How to Buy Baby Walkers

A baby walker can be used to entertain your baby and help them develop certain muscles and coordination skills, although it may not develop the proper muscles needed to help them walk on their own. When you set out to buy a baby walker, you must choose a baby walker designed to keep your baby safe from harm. Although you should always supervise your baby when you place them in a walker, most types of baby walkers manufactured today are designed to keep your baby safe.


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    Choose a baby walker designed with safety features. Older versions of baby walkers may not be designed to guarantee your baby's safety.
    • Buy a baby walker with a wide base. Walkers with wide bases will prevent your baby from fitting through doorways and entering dangerous areas such as kitchens or stairs.
    • Buy a stationary baby walker without wheels. Although your baby won't be able to "walk," it will allow your baby to stand up on their own and bounce.
    • Buy a baby walker with mechanisms and features that prevent your baby from falling down stairs. There are currently a variety of baby walkers with different mechanisms that can perform this task; such as wheels that lock into place, rubber grips, wheel lifts, or friction strips designed to sense when babies maneuver their walkers over uneven surfaces.
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    Choose a baby walker that provides additional stimulation for your baby. Some walkers will include trays or toy attachments that your baby can play with while they are in the walker.
    • Examine the walker's extra features to determine that there are no small, detachable parts that your baby can break off and insert into their mouths. Small, removable parts may present a choking hazard.
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    Select a baby walker with an adjustable height. This will allow your baby to enjoy the walker for several months as they continue to grow.
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    Choose a baby walker that allows your baby to maneuver easily. If you choose a baby walker that is extremely heavy or presents too much friction on the floor, your baby may become discouraged, frustrated, or have a difficult time using the walker as intended.
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    Select a baby walker with a padded seat. This will allow your baby to be comfortable for long periods of time when they are in the walker.
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    Buy a collapsible or folding baby walker. This may help free up room in your home when your baby is not using the baby walker.
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    Read product reviews on a variety of baby walkers. This will help you determine the best baby walker for your baby and your home based on consumer feedback by other parents.
    • Perform an Internet search for reviews of baby walkers or visit major retail websites that feature consumer reviews and star ratings on baby walkers.
    • If you do not have Internet access, review magazines that feature various consumer product reports or seek recommendations from representatives in retail stores that specialize in baby equipment.


  • If you purchase a baby walker from a thrift store or garage sale, you may want to contact the manufacturer directly to make sure the model you purchased is deemed fit for safety.
  • Some countries enforce consumer safety laws that require manufacturers to meet specific safety standards for baby walkers. To make sure the baby walker you buy meets safety standards, look for products labeled, "Meets New Safety Standard" or refer to the consumer product safety commission in your country to determine how safe products are labeled.
  • If a product registration card is provided with your baby walker, fill it out and send it to the address as directed. This will ensure that you receive notifications about the baby walker if it is deemed unsafe or recalled by the manufacturer.


  • Although most baby walkers are designed to keep your baby safe, you may still want to install baby safety gates to prevent your baby from accessing dangerous areas. You may also want to remove dangerous items from dressers or other furniture that can fall on your baby when bumped by the baby walker.

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