Our Blog: Word on the Sidewalk
First steps are an iconic part of child development. Watching my sons start to pull-up and stand, then cruise around the couch, then toddle from ottoman to play table was exciting and pretty hectic – especially with two adventurous and accident-prone babies headed in different directions! It was all worth it, though, when I saw two proud smiles once they mastered their first steps.
I have two favorite toys that helped my kids learn to walk. The Classic Walker Wagon has a sturdy design that provides stability and control so new walkers can stay upright and learn with confidence. This solid wood vehicle is HEAVY. The overall weight and “resist push” feature are wonderful for beginner walkers. Little ones can safely explore but can’t get out of control — a relief because once they get moving there is no slowing down! My only challenge with this toy is monitoring battles between my twins because both want to play with it ALL THE TIME. Bonus benefit: the gorgeous design upgrades my living room AND stores toys. Any item that corrals kid clutter while looking good is absolutely a worthwhile investment.
Learning to walk is a big task, but it is only one part of toddler development. It helps to search for a toy that will build confidence and skills in other areas too – especially if you are short on space or looking to Marie Kondo your toys. The Busy Buggy™ is the perfect learn-to-walk ride that packs multiple development aids into one product. Even before your child is walking, he or she will stay busy for hours with the 17 interactive sensory activities. The activities vary in difficulty which keeps kids engaged over time. I tested this with my boys months ago: they LOVED the gears and sliding beads. Now they are fascinated with the clicking wheel – a feature they didn’t notice before. In their eyes, it is essentially a new toy! This cute car also operates as both a push walker and a ride-on. Toddlers first gain confidence standing and walking, then can learn to sit and scoot. This one toy provides so much development support with the interactive activities for fine motor skills and the push/ride options for gross motor skills – I love having that all in one super cute kid’s car!
When did you little ones start walking? What toys, teaching tools or activities helped you during that stage?