A baby walker is a device which enables a baby to move about half upright and half seated position. Ironically a baby walker might even delay the development of the baby (Smith, 1997). Any baby who normally uses a baby walker becomes very slow in things like crawling, sitting up on his or her own, walking as well as other milestones for example those things that are involving learning, memory and verbal communication skills. However, US banned the manufacturing and the sale of mobile baby walkers. Parents normally desire their children to be happy.
Baby walkers make the babies happy for quite some time but they eventually bring about enduring consequences. In fact, children are not able to think about their future so it is the role of the parents to take that responsibility. Parents should always think on what these things teach their children, the way they will affect the babies and the implications they have for these babies. So many parents assume that the baby walkers will assist the children to learn walking very fast but it turns out to be the other way round; they interfere with the walking of the baby.
The baby walkers decrease the need of the walking of the baby because it normally gives the alternative by strengthening the wrong muscles. They strengthen the lower legs instead of strengthening the upper legs hence the hips becomes very weak (Smith 10). Parents should always be cautious that the upper hips as well as the upper legs are extraordinary important for the waling of the baby. Parents are supposed to keep on supervising the babies when they are in the baby walkers even though many accidents occur even if one is supervising the baby while in the walker.
Those babies who use them are involved in more accidents than those who do not use them. Most of the baby got injured during the year 1992 and they were involving a kid falling at the stairways. The parents within the United States are not supposed to sue the manufacturing company of the baby walkers because they are cautioned to take good care of their babies. They are advised on the proper usage of the walkers to reduce unnecessary dangers that their children can encounter.
Those parents who intend to use the so called baby walkers in spite of the warnings from healthcare along with child safety experts should choose to use them but with extra concern. Baby walkers provide increased mobility which sometimes puts the baby in unsafe situations. Finally, since the baby walkers are dangerous, all the parents are required to buy the baby walkers that tend to meet the latest safety measures hence ensure safety at home always (Smith 19). Any agent who will be dealing with the export of baby walkers to other countries must be sure of the quality that is being exported.
It does not mean that children from other countries will not get involved with the dangers that are caused by the baby walkers. Conclusion I recommend that any education given to the parents concerning the decline of baby walker related injuries must take account of giving an explanation on the ways of facilitating the motor development. The education programs should be done to create awareness of protection standards for the baby walkers, acknowledge the difficulties of life with having an active baby and always put more emphasize on the need for passive safety procedures.
To conclude with, baby walkers are very dangerous compared to other products for the children. They give children freedom of moving along because they enable children to reach hazards hurriedly. From the paper, it is said that a good percentage of baby walker injuries comes as a result of a baby falling down stairs.
Smith, G. Baby-walker-related injuries still go on despite the Educational Programs Provided. New York: Pediatrics Publishers Ltd, 1997.