At the early age you will notice that your kids can support their own weight on their feet and quickly will start to bounce. This is great practice for learning how to use their feet and legs.
When you keep a baby and allowing them to bounce you will get tired and encourage the child to try a new activity and change their position. There is a natural limit to the amount of work that goes through your baby’s legs and back. Baby jumper and walker equipment don’t allow for this natural rest and if you do decide to use them then your baby shouldn’t be left in them for long periods of time.
In fact, for walkers, many studies have shown that walkers are harmful to normal development because walkers allow babies to move around easily before they are physically ready for it such as crawling, creeping, scooting, or hitching which are important stages for developing strength and coordination. Therefore babies who ever use a walker may actually learn to walk about a month later than those who don’t use it.
However, many parents think that walkers will help children learn to walk. As it turns out, walkers not only interfere with learning to walk but also reduce the desire to walk by providing an easier alternative, walkers strengthen muscles improperly. The lower legs are strengthened, yet the upper legs and hips become weak. The upper legs and hips are most important for walking.
In addition, children using walkers have more accidents than their counterparts. They are also more likely to take a dangerous fall down a flight of stairs because walkers often tip over when a child bumps into a small toy or the edge of a rug. Reporters say that thousands of babies are in emergency rooms and doctor’s offices because of falling down stairs (which often causes broken bones and severe head injuries) or getting burned (a child in a walker can reach higher, so it is easy for him to grab pot handles off the stove, pull a tablecloth off a table and spill hot coffee, and reach radiators, fireplaces, or space heaters), being drown (a child can fall into a pool or bathtub while in a walker) and being poisoned (reaching high objects is easier in a walker).
Most of the walker injuries occur while adults are watching. Parents or babysitters simply cannot respond quickly enough. A child can move more than 3 feet in 1 second in a walker. That is the reason why walkers are really unsafe to use, even with an adult close by.
For some reason above, The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests not using walkers not only because they are bad for leg development AND but also they are the cause of one of the biggest injuries to children.
Exersaucers, as well as door jumpers, are much safer alternatives. Baby jumpers bring a lot of fun, but they are not beneficial in any way. In fact, they enhance movement that is detrimental to the motor skills, the children need to be developing, according to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.
Firstly, babies aren’t old enough to control their own body movements when bouncing quickly. This is especially true when it comes to controlling the legs and trunk. There is a problem in the position of the baby in the sling because the weight of the baby is supported by the hips, groin and under the arm. This drives the baby forward instead of upright. Due to these factors, infants who often use jumpers may experience developmental problems when it comes to proper posture and the control of the legs and trunk.
In addition, because jumpers are designed to be forced by pushing off with the toes, infants who use baby jumpers often will get used to pointing their toes. This, along with the posture problems, can delay walking skills.
In short, because walkers and jumpers do not speed up the process of learning to walk, and can, in fact, slow it down. The best place for children learning how to walk is on the floor where children can spend time on tummy developing the valuable skills for crawling.