Hello ladies, im new to this. My daughter is 6mnths - can we buy her a walking ring or is it really bad for them - apparently makes them lazy when it comes to walking

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Rozette - posted on 08/13/2012

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Thank you so much Stacey, really appreciate your advise. Positive feedback just makes the world of difference.

S. - posted on 08/13/2012

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Hi i'm not sure if a walker is the same as a walking ring but I had a baby walker with all 3 of my kids my to eldest ones walked very young (the middle daughter was 9months, the oldest was 11 months) iv never felt anything wrong with them until my youngest managed to slide her self over the top of it and was layed on the floor luckily unharmed this happened whilst she was supervised by 3 adults it was just so quick so it got used for a week in total. She walked by 11.5 months, as long as the child has encouraging parents your baby will not be lazy.

Rozette - posted on 08/13/2012

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Thank you so much Sandy, i really appreciate your advise. As a first time mom, you hear & read so much things & it really confuses you, as you only want the best for your baby. I look at the walking rings in the shops, they are so pretty with all the colours & then i think about what the book says. My husband says i read to much, so we will be buying her a walking ring & just watch her when she is in it, as we definately dont want her to hurt herself. I am enjoying her so much & will do anything for her. Glad i could be of assistance to you too, bringing back of wonderful memories.

Sandy - posted on 08/13/2012

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Hi Rozette,
I have raised four kids who are now adults and all of them used what we used to call a walker. All of them began walking at an early age so my experience was that the use of a walking ring did not hinder their ability to walk at all. I think that it may actually have helped them to practice walking and to practice using the leg muscles used for walking. Toddlers have been using walkers for many years and I am sure that all of them learned to walk! The only thing I would advise you of is that there has been concerns that they can be a safety hazard due to the fact that they have wheels and a child could accidently fall down stairs if they are not kept away from places where this could happen. I would just be sure to use them safely and be sure that your baby has plenty of practice walking when she is near nine months old. By this I mean guiding her while holding her hands either from behind or in front of her. I used to "practice" walking with my babies by standing behind them while holding both of their hands and slowly letting them take one step at a time so that they became familiar with the feeling of walking. Eventually you will know when they are ready to take a small step while facing you and it will be a wonderful moment and a wonderful memory! It has been many many years since I have had the joy of watching my babies take their first step and writing this to you has brought back such wonderful memories! Good luck to you and your little one and enjoy every precious moment because they grow up much too fast.

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