Baby Walkers: To Buy or Not to Buy?
A lot of my friends use walkers for their babies—aren’t they popular?
It’s true. Baby walkers are a popular product. According to Pediatrics: The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, studies have found anywhere from 52 to 92 percent of parents use walkers.
Walkers, made out of metal framing with a fabric-covered chair, suspend babies, ages four months to 18 months, so that their toes can touch the floor. Often walkers sport fun fabrics, trays that fit to the chair, and even musical activity centers to entertain babies while they scoot around the room.
A study in Injury Prevention (September, 2001) reported that the predominant reason many mothers purchased walkers was because they thought it would be “entertaining” for their children. Other reasons are not surprising: Many of the mothers had received a walker as a gift. Some mothers believed it would help teach toddlers to walk. And like me, 4.7 percent believed that “the home environment was safe for baby walker use because there are no stairs in the home.”
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