I took my baby on a playdate. My friend’s baby is just starting to learn how to walk. She picked up a walker for her last week and I noticed it right away. I asked her which one it was and she told me she chose the Joovy Spoon Walker. My first impression of the model left me wondering what was so special about it, especially because I had never heard of it before.
I didn’t want to insult my friend so I set out on my own to do a little research on the walker. What I found was intriguing. In fact, I decided to purchase the walker for another friend who was expecting. I’ve put together a quick review of the Joovy Spoon Walker in case you’re like I was and wondering what makes this walker so special. I know you’ll have your answer soon.
Joovy Spoon Walker
Now most walkers grab my attention because of their cute designs or bright, vibrant colors. But this was different. The walker I saw was mostly white. The fabric that covered the seat was a deep gray. There was no activity panel or attached toys. In fact, the walker seemed a bit plain to me. And once I saw that the price tag was higher than the colorful and interactive walkers I was used to, I was a bit confused. Why buy the Joovy Spoon Walker?
But as I did a little more research, I quickly realized how versatile the walker was. And Joovy really thought of everything when they designed this walker. Some babies don’t need a lot of toys or buttons to be entertained. In fact, for some babies, this can be downright irritating and annoying. Suddenly, the idea of a simple walker made a lot of sense to me and based on the reviews I came across, the idea made sense to a lot of other people as well.
Why Should I Buy Such a Minimal Walker?
I understand your concern. With all the other walkers on the market, why should you buy one that, at first glance, seems so basic? I know that there’s no large activity panel or the ability to transform the walker into a different toy. But what it lacks in stimulating features it makes up for in practicality and versatility.
A baby’s needs change on a daily (let’s be honest-more like hourly!) basis. A toy that made them happy yesterday might not interest them today. But playtime is still important. Imagine that you’ve purchased a walker with tons of bells and whistles. Your baby loved it yesterday. But today, they want nothing to do with it. Now your walker has to sit the day out in the corner or until your baby decides he’s interested again.
With the Joovy Spoon Walker, you have the ability to customize the walker each and every day to your baby’s liking. There’s plenty of room to keep snacks, drinks, and a variety of toys all within arm’s reach. Now no matter the mood your baby wakes up in, you can customize their walker and put a smile on their face.
Joovy has put together a minimalist walker design. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to love about the design. If a baby walker and a highchair had a baby, this is what it would look like. The extra-large tray is perfect for snacks and toys. The seat pad is washable and made from incredibly durable fabric.
The walker can be adjusted to one of three height positions and has oversized wheels that have been steel reinforced. But the base is wide enough that you don’t need to worry about little toes being run over. Here are a few other features you can expect.
- Wide tray insert is removable and dishwasher safe
- BPA, PVC, and Phthalate free
- Folds flat for storage
- Wide base provides added strength and stability
- Design meets or exceeds all government standards in compliance and stair safety
In the end, I was more than impressed with the Joovy Spoon Walker. Here are a few things that really made the walker stand out to me.
- Babies can be safely fed and entertained in walker
- Folds in a matter of seconds-no disassembling necessary
- Front wheels swivel for easier movement
- Easy to keep entire walker clean and sanitized
- Oversized tray can hold books, coloring activities, toys, snacks, and more
The Joovy Spoon Walker is simple but functional. However, here are a few things to consider if you’re not sure about purchasing one.
- No activity panel
- Minimal design
- Priced higher than most baby walkers
Joovy Spoon Walker Video
Check out the Joovy Spoon Walker in action. You’re sure to be convinced of its practicality and solid design.
If you don’t think your baby will be sold on a simple walker design, there are a few other options to consider that are more engaging. First, the VTech Sit, Stand and Ride Baby Walker has a detachable activity panel that’s sure to keep your little one entertained. The walker also converts into a ride-along toy. This walker doesn’t include a seat though. You’ll have to keep a close eye on your little one when they’re walking behind it.
There’s also the Cosco Simple Steps Walker, Monster Syd. Your baby is sure to love the monster theme that’s carried throughout the design and while there aren’t a ton of toys, there’s just enough to keep babies busy without overstimulating them. But if you worry that your baby will become bored with a small choice of toys, the Joovy Spoon Walker is the perfect solution. You can change out toys as needed and keep your baby engaged and on the move.
I initially looked into the Joovy Spoon Walker thinking I would be immediately turned off by its higher price tag and minimalist design. But I was completely wrong. The walker’s design makes complete sense. In a world where we tend to focus on first impressions, we sometimes overlook what’s most important. And when it comes to what’s important in a walker, Joovy covered it all with this design.
I can’t wait for my friend’s baby to be able to use their new walker. I know it will be several months from now but I can already tell you that my friend will be thankful she has a walker that’s easy to modify as needed. If you want to have more options with your baby walker, go with the Joovy Spoon Walker. Your baby’s creativity will thank you!