A baby walker can be a source of entertainment for children, but there are some precautions to keep in mind when using them, as well as some cases in which a baby walker should not be used.
Unsupervised: Baby’s will still require supervision when placed into a baby walker. A baby walker should not be used in lieu of responsible, parental supervision. Children should be monitored while in a baby walker.
Some potential hazards of baby walkers to keep in mind include, stairs, bumping into things such as ledges which may injury baby, or bumping into items which may topple over and potentially injure baby and damage the items. Therefore, proper supervision is paramount.
Under age or weight requirements: Many baby walkers are designed to be used when a child reaches certain developmental markers. Check with each product guidebook for the specific requirements and ensure that your child meets the requirements before using the walker. Generally, a baby should have good control of head and neck, and be able to sit upright without assistance before using a baby walker.
Over age or weight requirements: Baby walkers are designed for a specific age and weight category, and should only be used within that category. A child who has outgrown the baby walker should not use the walker as this may result in injury for the child.
On top of raised surfaces: Baby walkers are generally designed to be used on the floor. Placing and using them on top of tables or counters is not advised and may result in serious injury or death for baby. Be sure to read and follow the safety guidelines when using a baby walker.
Not properly assembled: It is important to ensure that the baby walker is assembled properly before placing a baby into it for use. If the walker is adjustable, check that each adjustable piece is evenly and securely adjusted. Check the security and stability of the device before placing a child into it, as improperly assembled devices may malfunction and injure the child.
For purposes other than intended use: A baby walker should be used as directed and intended by the manufacturer for the best safety results. A baby walker is not intended, for example, to be a stepping stool, and should not be stood on or climbed on by individuals, doing so may result in injury and damage to the person as well as the baby walker. Using the product as intended for its intended purpose is the best practice.
A baby walker can be a fun experience for parent and child alike. Children may enjoy the mobility and the colorful toys present on many baby walker designs, and parents may enjoy watching as their child figures out how to play with the toys and move about in the walker. While a baby walker can be a source of fun and entertainment, it is important to follow the safety guidelines and practices to avoid injury.