Did you use a walker?

United States
November 17, 2008 12:21pm CST
When your kids were getting near the age of walking, did you put them in a walker? The only kids I didn't use a walker with were my twins. We didn't have the space for it, we lived in a very small condo at the time, with hardly any room to breath for the 5 of us. The 3 other kids used a walker though. I'm not sure if it helped or not. For my youngest right now the main reason I use it is to feed him his snacks. I have a high chair, but rarely use it, so he's usually fed in his walker. I'm sure I'm creating bad habits for him, lol, but hey, we all make our mistakes and learn from them.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
17 Nov 08
Walker - dads shiny red walker
Walker for kids? I was picturing kids learning to walk using this type of walker at first. It's been YEARS since I hyad a child so I was lost by the title at first. Is that those things with wheels etc for them to roll around the house etc? We used them for our kids wqhen they were little. Also had Johnny Jump Ups for them to learn to use their legs. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@lilybug (21182)
• United States
17 Nov 08
My daughter loved her Johnny Jump. I swear sometimes I thought she was going to go flying out of the thing.
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• United States
17 Nov 08
I call those Jolly Jumpers.. we used one of those for the twins, and I have one for the baby now, although it's a bit different than it used to be. It sits on the floor and is connected to 3 posts by elastic. Still the same idea, but it's not hanging from a ceiling anymore.
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@lilybug (21182)
• United States
17 Nov 08
The kind your son has now is probably safer. I was always afraid my daughter would yank it off the doorway.
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@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
17 Nov 08
We had a saucer for my daughter. She could move her feet. But it wouldn't go anywhere. So she got the practice, without me having to worry about her tumbling down the stairs. It was a nice safety feature.
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• United States
17 Nov 08
I have 2 of those for my youngest. One just stays put and only spins in place, while the other is more of a jolly jumper type thing, only not connected to the ceiling. He loved them both, and still uses the bouncy one sometimes.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
17 Nov 08
Wha is the difference between a walker and a saucer? I am lost. I deal with OLD people not children now days. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
17 Nov 08
A walker has wheels and the kids can move around the house. A saucer is kind of like a walker only is stays in place, no wheels.
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@gemini_rose (16194)
17 Nov 08
My first two children both had a walker I loved to see them in it, but with my last two I did not simply because they just used to get so dirty. No matter how much I scrubbed and cleaned it the food just seemed to stay on it and I hated it in the end so after the second child I said "no more" and I did not. I hate high chairs too they harbour food I could not wait until my daughter did not have to have hers anymore!
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• United States
17 Nov 08
Yes it is difficult to clean them, especially the stitching along the seat. I don't worry too much about it though, I mostly give him dry snacks in his walker, and the other messier foods in his high chair. I also feed him in his car seat sometimes, and that's easier because I can just take the cover off to clean it.
@daceyp (327)
17 Nov 08
i used a walker for both of my kids and they loved it.i think it gives the some independace to get around when they arent quite there on there own.i also had a door bouncer for my youngest.
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@camomom (7537)
• United States
17 Nov 08
Yes, we used a walker on our oldest daughter. I think it helped her. Even if it didn't it help to keep her occupied so I could do the things that I needed to get done and kept her happy. We already started putting our youngest in one and she loves it. She can't move it yet but she likes to sit up in it and her sister pushes her around the kitchen in it. She smiles and laughs.
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@rainmark (4307)
17 Nov 08
Hi Kats, i don;t use walker for my son now until he learned to walk. We don't have much space at house. When feeding him i used the high chair but more likely he likes to play so i put him on his playpen, and fed him there but the worst is i have lots of cleaning to do on his playpen well better than making a mess on the carpet. Wish i have a huge space here for his walker. Happy posting.
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@lilybug (21182)
• United States
17 Nov 08
Both of my kids used walkers. They were both in walkers before they were actually trying to walk around. I think it helped them build their leg muscles up. My son did not spend a lot of time in his, but my daughter loved hers. She would just hang out in it. She got snacks in hers too.
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@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
17 Nov 08
Yes, I did use walkers for all 4 of my children. I think that they loved it because it gave them the freedom to walk around the house with the help they needed. I did have a huge accident with my youngest son in his walker. He ended up going down the basement stairs in his walker!! It was so scarey and luckily he wasn't hurt badly, just a huge bump on his head. So if a door gets left opened that shouldn't be, they are very dangerous. Now they have those exersaucers. I do daycare and the kids I watch love to play in the exersaucers and have snack in there.
• United States
17 Nov 08
Yikes! The only stairs my kids are subjected to are the ones that go to the upstairs. My husband's computer desk is in front of our basement door, so no dangers there.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
18 Nov 08
The same thing happened to my daughter when she was in a walker too. She went right down the setps to my basement , and was not hurt either. She went straight down the steps and the walker did not even turn over. After that I did not put her in the walker again.
@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
18 Nov 08
After it happened to my son, we bought a baby gate and gated him off so he wasn't near the stairs at all.
• United States
18 Nov 08
I had a saucer for my youngest son, who is now 2 1/2. We put him in it when we needed to go to a different room for a few minutes, like going to the bathroom or taking a shower, that kind of thing. We didn't use a walker. I haven't used a walker with any of my kids. I've always been somewhat limited on space and I never felt they were really beneficial in helping the kids learn to walk. They also have the potential for being very dangerous. If we were to have another baby, we'd get another saucer, but we still wouldn't use a walker.
• United States
18 Nov 08
Walkers can be dangerous if you have stairs, I don't even trust using gates when you have stairs going down that a baby can get to, it scares me. But walkers do help a baby work on their leg and back muscles, which is beneficial to walking. I don't think it will help them if they spend a lot of time in it, but a few minutes a day here and there would help them get stronger. But not using a walker is just as good, they build the muscles up on their own. Either way doesn't make a whole lot of difference to most kids.
• United States
18 Nov 08
I used a walker for my daughter but it was only for a very brief time. She was walking without it before I knew it! There wasn't a whole lot of room for her to move in hers either, so we set it just a little low and she'd practice standing in it. So I kind of converted it to a jumper? Lol. I put fruit snacks on the tray for her too. She seems to have turned out fine. I wouldn't worry about it!
• United States
18 Nov 08
Mine only uses it a for a little while each day, mostly he's crawling around and using the furniture to stand up and cruise around. He'll be walking on his own soon enough, then I'll finally be done with walkers (fingers crossed).
@jammyt (2824)
• Philippines
17 Nov 08
When I was THE baby, I know I did not use the walker.My daughter did use one but for just a very very short time. Some say using one will help a child walk faster. Some say that using one will make the child lazy and instead of learning the process of walking faster, they would tend to be dependent on the walker. I think it depends on the child and motor skills on how fast he can adapt.
• United States
17 Nov 08
I've never heard that a walker makes a baby lazy. The kids I used a walker for were all walking before they turned a year, so they sure weren't lazy.
• United States
17 Nov 08
Walkers don't really help with walking because they are basically sitting down and just using their feet to push themselves around. I used a walker mainly for feeding and having a place to put him, let him move around but without me having to worry about losing him or getting into anything he shouldn't be in.
• United States
17 Nov 08
Actually they do help a lot. First they're using their leg muscles, so developing those. Then they're learning the proper ways to take steps so that they will move in the direction they want to. Finally, once they get good at it, they will be standing on their own and the walker does nothing but offer support in case they fall.
@ravinskye (8245)
• United States
21 Nov 08
I used a walker a little bit with our kids. They didn't really seem to like it much. It was just easier for them to get around by crawling. With my middle one we couldn't use the walker because with her legs in the brace we couldn't fit her down in it. We barely used it with our son either. He had no interest in being in it.
@Erssyl (617)
• Philippines
19 Nov 08
Yes,especially with my first daughter.I was very excited to see her sit in a walker so she can practice her first step.The walker helped them feel comfortable while they are not fully in control of their body balance.It's not a bad habit as i see.They will not use walker as soon as they control their balance,you can't force them to sit in it again.Did you notice that?
• United States
18 Nov 08
I used a walker for both of my kids. Some say that a walker doesn't help and some even say that they can cause delays in a child walking. I'm not saying that anyone is wrong here but I beleive they help and I don't beleive that they cause any delays. Neither one of my kids had a problem learning to walk. No I don't beleive a walker teaches a child to walk but I do beleive that they help. Neither one of my kids actually SAT when they were in them either. They were STANDING and walking in them. I used them to keep them busy while I was doing something or for snack time. They weren't in them ALL the time because I gave them lots of time for floor time. Both of our kids were walking before they were a year old so no delays there! My oldest daughter is mildly autistic and when she was a baby, we couldn't even hold her hands to walk along like you can with most babies. Her walker helped her and gave her the support she needed to help her with motor skills to get her there and she was walking without any delays either. In my opinion, I think walkers really do help in some way even though I don't think they actually do the teaching. I thought having them for both of my kids was a great idea. My brothers, and sister and I had walkers when we were babies and was walking before we were a year old also. The same went with my cousins and their kids too. I don't think there is anyone in my family that didn't walk before they were a year old and none of them were delayed by a walker.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Yes I did use walkers for all my four kids. Untill my youngest went down the steps to the basement. We have an open stair way with no door. She went so fast in the walker that I could not stop her in time., She was not hurt at all. That was the last time I put her in the walker.
@KENSHA29 (34)
18 Nov 08
yes i used one with all three of my kids. i don't it's a must have tho.they are not good on carpet.
• Philippines
18 Nov 08
I have 4 kids and yes they all used walker. All of them started walking at 8 months and already running on their 1st birthday, I guess walker really helped them to walk early. We have enough space at our front yard and my hub put a pole(steel) across the yard like a clothes string. We used to tie the walker on that pole and let them run back and forth without worrying that the walker will stumble and they would fall. Now, my 3 older kids are all studying and all of them are actively participating in school marathons.
• Philippines
17 Nov 08
I think my mom had me used a walker when I was young. But, based on their stories, I learned to walk when I was crawling and accidentally had a needle in my knees. We lived in a tailoring shop where needles can be everywhere. I did not cry but they saw me not moving under a sewing machine. When they took out the needle, I cried and would not want to crawl again. So, at an early age, got traumatized and started walking. I guess, not much a need for a walker.