Is it healthy for my 5 months old baby to sit and run around on her walker??? She really loves it and since she is quite a wild kid it helps keeping her occupied. But I heard that walkers can be bad for babies. Will she get hurt in anyway by running around in it?
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Baby Walkers – Harmful Or Not
I can totally relate to having a wild baby who is really happy about running around in her walker. So in your case, I bet at least the baby walker is good for your sanity. However, your question was about whether it is safe for your baby to spend time in her walker and the answer to that in general is actually no. Baby walkers are criticized over and over again for being unsafe. Some studies have found that around 20% of children using baby walker had incidences leading to injuries related to the walkers. That’s a pretty high share! The most common injuries are head related and include bruising, epistaxis, cut lip, tooth damage, cut tongue, skin abrasions and skull fracture.
According to a study from 2006, the most common reasons for the accidents are: being pushed by someone, 37%; baby walker mechanical defect, 36%; tripping, 22%.
Some researchers go so far as to suggestion a sales ban on walkers due to the high risk of injuries.
Nevertheless, it is a fact that a lot of families use them. They are very appreciated by the babies and often by parents too.
If your daughter spends a limited amount of time each day in the baby walker in a safe way, I don’t think you should worry. It won’t make her walk faster or anything like that (rather the opposite), but it won’t harm her either as long as you really prevent accidents. Watch out for stairs, pools, anything that she can pull down, reach and try to eat, and so on. Also make sure she is not left alone in a room while in the walker. If she ahs older siblings, they need to understand that they cannot push baby around even if it make baby happy.
In addition, you should use more time engaging her in games with you rather than scooting around alone in the walker. Have a look at the game ideas for 5 month old babies in this article.
Baby walkers are not ideal, but for active babies, they are great entertainment, noone can argue with that.
Hope this helps,
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