An old Pinoy way of training babies how to walk was by using an andador, a walking trainer made of rattan hoops. An even simpler way would be strapping a lampin (cloth diaper) under toddlers’ armpits while they are being taught how to walk.
Today, other baby-handling contraptions such as baby walkers, carriers, and harnesses have become commercially available to make life easier for both parents and babies. Convenience and practicality are tipping the scale in favor of these products.
Baby Walkers vs. The Lampin Research shows that babies who used walkers experienced delays in learning to sit up, crawl, and walk. The large trays on walkers prevent babies from seeing their legs as they move and from grasping objects around them. This deprives babies of the visual feedback that may help them learn to maneuver through space. Walkers also give the child an illusion of more mobility than what she’s really capable of.
On the other hand, the Pinoy-style lampin-as-underarm support allows a child to walk based on her own capabilities. It supports the baby, but the bulk of the weight is still dependent on the child. A lampin cannot force her to walk if she is not yet ready.