7 month baby and jumper

Valeria - posted on 04/30/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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So I have been noticing for a while that my son when he stands up on the jumper he does it with his tippy toes. I try to hold him up and put his feet the correct way so he can learn to put his weight on his heal not just the tippy toes, but he just keeps stepping with his tippy toes. I want to know if I should just take the jumper away all at once. Then again I am not sure if this is normal for babies or I'm just going to make it more difficult for him to learn to walk by keeping the jumper. Please advice. tks

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Valeria - posted on 04/30/2015

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Yeah, he rolls over, he attempts to crawl, he gets around fine. He is doing everything he is supposed to. Except that part, I'll try to just take it away little by little specially since my mother who takes care of him relies on the jumper a lot.

Jodi - posted on 04/30/2015

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Things like jumpers and walkers are believed to delay walking because they interfere with the correct development. Right now, your son needs to be doing more physically natural things. Babies need to roll before they crawl, crawl (or attempt) before they walk, and so on. These are developmental milestones for a reason - because there are physical progressions that need to take place AND it affects the neural transmissions.

I would suggest that if your child IS in a jumper, that you not see it as a tool to strengthen your child's legs ready for walking. That is not going to happen, and in fact, the reverse could be the opposite.

I would also suggest that he not stay in it for any length of time. It is a toy, not a developmental tool (far from it). A few minutes here and there will not harm him, but don't rely on it.

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