Walking is something that a lot of us take for granted, but learning how to do it is a huge achievement for our babies.
To see the joy on their faces when they take those first steps is one of the best experiences as a parent. Even though it can be a difficult process to master at first, the payoff is like nothing else. As a father of three (a two-year-old, and three-month-old twins) I’ll get to experience this now three times, and I can’t wait!
Plenty of parents turn to baby walkers as a way to help their development. Either as push walkers or walker wagons, they aim to encourage baby's to pull themselves up and give them something steady to help them as they learns the ropes.
We were gifted the Radio Flyer Class Push and Play Walker, which was chosen as one of DaddiLife's 10 best baby walkers for infants. However, I'm under no obligation to post a positive review, so these are my honest thoughts.
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About the Radio Flyer Classic Push and Player Walker
There are many different models out there from different brands. The Radio Flyer Classic Push and Play Walker is a classic twist on a modern design, and has taken out all the flashing lights and sounds, going back to basics.
Opening the box and assembly
The box itself is very plain, but that might just be because we got it direct from Radio Flyer. Everything else inside the box was very well-packed. Everything is heavily bubble wrapped, making sure that you are sure that nothing got damaged during shipping. It also came with all the hardware needed to put it together.
Putting it together was easier than some of their other models, but still requires some minor tools. It took less 10 minutes to put it all together (not including when I messed up installing a wheel).
If you have seen other push walkers, this one looks pretty similar to others.
However, this one has a wood activity area, which is nice because it has a lot of activities for your child (seven in all!). The activities make noise and are super fun for even adults to play with.
The Radio Flyer “resist push” feature makes it harder for little ones to push, which is safer on harder floors. The “resist push” is a small piece of rubber in the front wheels, requiring a little more effort for your child to move it with, and it makes a nice little clicking noise when you push it, reminiscent of the good ol’ days when we put playing cards in our bicycle spokes.
It even has a little storage compartment on the back, which isn’t very large, but could hold a small stuffed toy while your child is roaming around with their new walker.
The sides are unfortunately plastic, and feel a little flimsy, which isn’t like Radio Flyer at all. They are known for their sturdy and solid construction in their toys and wagons, and this doesn’t feel like that. That being said, it is still sturdy enough to be held onto by your little one.
Even with its slightly bendy feel, I would still prefer this walker to others. It doesn't require batteries like some other models and it is still fun.
I give it a 4 out of 5, but it would easily be a 5 out of 5 if the whole thing was made of wood.