Baby walkers send thousands of children to hospitals every year. Read about why they are not safe and what you can do.
Children in baby walkers can:
Roll down the stairs—which often causes broken bones and severe head injuries. This is how most children get hurt in baby walkers.
Get burned—a child can reach higher in a walker. It is now easier for a child to pull a tablecloth off a table and spill hot coffee, grab pot handles off the stove, and reach radiators, fireplaces or space heaters.
Drown—child can fall into a pool or bathtub while in a walker.
Pool Dangers and Drowning Prevention―When It's Not Swimming Time for more information.
Be poisoned—reaching high objects is easier in a walker.
There are no benefits to baby walkers Many parents think walkers will help their children learn to walk. But they don't. In fact, walkers can actually delay when a child starts to walk.
Why baby walkers are never safe
Most walker injuries happen while adults are watching. Parents or caregivers simply cannot respond quickly enough. A child in a walker can move more than 3 feet in 1 second! That is why walkers are never safe to use, even with an adult close by.
Baby walker safety regulations fall short
Since 1997, baby walkers are made so they can't fit through most doors, or they have brakes to stop them at the edge of a step. However, some may still have wheels, so children can still move fast and reach higher.
The AAP has called for a ban on the manufacture and sale of baby walkers with wheels. Baby walkers are already banned in Canada. Under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, Canadians are not allowed to manufacture, import, advertise or sell baby walkers.
What parents can do
Throw out your baby walkers! Also, be sure that there are no walkers wherever your child is being cared for, such as child care centers or in someone else's home.
Try alternatives to baby walkers that are just as enjoyable but safer, like:
Stationary activity centers—they look like walkers but have no wheels. They usually have seats that rotate, tip, and bounce.
Play yards or playpens—these are great safety zones for children as they learn to sit, crawl, or walk.
High chairs—older children often enjoy sitting up in a high chair and playing with toys on the tray.
One way you can keep your child safe from injury is to throw away your baby walker.
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Injuries Associated with Infant Walkers (AAP Policy Statement)
Infant Walker-Related Injuries in the United States
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
The Best Baby Walkers of 2022
Baby walkers come in push-behind and sit-in styles, and vary tremendously in stability, durability, safety, style, versatility, and FUN! Most similar to exersaucers in overall design, a walker adds the element of mobility by allowing your child to scoot around the home.
Every year we pull together new releases and improved models, putting them through extensive hands-on testing. The top 5 walkers are ranked below, followed by detailed reviews of several different options.
Model and Link to Amazon
#1. Joovy Spoon Baby Walker
#2. Radio Flyer Walker Wagon
#3. VTech Sit-to-Stand Walker
#4. Hape Wooden Wonder
#5. Tiny Love Walker
For our reviews, we compile our hands-on test insights with those of other parents, providing a summary review of each model. This year we came away with some awesome options that we think you and your baby will love! For more information about how we did our tests, and factors you should consider when picking a baby walker (including safety precautions), check out the bottom of this article.
At the most basic safety level, be sure all stairways and steps are blocked by a closed door or one of our awesome baby gates, and nothing is reachable on counters or tables.
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Top 5 Baby Walkers Comparison Table
1. Best Overall: Joovy Spoon
2. Radio Flyer Walker Wagon
3. VTech Sit-to-Stand Walker
4. Hape Wooden Walker
5. Tiny Love Walker
6. Safety 1st Sounds & Lights
7. Bright Starts Walk-a-bout
8. Baby Trend Activity Walker
9. Cossy Classic Wooden Walker
10. Jeep Wrangler Baby Walker
Baby Walker Safety
Test & Evaluation
Full disclosure: Some of these baby walkers, including the Radio Flyer, Safety 1st, and Cossy models, were sent to us as free test samples by the manufacturer.
Here are the Best Baby Walkers of 2022!1. Joovy Spoon Baby Walker.
Usually about $90, available in several colors. This top-rated baby walker takes on the classic form of a traditional sit-in baby walker, but with some excellent features and style. When we took it out of the packaging, we were surprised at two things: first, how lightweight it was (only about 12 pounds), and second, how it folded up into a pretty thin format that could slide right under the bed for storage. Popping it open was easy, and the walker takes on a pretty sleek and stylish shape and size. We liked the simple colors and contemporary lines, without compromising on features. The tray was large and wrapped around the side of the baby, which should increase safety by making it harder for your baby to reach to things to their right or left (like grabbing something off the coffee table or TV stand). What's also cool about the tray is that it includes a removable insert (like some of the best high chairs) that can be popped off and cleaned easily, and thrown right into the dishwasher (if you can fit it in!). The baby seating surface is soft and plush, and easy to wipe clean or remove for machine washing; the fabric is high quality, and we didn't notice any color bleeding or shrinkage. Once your baby is sitting in the walker, it has three height adjustments to help make sure your baby's little feet can actually reach the floor (or the play mat), and can support babies up to 30 pounds. The rolling/gliding action was smooth and our test babies didn't seem to have any difficulty getting this to move on hardwood, tile, or linoleum floors. Carpets were a challenge of course, though thin-pile rugs or berber carpets were generally fine.
With two parents standing on the second step and baby in the walker, we put it to the ultimate test: we let baby try to roll right to the parents, sending the front wheels of the walker right off the edge of the stairs. Well, the no-slip stair pads on the bottom did their job, and did it well: they stopped it right in its tracks, only letting the front wheels go about 2" off the edge and keeping the vast majority of the walker safe and sound. We didn't need to intervene at all, which was reassuring. Of course, we do not recommend trying that at home! Even with the safety features you need to be very careful when using any walker on any surface. Overall, we were really impressed with features and safety of this walker, all without sensory overload with tons of crazy toys attached. You have enough baby gear to keep track of already, no need to worry about the random toys that have popped off the baby walker. Cons? Well, the wheels don't lock which is inconvenient, and the tallest height setting leaves something to be desired. If your baby is super tall, check out the Safety 1st option, below. Who else recommends the Joovy Spoon walker? Our friends at Babylist! Impressed? You can check out the Joovy Spoon baby walker here.
2. Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon Baby Walker.
Usually about $80, the Radio Flyer Walker Wagon has the classic red Radio Flyer paint with wooden accents and those distinctive logos. It doesn't just look nice and nostalgic, it's also highly capable and durable, and a ton of fun for toddlers! We tested it out with an 11-month old who was just taking his first steps, and a 14-month old who took her first steps a couple months ago. Both of them loved filling up the wagon with toys, stuffed animals, and each other, and wheeling everything around the house. Backing up to when we first got our hands on the Radio Flyer walker wagon, a few points are worth mentioning. First, out of the box the wagon literally came in 15 different pieces, which made assembly much more involved than any other wagon on this list. It wasn't technically challenging to follow the instructions, it was just a little overwhelming and time-consuming (about 25 minutes) to put together. Second, the wagon wheels come with a cool feature - a tensioning system that puts a little rolling resistance on the wheels, which is definitely helpful if you want to use this with a toddler just learning to walk. The tensioning system makes an audible clicking noise when the wheels are rolling, which can get a little annoying, but it can be disabled by removing the tensioner.
A couple other little features we liked: there is a padded front bumper that helps keep your walls and furniture intact, the wooden side panels are removable, and the wheels are plastic (filled with foam) and have decent grip to prevent side-slippage. The handlebar is at a great height for toddlers, though it is not height-adjustable so it will be a little low once your child reaches 2-3 years old. Of course, that doesn't really stop them from enjoying it - they will likely just use it in different ways, likely shuttling each other around, using it outdoors to haul toys, and beyond! Everything is high quality and durable, and we are overall impressed with the quality you're getting for only about $80. No big cons to report other than the little ones we've mentioned already - the clicking noise of the wheel tensioner, and the lack of adjustable handlebars. Who else recommends the Radio Flyer walker wagon? Our friends at Babylist and Babygearlab! Impressed? You can check out the Radio Flyer Walker Wagon here.
3. VTech Sit-to-Stand Baby Walker.
Usually about $35, the VTech Sit to Stand is available in pinks and purples (pictured) or oranges and greens. When the dangers of sit-in baby walkers spread like wildfire through the press, this was one of the answers. Instead of having your baby sit inside the walker and roll around, this top-rated activity walker serves babies who have already learned to pull themselves up but haven't learned to walk independently. So it's a slightly different phase of use relative to a sit-in walker. The sit-in style can work for a baby who has achieved head/neck control, but this type of push-walker won't be useful until your baby pulls to stand. Once they do, they can grab the handles on this and get themselves into all sorts of trouble! Usually from about 9 months to 2 years of age or so. VTech calls this the "Sit-to-Stand" because it can be used as a little 2in1 activity center by popping off the play portion and placing it on the floor: baby can sit down next to it and play with the colorful toys. Then, it can be placed back onto the frame and unfolded and used as a push-around baby walker, that's the "stand" part. It's pretty underwhelming as a sit-down activity center, but it does do really well as a push-walker, and at a great price point. It's relatively inexpensive, and we found it to be stable, durable, and have some fun gadgets. For instance, a cute little telephone (probably the only one they'll ever see that still looks like this!), piano keys that play music, rollers and gear cogs, and light-up buttons. To power the music and lights, it takes two AA batteries which are actually included (that's rare!). Given the features and relatively low price, it's no wonder that it's been the best-selling baby walker on the market for several years now! Note that if you don't want the rolling walker part, but want a standing activity center that is very similar to this, VTech also makes an awesome Learning Table.
Overall, we really liked this basic and inexpensive walker, and thought it was perfect for babies who are around 9-10 months old and ready to explore walking with some support. We also thought that it rolled much better on carpeting and rugs than any of the sit-in walkers, so this is a great option if you have wall-to-wall carpeting or a lot of thicker rugs. One other cool thing is that it has adjustable resistance settings for the wheels, so you can control how fast the wheels will spin. Younger kids will need it on the slower setting, and older kids or carpeting will probably call for the faster setting. Cons? Well, there's no adjustable handle height to accommodate a growing baby, and the friction of the tires on hardwood or tile could be improved to avoid the walker sliding sideways at times. But we can't really complain about that, since it also makes it possible to turn this walker (unlike with some of the below options) without popping up the front wheels. Overall, we love it, and think it's a great inexpensive option! Who else recommends the VTech Sit to Stand walker? Our friends at Babylist and Babygearlab! Interested? You can check out the VTech Sit to Stand walker here!
4. Hape Wooden Wonder Walker.
Usually about $75. This Hape walker is one of the most adorable and high quality activity walkers we tested. We love the quality craftsmanship, vivid and non-toxic paint colors, and the simple and clever toys that keep a baby interested but not overwhelmed. One of the great things about this walker is that it's basically impossible to tip over, whether it's tipping forward, backward, or to the side. It's very stable, and that's more than we can say for many of the walkers we tested! When our test babies tried it out, they all seemed to love being able to put random things in the front and push them around. This included toys, stuffies, and in one case the family cat! This is one of the great things about this walker that will keep toddlers enjoying it for a while, and it's a much better experience than simply pushing buttons on electronic toys. When we tested it, we found that it assembled very easily out of the box, and everything worked pretty well.
The only drawback we keep finding with wooden baby walkers is that they are relatively hard to turn. While the VTech will turn by basically sliding sideways or a toddler can pop up the front wheels to turn it, that can't happen with these. The wheels on this walker are grippy and it's heavy enough that it can't be turned easily at all. So a couple of our testing babies ended up going in a straight line until they hit something, and then mom or dad had to turn it in a different direction. So that was a bit of a pain. The second issue with wooden walkers is wheel speed: it's really difficult to get the wheels to turn at a good speed. On this one, you can't simply tighten the screws more to make them spin more slowly (like you can with the Cossy model, below). So we found that it was a bit too fast on hard surfaces, but really great on carpeting. Outside of those wheel-related issues, we thought it was durable, super sturdy, well-built, and is likely to be a go-to toy for several years. Who else loves the Hape walker? Our friends at Babygearlab consider it a top pick! Impressed? You can check out the Hape Wooden Wonder Walker here!
5. Tiny Love Meadow Days Here I Grow Walker.
Usually about $99. For parents who were considering separately purchasing an exersaucer and a walker, this combination might be perfect for you! The Tiny Love "Here I Grow" walker combines an exersaucer, a push-behind walker, and a sit-in walker into one, and at a great price! Starting as a sit-in exersaucer, it has adjustable height, swivel capability, bouncing (like a jumper, which you can disable), and tons of fun toys to explore. When you're ready to watch your baby scoot around the floor, you can unlock the wheels (there are two switches to lock or unlock the front wheels) and it becomes a sit-in walker. Finally, when your baby starts to pull to stand and transition to the toddler phase, they can use it as a push-behind walker. We loved the concept, and were excited to test it out! Out of the box, assembly took about 15 minutes; basically, you unfold the three legs hiding under the base, attach the seat, attach the tray to the base, and then attach the handle and the toys and rings.
The toys can attach interchangeably to any of the holes on the tray, allowing you customize where you place them. There are three height adjustments that span about 4" of adjustability. There is a lock to stop seat rotation, locks on the legs to prevent bouncing, and two locks to turn on the parking brake and disallow movement (by raising the front wheels off the floor). In walker mode, the seat rotation is locked, the leg bounce is locked, but the parking brake is released to let the journey begin. We thought the entire walker was surprisingly thoughtful and well-made, and we loved how each feature can be locked out for safety and developmental purposes. Another bonus is that the entire unit can fold semi-flat by detaching tray from the base and folding in the legs. It's a bit too tall to slide under a bed, but we did fit it under our coffee table for temporary storage. The seat fabric is easily removed for cleaning and machine washable. Cons? Like with any walker, we suggest having your baby wear long pants and socks with grippy bottoms; some of the inside edges hiding under walkers can irritate the skin from repeated bouncing or movements. That issue is not unique to the Tiny Love, but worth mentioning. Outside of that, we had a ton of fun with this baby walker and think it's a great option for parents looking to save money and space! Who else loves the Tiny Love walker? Our friends at Babylist! Impressed? You can check out the Hape Wooden Wonder Walker here!
6. Safety 1st Sounds 'n Lights Discovery Walker.
Usually about $50. This is a much more traditionally-styled baby walker with all the bells and whistles, including the bright colors and noisy toys. But it also includes the non-skid safety catches on the bottom to reduce the chances of rolling down the stairs, so it's a bit of an old-meets-new style baby walker. Out of the box, we thought that it folds down into a good-sized package that can slide right under a normal bed, so that was great for storage. Once it's popped up, it has 3 adjustable height settings to accommodate your growing baby. We did find that at the lowest setting it's most appropriate for babies who are probably around 10-months old or over like 28" height, otherwise they probably wont be able to reach the floor (note that it has a 31-pound weight limit). It's like this one is too high, but the Joovy option is too low. We've yet to find or review the perfect-height baby walker that also meets all the other criteria we care about. About the toys - it has a lot of them, some with music and lights, some with crinkle-noises, and some relatively simple cause-effect options.
We'd like to be able to tell you what type of batteries these toys use, but we couldn't find that information anywhere and couldn't find a battery door anywhere on the walker! We didn't go through batteries after about 2 months of testing, but it's worth pointing out that we have no idea where they are hidden, what size they are, or if they are replaceable in the first place. Back to the positives. We liked that there were the toys, but they could also be swiveled out of the way (to the side) to expose two snack trays. They don't have washable trays, but they were good sizes for simple snacks. Speaking of washing, the seat cover is removable and machine washable, so that's a nice feature. So overall, we liked this activity walker, and it's worth inclusion on this list. It seemed durable, rolled well on hard floors and rugs, and our test babies seemed to really love the toys. But if the batteries die you're both out of luck! Note that Safety 1st also makes two additional baby walkers: first, the Safety 1st Ready Set Walk baby walker that is very similar to this one, and also doesn't have a replaceable battery. Second, the Safety 1st Disney Music and Lights baby walker, which is also very similar to this one but has super pink Disney styling and, wait for it, you can replace the batteries! Though assembly and battery replacement were both a major pain. Interested? You can check out this Safety 1st baby walker here!
7. Bright Starts Walk-a-bout Baby Walker.
Usually about $45. This top-rated Bright Starts walker has a lot of great things going for it. Out of the box, just like all the other baby walkers, it was a bit of a pain to assemble. None of the baby activity walkers are easy to assemble, unless it's just a push walker (like the VTech or Cossy). But one of the things we loved after we assembled it is the tall seat back height, which was fantastic for supporting shoulders and heads of especially young babies. It was definitely a taller seat back than any other walker in this buying guide. Other than that, it is overall pretty similar to the Safety 1st baby walker models. It has 3 adjustable heights to support babies from about 6 to 12 months of age (or 15-26 pounds). In our tests, it worked just fine for even older babies, though we were probably pushing the weight limits a bit. We measured from the bottom of the seat to the floor and it was about 6" at the lowest height, and 9" at the highest height; so it's adjustable, but not really over a dramatic range. The bigger size restriction we bumped into was with babies with chubby thighs, since the leg holes are surprisingly narrow making it hard to move baby in and out of the seat.
The activity center part of the walker was pretty cute: it's a little safari-themed steering wheel with music, sounds, and lights. One of the nice things is that it has adjustable volume control so you can make it low enough to entertain baby without giving mom a headache! One of the random things is that it has these somewhat pointy leaves on the sides, our test babies didn't hurt themselves or anything, but it seemed like a strange decision for Bright Starts. We also didn't think the seat was very comfy, made of very thin fabric, and though we thought it was nice to have the higher-back seat, it made it impossible for us to fold up and slide under our bed (it just didn't fold up small enough to do that). Anyway, this is a great overall baby activity walker with some good features, and an excellent price that might make up for some limitations. Oh, did we mention that you can replace the batteries!? It was a pain because you need to remove the toy entirely, but it's nice to have the possibility. Interested? You can check out the Bright Starts baby walker here!
8. Baby Trend 2.0 Activity Baby Walker.
Usually only about $30! With a price like that, we had to get our hands on this cheap baby walker and see whether it was a "great bang for the buck," or a "you get what you pay for" situation! Out of the box, it felt similar to the Bright Starts and Safety 1st walkers: lightweight, thin plastic, and somewhat questionable build quality. The wheels pop onto the bottom, the tray pops up from the bottom, and you need to attach the toy bar. The toy bar was the most challenging part of assembly, as you need to carefully align the small protruding notches by twisting them to the side as you push them together. Without the toy bar, assembly would be about 5 minutes, but the toy bar at least doubles that estimate. Once it's put together, the Baby Trend is ready to support babies and toddlers from about 5 to 12 months old. The more important factor will be their height and leg length, as we found that most 5 month old babies will not have long enough legs to reach the floor, even at the lowest height setting (height is adjustable between three settings). Our estimate is about 6-12 months, unless you have a particularly tall baby. Baby Trend recommends a maximum weight of 30 pounds, and maximum height of 32".
Some little benefits of the Baby Trend: the tray is a good size for little snacks, and relatively easy to clean (but not removable). The seat is comfortable and supportive enough, and can be removed for machine washing. The bottom does have the stair safety bumpers, but we advise you to never trust those and always make sure all doors and stairs are secured. A few negatives: the quality is pretty poor, which was expected for this low price. That means that the plastics are a bit flimsy, as are all of the adjustment clips. Nothing broke during our testing, but we could see the potential. Another con is that the wheels are not very good at rolling, which was surprising because that's really their only job! Getting this walker to roll is more challenging than most other walkers, which means that younger babies might have some issues getting it to move. We also wish there were more of a buffer on the back to prevent your child from swinging their head back and hitting something in your home (a wall, corner, table edge). Overall, we think this is decent bang for the buck, but honestly we would invest 10 more dollars and get something with higher build quality! Interested? You can check out the Baby Trend Activity Walker here!
9. Cossy Classic Wooden Baby Walker.
Usually about $75. We're suckers for super cute wooden toys that are well-constructed and durable, like the awesome line of wooden toys and baby gifts by Melissa & Doug, and Hape. This Cossy baby walker is no exception. It has bright primary colors, wooden construction, an adorable look, non-toxic paint, and good craftsmanship. When we pulled this out of the box, there was some minor assembly required, which took us about 5 minutes. Easy-peesy. There were several features that stood out to us, like the rubber trim on the wooden wheels to help protect your floors and prevent sideways sliding, and the adorable xylophone for making music. To be fair, the xylophone doesn't sound so great, but you need to remember it's just a toy! The wooden wheels don't have preset adjustments like the VTech, instead you can tighten or loosen the screws to make it easier or harder to push around.
The height was great for a baby around 12-18 months of age, and we liked the little storage basket on the back where you can put the xylophone stick and the included wooden shape blocks that fit into slots on the side of the walker. The toys were overall well-executed and high quality, and kept babies busy for a good amount of time. On the side you can wind cars and a stop sign around on a road-like track, and on the front there are balls on rails that your baby will love sliding around. So overall this is a really adorable baby walker that has some fun toys and features while maintaining a style suitable for the more discerning parents out there! The only downfall we found with this walker was the wheels: it was hard to get them all to equal tightness, and then over time they would loosen and spin faster than you might desire. For handy parents this might not be an issue, as you could put on some teflon washers and use them to change the friction; but for most other parents it will prove a bit of a pain in the rear. So this is an excellent activity walker with only one detractor.
10. Jeep Wrangler 3-in-1 Grow with Me Baby Walker.
Usually about $75. There is not much more iconic than the classic look of a Jeep Wrangler, and this baby walker brings it in all its glory! From its trademark grille and headlights to the flared fenders and vintage green color, this Jeep baby walker hits all the right visual elements. There's no doubt that it's a great looking baby walker, but how does it function? Well, the best part of this walker is that it's marketed as a 3-in-1 baby walker, which means that it can convert from a traditional bucket-seat style baby walker, to a walk-behind baby walker, and also a rolling toy car mode. The second walk-behind mode is the same as the walker mode but works well thanks to the well-positioned grab handle on the back. The walker works for kids up to 25 pounds or 30 inches tall. In our testing, we found it simple to assemble out of the box. A couple notes here - be sure to remove the stickers on the rear-view mirrors, bring along a small phillips head screwdriver for the battery door, and don't forget two AA batteries to make the turn signals and sounds work.
Once you get it up and running, you'll notice a few things. For one, the bottom of the seat is about 7" above the floor at the lowest setting, which is great for toddlers just beginning to toddle around. There are adjustment straps on the seat so you can raise it up a bit (about an inch or two) as your baby grows taller. Second, while most sit-in baby walkers have an empty tray up front, this one packs a serious entertainment punch with its horn, dashboard, and blinkers. Our test toddler really loved it and had a great time trying everything out and scooting herself around the kitchen and dining room. It worked great on hardwood, tile, or linoleum. It did OK on low pile berber carpet, but was a no-go on any thicker carpet. It wheeled around pretty freely. The front wheels pivoted but the rear ones do not, which is a bit limiting in terms of direction but we found it completely fine. It's a pretty big baby walker and takes up a decent amount of space; this is helped by the fact that it folds up for storage, but keep it in mind that it does take up a lot of room on the floor. Cons? It seemed much lower quality than the Joovy or Hape options, which was surprising since it's about the same price as the Joovy. The quality limitations were mostly in the plastics and their attachments and connections, but we also want to point out that the flimsy plastic also makes it somewhat lightweight which can be a plus. Overall, we liked this option and think it's worthy of a spot on this list, especially for the Jeep lovers out there! But realistically, we think you can get better bang for the buck with one of the other options. Interested? You can check out the Jeep Baby Walker here.
The baby walker is a transitional development toy for supporting the transition from standing to walking, helping to get your baby confident and ready for independent walking. While there is no convincing scientific data that baby walkers help your baby learn to walk (in fact they might do the opposite), there is no denying that they are super fun activity centers that give you some control over their mobility.
Baby walkers come in two primary styles: first is the classic sit-in walker that is half exersaucer, half walker. Second is the push-walker that baby can hold onto and push around the house, usually doubling as an activity walker on one side. Neither option provides any reliable developmental advantage: they probably won't make your baby walk sooner or better, and definitely won't guarantee they are track stars when they grow up. Instead, think of them as entertainment for your baby until they learn to walk, just like a bounce-bounce exersaucer, activity jumper, or activity center.
Baby Walker Safety
We don't want to freak you out, but the traditional sit-in roll-around baby walkers were pretty dangerous. So dangerous that Canada banned them a few years ago, and the American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for a similar ban in the USA. Babies in the classic type of sit-in walker could reach higher and more dangerous things around the house (they can roll right up and grab something off the counter!), roll down a staircase, or even roll into a pool. Babies move really fast in a walker, and one little mistake (like forgetting to close the basement door) can lead to disaster. So pay attention, and don't take your eyes off a baby in a walker; baby care is serious business. So take the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics and don't accept an old second-hand walker from a cousin, be sure to buy a new one with modern safety features. Also double-check your childproofing and make sure any baby gates are closed and secure.
In the past few years, several improvements have been made to increase safety of sit-in baby walkers. Most models now include lower rails that (in theory) will catch on a stair edge and use friction to stop the walker's momentum before a disaster happens. Think of it like a super low-rider car: any little pot-hole and you will be scraping the bottom of your car when your tire drops into the hole. New baby walkers operate on the same principle, using bottom edge friction to slow the walker down and bring it to a stop when a wheel drops off any ledge over about half an inch deep. This safety feature reduces the risk of your baby careening down the stairs, off a ledge, or into a pool.
One of the baby walkers we tested, the Delta Children Deluxe Lil Drive Baby Activity Walker, did not have the lower rails. Though the Lil Drive walker was a lot of fun and babies loved the race car walker styling, we didn't think it met our safety standards. Newer designs will also increase the width of the tray area surrounding the baby, making it harder for them to reach beyond the width of the walker pushing up against a kitchen counter (and also making it harder for them to pinch fingers when bumping into a wall or furniture). In fact, our best-rated baby walker does both of those things, and does them really well. Even though baby walkers are safer than ever before, please be sure that your house is baby-proofed before you let your baby loose in a new walker! If you're interested in an exersaucer that doesn't roll around, you can see our exersaucer reviews here!
Test and Evaluation
Regarding our test procedures, we test all of the baby walkers in our own home, and in the homes of volunteer parents (and children!). For walkers, the test babies and toddlers typically range in age from 7 to 22 months, and the households vary quite a bit - some with hardwood, some wall-to-wall carpet, and some with a mix.
In our testing, we unbox and assemble each model, and then turn them over to the parents. Parents report back to us about each product they tested, giving us honest feedback about the performance of each model. And they are sometimes brutally honest!
After we get them back from the parents, we test them out ourselves and try to confirm or disconfirm all of the positives and negatives reported by the parents. Then, we compile parents' reviews with our own and put together a ranked set of the best walkers. Over the past several years, about 25% of the walkers we test are not included on this list. This is usually due to faulty or broken parts, missing components, missing safety features, or horrendous reviews.
Regarding the stairs test, we only subjected the Joovy and Safety 1st models to that test. It made us really nervous when we tried it, but it was worth it for our peace of mind. Overall we found that the Joovy performed a bit better than the Safety 1st in the edge-of-stairs test, presumably due to the configuration of the Joovy base and its nice anti-slip surface on the bottom rails. Of course it's just one test and your situation might differ, so always watch your baby carefully and make sure your home is safe before using any baby walker. While the new walker safety features are great, they do not guarantee safety in all situations.
The top rated baby walkers on our list can get pretty expensive. If you're not willing to max out your credit cards on a fancy walker, and you can't find any random gift cards left over from your baby shower, then there are some excellent cheap options like the VTech Sit to Stand. Just like with all of our articles, as we receive and test additional baby gear, we will continue to update this list throughout the year. We hope our hard work pays off, and helps you find the perfect baby walker for your situation!
Playing Chapaev with Checkers: Rules
Every Soviet child (and now an adult) is well acquainted with the game of Chapaev with Checkers (or “Chapaevites”, as it is sometimes called). You will probably name the basic rules in a couple of minutes - you just have to delve into your memory. So, you need to knock off the opponent's checkers from the board with clicks, trying to leave your own checkers on it.
But there were also various nuances, additional rules in these checkers battles. Let's remember them together to teach our children to play and revive the good old tradition!
By the way, what does the hero of the First World War, the red commander Vasily Ivanovich have to do with it? Now no one will remember. We will assume that Chapaev's checkers owe their sonorous name to their military theme. Black-and-white chips on the board turn into infantry, sailors, or tanks… What kind of "arms" will bring you victory? Checkers naked - and let's go check! Although it is better to first tell about everything in order.
They play together on an ordinary checkered board, for checkers or chess. If you have a folding board, then it is better to turn it over 90 degrees so that the checkers do not stumble on the joint in the middle. Whites advance first (determine your colors using a draw or a rhyme).
There are several rounds to play: from 7 or more. Opponents place 8 checkers of their color in one row in front of them. The first round starts from the extreme rows of the board, and in the next round the winner moves his checkers one row forward, thereby reducing the distance to his opponent.
The mechanics of the game resembles a mixture of billiards, bowling and dodgeball. Your task - click on your checkers so that they knock the opponent's checkers off the field. If on the next move you lose your checker (it flew off the edges of the board) or did not knock out someone else's, then the opponent gets the right to move.
Victory in the round goes to the one whose checkers eventually remain on the playing field.
Other options for the outcome of the round:
draw - when after the final blow there is not a single checker left on the board (the next round is played from the previous rows)
dry - when one of the players has not lost his checkers for the whole round (in the next round he moves his army two rows forward already)
dry with one checker - the same, but when all the opponent's checkers are knocked down by the same "tool" (the winner of the round overcomes three rows at once)
Sooner or later, the armies of black and white meet. The loser in such a round no longer remains in place, but retreats a row back. The next round will be decisive. Its winner also wins the game.
This could be the end, if not for one "but"... Only the battle was lost, but not the whole war. The most interesting is ahead!
How to arrange checkers in the game "Chapaev": types of troops
The most enthusiastic and experienced fighters are not limited to one victory. They play the above rounds several times - with different types of troops. You have the right to change infantry to sailors, and those to an even more powerful army (and so on) when you win the final round. And the loser is waging an unequal battle with you, since he still has the troops of the previous level.
What are the types of troops in Chapaev's drafts?
Infantry (8 checkers). The simplest arrangement - all infantrymen are lined up in one row.
Sailors (8). The same, but all checkers are turned over.
Marine Corps (8). All checkers also stand in a line, but after one they are turned upside down: infantrymen alternate with sailors.
Motorcyclists (8). 4 checkers are placed upside down (through the cell), and one more checker is inserted into each edge. Important: such designs are launched not by clicking, but by scrolling the “wheel”.
Rooks (12). The same as motorcycles, but in each inverted checker - 2 edges.
Cavalry (8). Checkers occupy all the black cells closest to the player.
Tanks (8). Two rhombuses with 4 checkers in each, sharp corners look towards the enemy. There is another option "light tanks": they have 3 checkers at the base (arranged in a triangle) and one tower on top; such tanks are deployed at an angle to the enemy.
Heavy tanks (8 or 10). They are also made in 2 pieces. There are also options here. Or three checkers at the base (triangle) + one tower on top; at an angle such a tank is deployed from the enemy. Or four checkers in a rhombus + one tower on top.
Artillery, or carts (9 or 8). The first option is 3 pieces: two checkers at the base + one on top. The second option is 2 figures: two checkers at the base + one on top + an infantry commander on the side.
Bunkers (8). Four columns of two checkers are placed in one line, through a cell from each other.
Katyushas (5). There are five checkers on the edge of the field.
Infantry armored vehicle (8-12). On the board you will remove 2 or 3 of these weapons. Each is built from four checkers: one at the base, two more are leaning against it at an angle of 45 degrees, plus one more lies on top parallel to the first.
Armored train (16). This powerful weapon immediately occupies the two rows closest to the player. Checkers are placed edge-on in each cell.
Aircraft (6-9). Each consists of three checkers: two are placed in the usual way (infantry), and between them one on the edge.
Towers (12). Four columns of three checkers each are placed in a row: one on the extreme cells and two in the middle.
Fortress (10). Flat pyramid: 4 checkers at the base, 3 more checkers are placed on top (in a checkerboard pattern), 2 more checkers are placed on them, and one checker is in the top row.
The order of change of troops can be, in general, any at your discretion. The main thing is that for both players this order should be the same, starting with the infantry and ending with the fortress.
The whole drafts war is won by the commander who built his fortress and defeated the enemy army with its help.
How to play Chapaev even more fun: special rules
1. There are two options for changing troops. According to the first (it is described above), winner of final round; and then the one who first plays all branches of the army triumphantly wins the whole war. According to the second option, plays the new branch of the troops defeated by in the final round; in this case, the one who first lost all branches of the military loses the whole war with a bang.
2. Before starting the game, agree on whether your “ground” rotates (it is possible or not to rotate the board). The second option is more difficult, because you often have to strike from an uncomfortable position.
3. If the player's checkers are knocked out in the final round, the battle can be continued. It's just that the winner takes one checker from the defeated one in captivity (turns it over and plays it himself). Such a game is played until someone has only one checker left - this is Chapaev!
4. If, as a result of an attack, your checker turned over, it turns into a "defector" and starts playing for the opponent. The rule does not apply only to the Marine Corps. And this is historically justified: during the Great Patriotic War, Soviet marines never betrayed their own and always fought selflessly, for which the enemy was fiercely afraid of them and did not risk going into hand-to-hand combat with them.
5. If the checker turned on its edge, then the players blow on it at once until it turns over (ie goes over to the opponent's side) or takes its original position.
6. If the attacking checker covered the opponent's checker, then it “cuts” the last one (the covered checker is removed from the board). The exception is that he does not cut his own.
7. If the checker has only partially left the edge of the board, then the owner has the right to “check” it. With a click from below, he throws it towards the board. The checker turned over - now it is a "defector", got up normally - continues the game, covered the opponent's checker - captured it (see explanations above).
8. If at the beginning of the next round the player is pinned to the edge row of the board (the opponent has placed his checkers in the adjacent row), then he gets the right to attack first. Otherwise, the poor fellow runs the risk of being beaten dry and not making a single move at all.
Tricks to help you win:
Scissors. If the opponent's checker is between your two, then you can knock it out by hitting it from both sides at once. To do this, simply put your fingers on your checkers and move them with a sharp movement.
Bayonet attack If in the course of the game two different checkers are at such a close distance that even the edge of a checker cannot enter between them, then the player who is now attacking has the right to use a special tactic. He does not click on his checker, but sharply shifts it in the direction of the opponent's checker. This makes it much easier to hit accurately!
Here is a universal entertainment for all ages! At one time, in , combat checkers were selflessly chopped by both children and adults throughout our vast country. So be sure to use this ready-made idea at your family parties and children's parties.
Dodgeball is one of the most popular games with ball of our childhood. To play, you need a not very heavy ball, preferably a volleyball. If you play with small children, then a light children's rubber ball. It is better to play with a large company, from 5 people or more.
A sportier variant is known as the Sniper.
Rules of the game Dodgeball
2 lines are drawn on the court at a distance of 5-7 meters from each other. Two bouncers are selected, the rest of the players gather in the center between the two lines. The bouncers stand behind the lines and throw the ball towards each other, while trying to hit the players. The ball flying past the players catches the second bouncer, and the players turn around and quickly run back. It's the second bouncer's turn to throw.
The task of the bouncers is to hit the players with the ball. The task of the players is to dodge and catch " candles " (read about "candles" below). The one hit by the ball is considered out and leaves the playing field. If the ball first hit the ground and then hit the player, this hit is not considered effective (“ You won’t kill a hare from the ground! ”). When the last player remains on the field, his task is to dodge the ball as many times as he is full years old. If he succeeded, the game is considered won, all the players who dropped out return and everything starts from the beginning. If the last player is eliminated, then the first eliminated become the dodgeball and the game continues. In order to diversify and complicate the game, you can introduce several additional rules and names of balls:
" Bullet " - the most common throw
" Candle " ( catch ) - a ball is considered a candle that did not have time to hit the ground (ceiling or inactive player) and caught by the player. A candle is an extra life. The player can keep it in reserve. The candle burns out if the player is hit by the ball, but at the same time he remains in the game. A candle can be presented to knocked out comrades and return them to the game. If the attempt to catch the candle fails, the player is out.
" Potato "- the bouncer yells potatoes! and sends the ball rolling on the ground (like in a bowling alley). Everyone in the center should line up, spreading their legs with “gates”. The ball should roll through all the gates. The one under whom the ball did not roll is out. Sometimes this option is also called " Brook ". There is also a variant "rotten brook " - on the contrary, it cannot be let into the vortz.
"River" - like a "brook", only the ball does not just roll, but also jumps
" Bomb " - The bouncer yells " Bomb!" " and throws the ball up. Players in the center should squat down with their hands over their heads and not move. Whoever gets hit by the ball is out.
" Grenade " - The bouncer yells " Grenade! " and throws the ball as usual. The players cannot move their legs.
" Salute " - like a "bomb", only the players should not sit down, but raise their hands and shout " Hooray! »
" Torpedo " - like a "potato", you just need to stand sideways to the ball, bend one leg at the knee, and stretch the other back. It is in such a gate that you need to let the ball through.
" Rock " - The bouncer places the ball next to the line and yells " Rock!" ". all players must quickly run around the ball. when the last player runs around the ball, the bouncer grabs the ball and throws it. He usually hits the back of the last runner :-)
" Partridge " - a stone-like variant: the driver sits down and places his head between his knees - so as not to see anyone. And the players must run around it and run away. And again the ball goes to the last
" Macaroni " - The bouncer yells " Macaroni!" " and throws the ball. Upon hearing this command, the players stand up, their hands at their sides and begin to sway in a wave. you can't move from your place. The one hit by the ball is out.
" Soldiers " - with this command, all players stand motionless like soldiers - arms and legs together, the ball rolls along the ground, as in a "potato". Whoever is hit by the ball is out.
There are also " bouncers with captivity ". The eliminated players stand next to the dodgeballs and help to eliminate the remaining players.
Dodgeball can be played with your feet. This is much more difficult than the regular variation and requires more kickers. Therefore, combining bouncers with captivity and bouncers with legs , we get football dodgeballs as training football players .