Walkers,exersaucers and Jumperoos?

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Walkers,exersaucers and Jumperoos?
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Tue, 01-18-2011 - 4:11am
Okay ladies I need your opinions on some things. I posted on FB last night that Gabby tool a few steps in a walker. My aunt posted that she was told they were dangerous and was surprised they had them at daycare.

So I was thinking well I know they are dangerous because of stairs etc. And access to things they shouldn't be. But then I was thinking well on daycare those factors aren't there so it should be fine.

But I posted the question on my playgroup. And they started talking about hip problems in kids if they are in walkers too much. So then it got me worried about the jumperoos and exersaucers and stuff and if that causes hip problems as well. I don't know how much time she is in it at daycare. So now I am wodering if I should talk to them about limiting her to a half hour a day? What would you do?

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Registered: 12-23-2003
Tue, 01-18-2011 - 9:52am

Well I do believe the time in any of these baby containers should be limited depending on the age- at 5 months I personally would say 15 minutes tops but of course you have to decide for yourself what you feel comfortable with.

That being said we own a walker, and a jumper (hangs from the door frame and he can jump in it), and in the States had an exersaucer.

He LOVED the walker. It was great for when before he could crawl or cruise. He was never in it for longer then about 15-20 minutes a day but he had so much fun cruising around our flat- and we don't have stairs so there was no possibility for tipping (plus it is one of the new ones that literally stops on uneven ground). Honestly he was strong enough to stand while holding on to us at that point so I was not worried about his hips at all. Now if we had left him in it for hours at a time it would be a different story.

I think it comes down to active supervision- I would never leave my child alone in any of these type of items, short spans of time, and what you feel comfortable with.

I should add that I do not think that any of these items help babies to learn a skill. I just think they provide a pleasant diversion, which I was fine with.

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Tue, 01-18-2011 - 11:09am

Thanks Ash, I am going to talk to them tonight when I go to pick her up with how long she is in the saucers/jumperoo's etc during the day. I really wanted it limited and she is like Teddy it sounds like, she can stand on her own pretty well when we hold onto her arms/hands etc. In fact we can lean her up against the couch and she will stand there for a good 30 seconds or so.


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Registered: 04-29-2008
Tue, 01-18-2011 - 11:28am
The only thing I've really heard about walkers etc (aside from close supervision, keep away from stairs, etc) is that you want to make sure it's adjusted properly for your baby's height. You want to simulate the walking/standing environment as much as possible and don't want her to be able to bend her knees and still be able to have her feet on the ground. Maybe walkers that are too low are the cause of the hip problems?
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Registered: 08-04-2003
Tue, 01-18-2011 - 1:08pm

I've heard so many reasons why walkers are "terrible" (never heard anything about the jumpers or exersaucers... shows how old DS is doesn't it?)... so we skipped the walker with DS and I plan to with newbie as well.

Ray had something like this... which I loved....http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-B0322-Musical-Activity-Walker/dp/B0000789TH/ref=sr_1_31?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1295374072&sr=1-31

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Tue, 01-18-2011 - 8:40pm

I've heard that walkers can cause hip problems, however not jumperoos or exersauces--it is specifically the "walking" aspect that causes the hip problems (them trying to propel themselves when they can't actually support their own weight), so ones where they are just hanging or bouncing is fine.

Personally, we won't get a walker, but we have an exersaucer and plan to use it when he's old enough.

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Tue, 01-18-2011 - 8:41pm
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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 1:52am
I actually heard/read that basically any item which has them hanging from their crotch, baby bjorn, exersaucer, jumparoo, etc is bad for them. (This is the best link I can find in 1 minute, I am sure there are better ones out there)
http://greenmommyblog.com/index.php/2010/09/28/jumperoo-or-not/

Which is why I think you basically have to decide to just never use any of them, or just use them in moderation with caution and common sense (if your baby is quite weak don't use them, etc).

I know here in Germany the general consensus is that anyone who props their baby up in a sitting position before they can push themselves up to sitting on their own- so basically all Americans, are completely screwing up their baby's spines AND causing their children to be less intelligent. They even have research to support them...

Since plenty of Americans end up being intelligent and don't all have incredibly crooked spines, I tend to be pretty wary when it comes to this type of advice:)
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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 2:00am
Walkers are actually banned here in Canada, but it's because of the stair thing - I've never actually heard of them causing hip problems. My mother loves to tell me all about how I basically lived in my walker (they weren't banned yet when I was a baby) and my Jolly Jumper, and I don't have any hip problems! But of course it's like anything else, just use your own judgement!


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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 8:44am

We have this one, and I'm ok with Peter being in it some. I'm not going to let him hang out for hours, walking in circles, but I think it's good for him to have. If anything, it gives me somewhere to put him for a few minutes while I run to the bathroom, toss in a load of laundry, etc.

I think you really have to decide how you feel about the possible hip issue, though I tend not to worry about it too much. Our daycare has a jumperoo and exersaucer, but no walker. My worry with it would be the one in the walker running over a baby in the floor. Visibility isn't too good in them.sig by ChrissySig by Chrissy at SMFB! Lilypie First Birthday tickersby chrissy bottlemommy greenby chrissy water

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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 3:33pm

I know here in Germany the general consensus is that anyone who props their baby up in a sitting position before they can push themselves up to sitting on their own- so basically all Americans, are completely screwing up their baby's spines AND causing their children to be less intelligent. They even have research to support them...
Wow that is SO funny!
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