Your Baby Does Not Need Safety Equipment To Learn To Walk
I saw a post today, over at ecosalon, about 7 pointless baby products. Much of the list was the same...
I saw a post today, over at ecosalon, about 7 pointless baby products. Much of the list was the same typical unnecessary baby gear that I've mentioned before here at Pregnancy & Baby. However, at ecosalon, they pointed out an insanely unnecessary product - the Thudguard Infant Safety Hat. Thudguard is supposed to protect your baby against bumps and bangs while he's learning to walk. Thudguard notes:
What are the chances of [your baby] falling over and hitting something solid? Most homes today have hardwood floors or tiles so statistically the chances are really high. The problem is this kind of fall is very common in even the safest homes and gardens. The damage to a falling toddler's hands and knees can be an acceptable form of pain for learning but a head injury can be traumatic for both infant and parent. Thudguard® goes one step further and takes the protection straight to the infants head giving you great peace of mind. The damage to a falling toddler's hands and knees can be an acceptable form of pain for learning but a head injury can be traumatic for both infant and parent. Thudguard® goes one step further and takes the protection straight to the infants head giving you great peace of mind.Now, no doubt about it, babies are a wobbly little group. Still, I'd be hard-pressed to say that falls leading to head trauma during the learning to walk stage are so common that a helmet is needed. Unless your baby has an official health issue, that seriously makes learning to walk a real problem, a helmet is, in my opinion, 100% unnecessary. You can save the $30 and add that to your baby's future college fund. Same goes for baby knee and hand pads - these are simply unnecessary, and cost extra money that you could be using for something else. But don't babies fall down?: Sure. According to The State of Home Safety in America conducted by the Home Safety Council, falls are “By far the leading cause of unintentional home injury death. Falls account for an average of 5.1 million injuries and nearly 6,000 deaths each year.” However, this figure includes both both adults and children, and usually the fall is related to lack of supervision, a new walker wearing slippery socks, or some other hazard, such as a broken window screen or stairs without a baby gate. When my son was learning to walk, he'd stumble and yes, sometimes fall, but not once did he fall down smack on his head on some hard surface. I've watched countless other babies learn to walk who also never fell on their noggin. The chance of a serious head injury while learning to walk is simply not that common. If I were you, I'd spend my time obsessing over actual dangers, such as...
- Always supervise your child when he's in water - even the bathtub.
- Lock up poisons, such as cleaning products.
- Harness furniture to avoid tipovers.
- Learn how to handle a baby emergency.