Simple to assemble
Unstable when used as a baby walker
Too large when used as a ride-on
The Playskool Step Start Walk 'n Ride Baby Walker wouldn’t likely be on the market if the product were thoroughly play-tested. While it does look good on paper, the Playskool Step Start Walk 'n Ride Baby Walker fails to perform in real life in virtually every way.
The Playskool Step Start Walk 'n Ride Baby Walker is one of those products that set out to achieve more than they can.
Playskool’s goal was to create a baby walker that could transform into a ride-on for toddlers and thus grow with your baby. The problem is that the product they came up with is full of compromises and bad design decisions.
A good baby walker must be stable, first and foremost. Yes, fun toys are a nice bonus, but the primary purpose of baby walkers is to help babies take those critical first steps with ease and confidence even when the parents aren’t there to provide constant support.
Unfortunately, the base of the Playskool Step Start Walk 'n Ride Baby Walker is very narrow, causing the walker to be extremely unsteady and wobble side to side. Because Playskool decided to make the activity area double as a seat, the front of the walker feels empty and void of interesting toys.
There’s a hidden department for goodies, a switch, a ball for flipping, a bendable antenna, and a crank for spinning. None of the toys feel particularly interesting, and even the colors seem somewhat dull and uninspired.
What’s worse, the Playskool Step Start Walk 'n Ride Baby Walker isn’t even usable as a ride-on. Unless your baby is particularly tall, he or she will likely not be able to swing his or her leg over and ride around.
There are so many other excellent baby walkers in this price range that offer so much more (including the ride-on functionality) that we simply can’t recommend the Playskool Step Start Walk 'n Ride Baby Walker to anyone.
Frequently Asked Questions
How well does the walker move on carpet?
The walker moves reasonably well on carpet. When used as a ride-on, it becomes more difficult to move the walker, especially on high-pile carpet.
Is it possible to lock the wheels?
No, it’s not possible to lock the wheels to prevent the walker from moving.
Will the plastic wheels scratch my hardwood floors?
No, the plastic wheels are soft to keep your hardwood floors free from scratches.
Does the walker require batteries?
No, the Playskool Step Start Walk 'n Ride Baby Walker doesn’t require any batteries.
Does the walker ship pre-assembled?
No, limited assembly is required, but no special tools are needed. It shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes from the time the walker arrives at your doorstep to the time your baby first plays with it.