Infant walkers seem like a standard thing to add to your baby registry, but the American Academy of Pediatrics would like you to reconsider. Not only do studies show that they may actually delay walking, but injuries from walkers send over 2000 babies to the ER every year!
“‘I view infant walkers as inherently dangerous objects that have no benefit whatsoever and should not be sold in the U.S.,’ says Dr. Benjamin Hoffman.” Walkers let babies move very quickly, fall down stairs, and put their little heads right at “corner-of-the-table” height. That doesn’t mean that your baby can never be upright—although holding parents’ hands to practice walking is the best choice, stationary bouncers and tethered walkers (where the baby can only walk in a circle) eliminate the risk of injury.
- The AAP is calling for a ban on infant walkers in the US, like the one already in place in Canada.
- Dangers of walkers include delayed motor skills, falls, burns, and abrasions.
- Alternatives include stationary activity centers.