Hair is the arch-enemy of baby walker wheels. Most baby walker wheels are closed off by a pressed metal cap that’s not designed to come off no matter how much you try to pry it open. Apply too much force, and the cap may crack, or the entire plastic body of the wheel may break, and that’s not something you want to happen, especially if your baby really loves his or her baby walker.
So, what can you do considering that even the best baby walkers on the market suffer from sticky wheels due to hair being stuck inside of them? You’ll find the answer to this and other similar questions in this article.
Methods for removing hair from baby walker wheels
Before you attempt to remove hair from baby walker wheels using any method described in this article, we recommend that you turn your baby walker upside down and place it on a desk or on the floor. That way, it’s going to be much easier to work on the wheels, and you won’t have to lie on the floor as you attempt to remove hair from inside the small wheels.
Butter knife and tweezers
Everyone can find a butter knife and some tweezers at home. In many cases, these two handy instruments are ideal for the advanced surgery procedure known as baby walker wheel removal, which all parents should familiarize themselves with at some point or another. Stick the butter knife in the crevice of the caster on both sides and wiggle it around to loosen the stuck hair. Then, using the tweezers, remove individual strands of hair. Try picking as many strands as possible at the same time. This will prevent the hair from breaking, allowing you to pull out more of it at the same time.
Hair sticks to heavy-duty duct tape like metal to a magnet. You might be surprised to find out just how much hair you can get out from a stuck baby walker wheel just by wrapping a piece of duct tape around the wheel and plucking it off. To help the hair come out, grab an Exacto knife or a razor blade and make a few cuts to inside the wheel housing to cut the stuck hair in half.
Yes, we know that baby walker wheels are made from plastic, but the material of the wheels is quite thick and fairly resistant to hear—something that can’t be said about human or animal hair. If you can stomach the horrendous smell, you could briefly hold the flame inside the wheel to burn the hairs until it becomes easy to remove them. Of course, we recommend you to try this method outside of the house.
If you are not satisfied after trying the mentioned solutions because the wheel still doesn’t rotate as smoothly or freely as you would like it to rotate, we recommend you spray some WD-40 inside for lubrication. While WD-40 isn’t actually a lubricant as such, the long-term active ingredient is a non-volatile viscous oil which remains on the surface to which it is applied, giving lubrication and protection from moisture. Besides, who doesn’t have a can of WD-40 at home?
Additional baby walker maintenance tips
To prolong the life of baby walker, keep it clean and do not leave it in direct sunlight for extended periods of time because sunlight accelerates the deterioration of plastic materials. Regularly clean fabric covers and trims using warm water with a household soap or a mild detergent and allow them to fully dry before using them again or storing them in a box or closet.
Never dry clean your baby walker or use bleach or any other toxic cleaning product. If your baby walker doubles as a feeding tray, consider using an organic, non-toxic cleaning product that doesn’t leave any long-lasting odor behind and doesn’t cause any allergies.
These days, most baby walker seats can be tossed inside the washing machine, but you should still use a lower tumble or spin dry setting as well as a lower temperature to avoid causing any damage. Consult your owner’s manual to see which settings the manufacturer recommends.
In some climates, the seat may be affected by mold and mildew. To help prevent this occurring, refrain from folding or storing the seat if it is damp or wet and always store the seat in a well-ventilated area. If no such area is available to you and you don’t have access to a drier, consider using a regular hair drier for some extra drying boost.
From time to time, check parts for tightness of screws, nuts, and other fasteners. It’s not uncommon for fasteners to come loose with use, especially if your baby is an energetic bouncer. Loose fasteners are a huge safety hazard, so always tighten any loose fastener right away.
Pay special attention when inserting batteries into the activity tray, observing the plus and minus marks on the batteries and the baby walker. Never mix new batteries with old ones, and always use the same type of batteries. If the battery tray has a plastic door that can be secured using a small screw, make sure to take advantage of this important safety feature to prevent your baby from removing the batteries and playing with them.
Always remove dead batteries and all batteries if you are not going to use the baby walker for long periods as batteries may leak and cause damage. Never attempt to recharge ordinary batteries. While it’s theoretically and practically possible to recharge non-rechargeable batteries, doing so is a huge fire hazard. Rechargeable batteries are not all that much more expensive compared to non-rechargeable batteries, and you’ll be glad that you’ve bought them when you look back after a few years and remember all the electronic toys they powered.