baby walker

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Hi
my son is 4 and a half months and he weighs 23lbs, we live in an old georgian farmhouse and i would like to buy a baby walker, i need one sturdy enough for him and the cobbles and flag stones, can any one help!!!!!?
thank you

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Jodi - posted on 09/14/2015

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No, Claudia is not Jenny. Claudia is someone totally different, so I don't quite get what her problem is.....

Sarah - posted on 09/14/2015

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I am confused is Claudia also Jenny? Why is Claudia taking offense about the weight? At age 12 months babies weigh about 25 pounds. To have a 4 month old being 2 pounds less then that is concerning as the baby will still be gaining a lot of weight between now and then. It would be a conversation I would have with my doctor and I might want to look at the baby's thyroid to make sure that is not an issue. If this was my first child I would not know that my child was so far off the weight charts.

Jodi - posted on 09/14/2015

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Claudia, get over it. All they did was express concern.

"My daughter was in her walker at 4 months, that's how she started walking so early."

Actually, no, that is NOT how she started walking so early. Research shows that walkers can actually DELAY walking. There is certainly no evidence that it helps a child to learn to walk. If your child had a walker and started walking early, your child would have started walking early anyway. Correlations does not equal causation.



Honestly, if you are going to come into a conversation and argue for the sake of arguing, at least do your research and know what you are talking about.

Sarah - posted on 09/14/2015

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Where did Sarah H or myself (sarah e) state there was something wrong with her child? Nothing more than pointing out that 23 lbs is heavy for a baby that age? Which is true. No one said, stop over feeding, or you need to address the weight of our child. In some countries...you can leave you child in a stroller outside while you shop, drive without a car seat and even leave your sleeping child home alone to go out. Just because you CAN do it somewhere, does not make it safe or a good choice.
Here is the CPSC position:
http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Regulations-Laws-...

Edited to add: This article is interesting:http://consults.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/0...

Sarah - posted on 09/14/2015

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Typically a baby doubles their weight at 6 months. So unless this child weighed 16-18 pounds at birth, they are gaining too fast. It was said in a gentle manner, as something for her to discuss with her doctor. Childhood obesity is epidemic in the US and it starts in infancy. Weight aside, mobile walkers are not safe. Too many falls and accidents have led the AAP to not recommend walkers at all.

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In other countries it's also legal for you to hold your baby when your driving down the road, doesn't mean it's okay though. My daughter was in her walker at 4 months, that's how she started walking so early. Don't tell someone that something is wrong with their child, which is exactly what Sarah did. Because if someone comes at me telling me that they think something is wrong with my child, when I know that nothing is, we're gonna have some problems. simple as that.

Jodi - posted on 09/14/2015

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" It's not right to tell someone that their child's weight is concerning. "

Of course it is okay to tell someone their child's weight is concerning. Especially if it is so far off the charts that it is excessive. This is often what prompts people to talk to their doctors. Noone was rude about it. They were mentioning it from a place that cared about it.

Also, they are right about the walkers. 4 months is too young, and walkers are potentially dangerous - they are actually banned in some countries because of this.

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My daughter is 29 pounds and she's 11 months old. She can walk/ run/ jump and can piece sentences together. Her doctors say she's right on track for development. When she was born she was only 6 pounds, and then dropped down to 5.9 pounds. When she was about 2 months old is when she started to get chunky. It's not right to tell someone that their child's weight is concerning. She didn't ask for your opinion on her child, but on a toy for her child. My daughters pediatrician actually recommend some type of toy that would help my daughter out with her motor skills and this is one that was on the list. SO, Jenny, do what you think is best for your child.

Sarah - posted on 09/13/2015

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Walkers are just not safe. The AAP discourages them completely. Rather an exercise saucer or "johnny jump up" are safer. Sarah H makes a good points, 23 is quite big for four months, has your doctor advised you about this at all? Also, a 4 month old is not really ready for a walker style activity, unless he can sit unsupported.

Sarah - posted on 09/13/2015

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Being 23 pounds at 4 months is concerning. That is VERY heavy. At 4 months they don't have the muscle strength for walkers yet. Those items are for babies who are able to sit on their own, which is about 6 to 7 months old.

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We have this one... http://www.target.com/p/kolcraft-baby-si...|pdp|search_viewed|dlph1

My daughter loved this when she was about 4 months old and when she started pulling up and holding onto the furniture while walking, she really enjoyed it. My parents live in an old Georgian farmhouse and we would take it over there when we would visit and it held up pretty nicely. Not too pricy, durable and cute!

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