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Walker or pusher? Or maybe nothing?


The young parent has a lot to choose from, which theoretically are supposed to make life easier. However, not all are noteworthy. For example, a lot of controversy arose around the walker. Most specialists warn against using it. Is it worth reaching for a pusher instead?

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Certainly not a walker

In many environments, a walker is considered an indispensable element of the layette. No wonder the generation of modern parents grew up on walkers. The use of special equipment "facilitating" learning to walk gave dozens of years ago to young parents of that time a lot of respite.

Small children felt perfectly upright. They spent a lot of time in the walkers. They were protected against falling, there was no need to be afraid that they would hit their heads against the wall or the edge of the table. The children took care of themselves and let their busy and tired mothers rest. No wonder the walker was considered a real salvation. A product as important as a teat, without which it is impossible to raise a child. Unfortunately, as usual in these types of situations - "something for something."

Children put in walkers were not wisely supported in learning to walk, on the contrary - the natural process was disturbed in this way. Walker because:

  • prevents the proper development of the sense of balance,
  • disturbs orientation in space and distance assessment,
  • overloads the child's spine and pelvis,
  • strains joints
  • makes it difficult to learn how to fall - your child should learn how to fall and fall properly,
  • causes posture defects,
  • deepens and strengthens existing defects (e.g. asymmetry, problems with muscle tone),
  • teaches how to tiptoe
  • loads the feet - children in walkers, instead of putting their whole feet, learn to push with the help of their fingers,
  • makes children learn to walk with stiff muscles and legs, which causes further problems with the locomotor system.

And although it is unlikely that your child will be hurt if he stays half an hour a day in a walker, it is better not to buy this type of equipment. The more so because in many countries the walker has been withdrawn from sale.

Reasons why it is not worth much ...

It is better not to opt for a walker, because it does not help the child, and it can harm.

In addition, the age at which parents start using baby walkers (6-10 months) is the time when the child should stay as much as possible on the floor, exercising muscles and acquiring the skills needed for proper movement. The walker does not help in this process. On the contrary, it disturbs him.

Or maybe a pusher?

The pusher, as the name implies, is a device that was created to be pushed by a child. The toddler relies on him, by the way moving and having fun. Pushers are enriched with additional elements - rattles, buttons, lights.

Interestingly, the pusher is also not the best toy for a child. Certainly not at the beginning of learning to walk.

Why?

Because first the child learns to get up, then walks sideways (a very important moment for the development of the feet!), Tries to move around the furniture. Only when he acquires these skills does he begin to walk forward. And theoretically then, at this stage, the pusher could prove itself. The problem is that most of these types of toys are available on wheels, which unfortunately is associated with the problem of stopping. Therefore, it is safest to offer your child a pusher only when the toddler knows how to walk, get up after a fall, and stop. However, will the toy be interesting for the child then?

Purchase may be a good solution pusher - ride car, on which the child can sit, pushing himself with his legs, thus exercising his leg muscles.

It is worth noting that the toy is stable, it has the ability to adjust the speed of the wheels and does not slide on the ground, which makes it difficult to get on it.

In this case, however, there are "no" votes.

Some people note that a ride is not the best choice because of the bad effect on the hips.

What do we think about it?

Friendly physiotherapists are of the opinion that there is no cause for concern in normal use. If your child is away from the ride for several hours, you do not need to be afraid of its potential negative effects. It is worth offering your child various games and several forms of stimulation.

Read how to choose a ride for a child.