Boycott baby walkers

Boycott baby walkers
Baby walker is a device that allows a baby to move about in a half-seated, half-upright position. There is a wide misconception among parents that baby walkers help their child learn to walk early. But contrary to the parent's belief, using a walker may even delay the child's motor development. A baby's pre walking milestones like crawling, sitting are likely to be skipped and they even start moving around with abnormal heel raised pattern (tip toeing). Even if a walker is used after a child achieves active sitting, there is no clear cut evidence of a walker being beneficial to the baby in terms of achieving walking. The muscles used by a child to scoot around while in walker are different than that are used by them to walk on their own. Moreover, it does put the child at greater risk for injury enabling the child to move almost at a speed of 3 feet per second. This is a much faster rate than the baby can actually do on its own. The hidden threat is that, an accident can occur before the parent is able to stop it.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), has recommended that walkers not to be sold in United States for two main reasons:
  1. It keeps the child delayed from learning to walk on its own.
  2. It is being extremely dangerous, causing sudden accidents.
Though newer model baby walkers are being manufactured with certain safety standards, truly the children don't require it to walk sooner. Above all when the child is on a typical development experiencing every single process of each milestone, why burden the baby's legs earlier to bear its body weight, when it is not physically ready for it.

Allow babies to experience their typical development naturally!
How to cite this article:
Sangeetha Thanappan. Boycott baby walkers. BioLim O-Media. 27 June, 2015. 3(5).
Available from: http://archive.biolim.org/omedia/read/BOMA0081.