As a parent every milestone or first in your baby's life is exciting but few milestones are as exciting as your baby's first steps. You've read all the books, you know on average your child will likely start taking his first steps or preparing to between 11 and 14 months old but are prepared for it to come as early as 8 or as late as 16 months old. In the beginning it will start with what I deem as the learning walks - this is the phase where baby begins to pull himself up on items such as furniture and may even use the furniture to assist them in taking a few steps. When your baby hits the steps you know walking just around the corner and as a parent you want to do all you can to ensure your toddler is a strong walker. Here is a list of great toys that can work as an assistant to a toddler learning to walk.
There are numerous brands dedicated to creating educational and developmental toys for babies and toddlers some of the more well-known brands include (but are not limited to) the following.
- Melissa and Doug
Toys to help build Babies Muscle Strength
Sit to stand toys as well as walk and ride toys (which will be discussed more below) can be ideal in helping to build babies leg muscles and help get them prepared for taking their first steps. Here are just a few sit to stand toys that may assist your babies.
- Combi All in One Activity Walker (often available in black, blue, red yellow and pink)
- Kolcraft Tiny Steps 2 in 1 Walker
- Evenflo Splash Mega Exersaucer
- Kolcraft Babysit Sit and Step Two in 1 Activity Center
Toys to Help Teach Your Baby/Toddler How to Walk
Toddler learning walkers and ride a longs are some of the best toys to help assist your little one in getting mobile. These types of toys can assist with balance, muscle strength and building as well as getting them used to the movement and motions that come with walking (or toddling).
The Playskool Step Start Walk 'n Ride converts from a walker to a ride on learning toy. This toy gets mixed reviews from parents the majority give it 4 to 5 stars and feel it provides a great resource in helping their toddlers learn how to walk. Those who did not provide rave reviews often felt it did not provide enough walking space and/or that moved a little too easily.
The Vtech Sit to Stand Learning Walkers are a popular choice amongst parents of young ones just learning to walk. Many parents were impressed with the stability of the Vtech learning walkers as well as the assortment of activities this educational toy provided for their baby. For the parents that did not provide rave reviews a common con is that they felt this toy was more suitable for a toddler who could stand on their own with little to no assistance.
Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Stroll Along Walkers receive an overall score of 4 1/2 stars from reviewing parents and grandparents. This is among the most popular picks when it comes to learning walkers for little girls. Reviewers felt this toy was perfect for small children who were starting to pull up on furniture and who already showed a desire to stand or walk.
When the time comes to shop around for baby walkers or other products that assist toddlers learning to walk, check out the product safety warnings and labels, age recommendations and read up on the reviews or comments made by other parents who have experience with the different baby products you are interested in. If you have not done so already it is a good decision to make sure your home is baby proofed. Baby proofing your home is always important but becomes more necessary as your toddler becomes mobile.
You can check out more toddler products and reviews for the different toys designed to aid toddlers learning to walk on Amazon.