Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon
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We like
  • Helps your child learn how to walk and climb
  • Made of durable wood that stays balanced yet light
  • Doubles as a storage area for toys and stuffed animals
  • Has a push resistant mechanism that helps your child walk and balance
  • The rails are removable to allow children to climb in and out of the wagon
  • Develops gripping and steering skills as your child plays and walks
We don’t like

The wooden rails are fragile and may break

How it works

Radio Flyer has created a walker for babies and toddlers that serves several functions. In the tradition of Radio Flyer products, there is always a multi-use for what they create whether it’s teaching children to stay active or helping them in the early stages of that kind of development. The Radio Flyer Walker Wagon may appear to just be another wagon by the makers of the most famous wagon in the world; however, it is true to the Radio Flyer tradition of helping your baby on a multitude of levels as it helps your child climb, play, and walk. Many parents have praised the Radio Flyer Walker Wagon for its versatility and it has been welcomed as a helpful and stylish addition to the home.

 

Design

Design

The Radio Flyer Walker Wagon comes in the signature Radio Flyer red color with the classic Radio Flyer logo. The bed of the wagon measures about twenty-two inches by ten inches and is surrounded by removable wooden rails. The front of the wagon takes a departure from the classic pull rod of most Radio Flyer wagons and is replaced by a grip handle making the wagon resemble a shopping cart. The wheels are classic durable plastic Radio Flyer wheels, and the body of the wagon comes with a new feature that is a bumper. The bumper is scratch resistant and it rounded to prevent the scratching, denting, or defacing of your household furniture.

The grip bar that is on the wagon is where your child will stand and grip onto the wagon and use it as a walker as they learn to balance themselves and take their first steps. The wagon comes with a “push resistance” mechanism on the wheels the stops the wagon from moving forward as your little one learns to balance. The wagon will make a soft clicking sound as your child moves forward so don’t be alarmed by the sound.
Safety

Safety

The Radio Flyer Walker Wagon is completely safe for indoor or outdoor use. There are no small parts or anything that could pose a choking hazard, and the materials of the wood are heavy enough that the wagon won’t flip or tip when your child is leaning on it. The bed of the wagon has removable rails that help keep your child safe if they are riding in the bed of the wagon, and the front of the wagon comes with a bumper, so that when your child learns how to walk and gains momentum they can gently bump into furniture or the walls without an incredible amount of shock that may cause them to fall or damage the wagon.

The Walker Wagon is also great for outdoor use during good weather days. Using the walker outside is a great way to get kids to get outside and active. It is best to put your toddler on smooth pavement away from anything dangerous or sharp that may cut or hurt them if they lose their balance and fall. It may be best to have your child walk around on some short, soft grass so that if they go off balance they can tumble onto something soft. It is also best to use the Walker Wagon on a flat surface as your baby will not have the balance yet to redistribute their weight as they go up and down uneven areas of the grass or pavement. As with anything, always supervise your child indoors and outdoors with the Walker Wagon as they are too young to be left unattended as they learn how to walk.
Climbing

Climbing

The Radio Flyer Walker Wagon is recommended for children between the ages of one-year-old to four-years-old. Any child younger than one-year-old will be too young to enjoy the benefits of the wagon. It should be noted, however, that every child develops at their own pace, so some children who are younger than one-year-old may see the benefits of this toy, so it’s up to the parent to decide if their child is mature enough and developed enough to use the Walker Wagon. At one-year-old, your child will begin to understand and attempt to walk. The first stage is crawling and climbing. According to some parents, the wagon is perfect at this stage of development. The sides of the wagon come off, so parents have taken off the wagon rails and because the wheels lock with the push resistant wheels, babies are able to pull their bodies up by holding onto the wagon and eventually climbing inside of it. If you feel there needs to be extra protection for this type of activity, you can take one of the rails off and leave the other two so that your baby can climb into the wagon by only one entrance and be surrounded by the rails on the other sides.

By giving your child this activity to perform, they will begin to learn how to pull their bodies up into a standing position. What’s more, is that they can then learn how to balance their bodies to be able to lift their legs and pull their bodies into the bed of the wagon. This activity helps to develop their gripping skills and balance. Your baby will begin to develop their centerline core and use that inner balance to stand upright. The act of climbing uses all the muscle groups and helps your baby develop their reasoning skills as they learn how to use their bodies in conjunction with their toys during play.
The Grip Handle

The Grip Handle

The main purpose of the Radio Flyer Walker Wagon is to teach your child how to walk. This is mainly done through the gripping handle that is the crux of the entire toy. Once your child begins to learn how to climb, which in turn will teach them how to pull their bodies up and stand up, they can use that same balancing technique to pull themselves up on the grip bar. With the use of their developing gripping skills, your baby can then balance their body and take their first steps.

While holding onto the gripping bar, your baby will then learn to use their weight to push the wagon. The wagon will move forward with your baby balancing them every step of the way. Your child will then be able to learn how to steer the wagon by using those same gripping skills and using their weight and upper body strength to move and balance and direct the wagon in the direction they want to go as they soar through your house or your yard or the park as they safely learn how to walk and move around. The wagon ages out at about age four as your child will not have the use of the wagon and they will have grown too big and too heavy to sit in and play with the wagon.
Push Resistance

Push Resistance

The push resistance feature of the Radio Flyer Walker Wagon allows the wheels to move forward one click at a time. There is a pin in the wheels that can be adjusted so that the wheels turn on rotation and click to a stop. The more weight that is used to push the wagon, the easier for the wheels to keep clicking forward as the wagon is pushed. For younger babies and toddlers who are just learning how to walk, the push resistance mechanism allows for your child to take one step and then stop and balance without the wagon moving forward. If your baby stops pushing on the wagon then the wagon will remain in place. This safety feature will help keep your child upright and keep them from falling down. Your baby can then rebalance themselves or keep themselves balanced and then take the next steps as they walk. The wheels are also wide enough that they add extra balance and stability to the wagon during the learning process.
Toy Storage

Toy Storage

Another great feature of the Radio Flyer Walker Wagon that a lot of parents have been very happy about is that the wagon doubles as toy storage. Many parents have a tough time with toys lying around the house, but since the Radio Flyer brand is a classic brand that is recognized around the world, many parents store the wagon out in the open as sort of an in-home decoration. The wagon bed is about twenty-two inches by ten inches and is the perfect space to keep stuffed animals or any other toy that your child plays with frequently. The toys can be arranged in a decorative or organized way that they are put on display and your child can easily go to the wagon and claim whatever toy they want to play with. When parents have people over, the wagon is a great way to make the house look stylish without having to pack a playroom or play area with an overabundance of toys.
Going For a Ride

Going For a Ride

One of the other benefits to the Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon is that it promotes playing with others. Many children who play with the wagon together enjoy pushing each other around. One child will sit in the bed while the other child pushes. This activity is great for kids as they learn how to walk and have the strength and dexterity to push. Kids can take turns pushing each other in the wagon, or parents can push their little ones around as well. Kids get to play together and the wagon still is usable for children after they learn how to walk and steer. All parents have to do is pull the pins out of the wheels so that the push resistant mechanism is turned off and the wheels have full motion.
Price

Price

The price for the Radio Flyer Walker Wagon is pretty standard for a Radio Flyer product and all that the wagon offers to a developing child. It may be out of the budget for some parents, but the price seems pretty middle of the road. Many parents have purchased other more expensive walkers and jumpers for their children, and the Radio Flyer Wagon offers the same amount of education for a much smaller price. Your child will gain all the development skills they need as well as using the wagon as a toy and storage area for their toys. The wagon also will last each of your children about four years, so it has longevity especially if you have more than one child. The wagon is part of the Radio Flyer brand, so you can also have the pleasure of owning a classic toy at a classic price.
Conclusion

Conclusion

The Radio Flyer Walker Wagon is one of the must-have toys for your child. Your child will be able to use this toy during their most important developments stages of climbing, walking, gripping, and developing balance. The wagon is a safe way for your child to walk around the house without falling or stumbling as they can hold onto the wagon for support and the push resistant wheels keep the wagon in place during operation. The wagon is also great to push your little one around in or have your children push each other around in making the wagon a fun ride. The wagon encourages playing well with others and taking turns pushing and riding.

Like all Radio Flyer products, the Walker Wagon keeps your child active both indoors and outdoors and your child gets to learn and grow while they are playing. For the price that you pay for the wagon, it is affordable and what your child will get out of the toy is priceless. The Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon is a great buy and should be considered by all parents who want their child to enjoy being young and having fun while growing and changing.
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