Child safety experts and health professionals do not recommend the use of baby walkers. The cause is the use of inappropriate vehicles causing accidents and injuring children.
Round walkers and duck cars are not suitable for toddlers. These walkers are very dangerous because they help children increase speed, increase height, and access to many dangers.
It is also unstable when traveling on uneven surfaces. In Canada, the sale of baby walkers is prohibited.
Most injuries are caused by falls when a child is learning to walk, and falling downstairs, or crashing into furniture, a fireplace, or an oven.
Besides, there is a risk of your baby being burnt by objects such as candles or hot water glasses. Toddlers also allow babies access to perfume or alcohol, previously kept in a safe place.
Even with supervision, an accident with a baby walker is possible. A baby in a walker can walk for one meter every second, so an accident could happen before Mom could stop it.
Toddlers will not help your child learn to walk. Abuse of a walker can even hinder a baby’s development. Babies need to learn to roll, crawl, sit, and play on the floor to gradually reach their developmental milestones.
Is there a type of baby walker that is safe for children?
If mom wants to buy a baby walker, she should choose the right car for her baby.
A true walker is a car with a front trunk or drawer to place things. Mom, please put heavy objects with your baby. Let baby push and slowly step forward.
This type of walker will limit the risks to the baby. However, the mother still needs to observe and pay attention to the child to avoid unexpected situations.
Retailers must provide clear safety instructions when selling baby walkers. Baby walkers must adhere to the appropriate standard for their age.
If your baby is active and very curious, she can choose to buy a baby exercise machine instead of a baby walker. Otherwise, the mother just needs to let the baby exercise on the floor and still ensure the development of the child.
Besides baby walkers, are there any other options?
Most pediatricians encourage parents to put the child on the floor so that the child can turn, sit up, crawl, and stand up. This will help the muscles of the child to be strengthened, paving the way for solid steps. You can help your baby by:
Let your baby cling to your mother’s legs and get up, then help your baby bend his knees to sit down slowly to avoid damage to the buttocks and spine. Besides, you should also note a few things:
- When practicing to walk with your baby, please support, support your baby step by step, do not push or pull the baby as this can cause dislocations of the wrists and shoulder blades. You should lift from the elbows or shoulders or kneel in front of you and support your baby with both hands to help your baby move. Once your child has mastered it, you can use your hand to guide him.
- When learning to walk indoors, you do not need to wear shoes for children because walking with bare feet will help them feel more about each step and more balanced.
If your child has reached the stage of learning to walk and you want to let him/her use the walker, you can let him use the rear-push baby car. This vehicle will be safer and help your child learn to walk faster than a round car to sit inside.
Tips when using a baby walker
If, for your reasons, you still use a baby walker, make sure the car is placed on a flat surface and there are no stairs or lakes or anything that could put your baby at risk… About the time for your baby to use, you should base on the signs the baby has moved to the stage of learning to walk like standing and can hold on to an object to stand up (after 8 – 9 months).
Besides, when giving your baby a walker, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Remove all dangerous objects that your baby can reach such as knives, scissors, fragile objects …
- Fully check the details of a walker before buying to ensure safety for children.
- When placing your baby in a walker, make sure that an adult is by your side and keep an eye on them.
- Choose a vehicle with a clear brand and design, a firm design, and no sharp corners.
- Do not let your child use the car for more than 15 minutes at a time.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when assembling and using.
Learning to walk is one of the very important stages for your baby’s development. If you intend to buy a baby walker, you need to carefully consider the risk factors before deciding.