Baby walkers : Good or Bad

Stephanie - posted on 07/28/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Ok, so I just found out that baby walkers are banned from Canada. I haveone that has been used in my family, and now I use it for my daughter. However, she is never alone in it. She is always under constant supervision. They banned the walkers, as a result of too many infants falling down the stairs. Now I personally don't think this is fair, as I believe they are good things. I used one and was walking by 8 months, and I don't have any problems with me. The ban was because they are dangerous, but isn't anything dangerous when a baby is not supervised? Let me know what you think, and please just opinions, and no arguing with others. Thanks !







Sorry I guess I should have mentioned that my daughter has about 2 - 3 hours of tummy time a day. She loves her tummy ! And her walker is spread so wide at the bottom, an excersaucer is more likely to tip than this walker. She is only in it for about 20 - 30 minues a day as well. As is anything I do undersand that it needs to be within moderation as well. :)



I am not sure. A cousin gave it too me, however it shouldn't be too old, as it looks alot like the way the new toys look...it looks more state of the art I guess I should say. lol

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Iridescent - posted on 07/28/2010

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There are other problems with walkers as well. They can cause hip dysplasia, weakness and making walking delayed as it strengthens the wrong muscles for walking, prevents crawling in parents that don't allow the floor time, which also leads to its own brain problems.

"Since the days when my first son was an infant, we have learned that walkers are detrimental to normal development. Because the babies can get around too easily, their urge to move across the floor is satisfied, and many of them will not undertake the important task of crawling, creeping, scooting, or hitching. This stage is important for developing strength and coordination.

Many parents think that walkers will help children learn to walk. As it turns out, walkers interfere with learning to walk. In addition to decreasing the desire to walk by providing an easier alternative, walkers strengthen the wrong muscles. The lower legs are strengthened, but the upper legs and hips become relatively weak. The upper legs and hips are most important for walking.

Moreover, children in walkers have more accidents than their counterparts. Walkers often tip over when a child bumps into a small toy or the edge of a rug. They are also more likely to take a dangerous fall down a flight of stairs.

Read more: http://www.drgreene.com/qa/baby-walkers#..."

Lise - posted on 07/28/2010

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How old is the walker you own? I just ask because my sister in law had an older one (we're canadian so she couldn't buy one) and it collapsed with her daughter in it, her daughter just about lost her fingers when they were pinched. I had one as a baby, my mom stopped using it when I grabbed a pot off the counter. Luckily it was empty but she didn't feel comfortable after that. Becky is correct you can't buy them here. You also can't import them or sell them here. I would NEVER use one with my kids, but to each their own.

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Louise - posted on 07/29/2010

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Well these walkers are not banned in England. Just as well as all my children loved them. I never took my walker up stairs so there was never any risk. My daughter did not enjoy tummy time and the only way to strengthen he neck and back muscles was to place her in her walker. She loved her walker and I believe it helped her to build her leg muscles to enable her to walk. As you say any toy is dangerous if not supervised properly.

Nikki - posted on 07/29/2010

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I fell down the stairs in my walker hit the freezer at the bottom of the stairs and ended up in a coma for 3 weeks, doctors told my parents to be prepared because he didnt believe I was ever to come out of it. At the time of the accident my parents and my grandparents were at our house and in one second i was gone.

With my son we just let him cruise around the furniture, we never used a walker or any walking toys and he was full out walking by 11 months, I always figured hed do things when he was ready and also I didnt want him to rely on something else to helo him walk, because if he can use something to get across the entire room why would he bother learning how to walk. but to each their own

Becky - posted on 07/28/2010

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Well, banned doesn't mean it's illegal to own one, you just can't buy them here.
However, they are dangerous and they have been proven to cause possible hip problems and delays in walking. So I wouldn't buy one anyways.

Maggie - posted on 07/28/2010

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i agree with magda gerber when she said to "never place a child into a position him or herself cannot get into themselves"

Kelly - posted on 07/28/2010

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My experience in the church nursery is that they are fine. They use them so little that I didn't get one for my kids nor did I get the exersaucer because you are really talking about a small window. They will tolerate them and enjoy that upright position for a while but as soon as they can motor around on their own they feel confined by them. Anything supervised and in moderation will be fine.

Jodi - posted on 07/28/2010

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Actually, the baby walker had nothing to do with you walking at 8 months. That would have been a part of your natural development. Physically, they can actually be detrimental to a baby's development.



- Babies need to spend time playing on the floor to learn to roll, sit, crawl and walk.

- When a baby crawls and pulls himself up while holding on to furniture he is making the muscles needed for walking stronger, and learning about balance.

- Baby walkers do not help a baby learn to walk, and may even slow down their development. They do not learn how to balance while in a walker.

- Babies learn to walk on their toes when pushing a baby walker around, and they may continue to walk on their toes when they start to walk. Their leg muscles may become tight.



So yes, there are safety concerns (not only the stairs thing, because you probably should have gates anyway, but they can move more quickly that you expect, and it helps them reach things they should not yet be able to reach because they have two hands available to do so), but they aren't really beneficial to baby anyway other than for the entertainment value.

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