What is the Juppy Baby Walker?
The Juppy Baby Walker is a non traditional, parent-assisted baby walker used to teach babies how to walk sooner while minimizing dangerous falls. The baby is placed in the seat of the Juppy while mom or dad simply holds on to the straps, while standing upright, to give support to the baby. Typically parents tend to hold their babies by the hands or under the arms to teach them to walk. This causes stress and strain on the lower back of the parent and could cause injuries to the child's arms or joints. The Juppy Baby Walker reduces your pain and eliminates possible injury to your child.
Since children with Down syndrome tend to have looser joints it is especially important to guard against any unintended injuries. Additionally, by not having the child hold onto your hands you are allowing them to use their arms to help balance like they will be when they are walking without your assistance. This will not only solve the issue of the child becoming dependent on the parents help (where they refuse to try to stand without holding on to you) but will also allow you to slowly lessen the support that they are receiving without them even noticing!
The package is very cute and makes carrying it around very simple and fashionable. I can see this becoming a permanent addition in my diaper bag so that I have it when I'm at the park, play dates, doctors offices, anywhere that she is wanting to try to walk, but isn't ready yet. Definitely can't take a typical baby walker with you! The product comes in either blue or pink
Sweet Pea is just starting to enjoy standing for extended periods of time (1-2 minutes) at the age of 17 months. I am not expecting her to be trying to walk for a few months still, but I think that this product will also help her learn to stand without needing me to be hunched over supporting her. I'm pregnant and not looking forward to trying to hold her upright as my belly grows. The Juppy Baby Walker might just solve that issue! As you can see in the photos of Sweet Pea below, she is actively watching her feet and figuring out what to do and she can't do that in typical walkers. Her arms are also free to move as she wants to help her learn to balance on her own without holding onto someone as a crutch.
I'm very excited to have my own Juppy Baby walker as it has already become a staple in my diaper bag. It's very small and folds up neatly into a little silk bag that it ships with. The one thing I would change about it would be to have the Juppy be able to fold into an attached pocket so that I didn't need to keep track of the bag, but that is a minor inconvenience for the ease of travel and use with this product. Here is a picture of it inside the bag...after my using it so you know that it really does go back into the bag:
Here is a video that Juppy has put together showing the Baby Walker in use. I highly recommend this to anyone who expects to have to work a lot with their child in order to get them ready to walk independently. I know this is going to save me!
If you want a Juppy Baby Walker for yourself or for a friend you can purchase it through Amazon and if you do it from the link below a portion of the profits that this site makes will be donated to Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation (DSRTF).