One of the biggest milestones we look out for when we have children is their first steps and learning to walk.
It can be a double-edged sword - on the one hand, you don’t have to carry them around as much, but on the other, they don't stay in one place.
It's a wonderful process to watch, and to see the joy on their faces when they take those first steps is one of the best experiences you can have as a dad. I'm a father of three (2 year old, and 3-month old twins), I'm delighted I'll get to have this experience three times.
Baby walkers are designed to help children learn to pull themselves up to a standing position, and then to walk. And, of course, they make it plenty of fun along the way.
We were gifted the Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon - chosen as DaddiLife's overall 'best baby walker' - to review. However, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, so these are my honest thoughts about the product, and how we found using it.
About the Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon
Radio Flyer is arguably the best loved brand for classic-looking walkers. It's a family business with over 100 years' experience.
The Classic Walker Wagon is made from wood with a striking design that is reminiscent of 70s an American muscle car. There's a handy front bumper designed to stop dents and bumps on your walls.
Opening the box and assembly
When you first open the box, it is 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 a little tricky, but not overly difficult. The instructions are easy enough to follow, but there are tools required (two screwdrivers, a hammer, wrench). All in all, it took about 10-15 minutes to put it all together.
Radio Flyer only does solid wood construction and large pieces, making it ideal for small children. The 'resist push' feature makes it harder for little ones to push, and therefore safer for use on hard floors. It's 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.
Beyond that, it’s a pretty simple walker. Your child can push it around, put toys in it to store them, and the base has a capacity of 35lbs, so if you have multiples like me they can all enjoy the wagon!
There are removable wood sides to the wagon that give it more upward space, which you can have all, or none, or just a couple installed. My only note is that I wish these sides had clips or something to hold them in place. It's not essential, but it would make moving and storing the wagon a little easier.
Overall, this is a great option for a walker, 5 out of 5.
Sure there may be cheaper options out there, but this is a solid and safe option for parents and their newly mobile children. My kids will definitely enjoy it for years to come. Radio Flyer has been a staple for families for over 100 years, and this product definitely shows their track record.