Top Three Myths About Baby Walker Toys That Should Not Be Believed!
Baby walkers have been an important part of infant transport systems for decades. Baby walkers provide quick mobility to small children, up to 4 feet a step, before they’re developmentally ready. Little kids at this age are often very curious, but don’t recognize danger, leading research scientist Dr. Joseph Moriarty, pediatrician and director of the Children’s Hospital and Clinic in New York, to conclude that the baby’s own instinct is to move. It is true, though these critters have yet to develop their balance and coordination. One of the challenges of infant walker use is balance.
Injuries are common in baby walkers, especially when the walker is unattended. Of the injuries resulting from falls, nearly all of them result from improper positioning. Moms and dads should never leave their babies unattended, and even if they have a stroller with a harness, should never leave their children unattended in the back seat. The dangers of leaving babies unattended are well-documented.
One common problem in baby walkers is the lack of reliable brakes or traction. There is a lot of buzz about using “EZ walkers,” a style of baby walker that allows parents to use their hands to push the product along, as if it were a wheeled object. But as anyone who has tried pushing a rolling baby carriage knows, it’s much easier to spill something than to prevent it. While some advocates of EZ walkers swear by the device’s convenience, others advise against its use. Because it doesn’t feature brakes, this kind of baby walker is much more likely to topple over. In addition, parents may find it difficult to slow the product down, if it does, given that its wheels are so small.
Baby walkers with traction are often designed with two wheels (one on each side) rather than three, as most walkers with wheels have four. Unfortunately, these babies walk “just like an adult,” and can become trapped in corners or under other objects when the walker’s wheels become lose. And because they’re only held up front, they may not be strong enough to hold your baby back from sliding off. Even if your baby has managed to stay put despite getting stuck, the chances are slim that he or she will remain safe if another toddler wanders into the scene. All told, these baby walkers with wheels aren’t all that safe. The best option is usually to leave your baby in the car while you go shopping.
Another myth is that baby walkers with wheels are easy for young toddlers to control. Many people think that if their baby can grip a small steering wheel, then anything that rolls along that same path will also be easy for them to catch. That’s why they recommend EZ walkers for young babies: they allow you to use your baby’s own weight to keep him or her seated while you go about your day.
The third myth surrounding baby walkers with treadmills is that you can teach your toddler to crawl by walking on his or her stairs. This isn’t a myth after all: any upright surface is better than a floor, and there are plenty of walking surfaces out there that your baby can crawl on. Just because your toddler doesn’t need to learn to walk up the stairs to your apartment does not mean he or she shouldn’t be able to crawl up and down your stairs on their own. In fact, if your baby gets too used to seeing you standing at the top of your stairs and moving up and down the steps, it might be a good idea to show him how to use the stairs themselves.
The final myth we’ll bust is that baby walkers with treadmills are a great way to save gas money. This can be partially true: you can buy walkers that fold up for compact transportation. However, you’ll save even more money by purchasing a motorized walker that folds up and stores away when not in use. In addition, you can also purchase a separate braking system to apply force to brakes when necessary. A manual braking system is very quiet, weighs next to nothing, and works well in emergencies.
It’s important to make sure that your baby (or yourself) is safe when using baby walkers with treadmills. After all, what if your baby slips and falls? What if your toddler gets caught up in the machine and falls off? Even though it may seem dangerous, these things happen every day: so, while you don’t have to totally ban this type of toddler toy altogether, you should make sure that it’s only for your toddler and your child’s safety.