Baby walkers have become highly popular in recent years as a way to give toddlers mobility and help them learn to walk. But a more frightening aspect has emerged. Baby walkers are the single most dangerous nursery product a child can use! In 1999, an estimated 8,800 children younger than 15 months were seen in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for infant walker injuries.
Most of these injuries result from falls down stairs, along with a number of head wounds. Increased mobility puts infants in walkers at risk for pulling down containers of hot liquid, food or heavy appliances.
Parents often think their child is safe as long as they are close by. But a baby in a walker can whiz through a house with enormous speed. A child’s mobility helps them to get into trouble quickly. In fact, 78% of children injured while in a walker were being supervised by an adult.
Despite popular belief, walkers do not help a child learn to walk any sooner. In fact, studies have shown that they can actually delay motor and mental development.