Controversially

A little controversy around the walker


Websites devoted to raising children are roaring with condemnation of walkers. Meanwhile, in my case, the walker was ... one of the most relevant gadgets that I bought for a child. A common opinion is, in my opinion, harmful for walkers. It has not been proven that learning how to walk in a walker caused defects in posture and development problems of the musculoskeletal system when used correctly. The obvious thing for every parent is the understandable fact that it is all too bad - a walker too, but no one with a healthy understanding will not allow a small child to "sit" in the walker for more than an hour a day and in two, maybe three approaches, depending on age and baby's fitness.

How to start learning how to use a walker?

Simply put, buying a walker. My walker, who, by the way, praised myself a lot, bought at allegro for a funny amount of 10 zlotys. A nice lady was cleaning the attic and getting rid of all the unnecessary things left of her child. This way I bought the simplest and probably one of the cheaper walker with a music box available on the market, without any quirks or unnecessary gadgets. I didn't really want to spend huge amounts, because I wasn't sure if the walker would work at all and he wouldn't tire my daughter.

The first contact with the walker, just like any other device that introduces innovation to my child's life, ended in tears. No wonder - it's new for baby. The second and third guaranteed spectacular success for it  As soon as Lila realized how quickly this miracle helped her move from point "A" to point "B", she almost did not want to leave the walker. Naturally, the prospect of a "baby" running around the house who will not fall over, do not fall, will not hurt himself, and take care of himself, is very tempting for parents who already "taste" in walkers, but unfortunately in everything moderation is needed. For starters, one or two sessions a day, not longer than a quarter. Because every child assimilates knowledge at its own pace, one immediately learns to use the walker, the other will need to contact several times before realizing that it can control the movement itself.

Myths about the walker

Before I decided to buy a walker, I browsed a whole lot of websites devoted to this and similar inventions. Initially, I wanted to give up because there were a lot of negative opinions about walkers. On the other hand, I was wondering how it is possible that a product so harmful to a child's health may be allowed for production, sale and use by the youngest children?

The obvious criterion for assessing the subject is proper use of the walker. If parents follow the most important rules, they should not be afraid of the negative consequences of using this device. A child who can use the walker is one that sits firmly alone, is stable and does not need to be supported. There is a whole range of walkers on the market that are able to absorb a toddler for several dozen minutes thanks to toys, music boxes and various functions, although the basic criterion in the selection should be its stability.

I have read the opinions of opponents of walkers many times danger in their use due to lack of stabilityand thus, with the risk of falling. I admit that this accusation amused me the most because I can't imagine what combinations my daughter would have to make to fall out of the walker (and he is a very prosperous, very strong and incredibly fit child). I think that the risk of such accidents is due to incorrect adjustment of the walker height and seat depth. However, the arbitrary argument of the walkers' opponents is and probably will always be the thesis that children learning to walk in the walker could not overcome obstacles and could not stop in time. Probably there is a note of truth in this statement, but probably not assuming that the walker is used a maximum of an hour a day, at reasonable intervals.

I remember that my child first learned to "go reverse". Daughter pushed off her legs and rode backwards as if in amok. However, when I raised her seat slightly (that is, I simply lined up some material to make it shorter and the child's legs more straight), she learned to continue learning how to walk both forward and backward.

Trouble with a walker it started in my house not because we were with a comfy partner and did not pull the child out of the walker for too long, but because our daughter became "comfortable". The walker not only allowed her to move faster, but also to stay upright for a long time. After pulling out of the walker she could get angry a quarter of an hour, because "on four" the prospect looked much worse.

The walker went away less than a month after we used it for the first time. I certainly refute the myth that children can't "fall" wisely and slow down when they learn to walk. Each child learns at its own pace and if after the first "direct contact", let's say: with a wall, door frame or cabinet, the child cannot moderate the next collision, it means that it is like that in a walker or without it will fall on the walls. And if he can "brake" just before he hits the wall, he is probably agile enough and no walker will change that. My child was smart enough that after the first few incidents with the furniture he was able to correctly assess the distance needed to slow down, but I can definitely say that the walker greatly accelerated learning to walk Lilka independently: she was able to maintain balance for a long time, and she also practiced the legs, which greatly facilitated her independent walking.

For those parents who have not yet convinced themselves of traditional walkers, the so-called Walkers-pushers, which are, however, only suitable for "gymnasts" children, because in the case of pushers the risk of falling is greater, and motor skills should be more developed than in the case of children using a walker with a chair.

To sum up: I consider the walker to be a very helpful and good gadget, especially at home with sharp edges and slippery floors, provided that we allow the toddler to use it in moderation.