The assortment of accessories for children of the first year of life, who do not yet know how to walk independently, is very, very rich and diverse in the modern market of children's goods: it includes kangaroos and slings, and chaise lounges, rocking chairs and high chairs for feeding, Of course, walkers. However, how great is the popularity of this device for the independent movement of children, so conflicting are the opinions about its usefulness and usefulness. How many months can you put in a walker and do you need to do it at all? The answer to this question is of interest to all mothers without exception and is actively discussed by them with pediatric experts and more experienced parents, both personally and on the Internet.
When discussing how many months can be put into the baby walkers, opinions are usually divided:
- Walkers are an excellent means of transportation for a child who has not yet learned to walk with his feet alone, but he is already very anxious to learn the world not only sitting and crawling, but also from the height of his growth;
- Walkers - it's more convenience for parents who are often busy and can not, and maybe they do not want to spend all their free time with their child.
When to put in a walker: the opinion of specialists
As a rule, pediatricians do not discourage parents from using walkers, focusing only on the fact that the child should be fully prepared for this stage, namely:
- Good balance in a sitting position;
- To be able to move crawling;
- Be able to stand firmly on the legs, stepping on the entire foot entirely.
However, there are a number of medical contraindications, in which finding a baby in a walker can be dangerous for his health:
- Abnormal development of the musculoskeletal system;
- Violation of posture;
- Signs of rickets;
- Irregular muscle tone of the legs;
- General psychological and physical unavailability.
There is no common opinion on this issue. Boys are future men, continuers of the genus, therefore it is necessary to take care of the proper development of their reproductive system from early childhood. That's why experts are extremely negative about the transfer of toddlers-boys in kangaroos, to a long finding in diapers, as this leads to compression of the perineum and insufficient circulation of air. The same is true for walkers, so the optimal time for a boy to stay in a walker is no more than 40 minutes a day, and orthopedists are advised to limit it even more - up to 10 minutes a day.
If little boys grow up in future fathers, then the main task of any little girl and her parents is to make a healthy mother for future children out of it. And to safely conceive, bear and give birth to a child, it is necessary that, in addition, the hip joints and the lower spine are absolutely healthy. And if you put the girl in principle is recommended not earlier than six months, then acquaintance with the walkers should begin in 8-9 months.
How many months can I put in a walker: let's sum up
So, it turns out that you can put in the baby walker only when he is completely ready for it psychologically and physically, and also has no medical contraindications. If your baby already knows how to sit well, crawl and stand on legs, leaning on the entire foot, you can introduce him to this accessory. Walkers are a way to release the child's handles and allow him to move around and learn the world from the height of his growth. At the same time, a child who has become overly accustomed to walkers will most likely later walk, he can get stuck between the furniture elements or in the doorway and be frightened, and most importantly, a long time in the walker is an extra burden on the baby's backbone, which can Lead to its incorrect development.
So to use a walker or not is an individual choice of parents, but if there is an opportunity to do without them, it is better to survive this period next to your baby, in close proximity and constant contact with him.