Determining the right age for buying a baby walker for your baby depends a lot on your baby's skill level. Babies develop at different ages. Most pediatricians recommend not buying a baby walker at all, because of the baby walker safety concerns, but if do feel that a baby walker is safe for your baby, you should wait until your baby can sit up on their own and start to pull themselves up on furniture with or without assistance. This is usually between 5 to 6 months of age. It's possible that the child will not develop the leg and thigh strength needed to do these activities if left too long in a walker.
The selection of baby walkers can be overwhelming. There are so many to chose from and so many fun gadgets attached to them to sort through. Baby walker safety should be the number one criteria when choosing the right walker for your baby.
The most common type of injury is when babies fall down stairs or steps in their baby walkers. The next common danger is poisoning, because the babies have more mobility in a baby walker, they are more likely to get into and be able to reach substances that can harm them. Baby walker safety should be a real concern when you are thinking about putting your baby in a baby walker.
We recently heard from a mom of 4 children, who said she used a baby walker for her first child and he was injured by falling down a flight of stairs when she turned her back for just a second. After this incident, she decided to not to use a baby walker with her other three children. They all picked up walking just fine without the aid of a walker. Advice and experience from other moms can be most helpful when researching baby walker safety.