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Best Baby Walker and Push Toys
Updated on
January 4, 2024

Best Baby Walker and Push Toys

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Best Baby Walker and Push Toys

Nothing brings joy to babies—and their parents—quite like when they cruise around the living room for the first time with the help of their push toy, one one of the best toys of the toddlerhood era.

It’s a major step in your baby’s development of balance, coordination and motor skills that eventually will lead them to walking all on their own.

A good push toy can help your baby get their footing once they’ve mastered pulling themselves up and supported standing. It can be a tool they need to help them get moving.

There’s a lot to consider when picking a push toy that works best for you, your baby and your home. First, make sure the push toy is age appropriate (generally they’re a good toy choice for 9 month olds and up, as long as baby can stand up and push without falling over). Choosing a push toy your baby isn’t quite ready for can frustrate your budding walker.

Other things to consider:

  • Height and width: You don’t want it too tall or too short for your baby.
  • Sturdiness: Make sure it won’t flop over while baby is pushing it.
  • Wheels: Good traction is important. Also consider your flooring—will the tires work with carpet, tile or hardwood floors?
  • Speed control: Can the wheels be tightened or loosened to change the speed as your baby grows into the push toy? Is there a brake?

Always remember that babies shouldn’t use a push toy without supervision. And, even if supervised, never let them use push toys near stairs, fireplaces or other potentially dangerous obstacles in your house. You never know when your stumbler will turn into a sprinter and dart away.

Here are some our favorite push toys to help your little almost-walker get moving. They also make great gifts for one year olds.

Nostalgic Fun

The Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon is a favorite among parents for the classic look that reminds them of their own childhood. Yet this wagon-shaped push toy is more than just a walk down memory lane—it’s smartly designed with push-resistant controls to help your walker-in-training build the balance and confidence they need to take those first steps. Little ones can load the wagon up with toys and push them across the room. The straight-line design helps make sure they don’t veer off course, while built-in bumpers protect your furniture. Note that the removable sides aren’t that sturdy so be aware if your child is a climber.

Additional Specs
Age range 12 months to 4 years
Dimensions 22.44” x 14.57” x 17.13”

Sit, Stand, Walk

This push toy has everything you need to take your baby from sitting up to those first precious steps. The activity panel—complete with interactive piano keys, telephone, spinners and shape sorters—is removable so your little one can use it when they first start sitting up. When they’re ready to stand, simply pop the activity center back into the push toy. There are speed controls, and the rubber-finished plastic wheels roll on both carpet and hardwood floors. Oh, and parents like that the 70 different songs and sounds it makes are volume adjustable.

Additional Specs
Age range 9 months to 3 years
Dimensions 16.5” x 14.2” x 18.1”

Block & Walk

Plenty of walking toys do double duty with extra gadgets to inspire learning and encourage other skills, but parents in search of Montessori-friendly toys love this two-for-one walker that doesn’t require batteries. The pushcart itself has a built-in anti-tipping system and mark-free wheels (so you don’t have to worry about getting scuffs on your non-carpeted floors), and the set includes 20 wooden blocks and an abacus to keep your kiddo busy when they’re not occupied with practicing putting one foot in front of the other.

Additional Specs
Age Range 12 months to 4 years
Dimensions 3.73” x 11.47” x 17.36”

A Budget Push Toy

This fun pushy puppy has two ways to play as baby grows—sit and play or stand and walk. It has seven hands-on activities for little ones to play with while seated, and when they’re starting to toddle along, they can push the toy along for fun music and encouraging phrases (there are 75+ sounds, including Spanish words).

Additional Specs
Age range 6 to 36 months
Dimensions 16.2” x 19.3” x 18.2”

Later, Alligator

This sturdy, colorful wooden push toy entertains while encouraging first steps. Three alligators take turn chomping when the toy is moving, and the cute ladybugs and butterflies near the handle supply extra giggles. The rubber-trimmed wheels provide grip and protection against scratching hard floors (note: they don’t move well on carpet). It’s a little heavy, so it may be better suited for babies further along in their walking development.

Age range 12 months and up
Dimensions 15” x 15” x 11.8”

A Grow-with-Me Walker

Your little one may be just starting to take their first steps, but if all you can think about now is how much faster they’ll eventually get, you can start planning ahead with this ride-on toy that grows with your toddler. It starts out as a wagon for new walkers (and a great place to store all their stuffed friends), and once kiddo is steadier on their feet after a few months, just flip the wagon basket over and it becomes a seat for them to scoot around on! And eventually, once their unsteady wobbles have turned into all-out sprinting (trust us, it’ll happen sooner than you think), the basket/seat can be removed entirely to transform the ride-on toy into their first scooter.

Additional Specs
Age Range 1-3 years
Dimensions 22.75” x 13.5” x 20.5”
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