Are child walkers actually safe?

Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

Are child walkers actually safe? If you’re asking that question, it sounds like your mother’s intuition has already kicked in. Walker devices with wheeled frames and suspended seats that let babies move around using their feet, are indeed a safety hazard. Walkers are a leading cause of injuries in babies.

Health and safety experts strongly discourage their use.

While in walkers, babies can roll into danger. Because babies can reach higher elevations in a walker, they’re more likely to grab dangerous objects like hot stoves and kitchen knives, which can lead to burns and other injuries. They can also fall over objects or down a flight of stairs. In fact, falling down stairs is one of the most common injuries from walkers, causing  broken bones and serious head injuries.

Overall, child walkers are more harmful than helpful. They do not teach infants to walk or help them walk sooner than they would without one. Babies actually need opportunities for pulling up, creeping and crawling instead.

To provide a safe play area for your baby, choose an activity center or bouncy seat, stationary rocker, swing, or play yard. Be sure that everyone who cares about your child knows about the dangers of walkers.

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