What’s better: placing a baby into a baby walker or placing a baby into a baby bouncer for his or her entertainment and a free moment for parents? Well, it depends, and here’s why.
Baby Walkers: Assuming a child meets the physical and age requirements for using a baby walker, whether or not to use one depends on the intention. Are parents hoping that the baby walker will aid children in learning to walk?
Research and many pediatricians reveal that a baby walker does not actually help children learn to walk, and, in fact, may put children at a disadvantage for learning how to walk naturally.
Learning to walk is a key process in a child’s development. The time that it takes for a baby to learn to prop himself or herself up, crawl, and then rise to his or her feet marks more than an outward developmental mile-stone; learning to walk in this way indicates complex developments of the brain.
Children who learn to walk on their own, by grasping along furniture, place their feet in more natural positions and develop musculature patterns which are more natural than those who learn to walk using a baby walker.
Imagine the action necessary for a baby to walk in a baby walker. A child does not learn to walk in an upright position, but rather at an angle, pushing the weight from the core against the baby walker and using the feet to scoot forward.
In contrast, consider the motion and actions required to walk naturally. A baby is more likely to have increased balance, natural muscular development, and walk with feet firmly on the ground, rather than walking on the toes or balls of the feet.
Baby Bouncers: Similarly to a baby walker, a baby bouncer will not help a baby to learn to walk properly. However, it may offer some advantages over a baby walker. With a baby walker, baby is more likely to move about, raising a series of safety concerns, involving stairs, ledges, and running into items which may topple over. Meanwhile, most bouncers are designed to keep baby in one spot. (Many baby walkers can also be made stationary.)
Although baby walkers and baby bouncers will not help a child to learn to walk in the ways that many parents hope, these items can still be useful to parents and children in other ways.
Entertainment: Children can still be entertained with these items as many bouncers and walkers also have colorful toy options which accompany them. A baby may remain stationary in the walker and still help to develop the brain by figuring out the puzzles of the toys, such as how to make the rattle spin. This can help to improve hand-eye coordination, as well as develop a baby’s analytic side of the brain.
A free moment for parents: Many parents find it useful to place their children in a baby walker or baby bouncer in order to get a free moment to clean or prepare lunch, while baby is safely contained and entertained nearby.Online baby walker reviews can help you make the best selection.