Could not have lived without ours. We have the Bright Starts Around We Go Activity Centre. It's a table that they walk around, so they can't go anywhere they shouldn't. Has really helped both of ours to start walking. Both have had reflux, 2nd quite bad. Walker was recommended by paed to help keep him upright. Stick them in there as soon as they can hold their head up well. With our you can take the seat off when they can stand & it's still fun for them. Just leave them on as long as they ate happy. I think some common sense needs to be used instead of discounting all walkers. Also, our 1st had dislocated hips when she was born & after that was fixed there was no problem putting her in there, so doesn't effect their hips. Try the Bright Starts one, it's great.
there is a difference to putting a baby who has very bad reflux in one to get a break from the crying..... to helping them find relief from pain of reflux..... but as soon as they can hold their head up is not a good idea as some babies can do this from day one and having that as a guide line could cause all sorts of problems.
I wouldn't be putting a perfectly happy healthy non reflux baby in on just for something to do.
My first has cyclic vommiting..... _ front pack and sling and then backpack and pram or arms...... but he still spend most of his time on the floor
my second had extreme reflux also but never would have put her into walker or anything also had a sling or arms and we walked miles in her carrycot pram.
my third thank goodness has so far shown no evidence of having reflux or anything..... and he is up on all fours rocking and trying to move those hands.