Walker's Vs Exersaucer's

Melissa - posted on 07/29/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )




I'm looking into either an exersaucer or a standard walker. Any thoughts on what to buy, which are the best for development, pros & cons? Buy both? A little overwhelmed on these products. Thanks


Nicole - posted on 07/29/2009




I have a walker, but it's not a traditional walker. It's an activity table like the exersaucers have but it has a walker attatched to it so he can walk around the table instead of just spinning in it like an exersaucer. I don't know if you can picture that. And the seat rotates so he can turn and it comes off so when he learns to walk on his own he can still play with the activity table. I like this because he gets all the activities of an exersaucer and the sensation of walking in a walker so while he feels like he's going somewhere I know he's safely stuck to the table! I didn't like the exersaucer because all he can do in that is spin and I don't like traditional walkers because he can get into trouble, but this thing is perfect! Or at least it would be if he would walk in it! He's just learning to stand and balance himself so I guess he'll move his feet when his balance improves.

Melanie - posted on 07/29/2009




My sister worked for orthopedic specialists and FORBID me to have a walker for my children. They saw many children with leg problems from spending too much time in them, and also from falling down stairs!

Stevie - posted on 07/29/2009




we have an exersaucer for our son its a mega so it has spings in it so he can bounce also he loved it from the second he got it he loves to crawl under it now but still likes to be in it i think it has helped him develop really well and stregthen his leg muscles some i dont think walkers are very good ive heard alot of bad things about them not really helping them learn to walk and that they can bow legs and so on so i think when my son is older and can stand up and walk better ill get him a push toy and not a walker but i would deff recomind the exersaucer they are amazing

Rebekah - posted on 07/29/2009




My OT/PT at school said that walkers actually provide too much support and hinder the walking process. She said just let them walk holding your fingers, along the furnitur, or pushing a toy instead. They are beginning to see something that is informally called "container baby syndrome" where babies who spend too much time in different seats, holders, etc don't develop normal muscle tone or balance skills.

I did get a excersaucer myself tho for him to play in while I finished my dinner before he was eating with us or if he finished early as he got older. It was great for him to practice jumping and turning using his toes. But it was for a very short time each day. He stopped using it around 9-10 months old, so don't spend a lot on it. Try craigslist or a used baby shop!

I think no matter what you get, it is important to be sure that most of their day is out and about getting free movement :)

LaCi - posted on 07/29/2009




My son had a walker which he loved, until he started walking at 8 months. I had heard that they could slow the childs ability to walk, but obviously not true in his case. I think its just personal preference.


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Michele - posted on 08/12/2013




I'm a mom of 4 boys. the exicizers didn't come out until my last one. I never had any issues with walkers with my first 3 ( thank goodness ) I am now going to be a grandma in Jan2014 and I suggusted to my DL not to get a walker due to the danger. she gave me the excuse that the baby will be slow at walking. I told her that the baby will walk when they ate ready walker or no walker. they are very unstable and since she is a new mom she has taken my advice and I'm glad. there will be an exicerziser in my home for the baby since we will be baby sitting when they are at work. for her and my sons home they will have all new stuff. as for my house I think I will hit the used stores. believe me I will check them for any damage because that baby will be my life and also be very spoiled, but not in a bad bratty way. just with lots of love hugs and kisses. I can't wait. she is also due on my b-day that would be the best gift ever!!!

Arwen - posted on 07/29/2009




Nicole Aparicio: I know what you're talking about! I didn't even consider those as walkers. I had looked at some recently, and was thinking about something like that for my next one. =)

I dislike the traditional walkers.

Samantha - posted on 07/29/2009




walkers are probably a bad idea. I haven't known one pediatrician that says that you need one or that they are safe. I do have an exersaucer by Baby Einstein. He loves it, but I don't leave him in too long (just while I'm cooking dinner usually). There have been several studies that have proven that children that spent too much time in exersaucer's and walkers actually take longer to reach developmental milestones such as crawling and walking.

Reesa - posted on 07/29/2009




My pediatrician said the exersaucer is better than a walker, which actually can hinder the development of those muscles needed to walk. There are lots of dangers of falls with walkers so a stationary exersaucer is what my ped. recommended. My daughter loves hers but my ped. also cautioned me not to leave her in there for more than about 10 minutes a day. I don't know all the details but apparently it can also hinder the muscle development needed to actually walk if they are left too long.

Kate - posted on 07/29/2009




Walkers are not really safe and also don't actually help babies to walk (since they don't have to hold their own weight). Exersaucers are safer and have more stuff for the babies to do. We had one and DD liked it for a long time, although she always preferred the Jumperoo.

Leanna - posted on 07/29/2009




Walkers have been proven not to help with walking. They don't strengthen the upper leg muscles that are keen for walking. We have an exersaucer and that works great. Our son was actually walking at 9 months, which is advanced for most boys. Walkers are also dangerous. They can fall down stairs. You also have to have a lot of room for them.

Michelle - posted on 07/29/2009




we can't have walkers in Canada so we have an Exersaucer and our daughter LOVES it!!

Amber - posted on 07/29/2009




exersauser are good win they are areound 5 months but my lil one got a walker at 7 months and she will not go back to the exersauser . she wants to see every thang you just need to watsh thim at all times.

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we got an exersaucer sinmply because we couldn't find a walker that I thought was safe enough - they all looked so flimsy and top-heavy to me! I wasn't willing to take that chance with my baby. :)

Melissa - posted on 07/29/2009




exersaucer cuz their illegal in Canada and your really need a big emty room for walkers

Arwen - posted on 07/29/2009




Exersaucer all the way. =) Those come with toys, they can bounce, and some even have little food trays. Too many kids get injured in walkers. I know some parents swear by them, but I wouldn't take a chance that my kid is one of the injured ones.

Krista - posted on 07/29/2009




Personally, I LOVE the exersaucers. Especially the ones that have a little bit of a bounce to them. The reason I love them is because instead of just doing one movement (walking) they learn to rotate around and bounce. And it strengthens their legs so that they CAN learn to walk. I don't like walkers because of the dangers behind them. In fact, they've been outlawed in Canada due to infant deaths.

My son had this one:


and he loved it. Would often fall asleep in it.

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