What’s the Best Baby Walker for Tall Babies?

Breanna | July 27, 2021 |

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When you first become a parent, you may assume that  a walker is a walker. There is probably little difference between each brand and you can pick out whatever you want at the store and it will work. Then, perhaps, your 6-month-old starts wearing 12 month clothing and you realize they may or may not be too tall for typical baby walkers and push toys. It happens. 

So, then you find yourself searching the shelves at Target or the listings on Amazon, comparing heights and trying to estimate how much your baby might grow before their first birthday or when they decide to take off walking. Babies come in all shapes and sizes, we get it and we’ve been there. That’s why we’ve done a bit of research for you and found some of the best baby walker options for towering kiddos. So, have a look at our roundup before you whip out your credit cards to buy one of your own. 

Best Baby Walker for Tall Babies – Our Picks

Note: Our individual reviews are below, but you can also click any of the links above to check current prices on Amazon and other retailers

Tall Baby Walker Reviews

Joovy Spoon Height Adjustable Baby Walker

This walker comes in 4 colors (blue, gray, green, & red) and offers three height settings up to 33.5” tall. It also goes up to 30 lbs. Your baby can roam all around the house with the extra wide base which prevents tipping and guards your baby’s tiny fingers from being smashed against coffee tables, door frames, cabinets, etc. 

Parents will also love that the large tray can be removed and is dishwasher safe. No more wrestling it in the kitchen sink to clear off all the soggy puffs or crackers. This walker also folds for storage, which coming from a parent of 3, is a huge deal. Any time you can compress the baby gear, it’s a win.

What we liked:

  • 3 height settings 
  • Up to 30 lbs
  • 4 colors 
  • Removable tray designed for meals and is dishwasher safe 
  • Extra wide base 
  • Folds for easy storage

What we didn’t:

  • None! This is a solid choice.
Here’s an unboxing, demo, and review of the Joovy adjustable walker from the Krebs Fam

Kolcraft Tiny Steps 2-in-1 (Seated or Walk Behind)

If you like multitasking baby gear, you might like this 2-in-1 walker that converts from a seated walker to a push toy. This is a great idea for taller babies because you can easily switch over to a push toy when they outgrow the seated walker which goes from 15-26 lbs and up to 32” tall. 

The front 2 wheels are perfect for maneuvering around corners because they swivel. Additionally, the base features skid-resistant friction pads for added safety. The seat portion is machine washable while the plastic frame, tray, and toys wipe clean. This walker offers 5 developmental toys and folds flat for easy storage. 

What we liked:

  • 2-in-1 design transitions with your baby 
  • Features 5 toys with enriching developmental activities 
  • Seat is removable and machine washable 
  • Frame, toys, and tray wipe clean 
  • Folds flat for storage

What we didn’t:

  • While not really a con, the tray isn’t dishwasher safe with this one, so you’ll need to hand clean it when it gets dirty.
Here’s a review of the Kolcraft 2-in-1 Walker from Doodle Facts

VTech Sit-To-Stand

VTech is a great brand and almost all of their toys are educational and enriching. This push toy is no exception. While not a traditional walker, it’s great for taller babies because there’s no seat, just a sturdy support which helps them perfect their balance and coordination. 

The activity panel also comes off of the walker which allows your baby to play with the gadgets on the floor. Speaking of gadgets, this toy offers piano keys, rollers, a play phone, and shape sorters which are great for working on fine motor skills. 

What we liked:

  • Two modes (sitting and standing) 
  • Push toy is great for all heights 
  • Activity panel can come off 
  • Features shape sorter, piano keys, rollers, telephone, and sounds

What we didn’t:

  • This might require more supervision when they first start pushing it. Babies tend to let go or tip it over before they get the hang of it.
Here’s a review of the VTech Sit-to-Stand walker from Travelwithnicole

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn

For babies that love to move and groove, consider this Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn since it comes with 75+ songs and sounds which teach the alphabet, numbers, shapes, and colors. It also teaches a bit of Spanish.

This is a push toy like the VTech mentioned above. It’s also great for tall babies that are already towering above seated walkers. In our home, we’ve had both options and this Fisher-Price is a little wider and doesn’t tip as easily. However, supervision is still required when first introducing the toy and afterward. 

What we liked:

  • Great early STEM toy 
  • Works on gross and fine motor skills 
  • Wide wheel base 
  • 75+ songs and sounds 
  • Teaches Spanish, numbers, letters, colors, and shapes

What we didn’t:

  • None! Like the VTech, you need to watch your baby while playing but it’s a solid choice with great teaching features.

Baby Walking Harness

This is a different take on teaching babies to walk and something I wish I would have had when my kids were taking off. Instead of hanging onto their hands while they toddle around, you can slip them into the seat/harness and use the handle to support their weight. Their posture is allowed to relax into a natural walking position and your back is saved from having to hunch over while shuffling along with them. 

This harness goes from 6-24 months and features an insert for 6-14 months which offers more cushion and support. The harness also comes apart for 3 stages. Stage 1 uses the seat to provide support for babies unable to walk yet. Stage 2 goes around the waist to help support a baby that can already handle their own body weight. And stage 3, allows you to move your harness’ position to the back to prevent an already walking baby from tumbling forward. This setup is easy to put on and take off and takes up very little space in the home.

What we liked:

  • Versatile walking harness 
  • 3 stages
  • Saves their posture and your back 
  • Takes up little to no space in the house 
  • Let’s them go over any surface and even up stairs 
  • Goes from 6-24 months

What we didn’t:

  • This harness requires parental engagement 100% of the time
Here’s a demo of the walking harness in action from Journey with Ethan

How do you know if a baby walker is suitable for a tall baby?

Height adjustments

The biggest factor when looking at walkers for tall infants, is obviously the height adjustments. Some seated walkers allow you to move the seat up and down, but depending on how high they go, it might not be enough to provide seated support for your baby. Likewise, push walkers that are too short will have your baby hunched over when trying to push it. 

Maximum height / weight specs.

Be sure to check the max height because you’ll want to know how long your baby will be able to use the walker. If he or she maxes out on the height setting at 8 or 9 months and still isn’t walking on their own, then you won’t have a usabl walker. 

Tall babies are also naturally heavier, so look into the weight specifications for seated walkers. Usually, they are held together by straps or the fabric of the seat, so you don’t want to push the weight limit too much because safety is the top priority. 

Push walkers vs Seated baby walkers vs Harnesses

Push walkers are ideal for any height because they aren’t necessarily holding their full weight. They’re there for support and they provide that with the use of a handlebar and sturdy wheels that your baby can push as they master the art of putting one foot in front of the other. 

Seated baby walkers, on the other hand, use a seat with leg holes that your baby slides into so they are fully supported while learning to walk. The seat is suspended in a round or square frame that surrounds the baby and offers them a sturdy base while learning balance and coordination. 

Harness walkers, however, require a little more muscle and effort from mom or dad. They use the same model of “seat” that your infant’s legs slide into. But instead of a metal or plastic frame supporting them, you bear the weight of the harness and your infant by holding onto a handle and lifting slightly as they walk. This is good for walkers that are almost there, but still wobble and fall frequently. 

As always, walker safety should always be observed. There are countless warnings about using walkers and they come with safety labels plastered all over the box. However, many of those warnings are basic, common sense directives such as avoiding stairs, ledges, uneven ground, and use with adult supervision. For more safety regarding baby walkers, be sure to check out our baby walker safety article.

Breanna

Breanna is a former therapist turned writer. She earned a master’s in psychology in 2015 but ultimately decided she would like to be more present for her family. Currently flexing her writing skills as a stay-at-home mother of two toddlers (with another baby on the way), she enjoys writing in the parenting and home/DIY niches. She also writes fiction and has been published in a handful of literary magazines and a fiction anthology. In her spare time, Breanna enjoys blogging, painting, running, and drinking an absurd amount of coffee.

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