The best push cars for toddlers make outdoor strolls (even if they’re just in the driveway) infinitely more fun. All parents know a push car is a must for little ones; having one is basically a rite of passage. Maybe it’s because babies and toddlers LOVE to go on walks (and, it’s nice to get some fresh air instead of watch their favorite Disney Characters all day long). Plus, it’s actually a good activity for parents to get the f*ck out of the house and clear their heads, too. If you’re looking to take those daily walks up a notch, push cars are the answer. They’re a fun toy for 1-year-olds and will grow with your LO for years to come. Plus, you can use them on your patio or even inside when the weather is stormy.
We’ve rounded up the best baby push cars, with everything from a Little Tikes princess horse and carriage to Step2’s “luxury” sports car made for zipping around. We’ve even included the OG push cars, only because they remind us of our own youth, and sometimes nostalgia is nice. Seriously though, some of these souped-up versions might just outdo your actual car. Only the best for our babes, amiright? Then when they’re a bit older, they can upgrade to a ride-on vehicle or even an electric go kart, and they’ll practically earn their learner’s permit. But don’t panic, Mama — one step at a time.
Meet the luxury push car that will make all the kiddos on the block jealous. With whisper-quiet wheels and an interactive steering wheel, this Step2 push car has everything your BB needs to cruise around in style. A folding handle for storage and multiple drink holders make it great for mama, too. This parent weighs in, “This push sports car is so cool. Assembling it was time-consuming, but worth it once you see the finished product. The quality is superb, heavy-duty, high-quality materials. This sports car has a vroom, vroom sound feature on the steering wheel of your child honks the horn. It also has a small storage compartment under the seat and a safety belt. The stickers on the car give it a sporty look and feel. The orange color is fantastic. Whenever I take my 11 month old for a ride, all the little kids stare at him and comment on the car. It’s the coolest push sports car out there.”
Vroom, vroom… Look at your little bambino go! This fire engine red ride-on wagon is designed to grow with your child—watch it transform from a stroller to a walker to a push-car before your eyes. At this rate, they’ll be walking all on their own in no time. Safety first, right, mama? In addition to side rails (to keep them from falling out), there’s a backboard to prevent the car from flipping over. There’s also a hidden storage compartment that’s perfect for a favorite stuffed animal or snacks. Of course, no adventure is complete without some tunes for the ride. This Amazon customer raves that it’s durable and safe, “My grandson absolutely loves this! I got for his 1st birthday and had everyone asking me where I got it. He doesn’t slip out the side and it’s durable enough for his sister to push him around in it. Once he gets bigger we can take the sides off so he can zoom around in it by himself. It’s also great for when I take him for a walk.”
Who says that girls have to be stuck inside playing with Barbie dolls? Don’t let the boys have all the fun. Check out this enchanting Prince Horse & Carriage from Little Tikes that’s reminiscent of Cinderella. If you don’t already have a princess-inspired tutu, tiara, and glass slippers in your girl’s trunk of “dress up” clothes, then you’re missing out. Fun for roaming around the neighborhood as well as “pretending” to be a Disney princess for the day (BRB, better be home before curfew), this magical ride will have her feeling like royalty. Says this mama, “We bought this for our daughter’s 1st birthday and it is a HUGE hit! She loves to be pulled around in it. I love that it has a “floor” that you can put in for when your child to too small to use their feet to push themselves around. I also love that the door locks because it keeps my 1-year-old from falling out. The handle is a major plus!” Note: This one comes back in stock in February.
If you’re looking to go all out, this truck is pretty much as close you can get to a real car…without it being an actual car. It comes with a foot pedal accelerator, LED headlights, and a horn (we can’t wait for all the honking, lol). Parents can also use a remote control if they don’t want to let their kid drive alone just yet, which is a neat feature. Lastly, you can connect your music, so if your kid wants to jam out to their fave playlist, this car has the ability to do that.
This baby push car from Uenjoy plays music, has a storage trunk, and has a place for your little one’s drink (because, you know, being pushed around in comfort is exhausting). You’ve got your choice between pink (pictured), red, white, and police car design. Another great thing about this design? It grows with your little one! This push car is safe for kiddos 10 months old up to 2 years.
Didn’t everyone have this push car when they were little? If you want something that’s no-frills and reminds you of your own childhood, get the OG Little Tikes (a couple new features include removable floor and handle on back if you want to push your little around).
This little roadster featuring a friendly character face provides shade for baby on a hot day and a seatbelt to keep them safe. Cup holders and storage will keep you prepared. And the sturdy yet quiet tires make for a smooth ride. What more could you ask for? Here’s what one parent had to say, “I love this little car. We almost never used the little canopy. I love this car because it fits in the trunk of my car and I can take it plenty of places. Parks, Swap meets, events, the mall, etc. Why pay $5 to rent a little car at the mall when you can take your own. Plus your kid will probably enjoy this a lot more than a stroller. I like this model because the handle easily detaches and reattaches with a small pin. On some small cars like this you actually have to attach the handle with a screw and who wants to mess with that in a parking lot?”
STFU, a Mercedes for your little?! Since you can’t afford the REAL thing, why not get a ride-on car for your kiddo? We love the ample storage space and the safe seat. It also grows with your baby (up to 30 pounds!). Whether purchased as a birthday present or “just because,” it’s guaranteed to be a hit. Says this customer, “We bought this car for our 6-month-old. She was a bit young for it at the time but, with a pillow used around her to prop her up, she loved to ride in it! She’s 16 months now and still loves it! It’s her favorite toy still. We took the sides off and she can now ride it herself. It has a cute radio station with different stations and cute songs. It lights up and has a horn. It’s really cute, well made, and will be something she will have and use for a few years. I highly recommend this!”
This classic Easy Streeter Sportster packs a punch with a special steering feature: The castor wheel under the hood can be turned on for a 360-degree turning radius. It also has multiple cup holders and a horn. A stroll around the ‘hood has officially never looked so cool. Just ask this parent, “My 2 year old son loves his car. He heads down the hall to sit and wait in it for us to go on a walk. My neighbor jokes about the mileage he’s already put on it. The tires are super quiet. The car is so easy to turn. There is a cup holder for him and a cup holder for me that just fits my iPhone 6. He loads up with a ball by his feet and his drink and is ready to go. I would buy this again and again.”
Now that the weather is warm enough to take morning, afternoon, and evening strolls, you might as well take advantage of it! Just you wait: Your LO will be cruisin’ in this Cozy Coupe Dino Push Car from Little Tikes. It’s designed with a high seat back and even has cup holders in the rear. Oh, and there’s a working horn, too. Says this Amazon customer, “We bought the Classic Cozy Coupe for our twins when they turned one in 2016 and they still haven’t stopped using it at almost age 4. We decided to get our youngest this insanely adorable Dino Coupe for his 1st birthday after he showed a lot of interest in his brothers’ car. He just LOVES pushing it all around on his own and squeals in pure joy while being pushed around in it by his big brothers (with the toddler door lock and removable floor in place). It is so cute to watch them all play together with their ‘cars.'”