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Pros and Cons of Baby Walkers :Everything a Mom Want to Know about Baby Walkers

Updated on November 22, 2015

Pros and Cons of Baby Walkers

There are many advantages of using baby walker. One is to be proud of giving a valuable gift to the babies and the baby will be happy inside it. So if we put the baby in walker then parents can do all the works without any tension. They think that the baby may walk more earlier.

Due to the above reasons when the child reaches the age of 5months the parents’ forced to buy the baby walker for their babies. But they are not even remembered of its side effects caused by these baby walkers. When the number of accidents caused by these walkers the Government of Canada prohibited this in Canada . Read my previous hub on BabyDiapers

Side effects caused by baby walkers.

  • The recent studies brought out that children who uses the Baby walker will walk slower that the others. So that there will be a difference of about 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Usually the bones above to that of knee help in walking but the child who uses the baby walker is done with the help of the bones below the knees.
  • Since the child in the baby walker keeps on walking the tendency of manual walking arises slowly only. So the child may not even get the balance of walking. Hence, they walk later than that of others.
  • Many walkers are designed in such a way that the baby cannot see their legs while walking. They cannot even recognize that they walk with the help of their legs.
  • The children even show some different mode of walking than that of an ordinary child. The legs of those child are bended than that of an ordinary child. So that the way of walking may change and even becomes difficult to change as that of an ordinary man.
  • Within a few time the child can reach wherever he needs with the help of the walker.

    So that the other members of the family should be aware of this fact and should not keeps poisonous or any such items to their reach. Dangerous things like knife, needles, pins etc have to be kept safe elsewhere. Items such as sharp-headed furniture, door sides are to be always noted that they are moved from the way of fully opened so that to avoid accidents to the little ones.

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How to Train Babies To Walk

It is better to train a baby to walk in a plain surface, if the baby had used a baby walker previously. It is better if the child has a support so that it will be a good exercise for their muscles too. The child should also be massaged so that he may feel better; also his senses will be more active and sharp.

It is advised that the usage of baby walker should be encouraged only if there is no attempt from their side to walk. However, before bestowing the walker upon the little ones one should also be aware of remedies or precaution to be taken for avoiding the problems or danger caused by the same.

What is role of Care Taker during child in a walker

Parents do believe that if anyone is there to take care of the child in a walker then the risk of accident us comparatively less, but this is comparatively not correct. Because with the help of a walker a child can easily move from one corner of the room to the other so that if the door is half opened or slightly opened the risk of an accident to break the head or to fall down is comparatively more.

The use of walker in the carpet should not be encouraged because it may slip from the carpet and the child may fall off or else if the walker is taken up while the child sits on it then also the accident is more science the child may fall down. In addition, it should be noted that the child should not be allowed to be in a walker for more than 15 minutes continuously.

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Know Each & Every Step of Your Child

With in a few weeks after the child is born then they try to move from by stepping in our body. Just like the tendency of walking. But it is just a reflexed action.

When the baby attains age of 5months, we could teach him to stand in the elder peoples legs so that they get a balance to stand. At that time, he starts to crawl up and downwards which becomes their favorite hobby for a few months.

When the child attains the age of 8months then they would try to stand with support to chair or short bed. Just see by keeping a toy near by to that sofa then we can see that the baby moves towards it and takes it off. Then with in a few weeks he would study to stand with a support. Then after that while with a support of one hand, the child moves and take the toys off.

Then with in the period of 9-10 months he will be able to stand and then a new task of sitting to him starts. In this period, the importance of parents is must. Some babies while folding the legs there is a probability of injuries. Most of the children also cries because ones they stand they do not know how to sit. For this, they should be guided to fold their knee and sit slowly.

Then after that when they reaches to the age of 11 months the child with a support or help of some elders start to walk slowly.

1/3rd of the children when attains the 13th month starts to walk without any ones help. It is better to train in plain surface and during this time, and can avoid use children shoes or chapels.

But do not be tensed if the child does not walk or attempts to walk because there are also some who walks even during 17th month. The characters of children do vary from each other. The child whom mostly does not be allowed to be in the floor may walk slowly as they do not attain the balance. The child born before the month also may walk slowly.

After attaining 18 months, the child also starts to walk through the steps; during that attempt parents should have a view on those children. The child should not be allowed to enter the steps when the guardians are not with them. Also during this time, they do dance with the songs from television or from radio.

When he attains the age of 3years, he walks smoothly as well as will run and even jump.

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What you think about Baby Walkers?

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      Bev Schultz 20 months ago

      I am against it as a teacher studied child early development .Its imperative that a baby needs to crawl to stimulate parts of the brain., for later cognitive development. A domestic employee of mine put baby in at 4 months.Use as baby sitter. I want to help her. Beverly Schultz

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      Kevin Peter 4 years ago from Global Citizen

      Hi william,

      Thanks for finding time to write a comment on my hub.

      Hi Nancy,

      Please don't have any doubts. Every thing included in the hub is true and those information would surely do good for your kid.

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      Nancy 6 years ago

      Just hope this is true

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      william.fischer29 6 years ago

      Great hub,

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      Five One Cows 7 years ago from Moo Town

      Never had any problems in the past with a baby walker, but now all of a sudden the so called experts say they are bad for babies.