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If your baby shows some growth milestones, such as standing on their crib after a nap, you must be eagerly waiting for their first steps. You must also be contemplating getting a baby walker. However, you are not sure whether it’s the Right Age for Baby to Use a Walker. As a responsible parent who puts their baby’s safety first, you also want to know how to keep your baby safe.
This article will tell you the recommended age to introduce a baby walker and why the doctors recommend it. We shall also discuss the safety precautions you should keep in mind when using a baby walker.
Let’s get right into it.
At What Age Your Baby Can Use a Walker❔
There is no definite answer for this answer. This issue is still being debated. This is because babies have different development rates. However, most pediatricians recommend from 6 to 8 months.
At this age, most babies can already sit up on their own and can crawl. The ability to sit is essential since the baby needs to sit on the walker. Crawling is vital as the baby needs to have some movement control to make the baby walker move.
Look out for the following signs before introducing a baby walker. Ensure the baby;
- Can crawl.
- Sit without support. (doesn’t fall to the side or behind)
- Tries or can stand up on its own.
- Doesn’t have rickets or any musculoskeletal disorders.
- Is curious and actively wants to explore the surroundings.
- Is six months and above.
Precautions That You Should Keep in Mind ✔
1. Your Home Should Be Walker-Friendly
Given the baby will be cruising around the house with the baby walker, it is crucial to make your home baby walker-friendly. How? Read on!
First and most importantly, you should ensure that the floor is smooth with no objects that may make the baby walker tip over. Get rid of loose rugs that may catch the wheels or bunch up beneath the walker. It would also help if there were a wide-open area for the baby to move around.
The baby walker will elevate the baby to be able to reach places he/she couldn’t. Thus, you should keep away anything dangerous or fragile away from the baby’s reach.
Also, block the stairs or rooms you don’t want the baby to enter with a sturdy baby gate. The stairs are especially very dangerous as the baby would tumble down in their excitement to move.
Further, ensure that there are no sharp edges at the baby’s head level. You can cover them up or remove them.
2. Ensure That the Legs Are in The Right Place
Ensure that each of the baby’s legs gets into a separate hole on the walker’s seat. Once he is well rested on the seat, fasten the restraining belt. The belt prevents the baby from sliding.
There is a possibility of the baby’s little feet being ran over by the walker if they are not well placed. They could also get entangled on some parts of the walker. It’s your responsibility as a parent or caretaker to keep the baby’s little feet out of the way.
3. Always Keep an Eye on The Baby When He Is In The Walker.
As I mentioned earlier, a baby walker helps a baby reach things or get to places that were not accessible. Therefore, don’t assume A baby walker is meant to replace parental supervision. You should always be in the room when the baby uses the walker to prevent the baby from getting stuck or injured.
- Put on The Baby’s Shoes.
A baby’s heels are soft and supple and easy to get pricked by the tiniest of things. Therefore, always put on its pre-walker shoes whenever he is cruising around with a walker both indoors and outdoors.
When using the walker outside, avoid narrow sidewalks as the walker may tip over the edge and fall.
- Don’t Use the Walker For More Than 15 Minutes.
Although a baby walker can help your baby learn how to work, too much time in it can have negative effects.
For starters, the baby might become dependent on the support the baby walker gives when they are about to fall. As a result, your baby may feel insecure to stand or walk without a baby walker. This could delay the whole walking process.
Additionally, it has been proven that long uses of a baby walker when the baby is not yet physically ready to stand vertically may lead to spinal curvature (a spinal disorder). Also, if you introduce the walker to your baby before they learn to crawl, they may never know how to.
As you have seen, a baby walker is an excellent tool in helping your child how to walk, but it should be used with caution. We advise that you keep all the above precautionary measures at your fingertips for your baby’s sake.
We hope you have enjoyed the read and you’ve found it helpful.