If your little one is keen to explore the world but still unsteady on their feet, investing in a baby walker can be a fun and practical solution to get them started.

Usually suitable from around six months, there’s a range of walkers on the market that offer stimulation and engagement for babies while also helping them take their first step with confidence.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional wooden walker or a multi-functional model with music, games and lights, we’ve got you covered.

It goes without saying that you should always supervise your baby when using any of these devices, but we recruited a range of parents (and little testers) to put the latest walkers through their paces.

We took into account price, ease of use, practicality, how well they kept their tester entertained and how they supported them with walking. 

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VTech first steps baby walker: £29.99, Argos

At under £30, this first step walker is incredible value for money and also doubles up as an activity station. A real bonus of this model is that the walker and activity station can be detached and used independently – our parent tester loved using this for tummy time and noted it would be great for seated babies who are not quite ready to get to their feet. There’s tons of features to both educate and entertain: this walker comes with a learning mode (featuring numbers, shapes, colours, animal names and sounds) and a music mode (with light up piano keys, four songs and 20 melodies). The only downside is that this one isn’t height adjustable, but it still ticks a lot of boxes at a fantastic price point.

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Little Senses sensory walker: £59.99, ELC

This modern walker is sure to completely engage your baby’s senses along with bringing a pop of colour to your living room. There’s so much for your little one to enjoy here – with flashing lights and lots of different areas to play with (including a rattle, phone, mirror, pull handles and balls). Suitable from six months old, its handle can be adjusted to your growing height and the legs fold in for those who are still at the pre-walking stage. Our tester loved how this walker kept her little one entertained for hours and could be easily folded away at a moments notice.

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Mothercare car walker: £65, Mothercare 

If you’ve got a mini racing driver in the making, they’ll go crazy for this fun car walker from Mothercare which comes complete with their very own steering wheel, wing mirror and gear stick. Suitable from six months of age, its has three practical height adjustments and is simple to put together. Our little tester was mesmerised by the car noises and lights; along with the freedom it gave him to move about. While our adult tester loved how comfortable and supportive the walker was, they did find it worked better on laminate flooring as it was a little stiff to move about on a carpeted surface. 

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Leapfrog Scout’s get up and go activity centre: £49, John Lewis & Partners

If space is limited and you’re looking for a product that can be used in lots of different ways, Leapfrog’s Scout’s get up and go activity centre is an ideal purchase. It can be used as a baby gym for when your little one is on their playmat, a walker with speed control and then, through removing the legs, it turns into a light up activity panel for when they get older. Our parent tester particularly loved the educational aspect of this model; commenting how its features (different modes include lights, talking, singing, an interactive book and spinning feature) supported her son learning his colours, numbers and shapes.

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JoJo Maman Bébé wooden shopping trolley: £35, JoJo Maman Bébé 

This wooden shopping trolley will be a big hit for any budding shopaholic and, while it might look traditional, it’s also a great walking aid too. This one is suitable from 18 months onwards so its best for when your child is a little older and in the cruising stage. Once they’re confident on their feet, its lifespan continues as it works perfectly as a role-playing aid too – our little tester (who was just over two years old) had a lot of fun using her seat for her beloved dolly and pretending to go shopping. While it can’t be folded, this trolley will be a beautiful addition to your child’s nursery.

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Babymoov 2-in-1 baby walker: £72.95, Amazon

This two in one walker (suitable from nine months onwards) is multifunctional to grow with your baby’s needs. First up is the sit-in baby walker which comes with a removable play tray (complete with a musical toy and various rattles) but when your little one becomes more confident, they can use it as a push along walker too. There are three different height settings on the chair to accommodate those growth spurts. Our parent tester loved how easy this was to put together (noting how it was effortless even with two small children vying for her attention) and how the collapsible nature of the walker was perfect for space-saving. It got full marks from our tiny tester too, who loved its spaceship design.

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Classic World delivery truck baby walker with blocks: £49.99, Hippychick

With lots of high tech walkers on the market, more traditional options can be overlooked. However, we’d still recommend this truck shaped baby walker with colourful blocks. Suitable for one year plus, this wooden walker (which uses sustainably sourced wood) is a simple way of supporting your little one, while the colour blocks (made from non-toxic paint) will still keep them mesmerised and support their development. Unlike some of the other bulkier models, this takes up hardly any space making it great for small living areas.

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Infantino grow with me sensory 3-in-1 walker: £47.12, Amazon

This car themed sensory walker truly lives up to its “grow with me” title. Beginning as a standstill activity centre (complete with lights, sounds and activities like shape sorting and dropping a ball through a hole) that’s suitable for six months onwards, it then progresses to help your baby stand (through lockable wheels) and then finally walk (with wheels then unlocked and music playing as they move along with it) with confidence. Mum blogger Reinventing Neesha took on the task of testing this one and gave it a full seal of approval commenting on how her little one was mesmerised by the quirky noises and flashing lights, and found it easy to push himself up and walk with the walker.

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The verdict: Baby walkers

V-Tech’s first step baby walker is our top pick: we loved its versatility, range of features and its fantastic price tag. If you’re looking for something more traditional, we recommend Classic World’s truck walker whilst Leapfrog’s Scout get up and go activity centre is great if you want to invest something that grows perfectly with your baby.

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