Baby Walker-Is It Really Necessary?

When a child is born, the parents long for the day he or she will begin to make those first steps, signaling that they have hit another milestone.

This stage comes with a lot of excitement for both the baby and the parents.

After passing the crawling stage which usually happens between 6 and 13 months (though some babies do not crawl), babies usually start walking sometime between 8 and 18 months old. While others may walk early, some tend to delay.

A baby will learn how to walk by holding onto items such as tables or chairs as they make those steps. They will fall several times but it is only through those small efforts that their legs will finally be firm and strong for them to finally begin walking well.

Is there good to a Baby Walker?

Many parents will opt to get a baby walker to assist the child walk before they are able to do it on their own. However, while some may find it useful, others still question whether it is really necessary in as far as the child’s development is concerned and how safe it is.

Some parents claim that instead of helping the child walk, they tend to derail them.

Fun and play – Some babies find it fun to move around with a baby walker, hence it makes them learn, exercise and explore. 

Strong muscles – With the baby walker, the baby will learn how to stand on his or her own and in the process he body muscles will be strengthened.

Drawbacks of Using the Walker

Here’s what to look out for when using a baby walker:

  • Delayed development – Baby walkers are said to delay a child’s mental and motor development since they slow their muscle development. 
  • Missed milestones – With the use of a baby walker, the baby does not get a chance to roll, crawl, sit or even play on the floor, which is common with many babies in order for them to reach their developmental milestones.

Baby Walkers Can Pose Danger

While using the baby walker, it is important to be very cautious since injuries or accidents may occur while the child is moving around with it. Falls can occur while the baby is moving around with it and it is not steady or he or she may knock themselves against sharp corners and surfaces around the house that may cause harm.

If you choose to purchase one, ensure that you get the right size for your baby, one which is in line with the height and weight of your baby. Check to ensure that all parts are in good condition and the material is one that is strong enough and won’t cause injuries to the baby or others.


#Please note that development differs from one child to another

# Content intended for educational purposes only, and should not be substituted for medical advice from your doctor.

# Be careful when using any products mentioned on this website. We hold no regulations for such products or their providers.

Last reviewed January 2019

Sources: babycentre, mamanatural, mayoclinic

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