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Baby Boy is EXTREMELY active. He's 10 mo. old and walking just a little, but mostly crawling still. I'm thinking about purchasing a Walker - but, I'm afraid that it might delay his walking. He longs to be mobile and I just thought that if he had a walker, he could still follow me around without getting into trouble or hurting himself while I did chores (currently, my chore list is piling up). Any ideas?
 

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I would not buy a walker for a variety of reasons. They have been implicated in a lot of accidents of babies pulling things down on themselves, tipping over, falling down stairs etc.<br><br>
I would give him plenty of walking practice and he will be fully mobile before you know it.<br><br>
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Yeah, I agree with the pp. Walkers are not necessary at all. And you are right, it will probably back fire and delay his walking, especially since it puts him in an unnatural position, not at all like truly walking.
 

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I wouldn't get one, it would only be a few weeks at most that he would use it.<br><br>
Perhaps hire a mother's helper for a day, so you could catch up on chores?
 

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I got one and my babe hated it. She never could figure out how to make it work. She is the active type and hated being stuck in something. However, she loves her push toy. Its a little lion that also converts to a ride on toy. she figured that out pretty quick. I say just baby proof like crazy and let him do his thing.
 

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I would totally agree...No walker. It will probably delay his walking, from what I know it uses the wrong leg muscles.<br>
I would do a push toy and lots of room<br><br>
My dh feel down stairs in his walker and broke his leg...I would hate to hear that happen to your lo.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I didn't think they even sold walkers anymore?<br>
How about a push toy instead?</div>
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I thought they stopped selling them too! But I did see one at Burlington Baby Depot--Precious Moments one. I was really surprised. My gramma wanted to get it for my dd and I freaked and listed all the reasons why walkers are dangerous. Yikes.
 

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Wait, if he's crawling, how is he not mobile? How would a walker help him get around better than crawling, anyway? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wait, if he's crawling, how is he not mobile? How would a walker help him get around better than crawling, anyway? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:</div>
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Maybe for safety reasons? When dd started crawling, I let her follow me all over the house. I picked up/child proofed as much as possible. I didn't worry. Sure, she got a hold of dog food or other things and put them in her mouth...but I retrieved and everything was cool. I'm very laxed with most parenting aspects (there's a couple things I am strict about...but I'm mostly laxed). Not everyone is.<br><br>
My gramma OTOH, wouldn't let dd crawl anywhere at her house. DD had to stay in the living room where gramma could watch her because she was afraid dd would choke on something or otherwise get hurt. Gramma wanted a walker for her house so dd could roam around w/o injury and w/o getting things in her mouth (little did she know that the walkers are a huge safety hazard). Maybe this is exactly the reason the OP wanted a walker <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
If someone's house has stuff lying everywhere (like my gramma's--knick knacks, piles of mail here and there, etc) they're not too quick to allow a kid free roam. Maybe the OP hasn't gotten around to child proofing/cleaning. I'm NOT judging, by any means! My house is cluttered and stuff everywhere at times (ok, more than "at times" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">)--but I still don't care and let dd explore. I keep an eye on her and intervene when neccesary.<br><br>
Just food for thought.
 

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No I would not buy a walker, but they are illegal to buy or sell here in Canada.<br><br>
I put dd in the mei tai on my back, or put her in her highchair with some cups and spoons and stuff if I'm working in the kitchen and she wants to see what I'm doing.
 

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If you go to Babies R Us (online) they've about 6 or so walkers for sale. The store only carried 3.<br><br>
He wants to stand and do things with me, but he keeps falling. The other day he followed me to the washing machine (it's in a closet area by the kitchen) he stood up to watch the machine tumble the clothes and then he fell on his face! I nearly had a heart attack. To make matters worse, his mouth started bleeding profusely. I freaked and didn't know what to do - so, I took him to the doctor. All he had done was bite his tongue - he bit it really hard, but that's where the blood was coming from.<br><br>
I don't know I just thought that a walker would make it so that he could go where he wanted and stay out of trouble (we live in a ranch - no stairs).<br><br>
I guess I won't be getting one, one of my fears is that his walking would be delayed and I certainly don't want that. I am liking the push toy idea. He's still wobbles when he stands though, so, I'm worried he won't be able to balance himself. I'm making a Babies R Us trip today so we'll see.<br><br>
Thanks for the advice ladies!
 

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As the wife of a chiropractor, I'd never ever even consider a walker. Very dangerous, and can lead to spinal problems, as well as the other dangers.<br><br>
If he's crawling, is he working on pulling up? Standing? Cruising the furniture? That'll happen next, if it's not happening already, and before you know it you'll be videotaping first steps. Don't worry, if he wants it badly enough, he'll figure it out!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you go to Babies R Us (online) they've about 6 or so walkers for sale. The store only carried 3.<br><br>
He wants to stand and do things with me, but he keeps falling. The other day he followed me to the washing machine (it's in a closet area by the kitchen) he stood up to watch the machine tumble the clothes and then he fell on his face! I nearly had a heart attack. To make matters worse, his mouth started bleeding profusely. I freaked and didn't know what to do - so, I took him to the doctor. All he had done was bite his tongue - he bit it really hard, but that's where the blood was coming from.<br><br>
... I am liking the push toy idea. He's still wobbles when he stands though, so, I'm worried he won't be able to balance himself. I'm making a Babies R Us trip today so we'll see.<br><br>
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You are probably totally right. When he first manages to pull himself up on that push toy, he'll wobble and crash. In fact, the first fifteen times he tries to even get that far, the toy will roll (and possibly topple) and... CRASH... then he'll try to take a step and - you guessed it - CRASH... over and over again. But he'll keep trying, and he'll master it. Then it will get boring, or at least between him and {insert big, intesting no-no here} and he'll LET GO... Of course, he's forgotten that he doesn't know HOW to let go and he'll land either on his rear of his face... Of course, the good news is, everytime he falls, he'll get better at it - he'll learn to stick his rear out, so he falls backwards instead of on his nose (which he will do regularly) and when his rear isn't enough counter-balance and he's going to land face down, he'll learn to put his little arms out to catch himself... then he'll start to be able to trip without falling... then he'll want to climb and you'll have a whole different set of coronaries!! then he'll want a bike and you'll want to die.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> THEN he'll want a skateboard... (<span style="font-size:xx-small;">meep</span>)<br>
It is so scary when they first start to find their mobility and crash! But keep in mind, that falling is a part of learning, he'll probably fall a LOT in the next 18 years and you'll get to have a little coronary every. single. time!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: the best way for him to learn to find UP is to wobble and fall a little. A bit tongue (or a split chin... gashed cheek... scraped knee (or, face)... black eye... ugh...) sucks, but it will help him learn not only to pick himself back up physically and try again, but also in emotional/social/scholastic situations - <span style="color:#FF0000;">GO D</span><span style="color:#FFA500;">ETE</span><span style="color:#00FF00;">RMI</span><span style="color:#0000FF;">NA</span><span>TON</span>!!! And, with you there, to give him a hug and an icecube(or boob-cube) to suck on, he'll learn that he can always come to you for support and a little pick-me-up.<br><br>
I think one of the evils of walkers and the reason they don't let kids learn to WALK is that they don't let them fall down; as soon as they start to do the wobble, the walker picks them up. Their legs can't gain strength that way, and they don't really learn to balance.
 

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my 5 mo dd LOVES hers. she is not, however, mobile--in fact, she doesn't even reach the floor <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. i use it mostly while i put laundry away or need to use a knife or do something hot (while cooking). she is a quick disposer of crutches. she used a pacifier for MAYBE 2 mos & decided she was over it; ditto for the swing. i'm sure she'll be over the walker quickly, too. she spends WAY more time standing with our help than in the walker, but i find it invaluable when i need to set her down.<br><br>
But like everyone else said, if he's already mobile, it's pry not worth it.
 

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I fell down a flight of stairs in a walker when I was 6 months old. I would NEVER buy one for my baby, no matter how bad he wanted to walk (and I can see a lot of potential issues there, let me tell you! He already wants to crawl at 2 months).
 

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Well, considering your LO's age, no I would not buy a walker. He'll be walking very soon and you won't get much use out of it. I vote for the mother's helper to give you a breather.<br><br>
As for walkers themselves, we do have one. It's in the basement so no stairs to worry about and since we adequately babyproofed and supervise use, it should be fine.<br><br>
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I wouldn't buy one. They aren't even legal in our daycares, and not sold in stores either. DS has always been active, we would hold hands and use push toys for help with walking.
 
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