Mobile Walkers

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Jamie - February 3

So, I've been thinking about getting Renity a mobile walker. She already has an exersaucer and a jumperoo, but I think she might be more entertained if she can actually move around. We don't have any stairs or carpeting, so none of that's an issue. My aunt is a physical therapist, and says that it would be fine on Renity's legs, hips, etc, as long as I don't leave her in it for hours on end. Does anyone have a mobile walker, or have any experience with one?

 

Amayas Mommy AKA Stephanie - February 3

Amaya has one and HATES it. I have also talked to her doctor and she said no matter how much free space you have, no carptes, no stairs, that they still arent safe because their heads weigh as much as their body and they could easily tip over.

 

hi - February 3

We have one and my tot loves it! I guess her head isn't so big because she has never tipped over in it-although yesterday she did manage to climb out. I sat there watching her do it in amazement. I don't know if they come with safety belts, the newer ones probably do. The one we have does not have a safety belt because it's older. Sounds like we have the same type of layout. Personally, I think maobile walkers are about as safe as anything else. They require supervision just like anything else you would let your kid play with. With allof that in mind we have been perfectly safe and have had no accidents using the walker. The only injuries suffered were to MY toes and shins. On a side note this thread will probably get very heated too!

 

Jamie - February 3

Stephanie, maybe it's only at a certain age their heads weigh as much as their bodies? Cause Renity is 6 months, and there is NO WAY her head weighs the same as her body. And, if tipping over were an issue, wouldn't that be an issue for ALL toys like that, including the exersaucer and jumperoo?

 

Amayas Mommy AKA Stephanie - February 3

I wasnt trying to be mean or anything, this is just what our doctor told us. Their head is pretty big (by age 2 it almost the size it will be by the time they are grown, thats in a baby magazine this month) Anyway, she just said because they are mobile that they are more likely to tip over, by them moving and flinging their heads about. Again, I said we have one so I am not saying they are totally bad. I would also keep in mind though that once they start crawling and pulling up they wont want to use it at all (amaya hates anything that keeps her in one spot or one postion) she liked her walker for about 2 weeks and then realized that she could get places faster if she crawled. This is just my experience with one.

 

Jamie - February 3

Hmm - Serenity is already pulling herself up, but isn't interested in crawling.

 

Cora - February 3

I had been thinking about getting Gabby a walker, until I came across this on the internet, this is copied from Dr. Greene's website..." we have learned that walkers are detrimental to normal development. Because the babies can get around too easily, their urge to move across the floor is satisfied, and many of them will not undertake the important task of crawling, creeping, scooting, or hitching. This stage is important for developing strength and coordination. Many parents think that walkers will help children learn to walk. As it turns out, walkers interfere with learning to walk. In addition to decreasing the desire to walk by providing an easier alternative, walkers strengthen the wrong muscles. The lower legs are strengthened, but the upper legs and hips become relatively weak. The upper legs and hips are most important for walking. "

 

Jamie - February 3

But, muscle development takes time - so if I didn't leave her there for hours on end, and continued with the tummy time, she would still learn to crawl and cruise, yes?

 

Cora - February 3

I am sure it would be fine, if she isnt in it for long periods of time. I just simply choose not to let her get used to it in the first place. Some children get so easily accustomed to certain things, and refuse to do others.

 

Jamie - February 3

But if the parent doesn't leave the child in the play area too long, the child can't get dependant; I rotate my daughter - 20 minutes in the jumperoo, 20 minutes in the saucer, and then the rest of the time she's on her playmat on the floor. So I don't think 20 minutes in a mobile walker would cause any more issues than the 40 combined minutes in the jumperoo/saucer.

 

Cora - February 3

You do have a point there, as long as she isnt left in it for long periods, like I said b4 I am sure it would be fine. I guess maybe another one of my deciding factors was space...lol. With the Ocean wonders swing, an exersaucer & the Jumperoo, I think she has got enough to stimulate her.

 

Jamie - February 3

LOL - that's true...she's got the jumperoo, the saucer, a swing, and a 4x4 playmat in our living room...I'm gonna have to put this stuff in HER room eventually!

 

Cora - February 3

lol...oh ya and she has a play mat on the way as well....I am quickly running out of space. There isnt even room for it in her room, as there is not only her crib and change table in there, but a queen size bed. Told the fiance he is gonna have to start working alot more overtime, cuz we need to buy a bigger place !

 

HELLO - February 4

We all know my views, read up on them as they have been banned in various places. They do not make your child walk any faster and you are forcing their legs on the floor when they arent ready for it. Can make their legs turn inward, please read up on them first if you love your baby. If stephanies doctor says they are unsafe why do people argue with me about it. Ask any doctor.

 

Jamie - February 4

HELLO, I did ask a doctor - my aunt. I believe I stated that in the first post. I do not intend to "make" my child walk any earlier than she is able to - I simply think she might enjoy a walker. I opened this thread hoping to have an intelligent discussion, not be told to "read up" on it. I wanted real-life experiences, not "studies say". So, please, offer a real-life experience, because I can read the studies for myself.

 

Jamie - February 4

Eh - I bought one for her today, but she's 2 inches too short for the lowest setting. By the time she's tall enough for it, she'll be walking or crawling and won't want to use it, so back to the store it goes. :(

 

HELLO - February 4

my partners child was in one, was so excited to see his dad he went racing in it, went head first, had to go to hospital, has a scar on forehead....REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES

 

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