Walkers are one of the easiest ways to give mom a few minutes of free time, and the baby can explore the world around him safely and independently. But it is important to know when you can put your child in this device.
Walkers: recommendations for use
Due to the fact that there is still a lot of controversy about its harm and benefits around this miracle device, there is no clear installation at what age a child can use a walker. But there is a certain list of recommendations that young parents should adhere to. In this case, you need to focus exclusively on the individual characteristics of your baby.
It is possible to put a child on a walker only if he knows how to sit and stand on his own, holding on to the support. This mostly happens at 6-7 months. In the case of earlier use of this device, you can put a heavy load on the baby's fragile spine and thereby provoke serious illnesses in the child.
The maximum period during which the baby can be in the walker is 40 minutes a day. The further formation of its spine and musculoskeletal system depends on how much time the baby spends in them.
You should start using this design from 3-5 minutes a day, gradually increasing the time.
Before you start using the walker, you need to adjust it for the growth of the crumbs. With the correct position, the child has support for the entire foot, and his legs should be slightly bent at the knees, so that he can push off.
Safe walking area
Please note that it is strictly forbidden to leave the child alone in the walker. In addition, this device can only be used in spacious rooms without narrow doorways, thresholds and stairs.
Contraindications to the use of a walker: rickets, increased or, on the contrary, decreased muscle tone of the legs, dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system, as well as the presence of skin lesions in the child in the zone of contact with the walker.
How to choose the right walker
When choosing the right walker, there are several important details that you need to pay attention to in the first place:
- The base of the structure must be wide and stable. It is desirable that it has a protective rubberized bumper.
- Wheels are large and easy to maneuver in all directions.
- The seat is wide, not too hard, but also not made of thin material. In addition, the presence of an internal soft bumper is welcomed, for complete protection of the baby from sharp blows and collisions.
- The backrest must be high and rigid.
- Height - adjustable according to the child's height.
The seat should be easy to clean or have a removable cover.
However, you should consult your pediatrician before using the walker. Only he, observing your baby, can give good advice and correctly weigh the pros and cons.