Baby Walker – Myths and Facts
First of all baby walkers was introduced in as early as 1851 which was a patented version previously it was used to hold the child in place and away from cocking area, also the use of walkers in preventing him from falling when he is learning to walk was the prima foci. Eventually these walkers have undergone numerous changes to accommodate it with changing technology and needs. These Baby Walkers are made up of hard plastic frames which are mounted atop wheels and there is a padded and suspended fabric in between with two holes to place the baby.
They are defined as the “Devices which enhance the efforts of infants who are learning to walk and are helpful for them to move from one place o another without help and without falling”. These devices are useful in babies between the age group 4-16 months. The targeted use of these devices is to teach a child to walk faster, although some of the pediatricians do not comment on this subject as they think this is not true and walking is a adaptive process which is completed with the increasing age of the child and they also state that this is false publicity spread by the producers of these devices to boost their sales. To support this statement some study and reviews have shown that this is true as the walkers do not help in learning the babies to walk but they have led to many injuries in these infants. American Academy of Pediatrics and some other organizations are issuing warnings and discouraging parents for the use of walkers.
Although there are such tremendous contraindications against this single product then also, parents who are willing to help their babies to learn walking always prefer Baby walkers. There are some precautions to be taken while purchasing a baby walker; the baby walker should always be lightweight and easy to use. The size of the walker should be suitable to babies body should not be too large or too small as both factors are harmful for babies health and increases the possibilities of injury. These walkers should be attractive and at the same time simple because babies should be attracted to it and too toddy designs may create fear in their mind. The wheels should be well bared and move freely as if they get jammed chances of injury increases again. While selecting the design always chose the design in which the lower ring diameter is bigger than normal walkers as this prevents baby’s body in going closer to certain harmful objects.
The role of parent actually starts and turns in to care taker when the baby is in the walker because always keep in mind that these ‘walkers don’t have brakes’. Never leave baby in the walker roam around as there are chances they can run to something attractive which can cause accidents followed by injuries. Never leave baby in a walker in kitchen or near toilets, if there is swimming pool in the house keep the babies and the walker at safe distance from pool.
Now a days after concluding on this mayhem about the walkers one new kind of walkers have been introduced in the market which are parent assisted baby walkers having long strings thus suspending the child in upright position. The design is quite similar to previously used leading string walkers. So anyone not interested to but the traditional design can always go for this parent assisted baby walkers.