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My baby is 4 months. Can she start using a walker/bouncer? She has good head control and can sit supported.

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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In brief: When able to sit up

Walkers and jumpers do not help a baby learn to walk.
Walkers and jumpers are ok to use under adult supervision, and for less than 30-60 minutes at one time. They are not for keeping a toddler in, without supervision. Dangers include crashing into furniture corners, flipping over, falling down stairs, and sliding through the seat (possibly getting tangled up and possibly getting choked).

In brief: When able to sit up

Walkers and jumpers do not help a baby learn to walk.
Walkers and jumpers are ok to use under adult supervision, and for less than 30-60 minutes at one time. They are not for keeping a toddler in, without supervision. Dangers include crashing into furniture corners, flipping over, falling down stairs, and sliding through the seat (possibly getting tangled up and possibly getting choked).
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Walkers are not recommended because of safety reasons and because they keep babies' legs splayed at the hips, which can delay walking in a preemie or any infant with abnormal muscle tone. Canada has banned their use! Floor time in prone is best, to promote head-to-toe gross motor development. See HealthyChildren.org
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