Every step of your baby’s development has made you so excited. From the day they started eating solid food, to the day they started teething. Everything has almost been a wonder. Now the next thing you are probably wondering is when will your baby walk? It’s normal for babies to take their time to start walking. Some babies start attempting to get up and walk at around 9 months. Others start at 15 months, and others even as late as 17 months.
Most Doctors Are Against Baby Walkers
While the temptation may be there for parents to buy baby walkers, the reality is that many doctors are actually against it. This is because baby walkers get in the way of your baby learning to walk by himself or herself. Babies will walk when they feel ready.
Common signs that they are getting ready to start walking include:
• Being able to pull themselves up on furniture
• Being able to walk and cruise without assistance
• Being able to squat, pick up toys and get back up again
Baby walkers will get in the way of all of this because they force the baby to think that they are ready when they are not. Secondly, when a baby is forced to use a walker before they are ready, it prevents the body from being able to recognize the motor signs that accompany the development of walking. We also offer highchairs.
Baby Walkers can be Dangerous
In the USA alone, 3 million baby walkers are sold each and every year. 40% of babies using these walkers are hurt in one way or another. That’s 1, 2 million babies hurt every year from baby walkers alone. Doctors say that 96% of these cases are because the baby fell down a flight of stairs while using the walker. In Canada, baby walkers were banned way back in 2007 because of these safety concerns.
If you do decide to proceed and purchase a baby walker, it is imperative that you choose a safe and US Consumer Product Safety approved walker.
Look out for baby walkers that have stair grips to prevent the baby from tumbling down a flight of stairs. Keep an eye out for baby walkers that also prevent babies from leaving rooms. These walkers will have doorway blockers that prevent the babies from leaving the rooms they have been placed in. This is important because when babies start walking, it gives them a sense of independence, and many times they are not aware of the imminent dangers in front of them. So when they are free to walk around the house they can get into trouble very easily.
So What Should You Do?
As a concerned parent, allow your child to learn to walk at their own pace. Is the potential risk of injury worth all the trouble? Your child will walk when the time is right, just give it time.