Pilgrim child taking his first steps with the help of a baby walker, postcard reproduced courtesy of Plimoth Plantation, Inc, Plymouth, Mass. In the 17th century, baby walkers were sometimes used when it was time for a child to learn to walk. The child is held standing by a ring or hoop that encircles the waist, and this ring or hoop is held by a stationary frame like the one illustrated here. The frames sometimes had trays attached to them to hold the child’s toys. Another type of walker had wheels attached to the feet allowing the baby to walk around the room.