01 February 2008

Put a rubber band around push toy wheels to slow them down

Regina's got a smart hack for early walkers:

When kids are first learning to walk, their push toys generally go too fast. To slow my daughter down I put rubber bands around the front two wheels and now she is not scared it will run away with her!

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We had the run-away problem, too, so our daughter's physical therapist recommended ankle weights for the toys. Since ankle weights typically have straps on them, you can just put them on some place (preferably low) on the push/walkers and it helps enormously. What's better is you can have more weight to begin with, then decrease the drag by using lighter weights as your child gets more skilled with the increase in speed.

What a great idea! This is perfect for anyone who has hardwood floors. A toy like this can slip out from under them way too fast!

My twins solved the runaway push-toy problem by just turning the toy sideways! It still slid across the linoleum, but it didn't go quite so fast.

Very good idea! I am assuming you use the thicker rubber bands instead of the little ones? These would obviously provide more friction and be less likely to come off into little hands.

I used to roll a sock up and wedge between wheel and toy. It worked well to slow down a new walker!

i am going to tell my friends about this site - it's just perfect!

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