Should I get my son a walker?

Maggs - posted on 11/20/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son is 8 months. He knows how to crawl and about 5 weeks ago he taught himself how to stand by using the couch or something to pull him up. now he knows how to stand on his own without any support but himself now that he's standing I always get my parents (his grandparents) in my ear telling me "he needs a walker", or "you need to get him a walker" I really want to get him one However, I know my little boy is strong and I really want him to learn how to walk on his own. I know he can do it if I keep teaching him. Should I go with my motherly instinct and let him learn without a walker? Or should I just get him a walker?

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Michelle - posted on 11/20/2012

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If he is already pulling himself up on the furniture then there's not need for a walker. He'll only be in it for a couple of months, I'm sure there are more important things you can get for him with that money.



None of my kids had walkers and they all started around 10-12 months.

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Cleaver - posted on 11/22/2012

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my son loooved his walk and ride he got it for his first birthday and it was the only toy he played with (totally made in inlaws happy)

Danielle - posted on 11/22/2012

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Absolutely not....why would you buy something that is dangerous and slows his development?

Deanna - posted on 11/22/2012

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In Canada, the walkers are illegal. You can get a fine of up to $100,000 if you bring one over from the States. They have been linked to many falls resulting in injury and death. A child can also roll it over to someplace they are not supposed to be to get at something they are not supposed to be in. I say let him walk on his own.

Sarah - posted on 11/20/2012

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Walkers are not as common these days as they were when we were growing up. In fact, many doctors will recommend against walkers. They have found that using a walker does not spend up them learning how to walk. Walkers also pose many safety concerns. If you have a split level home it can be easy for them to fall from one level to the next. If your rooms are uneven or go from cartpet to hardwood or tile (speed and levelness are different) the walker can easily tip. There are also areas where I child may not be able to reach and get into that may cause harm.....though this can also happen once they get walking (without a walker). So personally I say save your money and enjoy the little bit of time you have left with a non-walker. He will be walking soon enough and into many many more things.

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