Baby Walkers benefits and risks for infants




A background on the use of walkers

A baby walker is a really useful baby care product. At it's easiest, it's nothing more than a small structure of plastic or metal sitting atop a platform with wheels on the bottom and a cushioned seat in the that enables the child to move around.

Although the peak of their appeal was the mid nineties, baby walkers continued to be popular until accidents involving poorly designed walkers started to happen.  They have since regained some of their popularity as the industry reacted and improved the safety standards.

baby walker in action

Benefits and risks posed to the infant

The value of the walkers depend highly on their level of safety and quality of workmanship, cheapest is definitely not the way to go.  A quality walker is of immense value to infants, allowing them to explore and to develop their sense of self efficiency, motor skills and coordination.

Others believe, however, that the use of an infant walker inhibits the development of those same motor abilities. Still others believe that because of their new found movement, kids are able to enter difficulties that they could otherwise have prevented. Problems such has getting a-hold of possibly damaging utensils on table tops that he would normally not be able to reach.

Some parents believe that a baby walker is a terrific time saver device as it let's them go about their own business while their youngster is busy in the "mobile playpen".  At the same time, walkers carry inherent risks.  Hospital statistics link them directly to accidents requiring emergency treatments to infants.

Moms and dads who are determined to make use of a child walker for their child should take certain safety measures. The 2nd is to not make use of the device on a surface area that is uneven and that may cause the walker to tip over. Never ever, never ever, never ever permit your child to be near a staircase while in his walker – this is where most injuries happen.

Does it really help infants to learn to walk faster?

It should also be noted that research studies have shown that infants who extensively utilize these walkers typically learn to walk at a later age than kids who are not always in such gadgets. As a parent, you can reduce this trend a bit by not making use of the walker as a crutch or baby sitter. If you feel that you do need to place your kid in an infant walker, attempt to do it for as except a duration as possible so that he does not end up being depending on it.

 

 

Baby safety is paramount

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The decision of whether to use these devices or not is one that each parent can make.  Whichever decision you make, make sure to consider safety first.  Evaluate your home and environment and carry out a thorough risk assessment before letting junior take off in his little space machine.  

 

You can read more about the safety of these devices and recent desigs at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_walker

To your baby's happiness and good health.