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Baby walkers have a hard-plastic base on wheels with a sling seat. Babies can sit in the seat and move around, often before they are able to sit by themselves or crawl.
Baby walkers can be dangerous as they allow children to move quickly around the house and grab things normally out of reach.
When in a baby walker they can:
Baby walkers DO NOT help babies learn how to walk any sooner, and may delay them reaching other very important milestones (rolling, sitting, crawling).
While in a walker, babies do not learn how to use their muscles properly. This teaches them to walk on tip toes, causing their leg muscles to become tight. This may require treatment, like casting or even surgery.
Baby exercise jumpers are a sling seat with a spring that can be attached to a door frame or to a separate frame, which allows babies to bounce up and down off the floor using their feet.
Children have been injured in baby exercise jumpers, including:
Like baby walkers, the use of exercise jumpers can cause baby’s leg muscles to
become tight. This may require them to have treatment, like casting or even surgery.
While in an exercise jumper, babies do not learn how to use their muscles properly. It may encourage them to stiffen their legs and may delay them reaching their milestones (sitting, crawling, walking).
It is important baby practices tummy time on a mat, sitting, crawling.
Set-up on the floor, never up high. Use during awake time, not for sleep. Make sure the harness is done up correctly.
Practice pulling to stand at an activity table or low, secured furniture.
Practice learning to walk, behind a stable push-type trolley.
These resources have been endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association.