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THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR WALKER WAGON AND YOUR PATIENCE AS WE HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR A REPLACEMENT.
We were very sad when the manufacturer chose to discontinue our beloved walker and we have been on a long journey of testing potential replacements. Unfortunately we have found it difficult to identify a Walker that we feel 100% comfortable endorsing. It is such a significant product (with potential risks) so we feel we can't list a new one unless we are completely confident in its safety and quality.
We have discovered one fantastic alternative but unfortunately we are unable to secure a supply of it as the Australian distributor of the brand does not carry this item. If you are willing to order from overseas we suggest you consider the 'Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon'.
WE ARE CHOOSING TO LEAVE OUR OLD LISTING ONLINE SO THAT IT CAN BE USED AS A 'WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A WALKER' GUIDE.
There are lots of factors to consider when purchasing a walker - and there are so many options available - so why is this one so special?
- Weighting and balance: The ratio of width/length to height gives this particular Walker Wagon a low centre of gravity. Similarly, the fact that the tray is quite deep provides an additional amount of weight at the base of the wagon. These features promote stability to reduce the risk of the wagon tipping or 'running away' from the child.
- Appearance: As with many Montessori-inspired resources the number one feature in this item is natural wood. Many other walkers are overly decorated with bright colours or feature synthetic materials such as plastic handles. I appreciate that this particular Walker Wagon primarily showcases natural, unpainted wood. The appearance of the red features simply provide a beautiful point of interest!
- Size: Due to the sturdy dimensions of the Walker Wagon it can become a toy that grows with your child. A toddler might push the empty Walker Wagon just to enjoy the fun of the purposeful forward movement...while a four year old might use the Walker Wagon to transfer food for a picnic from the kitchen to the garden (or down the road to the park!). The possibilities are really endless!
- Open-ended use: The tray of this particular Walker Wagon arrives like a blank canvas for a child's imagination to fill. There are any number of objects that a child could place in the tray - from blocks and toys to natural materials found during a trip to the garden or a walk to the park.
Aid to Life - a source of information created through a collaboration of several Montessori organisations from around the world - recommends the use of walking wagons as a method for encouraging walking in children (particularly between 9 - 12 months of age).
It is important to note that the Walker Wagon is not intended to force a child upright before he or she is ready. It is not a traditional 'baby walker' in the sense that it does not support the child's weight to allow for unnatural patterns of movement. The Walker Wagon will provide a sense of enticement, balance and 'purpose' to a child's attempts at independent movement but it can't (nor should it!) make these movements happen before a child is developmentally ready.