This ride on fire truck by Pidoko Kids doubles as one of the best baby push walkers for older infants and younger toddlers. It features a classic fire truck design and a variety of built-in toys which are sure to keep your little one engaged. This versatile push toy is designed to strengthen your little one’s legs and keep them happy and entertained for hours.
Our Verdict: This toy will offer parents more bang for their buck. It’s a combination push walker and ride-on toy that comes complete with some great built-in toys that are designed to improve your little one’s fine and gross motor skills. It’s perfect for infants nine months and up and works for toddlers up to two years of age. The only drawback is the fact that toddlers may quickly outgrow this toy. However, if your infant is showing an interest in standing and learning how to walk, then this model can be the perfect tool to give them the confidence they need to take their first steps independently.
Overview and Features
The fire truck push walker features a sturdy metal frame that provides a stable and safe base for your little one to walk behind or sit on. It comes equipped with a variety of built-in toys that will help to improve fine gross motor skills while pushing the walker and riding on it will help to improve balance and gross motor function.
The built-in toys include a wooden shape sorter, which will help to strengthen your little one’s problem-solving skills and fine motor skills. The other wooden toys are spinning square-shaped wood blocks that feature colorful images that will catch your toddler’s eye. Spinning the blocks can help to develop coordination in addition to fine motor skills.
Lift up the seat and you’ll find a built-in storage compartment where your child can store their favorite toys and take them for a ride around the house or in the yard.
Benefits of Sit-On Toys
This combo toy offers a wide range of benefits in terms of earlier development. In fact, most parents don’t realize how both push and ride-on toys can boost gross motor skill development or the fact that many toddlers who have used these push walkers tend to walk at an earlier age. There are so many different types of toys on the market for toddlers these days, so choosing the right one and the one that can help with early development can be tricky. Most new parents simply don’t know which toys will really benefit their infants and toddlers. But the best toys are usually the ones that can help your child make real progress.
This model will require your little one to work their leg muscles in order to propel the truck. Additionally, they’ll also need to learn how to steer, which can help to improve upper body strength. This type of combo toy will really encourage infants and toddlers to be more active, so they’ll sleep better at night, which is what every parent wants.
Motor Skill Development
As I mentioned earlier, this model will allow your toddler to hone both their gross and fine motor skills and focus on learning new skills such as gripping, grasping, and steering, and maneuvering.
More Outdoor Time
If you normally have trouble getting your little one out the door during the winter months, then this indoor-outdoor toy can get them motivated to play outside and enjoy the fresh air as they exercise by riding on the fire truck or push it down the sidewalk. Just spending a little time outside will help to boost your child’s love of the great outdoors and pique their interest in exploring. To learn more about outdoor play during the colder months of the year, click here to read my guide on how to dress a baby in the winter.
Learning How to Balance
If your child is just starting to stand or take their first steps, they may be fearful of falling, so their progress may have slowed. But by pushing the fire truck or riding on top of it you can help your child to learn their sense of balance. They will quickly learn how to evenly distribute their weight and how to use their weight to turn and steer. This will help to keep them upright when sitting on the truck and will also give them the confidence to take steps independent of the walker, once they feel more confident in their ability to balance.
Improves Spatial Awareness
This toy can also improve a child’s spatial awareness, which is an understanding of the space between objects in their surroundings. You can further develop this skill by creating a little obstacle course in the living room or on the driveway. This skill will also help improve your child’s attention span and teaches them to focus on details.
While your child should always be supervised when using this toy, it can help them learn how to play independently and teaches them how to move on their own, without help from mom and day. This new sense of confidence and independence will boost their self-esteem and intrinsic motivation.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Built-in activities
- Walker/ride-on toy
- Teaches toddlers how to balance
- Boosts confidence
- Improves fine and gross motor skills
- Suitable for infants nine months up to two years of age
- Built-in storage compartment
- Your child may quickly outgrow this toy
Pidoko Kids Walker Versus FORSTART Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker
The Forstart baby walker will give this model by Pidoko a run for its money. First off, it comes loaded with a wider range of built-in activities and it’s designed for babies three months up to toddlers three years of age. However, while it does come loaded with some great toys for both babies and toddlers, it doesn’t double as a ride-on toy, which can be a drawback for the parent who is looking for a more versatile toy. The competing model also features a height-adjustable handle and a unique tank that can be filled with sand or water to increase the resistance of the wheels based on the age of the child.
This is a great safety feature that prevents the wheels from moving too quickly for your infant or toddler to keep up with. The wheels on the Pikodo are pretty standard, however, they do feature a traditional slow-moving design, yet the wheels lack any type of resistance which would prevent the walker from getting away from a child on slicker surfaces. Ultimately, the choice is between an activity center/walker and a walker/ride-on toy. Both models are offered at a comparable price and are versatile, in their own unique way.
Conclusion and Rating
As you can see, this walker/ride-on toy can really boost your child’s confidence while improving their fine and gross motor skills. It can also teach them how to steer, balance, and use their problem-solving skills. It comes loaded with some great built-in toys as well, which are sure to keep your child engaged. Versatile, solidly built and perfect for older infants and younger toddlers, I gave this model a rating of four and a half out of five stars.