side panels. You can even put your little one inside and push them around as it has a weight capacity of 35 pounds.
Reviewers like that this walker wagon can serve multiple purposes and can grow with the baby through stages of development. It’s definitely not something that will be used for a month or so and then tossed.
It’s also heavier than plastic walkers (around 10 pounds) and can’t be tipped as easily.
This may be a pro or a con, but it doesn’t have any buttons, rattles, lights, etc. to distract Baby. (That may or may not be something you prefer.) It’s also a little more expensive than the cheaper plastic walkers, but you may be OK with that as it’s a little more solidly made.
3. Fisher-Price Musical Lion Walker
The Fisher-Price Musical Lion Walker is a very budget-friendly baby walker option at around $25. Note that this is an Amazon-exclusive item.
Babies as young as 6 months can use this as there are two “grow-with-me” ways to play. Babies can sit up next to the walker and play with the 8 different hands-on activities (some of which are battery-operated). Once Baby is ready, your little one can pull up, stand, and walk.
There isn’t a difference in terms of setup between the two modes – it’s just a matter of where Baby engages with the walker. Lights, sounds, and music will play as Baby pushes the lion along.
There’s a sturdy four-wheel base with big fat wheels, and the textured handle is large and easy for Baby to grasp.
Overall, this baby walker gets great reviews, although some parents state that the activities are a little bland and boring for sitting babies. It also doesn’t have any brakes or a way to switch how easily the wheels roll. At this low of a price point, that’s probably to be expected.
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4. Little Tikes Little Baby Bum Twinkle’s Musical Walker
The Little Tikes Little Baby Bum Twinkle’s Musical Walker is an inexpensive (around $40) yet highly rated addition to this list. It features Twinkle, a character from the popular preschool learning video series Little Baby Bum.
This baby walker is actually a 3-in-1 toy that can work as a sit and play toy, activity table, or walker, depending on how you set it up. And it’s easy to transition among the three modes without any tools. It’s intended for babies and toddlers ages 9 months – 3 years.
Considering the name, you can guess that it plays music and is battery-operated. But it doesn’t just play music: there are also built-in activities along with songs and sounds.
And if you have it set up as a walker, Twinkle projects colorful lights on the ground, encouraging your little one to follow the lights as they walk.
One big plus with this baby walker is that it can be folded flat for floor play, storage, or travel. Pack it up and take it to Grandma’s house – no problem!
Of course, being plastic, it will be rather lightweight (around 6 pounds). However, the structure of the walker when set up appears to be very balanced with four wheels. Plus, the wheels have a silicone resistance strip on them to keep them from moving too quickly.
5. Melissa & Doug Chomp & Clack Alligator Push Toy
I am a big fan of Melissa & Doug products for kids, and the Melissa & Doug Chomp & Clack Alligator Push Toy is a noteworthy addition to our list of the best baby walkers.
For starters, it’s priced around $35, which is on the lower end of the walkers on this list. But it’s still made of solid wood, not plastic (a plus in my book!). It’s intended for babies and toddlers ages 12 months – 2 years old.
This wooden activity walker features 3 chomping alligators, fish on the wheels, and spinning and sliding butterfly and ladybug beads. Your little one will enjoy looking at it and playing with it while it’s just sitting there and while they’re pushing it to walk.
As your toddler pushes the walker along, the alligators will chomp their mouths open and closed and make a gentle clacking sound, no batteries required! It features non-skid wheels to keep it from going too fast on smoother surfaces.
Reviewers like the cute, bright design and that it’s made of wood. It also requires interaction to be entertaining – it’s not a “push a button and play a sound” kind of toy.
This baby walker is a little lightweight and there are some complaints about it tipping over. It may be a better fit for older babies and toddlers rather than developing walkers as it does move a little faster.
6. LeapFrog Scout’s 3-in-1 Get Up and Go Walker
I love LeapFrog educational products for my kids, so I was excited to see the LeapFrog Scout’s 3-in-1 Get Up and Go Walker priced around $45. This baby walker checks a lot of boxes!
First off, you can use it with babies as young as 3 months since it starts as a baby gym with dangling toys. Once your little one can sit up, it transforms into a light-up activity panel. And when Baby is ready, turn it into a walker.
Of course, there are plenty of educational activities included like introducing colors, shapes, letters, and numbers. There are five piano keys, a phone, a bead spinner, two dangling toys, and more. Yes, it is battery-operated and requires 2 AA batteries.
Once Baby is up and walking, you can set the wheels at different speeds to match your child’s ability level. I know this is a feature many parents look for.
Parents who purchased this state that this baby walker is very sturdy since it has a flat tabletop while Baby walks instead of an incline. This also lets Baby play with the activities from multiple angles.
Many reviewers stated that the sticker decal on the phone comes off easily. Some reviewers stated that they had some problems with the battery slots. LeapFrog does offer a warranty on their products in case you run into any issue.
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7. BRIO Toddler Wobbler
The BRIO Toddler Wobbler looks (and is!) very simple, but it’s that simplicity that makes it highly rated.
It’s priced around $50 and is intended for babies and toddlers ages 9 months – 3 years. This baby walker is made from beech wood and is very simple to build – all you need is a screwdriver to attach the handle!
Unlike other baby walkers on this list, the handle is adjustable to add flexibility and to help your toddler balance. It also has an adjustable brake so you can adapt it to your child’s progress. The rubber non-skid wheels help keep this baby walker under control without ruining your floors.
Your little one can transport their favorite toys around with this adorable, classic push walker. No bells and whistles are necessary!
Overall, parents really like this walker. Some parents complain that it’s a little fast and noisy. It also can only go forward or back – the wheels don’t pivot to allow for turning or steering. (You may or may not like that.)
I personally like the simplicity of this baby walker – it allows for very open-ended play.
8. Hape Wonder Walker
The Hape Wonder Walker is another wooden walker that’s one of the best baby walkers. It’s priced around $65 and gets solid reviews.
Besides just being an aid to help your developing walker, it has moveable knobs, gears, and colorful balls that offer five different activities for your little one. It’s intended for babies and toddlers ages 12 months – 3 years old.
The walker is composed of sturdy wood craftsmanship from sustainably sourced forests, which is a common feature of Hape products. The wheels are made trimmed with rubber to help protect your floors.
Babies and toddlers can load up their little stuffed animals and other toys and push them around the room as the inside of the walker has a bottom but is open. Sitters and crawlers can also use this little storage area to keep their toys before they start walking on their own.
Reviewers say that it can be a little tippy, which seems to be a common concern with push walkers like these. Keep that in mind as your little one is learning. You may be able to weigh it down by putting something a little heavier in the middle storage area between the wheels.
This walker also doesn’t turn easily, which may be a pro or a con, depending on your perspective. And there aren’t any different settings for the wheels in terms of resistance or brakes. (This is the case with most wooden walkers.) Still, it looks really lovely and kids will have fun with it.
9. Little Balance Box 2-in-1
The Little Balance Box 2-in-1 is a unique entry in this list of best baby walkers. Priced around $70, it has no wheels and is more like a little table that helps Baby develop balance.
This walker was invented by a mom and physical therapist to help provide stability while Baby transitions from sitting to kneeling, standing, and walking.
The thought process behind it is that once your little one learns how to balance, they should be able to walk much more easily. Balance is the first skill that needs to be mastered.
While it doesn’t have any wheels, it does have spring-loaded feet that move up and down, allowing it to glide safely over carpet, tile, and wood floors. It’s recommended for use when a baby can balance and independently pull to standing.
The Little Balance Box has an eco-friendly design made from lightweight bamboo. You could even use it as a little toddler table! The clear top helps Baby see their legs and how they move, making connections to Baby’s brain and nervous system.
The design is very simplistic and doesn’t have any extra bells and whistles like other baby walkers on this list do. The only real entertainment factor is that the clear top of the table can be fun for Baby to drum on. That may or may not appeal to you.
Please note that there are no brakes, stoppers, or weights in the feet to hold them in place. And some parents have reported that climbing babies can use this to get up higher than they normally would be able to.
As with all of the baby walkers in this list, your baby or toddler should use this product with adult supervision only.
10. Fat Brain Toys Busy Baby Deluxe Walker
The Fat Brain Toys Busy Baby Deluxe Walker combines the activities on the plastic walkers with the solid construction of the wooden walkers to make a beautiful product priced around $80. The catch? This walker is for older babies with a recommendation of 12 – 18 months and up to 2 years.
There are no battery-operated activities here, but there’s still plenty for your little one to do. The walker features a mirror, counting beads, spinning gears, a xylophone, shape-sorting, and more.
It’s made mostly of high-quality wood with nontoxic paint. The rubber-lined wheels help the walker roll smoothly while still giving it some resistance as your little one toddles around.
Some reviewers complained that the wheels can get loose and fall off, but other parents said that they had no problems with the wheels. You can always contact Fat Brain Toys if there are any issues as their products come with a Lifetime Guarantee.
What About Sit-in Walkers?
You may notice that these are all push walkers and push toys; there are no sit-in walkers included in this list. That’s intentional.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has called for a ban on the manufacture and sale of infant walkers in the U.S. Obviously the ban hasn’t happened yet. Sit-in infant walkers have also been shown to detrimentally affect babies’ body posture and gait patterns as they grow and develop.
Even push walkers like the ones in this list are sometimes viewed as unsafe. Sometimes the wheels can move too quickly for a baby, leaving babies to fall down.
Please be sure to supervise your baby while using any walker and keep dangerous items out of your little one’s reach. You’ll also want to use gates and doors to keep stairs and no-no areas off-limits as Baby starts cruising.
There are lots of different options out there for baby walkers. You may be looking for a budget-friendly pick for Grandma’s house, or maybe you’re willing to spend a little more to get something that will last a while and look nice with your home décor.
Hopefully, this list gave you some baby gift inspiration for yourself or someone with a baby on the way.