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Best Baby & Toddler Walkers 2015
I personally think that walkers are great for little kids.
My children have always had walkers and it has seemed to help them start walking and preforming other tasks much faster.
One thing you have to be aware of is that they will fall more and you have to watch them when they start out on walkers.
There has been a lot of controversy around baby walkers for the last couple decades. It's true that there are some safety concerns you want to be aware of, but as long as you use a baby walker appropriately, they can be fun toys for your baby to have.
Back in the nineties, there was a lot of negative hoopla surrounding walkers but manufacturers are making them much more safe these days.
Types of Baby Walkers
The most common type of baby walker are those that incorporates the seat where your baby is enclosed all around by a frame.
The area underneath your baby's feet is open as well, with wheels surrounding the base so they can move around.
Push along walkers are those that your baby holds onto for balance and pushes them along. These are often much cheaper than sit in walkers.
Are Walkers Worth the Money?
Advantages of Baby Walkers
These are often very usually entertaining toys because of all the gadgets they come with to engage your baby.
Baby walkers give your child more freedom to move around and this is usually quite exciting for them.
By sitting up and using their legs, their muscles are getting more exercise.
Disadvantages of Using Baby Walkers
Because your child is in a more upright position, and mobile, she can reach items that might be dangerous to her.
If your baby becomes too used to walking in the walker, when he is ready to walk on his own, studies have shown that he will develop more slowly.
This is because as your baby walks in the walker, he cannot see his own feet and does not have the correct balance in the walker.
When a child walks normally, the bones above the knee are engaged, but the child who uses a baby walker uses the bones below the knees. All in all, this can be very confusing to them when they attempt to walk on their own.
Safety and Convenience Features on baby Walkers
The most important feature I recommend are friction strips that to touch the floor when any wheels are suspended over stairs or uneven pavement.
This makes it much more difficult for your baby to push it further.
Since babies make a lot of messes, especially those from their diapers, find a walker that has a seat cover that can be easily removed and put in the washing machine. Also finding a seat that has an adjustable height setting will give you a much better fit for your baby.
This is an important feature for those that will be storing their baby walker, or those that travel with it. Many will fold flat with detachable toys so that storage is more convenient.
Most walkers come with some kind of tray with a rim around it and toys attached. You can find very basic models with a few toys, or those that feature lights and sounds to keep your baby entertained.
Some walkers actually come as a combination jumper and walker. This gives your child something extra to do, but make sure that the walker is in a locked position when using the bouncer.
Width and Brakes
Find one that is wider than a 36-inch doorway and that features a breaking mechanism.
Baby walkers that have more wheels often are more stable to reduce any risk of tipping over.
So How Do You Use a Baby Walker Appropriately?
Do not put a child younger than six months in a walker.
They need to be able to hold their head up and sit unassisted.
The best advice I can give you is to not allow your child to be in it for extended periods of time.
Most families have a few different activity centers and toy stations for their children. Rotate through them every day but only use the baby walker no more than 20 to 30 minutes per day.
You do not want your baby becoming too used to it then being unable to walk on her own down the road.
Most baby walkers today are made wide enough that they cannot easily fit through a normal sized doorway. However, make sure you have all areas that you do not want your baby to go to blocked off. This is especially important with stairwells.
Make sure while your baby is in the walker that all dangerous items are out of reach. This would include anything they could reach on counters that could poison them, or harm than.
Fisher-Price Bright Beginnings
Check out this Fisher-Price Bright Beginnings Activity Walker is one that your child pushes from behind.
It features a wide, sturdy base while the front of the toy has several engaging toys like flipping doors, beads, gears and panels.
It folds down for more compact storage.
Vtech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker
Another push along toy is this VTech Sit to Stand Learning Walker.
The front toy panel can be removed so your baby can sit on the floor and play with it, or it can remain attached to the front of the walker.
It has a lot more toys than the Fisher Price walker for just a few dollars more.
Chicco Lil Piano Splash Walker
This Chicco Walker is great for budding musicians with the fun piano and music making toys.
There are three different height adjustments and brake pads that help prevent falls on stairs.
Dream On Me Shuffle Musical Walker
My personal favorite is this Dream On Me Shuffle Musical Walker with removable toy tray. It has several fun toys and two teethers. You can also adjust it in three different positions to get the best fit.
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© 2013 Lexi Belliston