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#1 mamablue

Posted 14 July 2015 - 02:11 PM

Just wondering what you think of those baby walkers the ones that have the seat? My DD is 10 months and was thinking of buying one just to encourage her slightly towards walking. She just commando crawling but cant pull self to stsnd.

Would a walker help her? Im not thinking og leaving her in it for too long just enough to encourage her.

#2 lucky 2

Posted 14 July 2015 - 02:30 PM

Not usually recommended- http://www.productsa...l/itemId/973743
Perhaps try one of the standing activity play centres?
According to the link use of one may delay walking!

#3 Beancat

Posted 14 July 2015 - 02:36 PM

Overtly discouraged by most health professionals I came across during my time of having three babies.  I didn't use one and 2 of my kids walked before 1 and the other at 13 months.

My sister used one, both her kids walked later, one at 20 months and the other at 18.  I know its only a sample size of 1 and there are many factors involved but this was our experience.  She used one because her MIL gave it to her and she felt like she had to use it

#4 Lunafreya

Posted 14 July 2015 - 02:39 PM

My DS has this, a push walker which Robles as a busy board. He lives using it to walk and will crawling pushing it too.

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Edited by HRH Katana Geldar, 14 July 2015 - 02:39 PM.

#5 EmmDasher

Posted 14 July 2015 - 02:53 PM

We have the Vtech push along walker similar to what Katana Gelder posted and also a simple wooden pram. I liked the pram because I could weight it with heavy things so it didn't run away from DD when she was learning to walk.

I personally wouldn't bother with a walker for the reasons PP's mentioned.

#6 Expelliarmus

Posted 14 July 2015 - 03:45 PM

10 months is early to be walking anyway - I would play games with her that help her pull herself to standing. Putting her in a walker will not give her the opportunity to develop her skills of pulling up.

#7 EmmDasher

Posted 14 July 2015 - 03:49 PM

We had a little flip out foam sofa. I unfolded it and put the back to the couch and lined up her favourite toys along the couch. She loved pulling to stand on the couch and cottoned on very quickly. The foam cushioning broke any tumbles.

#8 HappyTapper

Posted 14 July 2015 - 03:58 PM

They are definitely not recommended.

Ds had a push a long trolley that he loved.

#9 Lou-bags

Posted 14 July 2015 - 03:59 PM

As PPs have said, they are discouraged against and it is suggested that they actually delay walking rather than encourage it.

The action they use to move those things is not very much like walking at all, plus it doesn't help with balance or with strengthening the muscles which are required for balance- which IMH and untrained opinion seemed to be the key to DS taking his first steps.

Is there a reason you're wanting to encourage her to walk?

10 months is still very early for walking.

#10 Kalanchoe

Posted 14 July 2015 - 04:54 PM

I'd recommend a sturdy push along block trolley instead. This ikea one was a hit with DS. We weighted it down with tinned tomatoes when he was first learning to walk. http://m.ikea.com/au...s/art/10167693/
He still loves playing with it at nearly 3 years old :)

#11 hotsonfornowhere

Posted 14 July 2015 - 06:41 PM

I've heard/read that those walkers aren't recommended.

I have had a push walker, an activity table and a wooden activity triangle thingy as well for both my children.

My DS1 took his first steps at 10 months and was walking at 10 1/2 months. DS2 is 8 1/2 months and was walking pushing his walker today for a bit and does a lot of standing at the activity table etc.

#12 Ruf~Feral~es

Posted 14 July 2015 - 06:53 PM

I have seen some terrible injuries caused by walkers, and our children's hospital and Kids Safe actively discourage them.  They enable kids to get to places that they might otherwise not get to, and can topple over too.  Broken noses, teeth,

Also, my DS walked at 8.5-9 months, and skipped crawling.  He went on to have some physical difficulties and coordination  and reflex issues.  Crawling has some developmental benefits and I would encourage that over early walking.

#13 IkeaAddict

Posted 14 July 2015 - 07:36 PM

DS had a push walker but it didn't make any difference to his walking early or late, he ended up walking at 14.5 months. I was strongly advised against the baby walkers by a few professionals based on them encouraging kid to hold their body in a way that isn't natural and teaching them to walk on their toes. Was also told that the longer that kids crawl the better as it is fantastic for their coordination.

#14 mused

Posted 14 July 2015 - 07:38 PM

The one real request my MIL made when my daughter was a baby was that we not get a walker or anything similar. She is a former midwife turned child health nurse and did so well not making suggestions/pushing information or ideas on us and was so respectful that we were more than happy to grant this request (hadn't planned on it anyway). She was quite firm that they were both unnecessary and potentially harmful.

I'd second everyone else's suggestions - a stand up activity table, push along trolleys etc. My daughters first steps were actually when she turned around from the activity table and walked straight to me.

#15 Soontobegran

Posted 14 July 2015 - 07:40 PM

I do not think that using a walker for a very short time and under supervision in a safe environment will cause any harm.
It's like a Bumbo or a Jolley Jumper....designed for short periods of time only.

I think the professional advice to not use them is directed at those who use them as a baby sitter and of course there will be some parents who may do this.

We had a walker, they sometimes sat in it whilst I fed them or while I was in the shower they'd sit and play with the toys on the tray for that time.

My children walked at 13 months, 12 months, 12 months, 11 months and 9 months.

Edited by Soontobegran, 14 July 2015 - 07:43 PM.

#16 DaliaJesse

Posted 21 July 2015 - 03:44 PM

Baby walkers are not recommended. They do more damage than good for babies. American Academy of Pediatrics has banned walkers. According to the recent studies and reports it is said that babies who use walkers reach the crawling and walking milestones later when compared to other babies.

Placing the baby on the floor will encourage him/her to roll, sit up, crawl and eventually walk.

Actually I too had the same feeling of buying a walker for my baby in order to encourage DD to walk but before that I have searched in google and read few articles
http://www.momjuncti...alker_00123318/ and consulted the pediatrician regarding this but I didn't get any positive answer from anyone. So I have stopped thinking of buying that.

Edited by DaliaJesse, 21 July 2015 - 03:45 PM.

#17 Jacirose40

Posted 20 September 2015 - 01:57 AM

It is best not to use baby walker. Safety experts and health professionals strongly discourage the use of baby walkers, because of the number of accidents and injuries they cause. Baby walkers are dangerous because they give babies extra speed, extra height, and access to many hazards. They are also unstable on uneven surfaces. In some countries, the sale of baby walkers is banned. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against using walkers not only because they can discourage your child from learning to walk on his own, but also because they can be dangerous. Exersaucers, as well as door jumpers are much safer alternative, but none of these options will help your child learn to walk earlier than usual.

#18 Lunafreya

Posted 20 September 2015 - 12:36 PM

My DS loves his push walker. Very different from the other kind of walker.

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