Some parents are eager for their baby to walk. They think that a baby walker
will help the process along. In fact, walkers make learning to walk a slower
process. They strengthen muscles in the lower leg. But they don’t help develop
muscles in the upper leg and hip—the muscles most needed in walking.
Walkers also make getting around too easy. They don’t help babies learn
balance and coordination.
Even worse, walkers are a safety hazard. They can tip over easily. In a
walker, babies are more likely to fall down stairs. They can also roll into
A walker is an example of expensive, unnecessary equipment made for
babies. Instead of buying a walker, get a sturdy wagon or push car. Show
your baby how to push the car around the room or playground. This will help build the muscles and coordination he needs for walking.
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