Every stage in a child's life is remarkable and designates some special activity or movement. If you have a small kid at home, think when he will stand on his own or start to step slowly on the floor. It will certainly be a most astounding moment for you. Do you like to help your child in his first attempt to gain support on his leg? Then, you should buy a baby walker right away.
How does a baby walker look? This is a pretty simple device having only a small framework made of metal or plastic sitting on top of a platform. Walkers also have wheels and a cushioned seat to enable your child seat and move without falling down or hurting yourself. Place your baby inside the walker and watch how swiftly he moves around the room.
From an earlier stage, these walkers were quite popular but its popularity declined when a number of accidents were noticed. However, manufacturing companies have paid attention to this and designed the walkers to ensure complete safety and security.
Baby Walkers – Views For and Against:
Now, there is much controversy over the usability of walkers for a baby. For some, a baby walker is highly useful since it enables your baby to move about and make exploration on his own before developing motor coordination and skills. There is another group which believes that a walker for babies prevents the development of motor skills. There is still another group according to which children end up into troubles with walkers since they allow easy mobility. These troubles can be otherwise avoided, if they were not allowed to move.
Some parents are of the opinion that baby walkers are superb time-saver devices since they can keep busy with their own work while their baby remains pre-occupied in their “mobile playpen”. This can be the cause of disaster. If a child is very small and is not capable of walking on his own, then it will not right to keep him on a walker. Researches have proved that most of baby injuries that take place are due to the usage of walker at a very early stage of a child. Most common accident that takes place is the walker topples in an uneven ground or near the staircase.
Precautionary Measures for Parents:
If you have decided to use baby walkers, then you must take some precautions.
- Never leave your child unattended.
- Do not use walkers on uneven grounds since it might make the walker topple over.
- Never let your child go near the stairs when he is in the walker.
- Make sure that the construction of the walker is pretty well.
- Ensure that the walker you purchase is equipped with safety measures.
Generally walkers are used to enable a child walk faster but studies say that children who use extensively learn walking later than the children who do not use the device all the time. Parents can allow their child to use the walker at times and not always so that he doesn't grow into the habit of it.