The most common myth is that they are capable of causing bow legs to your child.
According to American Academy of Pediatrics, bow legs are caused by the in-utero position, and they straighten and strengthen when the baby starts to stand and walk.
Therefore, baby walkers help your baby to learn how to walk.
Are walkers safe for babies legs?
Babies learn to walk in part by watching and understanding how their feet and legs move. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against using walkers not only because they can discourage your child from learning to walk on his own, but also because they can be dangerous.
Is it bad for babies to stand too early?
It’s an old wive’s tale that a baby will end up bow legged if they stand too early. There is no truth to it at all. Babies legs have a unique shape and all that practice standing will help him walk in a few months. My son loves for me to hold him under his arms while he jumps up and down.
What causes babies to have bow legs?
Most often, bowlegs develop as part of natural growth, although certain conditions, such as Blount’s disease and bone malformations present at birth, may cause a child’s legs to bow. Some metabolic disorders, such as rickets, a disease caused by Vitamin D deficiency, can also cause bowlegs.
Do baby walkers affect development?
Baby walkers do not help
Baby walkers don’t help a baby develop their walking. In fact, walkers can impede or delay your baby achieving these important milestones. The more time babies spend in a walker, the more delay they experience.
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