Every mother wants to quickly see how her child takes her first steps. We are proud to tell friends and relatives that the baby has finally gone. Now it has become fashionable to acquire a walker. They not only untie the mother’s hands, but also help the curious baby to move and get acquainted with the world around.
My dream about walkers
My first child grew up without a walker, although I really wanted to buy them. It seemed to me that then I would have more time for household chores. But it didn’t happen: there was no money, no walkers in the store. Our town is small, so there is a problem with the delivery of advanced technology.
Exactly at 11 months, my daughter made the first uncertain step, and after another week she practically ran. So she liked to walk, that she did not want to hold my hand anymore.
My second girl also grew up without a walker. She began to crawl actively in half a year and did not give me any trouble at all. She sat quietly on a blanket on the floor and played with toys. At 10 months she began to walk confidently.
She and jump on the spot quickly learned. As soon as the music begins to play, it immediately begins to bounce. Only recently, at a kindergarten parents’ meeting, did I find out that this is a whole science for children: learn to jump.
Walkers bought for the third baby. She gladly wore them around the house and pushed everything she could get to the floor. Putting the baby on a walker began at 7 months. By the time the baby was sitting well and got up in the crib.
Of course, I did not keep her in them for whole days. It is recommended no more than half an hour to keep the baby in walkers. And the total time spent in them should not exceed 2 hours. I also tried to adhere to such mode in the beginning.
Walkers in the service of a parent or child?
Baby liked to drive in walkers, but I tried not to abuse them. I noticed that the child, while in the walker, does not move the legs, but pushes them off the floor and rolls. My daughter also went in 10 months.
But my son walkers to taste did not fall. He sits in them a bit, tugs a rattle and asks for his hands. He crawled more like it. He is not going around all the angles, he will not calm down. On the street I loved to walk, holding my hand. He began to walk on his own exactly a year.
Pediatricians recommend to undergo almost a complete medical examination of a child before putting him on a walker. Who decides on this? I don’t think that they help the baby to learn to walk faster, but they don’t hinder it either.
Many parents decide to sit the baby on a walker from 5 months. In my opinion, this is too much. The muscles of the back and pelvis are not strong enough.
Have I become freer? No, the problems even increased. In appearance, the walkers seem to be completely safe, but you cannot leave the child in them unattended. Kids become so quirky in the absence of parents, that anything can be expected from them.
I had to constantly look after the child, no matter how he pulled the glass or plate off the table. And the books in general had to be shifted from the lower shelves to the upper ones. Needless to say, the child needs constant supervision, whether he walks or still crawls.