Walking Toys for 1 Year Old
There are lots of toys to help encourage 1 year olds to walk and to help them gain confidence from getting from a to b once they have taken their first steps. My boys have had lots of toys to encourage them to walk and this article shows the good things and the bad things about the walkers and other toys to encourage walking that they've used.
Walkers may great toys to help enourage babies to start toddling. Here are my top tips as to what to look for:
A walker that doesn't topple over - this may seem like common sense but my youngest son recently used a walker and toppled over backwards while using it. The walker was not sturdy enough and too light to take his weight, so when he pulled himself up on the walker, it fell on top of him.
A walker that will grow with your child - generally it doesn't take 1 year olds too long to start walking after using a walker (a few months at most).
To get the most out of your walker, look for one that has other opportunities to play with. My eldest son used his walker which contained building blocks (just like the one above) well into his 2nd year. He used to push the walker along and fill it up with all kinds of items including the bricks. He also used the bricks to build towers. Some walkers have activity stations too.
Ride On Toys
Many ride on toys have a handle on the back that 1 year olds can use to push around and therefore can help encourage them to walk too. The great thing about this is that once your 1 year old has mastered walking they can use the toy to ride along on. My eldest son used his ride on well into his 3rd year, so it's definitley a toy that will last. Read more about what to look for when choosing a ride on.
Toys to Encourage Walkers to Walk More
Once your 1 year old is more steady on his or her feet (around 15 to 18 months usually), there are lots of toys that encourage them to walk more and increase their confidence. Toddlers love pushing around a push chair (especially boys). It used to make me laugh how at my son's toddler groups, the boys love pushing the pushchairs around and the pushchairs are always highly sought after. My son always throws the teddy or doll out of the pushchair before pushing it around. The Play to Learn Pic 'n' Pop Walker shown opposite is another option.
One click of the button launches a colourful ball from the chute, then simply roll over the ball with the popper unit and it will be magically picked up, ready for the fun to start again.
Walker with an Activity Centre
The Vtech walker also has an activity centre. This can be taken off for babies to play with on the floor. The activity centre has lots of activities including a toy phone and a piano,
There's also moving gears, shape sorters, barn door, and rollers to help develop fine motor skills. There's also music and phrases.
Babies will be introduced to numbers, shapes, animals, and colours.
When they learn to walk toddlers will enjoy pushing around the walker too.
Fisher Price My Stroll and Play Walker
Babies on their feet can use this stroller as a walker. The wide wheel base and a sturdy handle make it easy for baby to stroll along but this toy is so much more than a walker.
There's toys attached to the pushchair that babies can play with including a roller bar, spinners and a flip book. Music plays as baby walks along or when wiggly bear's belly is pressed too.
Of course there's lots of imaginative play to be have with this toy as baby gets older. Look after the baby like and push her aroudn in her pushchair too.