When your baby reaches that all-important milestone of taking their first steps, you may want to start looking for the best baby walker to help them with the transition from sitting to standing to walking, for the first time. There is a huge range of walkers on the market to suit a wide variety of tastes and budgets so we've rounded up some of the best to help you choose the right one for you and your tot.
What is a baby walker?
A baby walker is a movable contraption that can help your baby take their first steps. You can have walkers your baby sits in, or Zimmer-frame type walkers, sit-and-stride bike types, or jumpers.
Their feet touch the floor, and with your guidance, baby can learn to navigate a safe space and learn to walk and transition from a sitting position to a standing position. A baby walker is usually made of plastic or wood and it can be collapsible so that it can be easily folded away and stored.
It allows them to explore areas by themselves and helps their legs become stronger in preparation for future walking, developing muscles, and coordination skills. Walkers should be used for around 20 minutes a day so as not to put too much strain on underdeveloped muscles.
The best baby walkers to buy
We've found the best baby walkers currently available to buy in the UK to suit every budget, style, and need - many of which were shortlisted for the Mother&Baby Award winners.
Best budget baby walker
The Fisher-Price Learn with Me Zebra Baby Walker was shortlisted in the 2018 Mother&Baby Awards in the best baby toy category.
A good one if you're after a cheap baby walker, this lovely zebra walker will definitely grab your baby’s attention with all the different colours and shapes. Lightweight enough to take with you to Granny’s house, our panel of testers loved the various lights and music features from the brand they trust. Any downsides? It would be easier to pop in the boot of a car if it folded.
Tested by mum Harriet Morton for the Mother&Baby Awards 2018: "I'd definitely recommend this baby walker to anyone with a little one who is starting to move around. It is extremely easy to put up, only taking around five to 10 minutes. It’s wipe-clean, which I think is an essential with baby toys. The toy itself isn’t too big, which is great for someone who only has a very small front room, and means my little one can walk and play with plenty of space to do so."
Read our full review of the Fisher-Price Learn with Me Zebra Walker here.
- For babies ages 6 months and older
- Size H46 x W42.4 x D54cm
- Weight 2.3kg
Best baby walking aid
The Vtech Baby Walker was shortlisted in the 2020 Mother&Baby Awards in the best baby toy category.
This baby walker is not just great at helping your little one's balance and walking to develop, but is a great toy for them to play with too. You can remove the panel to play with separately, and there are plenty of interactive buttons and playthings to involved your baby.
Mum tester, Nikita said: "This toy has been great in keeping my little ones entertained. Being able to remove the activity board from the actual walker is great because it means both my under twos can play with one each. The sounds, colours, and activities are great for keeping the kids busy while I'm doing something else, there is also enough on it for them to share and play together."
Read our full review of the Vtech Baby Walker here.
- For ages 6 months and over
- Size 46 x 40 x 45cm
- Weight 2.12kg
Best baby sit in walker
You get quite a lot of return for your investment with this walker. There’s an array of toys on a removable tray and it converts from a static rocker to a walker at the flick of the sliding mechanism switch at the base. It also includes a comfy foot pad. Any downsides? There have been reports that it’s not a great baby walker for carpet.
One reviewer wrote: "Was nervous about getting this because the reviews were so mixed but am glad I did. I bought his as a gift and it has been used extensively - taken on road trips, even abroad as it collapses and fits into a large suitcase. Works on all hardfloor surfaces perfectly. It had much experience on carpet but it hasn't been a problem."
- Suitable from 6 months
- Size 51 x 74 x 65cm
- Weight 5kg
Best multi-purpose baby walker
Say hello to this baby walker ride on. It sounds like an oxymoron, but with four play modes – sit-down play, walker, pull-along wagon and ride-on train – this is packed with features to keep little ones occupied even well after they’re walking independently. It's also a good option if you're specifically looking for a baby push walker. Our testers loved the letter blocks, light-up piano keys, turning book, beads, and cogs. Any downsides? It can be a bit tricky to steer.
Tested by Jennifer Barclay, from Edinburgh, mum to Alexander, 12 months. She said: "We have a love/hate relationship with this. Alexander loves it and spent ages playing with the activity centre, but we considered ‘losing’ the batteries after five minutes. It’s very loud and flashy. He's a bit small for riding it, but it’ll grow with him, so it’s good value for money."
Read our full review of the VTech Push and Ride Alphabet Train here.
- Suitable from 12 months
- Size 17.8 x 58.5 x 40.6cm
- Weight 4.5kg
Best baby walker ride on
This converts from an activity unit to a walker and ride-on toy. There are lots of light and sound features, including songs and fun phrases, plus light-up buttons that help teach numbers and colours. Our testers enjoyed feeding the balls to the lion. Any downsides? It appealed most to kids under 18 months (by which that time they'll probably be walking).
One reviewer wrote: "Bought two of these, one for my own house and one for grandma's house. My baby absolutely loves her lion and spends countless hours playing with the buttons and the lions nose. She is now independently walking with her lion, and I do believe it has helped build her muscles in her legs. A firm favourite for my 9 month old."
- Suitable from 9 months
- Size 42.5 x 78.5 x 42.5cm
- Weight 571.53g
Best baby activity walker
The Little Tikes 3-in-1 Baby Walker and Activity Table was shortlisted in the 2018 Mother&Baby Awards in the best baby toy category.
This product made the Mother&Baby Awards 2018 shortlist for the best baby toy. The 3-in-1 activity walker is a walker, standing activity table, and sit-and-play activity centre all in one. There's even a cute little disco ball on the front that kids seem to love. Strong enough to withstand climbs and knocks, our panel of mum testers loved how interactive the walker was.
Tested by mum Sarah Bennett for the Mother&Baby Awards 2018: "My daughter is 13 months old and loves the lights, meaning she’s happy to play with it for ages while I do things round the house. She is very happy with her new walker, and even my four-year-old will play with her when it's in table mode."
Read our full review of the Little Tikes 3-in-1 Baby Walker and Activity Table here.
- For ages 9 months and over
- Size H42.42 x W43.69 x D53.85cm
- Weight 2.87kg
Best sensory baby walker
Encourage your baby to move in different ways by walking, rocking, bouncing and spinning with this baby bouncer walker which will help them develop their motor skills all while bringing a smile to their face. As well as allowing your tot to move freely, the walker also has plenty of textures, lights, sounds and melodies with activities to turn, slide, rattle, grab, push and even chew as they develop their cognitive and fine motor skills.
One mum wrote: "This is amazing! Seasoned mum of 3 and this is by far the best walker.
1) Very solid and secure
2) Will grow with them, I actually only got this when we needed a walker but good for even smaller babies with the spring board and rocking action.
3) The best feature of this is the babies ability to spin round this means when they drive into a corner and get stuck they can just spin round and walk out forwards."
- Suitable from six months
- Size 74 x 66.5 x 44cm
- Weight 5.3kg
Best wooden baby walker
Containing 30 pine blocks with letters of the alphabet on, this eco-friendly wooden baby walker from Janod is a lovely choice for little ones who like to carry their belongings around with them. The wheels of this baby walker are silent and there is an abacus on the front to help your youngster learn how to count.
Mum Katerina wrote: "It is the perfect height for a baby starting to walk. With the weight of the blocks it means baby can lean into it without it tipping. The wheels have very good grip which also means the walker doesn’t speed up when baby leans into it. Overall very impressed by the quality and functionality of the product. The best out of all the walkers we ve tried."
- Suitable from 12 months
- Size L43.5 x W35 x H41cm
- Weight 4.33kg
Baby walkers FAQs
At what age can a baby go in a walker?
Most baby walkers are suitable for ages six months and up or when your doctor says it's OK.
How do you choose a baby walker?
Baby walkers fall into four main categories:
- The seated walker: For very little ones who are just starting to sit up.
- The walking frame: Basically like a baby Zimmer-frame for tots who can stand up without trouble if they are leaning on something.
- The sit and stride: This could be like a little bike they can sit on and use their legs to move around.
- The jumper: A stationary bouncing seat that doesn't move around the floor but it does encourage your baby to use their legs, preparing them for the walker or walking frame stage, again assisting development and helping them build their muscles.
A walker with a wider base can prevent your baby from entering areas of the house you'd rather them not go into, like the kitchen and the bathroom. Make sure that the baby walker can move on carpets easily, otherwise your baby will probably just give up trying.
Adjustable height and a padded seat are always good extras to have. Another good extra would be lockable wheels for when you need your baby to stay in one place. The cost of a baby walker can range from about £30 to well over £100.
Are baby walkers safe?
Wondering if walkers are bad for babies? Well, there has been a lot of speculation about the safety of baby walkers because even though it should go without saying, a baby left unattended in a baby walker is never safe. In fact, the sale of baby walkers is banned in Canada. In the UK this is a matter of parent discretion and there are safety tips you can follow to minimise potential dangers. The NHS says, "If you do use a baby walker, bouncer, or seat, it's best to use them for no more than 20 minutes at a time."
Baby walker safety tips
- A baby walker should only be used under adult supervision and a baby in a walker should never be left unattended.
- Check what’s now within your baby’s reach – can they now reach dangerous items or even a cup of coffee?
- Do not let your baby use a walker anywhere near stairs or steps.
- Make sure your baby can't reach electrical sockets.
- Make sure there aren't any cables your child can pull on.
- Walkers should have the safety mark BS EN 1273:2005.
Why trust us?
Our product recommendations are based on a combination of real-world testing from our burgeoning army of mum testers, and the extensive knowledge of our experienced editorial team and product specialists. Where we can, we also consult experts who specialise in that field to ensure you get the right advice along with the right product, and we listen to what you say as well. Our thriving mum community on our Facebook group #mumtribe also often holds great insights as to which products mums really like best and why, helping us highlight the products that meet what you really want.
For the essential products, our annual Mother&Baby Awards shortlist the top products tested, and you can find full reviews from our mum testers provided on the product page. The winners and runners-up for each category then will appear in our top picks article for that product such as this one, along with other products that were rated highly by our team.
When it comes to the best baby walkers, the safety of your little one is our top priority. We also look at a variety of budgets, age suitability, what to avoid, and of course the quality of the products we go on to feature.
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