Well­ness Arti­cles

Baby Walk­ers May Slow Devel­op­ment

A report pub­lished in the Octo­ber 1999 issue of the Jour­nal of Devel­op­men­tal and Behav­ioral Pedi­atrics states that baby walk­ers can not only slow phys­i­cal devel­op­ment but can also slow men­tal devel­op­ment as well. These results came out of a study of 109 chil­dren by two researchers, Siegel and Burton.

The researchers reported that the devices blocked the chil­dren from see­ing their legs thus block­ing the feed­back needed for devel­op­ment of these impor­tant motor skills. With­out see­ing their legs the chil­dren devel­oped more slowly. In addi­tion the researchers reported that chil­dren who crawl are stim­u­lated by objects in their envi­ron­ment while chil­dren in walk­ers were lim­ited in their exploring.

The 109 babies were stud­ied as three groups. One group did not use walk­ers at all. One group used newer walk­ers with trays that the child could not see through, and one group used older walk­ers with smaller trays mak­ing it eas­ier for the child to see their feet.

The results were that on aver­age chil­dren who did not use walk­ers could sit up at 5.39 months, crawl at 5.84 months and walk at 10.82 months. Babies with the see feet walk­ers, could sit up at 5.99 months, crawl at 6.23 months and walk at 10.70 months. Those babies that were in walk­ers and could not see their feet could sit up at 6.73 months, crawl at 6.68 months and walk at 11.66 months.

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Sev­eral pub­li­ca­tions have started expos­ing a pre­vi­ously unknown tac­tic by drug com­pa­nies to pro­mote their prod­ucts. In the July 23, 2002 issue

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