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Random Walker

2010 November 10
by distracted daddy

Blue Box Baby Walker

This is the second walker that we bought/borrowed/received.

Yes, we have three baby walkers. That may seem like a lot, it is, especially if you trip over them in the middle of the night. Consecutively.

It came from our daughter’s grandparents. They came for a visit while their granddaughter was learning to walk. They spent much of that visit bent over helping her walk.

The walker is called the… well, I’m not sure what it’s called. Grandma and Grandma got it from a secondhand store. On its underside are the words “Blue-Box.” I’ve never heard of the toy brand Blue Box, but a quick internet search reveals that Blue Box was founded in 1952 and made famous by its “drinks and wets” doll. I think that’s exactly how Fisher-Price started.

The underside also says “Made in China.” That means it likely contains lead.

As mentioned, she already had a walker. This walker almost immediately became her second choice. It was new but not preferred.

More so than the other walkers this walker is a battering ram. Our walls and ankles bear the wounds of a full-speed toddler attack. It’s perfect Achilles tendon height and can bring down a 200-pound adult with ease.

The lower base of the walker also makes maneuverability an issue. For the first few weeks of use, this walker only moved in straight lines – straight lines that ended in walls and with wails.  Requiring the nearest parent to turn the walker around and wait until it was walked into the next nearest wall. And repeat.

It was a milestone when she learned to curve the walker’s path. She can now even put the walker in reverse. When she goes in reverse, I always make beeping noises like she’s a truck

Blue Box Baby Walker

Rider mode.

backing up. I don’t think she gets it, but I find it mildly humourous.

This walker was mostly ignored until the discovery that it wasn’t just for walking. She began standing on it and sitting on it. While sitting she tries to shimmy the walker along, moving it back and forth in place. If she’s lucky and she usually is, I’ll push her along as she rides the walker.

She loves being pushed in this walker.

It may not be her favourite walker, but it is her favourite rider.

6 Responses leave one →
  1. November 10, 2010

    That’s cute. There was never room for a walker in our house, but visitors to Granny’s house have had their share of walkers rammed onto their ankles.

  2. November 18, 2010

    You’re lucky, we have too many and our ankles bear the brunt of it.

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