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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Thu, 01-20-2011 - 11:29pm

James has always been gassy--so he definitely prefers to be upright--it is funny that the Germans take it so seriously, LOL!

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Thu, 01-20-2011 - 3:41pm
That was when ours got used the most as well. This awful time (for Teddy) where he wanted to crawl but couldn't figure it out and was absolutely miserable pretty much all day every day for a few weeks.

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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 4:24pm
Everyone has a pram type stroller here so the baby lays flat- sometimes until 11+ months if the baby takes a long time to learn how to sit up on their own.

Bumbos, exersaucers, etc aren't sold here. It is funny because some people take it SO seriously and I just think a whole country full of millions of people does it differently and they end up fine:)

In general I think the Germans want a "right" way to do everything when it comes to parenting. It is a bit silly.
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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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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 - 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 - 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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Tue, 01-18-2011 - 8:41pm
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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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