Walkers and walking rings

Walkers or walking rings , a good idea???.
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No!!! In fact, studies have shown that babies who use walkers actually learn to walk later than those who don’t. Walkers allow babies to move around before they are physically ready for it, which can cause unusual movement patterns and delayed muscle control and development.
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Babies learn to walk in part by watching and understanding how their feet and legs move. If a walker has a tray, they can’t see what’s happening with their lower body and don’t get the information they need about their motor development.
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We recommend against walkers , not only because they hinder your child’s walking milestones and can discourage your child from learning to walk on his own, but also because they can be very dangerous. Many babies end up in casualty from falling down stairs or bumping into furniture while in a walker. Walkers can give parents a false impression that their babies are truly mobile and can control their actions. Some parents even leave their babies alone to navigate their way around the home in a walker.
I always say to parents, “putting a baby in a walker, is like giving your 10 year old keys to a Ferrari , saying go for a spin! “
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One of the NB sections we cover on our courses is safety!