For toddlers: from what age, how to choose
Health and the correct development of the baby largely depend on his physical activity: the way he moves and how diverse his movements. Such a way of pastime affects the emotional mood of the crumbs. For children who have not yet learned how to move independently, the best way to learn about the environment is to study and contemplate the world, sitting in the arms of your beloved mother. So the child can touch everything that he reaches. The kid tries the permitted objects on the tooth, turns his head in search of something interesting, mastering new movements. However, not every mother can afford to spend 24 hours a day with a baby. In addition, she sometimes needs a rest. To many parents, the decision to purchase a walker for babies seems very successful. After all, this device will allow mothers at least a short time to release their hands and do household chores, while the child will be distracted and entertained.
Walker: what is it?
Baby walkers on wheels - a device that will allow a child who does not know how to walk independently, move without the help of parents. They are a frame on wheels, inside which there is a special "saddle" for the child. So a crumb can ride around the apartment, sitting in it and pushing his feet off the floor. One of the famous brands is baby walkers Baby Care. They are produced using many modern technologies. Walkers, the price of which can be different, you can buy at any children's store. Usually their cost starts from 2 thousand rubles and ends with 6 thousand rubles. The product of this manufacturer complies with all world standards of quality and safety: physical and environmental. There are many varieties of this baby accessory. For example, classical, transformers, wheelchairs, rocking chairs, walking walkers. Jumps are another kind of this child's accessory.
Jumper: what is this?
Children's jumps are called a baby seat, which is somewhat like a kangaroo bag, equipped with a high back and breast. Special springing belts are attached to the backpack seat. They are connected by a ring, by means of which the device is suspended in the doorway. In jumps the baby hangs, but touches the floor with feet. And, bending and straightening the legs, can bounce a few centimeters. This accessory can be used from the moment the crumb begins to actively push off the feet from the surface on which it was put.
How to choose a baby walker?
If the parents decided to purchase a baby walker, then it is necessary to pay very careful attention to the choice of this child's device. Improperly selected accessories may cause irreparable harm to the health of the child. When buying them, ask the seller to produce a certificate of the quality of the goods and check whether they can be folded. Walkers, the price of which varies from 900 to 6-7 thousand rubles, can greatly facilitate the life of the mother of the baby. Let's take a closer look at the details that must be taken into account when choosing this child's accessory.
We choose walkers: what is important to pay attention to?
The base of this child's accessory must be stable and wide, so that the child can not turn over, bending over or leaning over the edge. It can be equipped with a rubber bumper: it will reduce the impact force in the event of a collision. It's good if the walkers can fold. They will be more convenient to store and carry. Some models are additionally equipped with a music or game pad, a removable tray. Walking-rocking can function as an ordinary walker and rocking chair.
To ensure that the baby does not fall out of his vehicle, the seat must be deep enough. During movement, the entire load will be concentrated between the legs of the crumbs, so it should be made from a sufficiently dense fabric and at the same time not be too stiff. A firm and high back is also necessary: it will support the child in a vertical position, not allowing to tip back. The seat must have a removable cover. Well, if it is easy to clean.
Remember: the more wheels are located on the perimeter of the base, the more maneuverable and more stable for the kids of the walker. They should turn in all directions and easily rotate. The most quiet and non-damaging flooring is made of silicone. The height of the walker should vary depending on the growth of the baby: it should reach the floor with the entire foot, without bending the legs. Otherwise, this children's transport will negatively affect the formation of the locomotor system of crumbs. It is also necessary not to exceed the maximum weight, which is indicated in the passport of the walker, and the growth of the child. Usually these figures are 12-15 kg and 80 cm.
What are the walkers?
Surely every parent imagines what this child's accessory looks like: a special frame that is equipped with wheels and a seat for the baby, which makes it possible to independently navigate the area of the room. What is the difference between these devices? For toddlers, walkers can be of different designs. In the market they are presented in a wide range of colors, they have various additional details that will not allow the youngster to get bored.
Types of walker
The market of children's goods offers parents a variety of models of accessories. Everyone will be able to choose the most convenient option for the baby:
- Classic walkers. In this children's vehicle, the crumb will be able to move around the room, study the environment, improve stability skills and strengthen the legs without the support of parents.
- Walking-rocking or transformers. This design allows children's transport to combine the functions of a rocking chair and ordinary walkers. It has a height adjuster, panels with toys, comfortable seating and so on.
- Jumps. The outer design of this child's accessory resembles a kangaroo backpack, which is equipped with special straps. Usually it is suspended in the doorway. Jumps can be used with half a year, but you must get permission from an orthopedist.
- Go-carts. This option is very loved by the kids. The design is a toy on wheels, which must be pushed in front of you. This kind of walker is designed for toddlers who are already able to stand and walk.
- Walkers walking (for kids with cerebral palsy). The design has a support for the elbow or is a walker-rollators, equipped with a rear support.
How long can a baby be in a walker?
It is better to start with 3-5 minutes. In the future, you can gradually increase the time. To avoid excessive load on the children's spine, it is not recommended to keep crumbs in the walkers for longer than 40 minutes. In addition, the baby should not be in this device more than 1-2 times a day. Scientists have proved: kiddies, that more than 1 hour (long enough time) are in the walker, begin to walk independently much later than the crumbs that were engaged in this vehicle for a regulated time. The main determining factor in the duration of using a child's accessory is the child's mood. If he starts to be capricious and becomes sluggish, then he is tired, and there is a need to change the type of activity.
Age in which you can put the baby in a walker
To start using this children's transport is possible only when the child has learned to sit without help and independently to get up in a crib. And exactly until the moment when he does not take the first steps. Approximately 6 months to a year. Although age in this matter - a very conventional indicator. Success in mastering the world around your kid!