We call it "Vroom Vroom Time" and the fun begins. When I said he gets into everything I mean EVERYTHING.... like bills that Daddy has carelessly left in arms reach... and he is so proud of himself, "look mama, look what I found!"
I realized quickly that it was a GREAT purchase. First off, he loved it! How could he not, it's like a cross between a race car and a jetski, it honks, it yells "Gentlemen Start Your Engines!" and flashes a million lights. On top of that, it isn't stationary, he can bounce in it too, and this child lives to jump folks!
So why do I love the walker so much? Simple really, now I have a close idea of what it's going to be like with a walking toddler. The baby proofing has already begun, thanks to the walker. I realize just how careful I have to be about things.... like not leaving business checks laying on the ottoman because they become half eaten and crumpled to death when I turn my back for 5 seconds. I see what a horrible idea it is to have stacked baskets full of things because they hit the floor daily. I know that I can't leave my cellphone on anything lower than 4 feet tall because the child cleptos it, slobbers all over it, and pocket dials people I don't want to talk to. I've learned that the lower half of the tv is going to be perpetually covered in fingerprints and there is no point in wasting gallons of cleaner and paper towels to keep up with it.
Most importantly I've learned just how smart my kid is already... when I watch him purposefully zoom across the living room to the banister to grab the jacket I just laid on it I realize that he is SO aware of what is going on. I would never have guessed how observant he is and that he truly doesn't miss a thing. It's just amazing to me.
What else I learned from buying the dreaded walker.... wood floors + baby machine with wheels = chaos. He can probably get that thing going a good 5 mph, maybe 7 if he has bare feet ha! Another thing I learned about the child in the walker.... bare feet (mom's) + baby in machine with wheels = OUCH! The dang child comes shooting down the hallway and slams into your feet nearly taking off your toes. It's like an obstacle course avoiding him, he sees which direction your jumping to get out of the way and shoots over that way and then back like he's playing defense. The poor dogs don't stand a chance either, they come over for licks and get a toenail ripped off.
Now as far as safety, I still feel the same way, walkers CAN be dangerous. Parents that use them as a babysitter and who don't supervise the child while they use it spell disaster. And STAIRS.... that's the biggest concern. We block off the entire staircase with the couch ottoman during Vroom Vroom Time. But if you keep an eye on them and take the necessary precautions I think they're great and like I said, it'll certainly prepare you for what life will be like with a real walker! Read more!