Activity walker or activity station
Activity walkers are great for helping your child get around quickly when they are unable to walk and for allowing your child to be near you when you can’t carry them. Activity walkers come in all shapes and sizes, from push toy activity walkers like the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Chomp and Clack Alligator Push Toy to the more traditional walkers that have a frame and a center seat like the Chicco DJ Baby Walker, pictured above.
But should you get an activity walker?
In 1994, walkers were involved in at least 27,000 injuries to children under 15 months. In 2004, Canada banned the use and sale of baby walkers and recommended parents use stationary activity centers with their infants. In the U.S., the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) began creating new safety standards for baby walkers. These standards have decreased the number of children who are involved in baby walker accidents from 27,000 annually to 3,000 annually, an %88 decrease in accidents.
Despite this improved rate, the American Academy of Pediatrics still urges parents not to use activity walkers and use activity centers instead.
The huge benefit of using an activity center is that you always know where your baby is and your baby is unlikely to wonder into a place where they shouldn’t be. Activity centers come in two styles: walk around and seat in the center. Walk around centers allow your baby to walk around the activity center and seat in the middle centers allow your child to stand in the middle of the activity center while interacting with toys positioned on the activity center.
The Evenflo Exersaucer is a popular brand with parents who choose to use an activity center instead of an activity walker. Evenflo even makes at least four folding activity centers for when you need extra room or when you need to take the activity center on the road with you.
Activity centers vary in the amount of toys, games, and sounds that come with each one, so you can get an expensive center with all the bells and whistles or you can find an inexpensive center with half the bells and whistles. Keep in mind that just because your center has all the bells and whistles, your baby still may not care for it. So be wise, test drive your maybe activity center in the store, if you can, before you purchase.
Check out more walker options like the baby walker toddler Adidas.