I don't know why it took until baby number three to finally try a walker, but I'm really glad that we tried the Joovy Spoon
. Even if Miss H can't quite reach the floor to walk, she has a BLAST being at kid-level and upright. It's quickly, VERY quickly, becoming a piece of baby gear that I love and wish we had sooner.
The Joovy Spoon Walker can double as a highchair. There's a removable tray that is dishwasher safe, and as you can see, plenty of room for either toys or a snack/meal to be smeared everywhere. We have ours on the lowest setting, and when one of us (Dad or I) sits on the floor next to baby, we are the perfect height for eye contact and engagement.
See what I mean? We are right there with her. That's her first Mum Mum, by the way. She had that smeared ALL over the tray, but I didn't mind one bit knowing I could just snap it out and stick it in the dishwasher!
Because we have three kids and tons of toys and gear, knowing that the Spoon can fold flat for storage, or to just be tucked out of the way while we explore other things is great.
The seat supports up to 30lbs, and a child's height of 33.5 inches. We have plenty of room for growth! What I'm looking forward to is watching Miss H start to move herself around. She's so ready to play with her older brothers (who are 7 and 18 months) but what I'm not ready for is her being stepped on. This will give us an alternative to when everyone is busy running around, playing, cleaning, etc. She can be upright, working her legs, and interacting. I see us using this for a long time, especially because we can use it at home as a highchair, and we won't have to buy another. For anyone with babies close in age and the oldest still needs the high chair, the Joovy
Spoon Walker is a great alternative.Mom's Pros:
- Easy to clean, easy to store, easy to adjust height (dishwasher safe tray, machine washable seat)
- Great for getting baby upright versus reclined or lying down all the time
- Baby is out of the way from rambunctious siblings
- Great way to build muscle tone in legs and prepare for walking, standing, and climbing
- Getting the seat attached was a bit of a pain. I think I was in such a hurry to get baby in it, that had I slowed down and took a few deep breaths there would have been less cussing
- Could be bulky and take up too much room if you're house isn't ready for more gear
- This will depend on the width of your doorways, but this does not fit through ours. Our home was built in the early 1900s, so perhaps newer homes won't have this issue. For now, she's contained to whatever room we set her in
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From the manufacturer, a response to my cons!
- most parents look at that as a positive that the child may be contained to a specific room. Also, the top was designed to be big so baby has an oversized place to play. The base is bigger than the top so that fingers won't get pinched on the wall, etc. if they 'bump' into something.
- The seat, while a bit of an effort to get it on, one knows that it is secure and baby is supported.
- The Spoon folds flat so it can go under a bed or under a sofa (to get it out of the way)
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Product was supplied to facilitate this review. Opinions are 100% the editor's own.