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Do walkers and jumpers help my baby learn to walk?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

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: No

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).
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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2 doctors agree

In brief: No

They absolutely do not.
In fact, walkers are dangerous and associated with more accidental injuries. The best thing you can do to help your child learn to walk is to give him plenty of floor time, initially tummy time, then scooting/crawling time. This should be in a child-proofed area where you can let him roam free with sturdy furniture to pull up against.

In brief: No

They absolutely do not.
In fact, walkers are dangerous and associated with more accidental injuries. The best thing you can do to help your child learn to walk is to give him plenty of floor time, initially tummy time, then scooting/crawling time. This should be in a child-proofed area where you can let him roam free with sturdy furniture to pull up against.
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
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Dr. Paul Trani
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Jumpers are pure fun for your baby, as most of the time, "jumping" up and down is a pure motor reflex within your baby's legs.
As kids get older, they can actually jump actively, but there's no correlation with walking. Baby walkers are dangerous, so much so that they've been outlawed in many countries, like canada, due to safety concerns and fears that they delay walking. Do not use them.

In brief: No

Jumpers are pure fun for your baby, as most of the time, "jumping" up and down is a pure motor reflex within your baby's legs.
As kids get older, they can actually jump actively, but there's no correlation with walking. Baby walkers are dangerous, so much so that they've been outlawed in many countries, like canada, due to safety concerns and fears that they delay walking. Do not use them.
Dr. Paul Trani
Dr. Paul Trani
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

In fact walkers delay walking.
In children with cerebal palsey walkers increase leg crossing and can make it impossible to ever walk.

In brief: No

In fact walkers delay walking.
In children with cerebal palsey walkers increase leg crossing and can make it impossible to ever walk.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Although they do provide entertainment for your child, and free your hands for other activities, walkers and jumpers do not teach your child to walk.
The main reason is that your child is not bearing all their weight or balancing themselves when in these devices. Better activities include holding your child's arms or hands while they are standing or a push toy they can hold onto while standing.

In brief: No

Although they do provide entertainment for your child, and free your hands for other activities, walkers and jumpers do not teach your child to walk.
The main reason is that your child is not bearing all their weight or balancing themselves when in these devices. Better activities include holding your child's arms or hands while they are standing or a push toy they can hold onto while standing.
Dr. Scott Katz
Dr. Scott Katz
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