As adults, It’s easy to take for granted the many skills we use on a daily basis that took us a long time to learn during the early years of our lives. Learning to stand and walk on our own two feet marks a certain development achievement that we would be keen to celebrate for the young children under our care. And although there are many things as parents, carers, nannies that we can do to facilitate this process, remember that such an achievement happens naturally over time that need not be rushed. So when it comes to the use of baby walkers, they can help us create a happy, fun, and engaging environment for our kids to flourish in. As with all toys, a sensible approach, used in moderation is key, as well as a clear understanding of what the actual benefits of baby walkers are.
First, lets be clear on what a baby walker is
A baby walker is a medium-sized toy on wheels, usually with a handle that the baby holds as it pushes it forward. They may be shaped in the image of an animal, with vibrant colours and other small features such as buttons that play music and sounds designed to engage the baby in a fun and engaging way. Under your supervision, your child can enthusiastically use it to propel him or herself around your environment!
Now this is what its not!!
As with all toys, however, it’s important to throw caution to the wind and acknowledge what a baby walker isn’t. A baby walker does not teach your baby how to walk, that’s right i said it! nor should it be attempted to be used in such a manner. Your walker supports your child in the process of his or hers attempt at walking, by helping your baby to focus on placing one foot in front of the other while the walker aids your baby’s balance and encourages them to push forward.
Don't get me wrong I love walkers. My kids loved them too, But too much use of a baby walker can interfere with the natural development of baby’s own strength and balance. Babies should naturally start to stand and walk usually between 9-18 months.
A baby walker should not be used as a substitute for active supervision. Babies may use their new-found mobility and height to reach for things they shouldn’t! So extra care and attention should be given.
Baby walker tips
So with that said, here are some simple steps that will enable the safe use of a baby walker:
⏱️ Use in moderation, limit use to about 10/15 minutes a day.
🧐 Encourage use with close supervision.
📏 Make sure the walker is at a comfortable height for the baby.
👶🏽 Don’t forget tummy time! Babies will naturally start to crawl before they can walk.
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