As your little one crosses the crawling phase and is inching closer to walking, you might need something to help aid your baby. Yes, we’re talking about walkers! Now, you might be confused as to which walker to buy – Is it really suitable for your baby? Is it too big? Does it meet all the safety requirements? Will your baby be able to use it properly?
The list goes on..but don’t fret! That’s where we come in. Yes, there has been some debate on whether walkers are actually safe for babies, but with all the new innovations, we can come to the conclusion that yes, they definitely are. A baby walker can be used to entertain your baby, give your baby some exercise and allow your baby to move about freely. Although walkers don’t teach your baby to walk, they help your little one develop certain muscles and coordination skills and prepare them to walk.
However, remember that even with all the safety measures walkers have incorporated, it is always best to supervise your little one when you put him/her in the walker.
To ensure the walker you buy aids in helping your baby in learning how to walk, you must look for the following things:
Babies love exploring, but while they do so, safety is key. So check to see if the walker has a broad base, as this acts as a precautionary measure against falls and will also prevent your baby from entering doorways leading to places they shouldn’t venture into anyway, like the kitchen. Make sure there are speed reducers, locks and anti-slipping pads to keep your baby safe and secure at all times. Also remember to make sure that the walker is not made from any harmful material, as your baby will be using the walker quite a bit.
As your baby might spend a lot of time in the walker, try to get a walker that will keep your baby entertained when they take a break from walking. Little toy attachments, musical games or cool shapes, textures and features to play with are some of the things to look out for when buying a baby walker.
3. Finish of the product
Be sure to check for manufacturing defects or poor finishing signs like rough edges, uncomfortable and untidy stitching on the seat or poorly-made small parts that may come off easily and hurt your baby. Pay attention to the details.
Remember the walker that you choose should be able to adapt as per your baby’s needs. Its height should be adjustable, comfortable and have adaptable functions as your baby learns to walk. Also remember to make sure the walker is adaptable to a change in surroundings, like for travel purposes or a walk out in the backyard.
5. Easy to maneuvre
Remember to choose a walker that allows your baby to move around easily. If you choose a baby walker that is exceedingly heavy or causes too much friction on the floor due to its poor finish, it may lead to more accidents or the baby will be disheartened to use it again in the future. Your baby may also cry the minute you put him/her in the walker rather than enjoying and learning from it.
6. Good brand reviews
Reading up on the brand you decide to buy for your baby is very important, as, in a way, it is first-hand use experience from other parents. Also, it will help you narrow down on the brand most suitable for your baby and your home space.