walkers, is it really helpful in the growth and development of a child?

December 1, 2006 8:49am CST
I have read different articles that a walker does not help a child at all in learning how to walk. and it is dangerous because of the premature mobility it provides a child. Do you agree with this? My son used a walker when he was five months old and yet, he was only able to walk on his own when he reached eleven months.
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@EagleEyes (646)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I don't like walkers because of the danger. You hear of the horror stories of children falling down flights of stairs, etc...The exersaucer (I think that is the name of it) is a much safer choice, they are stationary, but the child can spin around in it and they often come with little toys attached to them. The child can also learn to stand in them. I think a child will walk when they are ready to, I don't think anyone should rush it.
• Philippines
1 Dec 06
i have heard of the exersaucer but unfortunately it is not available here in my country. i have looked for it but i could not find it anywhere. so i had to resort to using a walker. i just had to keep a keen eye on my son and i could not leave him alone in his walker. somebody always had to be with him to make sure he is safe. he just loved walking around in his walker.