Are Baby Walkers and Jumpers a Hindrance in Learning to Walk? Apparently so. 

Are Baby Walkers and Jumpers a Hindrance in Learning to Walk? Apparently so. 

Nowadays, parents are bombarded by toys, baby aids and equipment and knowing what toys to introduce is becoming more and more important. “Your baby’s brain is developing so much in her first 1000 days and the way the brain fires and wires is determined by environmental stimulation or lack thereof. Any toys which interrupt normal developmental patterns should be carefully considered

When other things are demanding her immediate attention, every mother wants a safe and secure spot to place her baby. And there’s no doubt that babies enjoy bouncing in their jumpers and scooting around in their walking rings. So to many mothers, the proliferation of these baby aids are a blessing. But recent research promotes a return to the good old standbys, like using a playpen or just letting your baby satisfy her instinctive need to crawl.

Walkers allow babies to move around before they are physically ready for it. Babies need to see their feet when learning to walk to figure out how their feet and legs work. Often the design of baby walkers obscures that line of sight. 

A briskly bouncing baby boy in a jumper is unable to control the movements of his own body. This can delay the development of the multiple necessary motor skills he would have learned while crawling.

In both devices, a baby’s weight is supported by the hips and crotch, which can impede the development of the spine, hips, and knees. This can lead to future poor posture while sitting, standing, walking and running.

In a walking ring, your baby is usually touching the floor with only her toes. She can’t feel her weight through her feet, which is crucial to learning to walk. The same thing goes for jumpers. They are designed to allow a baby to bounce by using his toes to push off from the ground. Both devices can negatively affect development and pose a safety hazard.

As it turns out, use of a playpen and letting babies satisfy that natural instinctive urge to crawl earned that “good old standby” status for a reason.

According to many experts, just simply putting your baby on the floor and letting her learn to control her movements as she explores is the best type of playtime you can give her.

Read on and let us know what you think.

Read the full article at: blog.mylearningbabyguide.com

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