I think that it is good to have the separation from a play toy to what you use for dinner. I believe that it helps them get into a pattern of what meal time is and it is good to have them at you level at the table, lets them feel like they are part of the family. Also they will get very messy so to have to lean the walker all the time might get to be too much. I think investing in one will be good. You most likely will be using it for a couple of years with the first and if you have more kids it can be used with them too.