When Baby E was about five months old, my mother bought him a little walker, convinced that he would need it when he turned six months. Oddly enough, the hyperactive baby that he is, didn’t quite like the walker because he couldn’t figure out how to move in it. Even though his feet touched the floor and the wheels were in full working condition, he would just sit there looking annoyed that we put him in this blue coloured contraption.
He preferred to be free. Since learning to crawl at around six and a half months he has become a champion crawler and has recently, at nine months, mastered the art of going up and down steps.
But of course, just crawling has its limitations because one’s head is generally focused on the floor and one’s elevation and view of the world is a lot lower than one would like. So, at about nine months he came up with his own “walker”.
Yes. He started realising that the space between his IKEA highchair (that incidentally my mother picked up from a garbage pile somewhere – yes we take reduce, reuse and recycle very seriously) was just perfect for him. So this is how he has been moving around recently.
The good thing about this, is that he keeps himself entertained and this mode of transport and entertainment can be easily replicated anywhere. He started pushing chairs at my grandmother’s house last week.
The bad thing is that if the chair is not stable, it can topple over. Also, it is very very noisy and can scratch the floor. Lucky nobody has complained and luckily all our chairs have felt protectors!
The funniest part about it is that he is VERY VERY serious when he is pushing the chairs around. As though he feels it is his duty as a baby to push the chairs around. He can be laughing and smiling before, but the moment he decides its time to push the chairs around, he puts on this serious look on concentration. I guess that’s why he hasn’t really fallen yet!
Do tell me how your pre-walker gets around! I’m interested to know!
2 thoughts on “So you think you need a baby walker?”
Sophia was very happy not to move around much when she couldn’t walk so we were quite worried about her lack of crawling abilities but she did eventually crawl for a very short while then started walking at around 11 months in the cutest way hugging the largest soft toy she owns that is about as big as she was and dashing quickly towards her destination before crashing into it.
Hahaha that’s so cute. E has done 3-4 steps already. The problem is that he’s such an eager beaver that he tries to run before he can walk and ends up falling. He needs to learn to pace himself! A lesson in life for all of us!