Recently I have been nagging my husband to get a baby walker for baby X. At the age of 7 months she can stand by holding her toys and is trying to take step so I decided we need one. Luckily a cousin of his had it and offered that she can use his son’s one. Last week I had cleaned the one we were given and tried to put her in it. She could go backwards at some stage the wheel seem to lock which we found out it was a steel craft product that everyone had same issue with so we decided will get a new one for her.
Heres the things we found out about putting a Child in Baby Walker
Walkers can actually delay when a child starts to walk.This can lead to heel tendons and it means babies do not strengthen the muscle groups that they need for sitting, crawling and walking. Did you know that a baby in a walker can move at a speed of a metre per second. This is much faster than a baby can move without a baby walker because the child can move around faster and reach dangerous objects that they could not reach without the baby walker.
Walker-related accidents and injuries:
- skull fractures, bleeding inside the brain, or broken legs and arms from falls, especially down stairs but also on uneven flooring.
- Injuries to fingers and toes.
- burns and scalds
- accidental poisoning – for example with medicines, houseplants and household cleaners.
To parents who are leaving their kids into any personal care or Child care please make sure this walkers are not used as one of the means to entertain your kids.
If you choose to use a baby walker some safety tips to take on board.
- Always keep your child within view when they are in a baby walker and under constant supervision.
- Put away all delicate, breakable and valuable items from tables and shelves.
- Put corner and edge bumpers on sharp edges of furniture.
- Use toddler-proof locks on doors and screens.
- Install baby gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
- Fasten bookcases and other movable furniture pieces to the wall with a wall anchor so children can’t pull the piece of furniture over onto themselves.
- Keep plants out of children’s reach.
- Cover unused electrical outlets.
- Keep hot drinks out of reach of your child.
- Turn handles of all pots and pans to the back of the stove so your child can’t reach it and try using the back burners of the stove when possible.
- Avoid using tablecloths that can be pulled down.
- Put safety latches on drawers and cabinets.
- Store cleaning products and all other poisonous chemicals in a locked high cupboard out of a child’s reach.
- Fasten heavy objects such as TVs, lamps and stereo equipment to the wall so the baby doesn’t accidentally knock them over.
I personally don’t want to put my child’s life in risk of serious injuries but despite of all the fact this product is readily available and a popular nursery furniture when bringing up a Child. If you choose one make sure complies with the Australian mandatory standard specially buying online.