Monday, July 5, 2010

Why Izz never had a walker

Bad and I had never been eager to put Izz in a walker..even until now..
He is about to reach 10 months old in just a few days..and I've seen remarkable milestones from him that are rarely seen from other babies (using walker)..
He is always at the level of 1 to 2 months ahead from his own age, alhamdulillah..He was already cruising (moving around upright while holding onto furniture) while babies his age had only started to crawl.
The more modern we are, the more we realize that nature's way is the best..
Below is an article from about baby walker..

Should I buy my baby a baby walker?
Written for BabyCenter Malaysia
Julia Youll answers:

Putting a baby in a walker is like giving a teenager a Ferrari - a dangerous risk. That's why, as of April 2007, Canada has banned the sale of baby walkers.

UK data also suggests that more accidents and injuries happen in babywalkers than with any other form of baby equipment. This is because they give babies extra speed (a baby can reach up to one metre per second in one zoom), extra height and access to multiple hazards.

Most injuries are caused by falls when the baby walker tips and the baby is thrown downstairs or crashes into furniture, heaters or ovens. There is also an increased risk of your baby being burnt by previously inaccessible objects, such as candles and hot cups of tea. Thirdly, it allows her to reach household poisons, such as perfume, mouthwash or alcohol, left at a previously safe level.

Most people believe that when a baby is occupied in his little 'wagon', he is safe and can be left unsupervised for short periods. In reality, extra vigilance is needed when your baby is in a walker and your baby would be safer left on the floor in a hazard-free room. (Read tips on baby-proofing your house.)

Walkers won't help your baby learn to walk and in fact, using one too much may even delay her development slightly. A baby needs to roll, crawl, sit and to play on the floor, in order to reach her developmental milestones.

In spite of the worrying statistics, an outright ban on walkers could be unrealistic. Some experts feel they should be designed only for babies over nine months of age who are already sitting and crawling, and are limited in the speed that they can travel.

If someone suggests a walker for your baby, consider alternatives or, better still, let her exercise on the floor in the good, old-fashioned way.

Reviewed by Dr Winston Yong Sin Chuen, former associate professor at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, now a consultant paediatrician in private practice in the Klang Valley

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