A.F. asks from Littleton, NH on April 27, 2008
I have a 6 month old daughter who has a walker that was a hand me down from another family memeber. We put her in it often and she LOVES it. She can go forward and backward and enjoys chasing the cats around (it's a one level apartment that is very safe for her to move around)! I've recently read that walkers are BAD. Aside from the safety issues (which are not an issue here), I've read that they can actually delay a child's development since she's already figured out how to move around the room she won't be motivated to crawl/walk on her own. I was surprised when I read this and I'm now considering getting rid of the walker, but it breaks my heart because she loves it so much. I want to make sure that I'm doing what's right for her. I know that it's soon for her to be crawling at only 6.5 mos. Does anyone have any experience/advice? Thank you!
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You guys are awesome! Thank you so much for all of the feedback. You know, I couldn't agree with you more...there is too much "information" out there that I think is only designed to make us crazy...I'm going to keep her in the walker since she loves it so much and just continue to put her on the floor (she is creeping backwards and getting a little frustrated and motivated to move forward, it she'd only get up on those knees :))!! I agree, go with my gut! Thanks for the re-assurance! I hope you all have a great week!
T.R. answers from Hartford on April 28, 2008
M.S. answers from Providence on April 28, 2008
I'm certainly not a doctor, but can share my experience at least. I personally like using walkers. My 2 sisters and I were raised with walkers and we all walked between 10 and 12 months old. My son LOVED his walker and walked on his own at exactly 12 months. Maybe this new recommendation has come around because people put their babies in the walkers too much?? I've heard that, too. My son wasn't in it all day, but I don't know what I would have done without it! It freed me up to do chores and I would use it again. Everything in moderation is how I feel - but I guess a doctor's advice would be best. Good luck. M.
D.D. answers from Boston on April 28, 2008
I used one 2 yrs ago for my 6 month old. She loved it, we used to bring it on trips. She started walking just before her 1st birthday. Maybe it did delay walking independently, but she had soo much fun in the thing, and it kept her happy for a few months. My favorite memory is bringing it to the hotel my husband was at for a business trip and letting her race down the hallway laughing and screaming. My 7 month old is using it now. Deb
C.M. answers from Lewiston on April 28, 2008
is everything bad for us!!! are they serious. come on, everyday you hear about something that we all grew up with that they say is NOW bad for us or our children. really,well i know everyone in my family used a walker and we all get around just fine now. i don't mean to sound hostile, but it seems that "they" (recent studies show) over analize things. what ever happen to the simple life????
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M.M. answers from Boston on April 28, 2008
Both of my kids used walkers. My son walked by himself at 8 months and he is now almost 3. My daughter was in a walker at 3.5 months and walking in it by 4 months. She is now going on 8 months old and is crawling everywhere and standing on her own. I would go with how you feel. Why take something away from her that she enjoys. I still do plenty of floor time and encouraging her to do more.
I'm a 25 yr old mom of two that works 3 days a week. Good luck with everything.
J.B. answers from Boston on April 28, 2008
We used a Walker with my daughter and she crawled at 5 months and walked at 9, so I think the delay thing is wrong.
H.S. answers from Burlington on April 28, 2008
Our son never crawled. Little did I know at the time what an important development milestone this was. Crawling involves motor planning. Walking is centrally programed into the brain. Our son has motor planning problems, even in his 30's!!! Once he has mastered a motor task, he is fine, but until he does, he is 'all thumbs'. He had problems in school and had OT. This lead to poor self esteem. Thus, based on our experience, throw the walker out!!!
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B.P. answers from Boston on April 28, 2008
HI A., You know your daughter better than anyone. I wouldn't worry about the article. Both of my children used the walker even after they started crawling. Both were walking by 11-12 mos. The only side effect they had was enjoyment of being able to move around without being held. Sounds like you are doing a wonderful job with her.
S.B. answers from Providence on April 28, 2008
Your child will learn to walk & crawl either way. They say that this development will be delayed if you use one but I don't believe it. I didn't use a walker, even though I wanted to because of this reason, and guess what? All three of my kids did not walk until they were 14 months or older! I should have just used a walker when I wanted too! Good luck and have fun letting your baby cruise in the walker!
R.S. answers from Hartford on April 28, 2008
Our first born was a HUGE fan of her walker as she, too, was an early mover. She walked at 9 1/2 months regardless of us using a walker. It made her happy too. When it stopped making her happy, that's when we ditched it. If you have something that makes your kid happy and you happy, for heaven's sake don't let some study ruin your day. I know it's hard to ignore the "advice," but all this purported knowledge has eroded our ability as moms to identify what is best for our kids...so walk on, sistah!
C.H. answers from Boston on April 28, 2008
someone always has something to say, do this, dont do this! Who REALLY knows anything is what I wonder. Both my kids used them (theyre 6 and 2) I used them, my sister all of my cousins, and Im pretty sure even my mom and aunts....and were ALL FINE! Your baby likes it, it keeps her occupied while your trying to get things done...SHES FINE!!! If we listened to everything the "experts" told us... well, wed probably all be in serious trouble! Sometimes we just need to go with our gut and whatever else works! Good luck!