When a baby turns 1, it’s a turning point from infancy to toddlerhood. Normal developmental milestone includes crawling to standing and even taking few steps. Some may think that they need a walker at this time. But do they?
Although it is named walker, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it can helps a toddler learn how to walk, and there are a lot of issues surrounding a walker. For one, experts say that walkers are potential hazard and they are trying to ban it the market, a lot of accidents had happened in the past few years due to the use of it. Accidents such as falling down stairs or into pools, tripping into a pavement, burns and poisoning because a toddler was able to reach hazardous objects and many more. Moreover, researchers say that walker’s delays motor and mental development.
But, if you insist putting your toddlers on a walker, please make sure to keep an eye on them and don’t let your little ones use walkers for a long period of time, 20 minutes is enough and no longer than that. Standards were given to decrease the incidence of accidents a few years back, so never buy a traditional walker, or let your toddler use a second hand walker. Below are certain features you must consider in purchasing a walker.
- Friction Strips. These are rubber brakes on the bottom that prevent it from moving with the slightest change in elevation like steps or uneven pavement.
- Right fit of the seats. Making sure that the seat height can be raised or lowered with locking mechanism, toddler’s feet should touch the ground when using a walker.
- Toys and Attachments. Most walkers have toys as an added feature, just make sure that there are no small parts that can break or loosen to prevent choking hazards.
- Size. Walker size should be large enough, approximately 36 inches for it not to fit in any door way. This prevents the toddler from mobilizing into a hazardous part of the house such as the kitchen or the pool area.
Toddlers may enjoy added feature of toys and gadgets in a walker, they may be happy and contented sitting on it. A word of advice, consider the pros and cons before putting them onto a walker.
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