As Injuries Continue, Doctors Renew Call For Ban On Infant Walkers

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.

Key Takeaways:

  • 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.

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Becky Patouhas, social media specialist, has been a babywearing educator since 2013. Her favorite part of her job is a tie between seeing all the cute baby pictures and helping parents get that “I can’t believe I can hold my baby AND eat!” moment. A first-generation American and mom of two small boys, she and her family live in Michigan, where she enjoys volunteering with her local babywearing group. Becky loves her Zypora meh dais (she has two!) because they’re so cushy on her shoulders. She always has a Lightly Padded ring sling in her purse because she loves the soft padding, and she thinks Isle of Skye is the best colorway out there!

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