When is the time babies start walking? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) around 9 months of age is around the time most babies will start trying to stand on their own.
However, each and every baby has their own special time when they decide it is their time to walk these streets. It could be 9 months, 10 months, 13 months — who knows?
Some adventurous babies will get on those little legs as soon as possible, to explore the house and wreck havoc wherever possible… eventually causing you to regret your decision to teach your child how to walk.
(( Why is there peanut butter in the DVD player?! WHY. ))
Other babies will enjoy the crawl life for as long as possible.. submitting to the lazy couch potato life… unless you give a little incentive to get up on those two leggys’, like something fun!
There are various type of toys that help your baby learn to walk and stand.
Some are designed to push along, others to pull as you walk, and ones that are stationary and encourage your baby to pull up with their arms in order to stand so that they can reach and play with the toy.
Encouraging Your Baby Tike to Walk
You can encourage your baby to practice standing & walking with stand up toys that foster motivation and confidence while making it fun and playful.
Wang, PT, DPT on ways to safely encourage walking early as possible.
Give your little one some toys and games that encourage healthy activity. Plus this will help boost your baby’s confidence, inspire motivation through play, and help break through the barriers of those first intimidating wobbly steps.
“Baby walking toys are some of the first ‘active’ toys that toddlers engage with, helping them to feel confident and comfortable when they’re taking their first strides,” says Adrienne Appell, trend specialist at the Toy Industry Association.
Popular Types of Stand Up Walking Toys
My favorite type of walking toy are cruiser ride-ons. If you’re baby gets bored pushing and pulling, he or she can just hop on and cruise around Flintstones style pushing with their legs ~ Not only is cruising fun for babies, but it helps strengthen their legs as they push along.
Stand Up Tables
Stand up tables are a cute starter toy to encourage baby to stand up on their own. The flashy and colorful play panels, sound buttons and other attractive doo-dads are located just above where baby must stand to reach. The key is to get them hooked on their play panel while they are still crawling, which is why most stand up tables have the legs detached at first, to be installed at a later time, so they can play with it before they are old enough to stand & start walking.
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Around The Town Learning Table
One of the most popular and best selling stand up toys on Amazon.com, the Laugh & Learn Around Town Learning Table is full of activities, buttons and animal friends to play with (and find, through peek-a-boo -esque panels & doors 🙂 ). The table aso comes with over 120 songs and phrases! Which seasoned mommas’ will tell you, is way better than a toy that has only 5 melodies or sayings, which will drive you insane through all day repeating of said melodies or sayings. At least Fisher-Price gives a wide variety to help keep you sane 😉
VTech® Magic Star Learning Table
The Magic Star Learning Table has six fun activities for your baby’s enjoyment, in either English or Spanish.
When your baby turns the steering wheel, the little bear will drive around the center in circles • Cool interactive book plays nursery rhymes and a Star button plays music and sounds • Pretend phone lets your baby imitate momma and poppa, making phone calls to animal friends 🙂
Baby Einstein Discovering Music Activity Table
This stand up toy is a great choice, with musical melodies, instrument sounds and colorful eye candy to keep your baby occupied.
Other than the wide variety of musical sounds to stimulate your baby’s mind, the Baby Einstein Activity Table also counts in English, Spanish AND French.
This stand up toy has more auditory sounds and melodies than most activity tables of the same sort. Suitable for children 6 to 36 months.
Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Step ‘n Play Piano
Trying to nurture the next Mozart? This Step n’ Play Piano might be the perfect way to do so, while simultaneously developing walking skills by strengthening them leggies’. This stand up toy was Awarded “Best 9-12 Month Toy” by The Bump, Best of Baby 2016”
Four ways to play: 1. Soft, removable play mat for tummy time or lay & play; 2. Entertainer with spinning seat for all-around play; 3. Stationary walker encourages first steps; 4. Activity table for toddlers.. Read more at Amazon.com
Push & Pull Walking Toys
These types of stand up walking toys are designed to get your baby to want to pull or push the toy, and move their little legs in the process! Pretend pet that baby can take on a walk are great, kids love to imitate the grownups!!
Melissa & Doug Rattle Rumble Push Toy
This is a push toy that rattles colorful wooden shapes around in three clear canisters as the toy is pushed either forward or backward.
5-Star Review on Amazon ; This is the BEST walker ever! My oldest used this and 2 years later my youngest is using it too. It’s the perfect height for newbie walkers but even at two years old my son loves running up and down the hall with it because it makes fun noises. — view full review
Zebra Wooden Push & Pull Along Toy
Choosing animal pull toy pet can be tough, when you figure out what you choose will be your baby’s life long friend (until they grow out of it of course..) so your decision is crucial. Will your baby want to befriend a Zebra?
Most people choose a pull toy doggie, as baby’s enjoy mimicking adults, and you don’t often see a parent walking a Zebra down the street. Fortunately, baby’s really don’t care and will probably think a Zebra is a way better pet. Anyways, this is pull toy brings in lots of positive reviews online. Something about a Zebra that is hard not to like.
Fantasy Fields Dinosaur Kingdom Childrens Toy Push Cart
A push cart, that is also a pet animal friend, is a good alternative to the pull method. It is a little easier to push than it is too pull, and the cart adds an additional benefit, allowing baby to store and transport their toys.
In this case, the pet animal friend is a T-Rex dinosaur, which is pretty awesome. Clearly this is a toy that will attract boys more than girls… a bunny push cart would be more enticing to a baby girl. You can however, choose a pull bunny toy for your girl that is listed below!
Fisher-Price is the Bright Beginnings Activity Walker
Another great stand up toy from Fisher-Price is the Bright Beginnings Activity Walker. This is your standard cruiser toy for babies that is used and adored by many parents around the world.
This walker comes with a plethora of gizmo accessories to keep your baby occupied and interested, including flipping doors, sliding beads, turning gears, spinning panels and a ball that spins in the center.
The toy folds flat for younger babies, and for when your learning baby is tired of cruising around and just wants to play.
Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Musical Activity Walker
This activity walker is for the musically inclined baby. As you push along the walker plays music and sounds.
4 out of 5 Star Review on Amazon ; He has been walking about 6 months now and still grabs it out of his toy basket from time to time to push around and play with. Nice way to get them comfortable with walking for sure! — View Full Review
Push-n-Pop Wooden Walking Toy, Classic Early Learning Corn Popper
The popping sounds induced by this walking toy is almost irresistible for kids. Promote fun and exercise for your little one while they madly walk the corn popper toy around the house. Don’t you wish we were still so easily amused?
Stands just 14″ tall, has an easy to grip handle, and scratch free wheels that work on any surface. Develops both fine and gross motor skills and gets toddler’s little legs and arms moving!
Camp Acorn Bunny Pull Toy
Yes, a cute little bunny in a tiny log cart. Could this be your baby’s newest best friend companion? For some reason, I think if I was a child, I would name this bunny Saint Charles — Saint Charles the Bunny.
The tiny bunny comes out of the log so your baby can play and carry around Saint Charles. When bunny is in mood to ride his tiny log cart, your little one can just place bunny inside and start pulling him around!
DIY Stand Up Toy Ideas!
Here are some pretty cool ideas to create your own stand up toy using a wall panel, and endless options for spare part tinkering!!
Wall panel slider! Irresistible!
Awesome wall panel ideas. But Be Careful with small objects that may come loose! Choking hazard.
Cool stand up toy idea , a truck shaped wall panel to hold toy cars, and a ramp you must stand up for to release toy car!
Manly trinkets for manly baby play. However, this looks like just training to me, for when they develop the ability to walk and explore. Do you really want a George Clooney, Oceans Eleven toddler thief roaming about the house? You better have some grade-A baby proofing..
Entice your baby to stand with the alluring and exciting thrill of dropping a ball through a tube!
More Walking Toys!!
Fisher-Price Go Baby Go! Stride-to-Ride Dino
The Stride-to-Ride Dino by Fisher-Price is an adorable push toy that kids love. The affable Dino character quickly becomes a great companion. On top of the Dino’s head are three lights that light-up as your baby walks, along with sound effects and music, to encourage your baby to keep walking to continue the good times. And Stride-to-Ride Dino offers his fun companionship into toddler-hood as this toy will convert from a walker to a ride-on. So once your baby has mastered walking, they can move on to the next lesson – bicycling 😉
Bright Starts Around We Go 3-in-1 Activity Center Zippity Zoo
This is great for parents with two growing toddlers Bright, colorful in full of worldly wonders like dolphins, penguins and lions.
Safe for ages 6 months and up to 25 lbs or 30 inches tall, this play station converts from a self-contained walker to toddler activity table Baby can explore all the toy stations from the comfort of one seat—it rotates 360 degrees as they walk around the play table. Giggles galore! 15+ activities to keep baby entertained.. Piano station has 3 play modes; use the flip book to activate melodies, silly sounds, and piano.Learn action/reaction with the bead chaser, popping characters, and spinner,Lead-free, BPA-free, and non-toxic; 3 C batteries are required — read more at Amazon
Fisher-Price Bright Beginnings Activity Walker
Another great stand up toy from Fisher-Price! (Can you tell we love this baby brand?) The legs snap on to elevate the toy when your baby is ready to practice standing. And this toy comes with a ton of educational play features to keep your baby interested. With four light-up corners full of learning, each has an entire interactive learning center with lights, music, sound effects and a friendly character who invites baby to play, encouraging movement!!
VTech Grow Along Music Center
The Grow Along Music Center by VTech is a toy that will grow as your baby does. With tons of cool musical features, you can get your baby hooked on this while they are in their “sitting phase” and then when it comes time to practice standing you can raise it up so your baby must practice standing if they want to play. What does the Vtech Music Center offer? Some of the coolest features are the voice-changing microphone that will warp your babies voice to 4 fun effects, over 75 songs, melodies, sounds and phrases and light-up keys that flash along with your child’s singing. If you want to train your baby to one day become a famous singer/musician while they learn to stand up, this is the toy for you!
Boikido Wooden Push And Play
The Boikido Wooden Push & Play is a simple wagon that your baby can use to trolley around their toys. In the process your baby will develop skills in balance and walking while they push and pull their wagon around the home. On each side are little mazes to incite curiosity – one side a simple spiral type maze, and the other side a more intricate & complex maze, each with lovable characters and items (such as a bunny and a carrot).
Wooden Block Set Walker
This is an alternative wagon type walker which is designed out of wood. Besides the quaint traditional touch that a wooden walker provides, it makes a great option for those of you sick of plastic! Seriously, what is it something like 90% of toys and baby products are made out of plastic?? It’s getting old. What happened to those old-fashioned wooden toys? Keep it traditional and use this cool wooden walker wagon complete with colorful wooden blocks for your child to play with.
Cute Froggy Push Pull Walker
Eonkoo Cute Cartoon Animal Wooden Toy Push Pull for Children Gift,Safety Wooden Walker. Comes in all sorts of different animals like cat and mouse ; and one that looks like mickey mouse.
Bright Starts Roaming Safari Walk-A-Bout Walker
This Walk-a-bout walker lets your baby roam about it Safari fashion. This walker makes it easy for your baby to explore the room, and once your baby falls in love with the idea of walking around from point a to b, when you remove the walker they will feel motivated to do it on their own. Babies will enjoy time in their walker with a fun safari play theme. With jungle animals about and baby can activate fun safari sounds by spinning the wheel. The walker is adjustable to fit with your baby’s height.
Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set
Once your toddler masters standing up & walking on their own, you can further build their gross motor skills along with their hand to eye coordination with this fun toddler basketball hoop. This basketball set can be used for years on, as you can adjust the settings, and is the perfect way to keep your child healthy and active. The hoop adjusts to six different heights ranging from 2 to 4 Feet.
Hape – Walk-A-Long Puppy
Babies love to mimic grown ups. After watching you, or the neighbors, walking a cute puppy around, there is no doubt your baby will want to join in on the fun. Use it as an opportunity to foster some coordination, balance and walking skills! Your baby will be delighted to have their own special friend they can pull around.
Toys like these are not only great fun for babies, but equally funny for mom and dad who get to watch their baby as they learn to stand and walk while they play with their favorite toys (don’t forget the camera!)
Here are 5 Games to Get Your Baby Walking via Mom365.com
And learn more ways to Encourage Baby’s First Steps Read this post by North Shore Pediatric Therapy by Judy