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Many parents believe that baby walkers encourage babies to learn to walk faster. This isn’t true at all!
Did you know that not only are baby walkers dangerous from an injury risk perspective, but using a walker can delay independent walking?
Over 100 children visit emergency departments each year from incidents involving baby walkers, mainly due to head or facial injuries caused by falls.
Red the excerpt below from Dr Claire McCarthy on the Harvard Health Publishing blog:
“Some parents buy them because they think that walkers help babies learn to walk faster. However, the opposite is true: using a walker can delay independent walking. That’s because learning to walk isn’t so much about learning to use your legs. It’s more about learning to pull to stand and then balance and take steps without support. When babies are plopped into walkers, they don’t learn any of that. They learn it by being put on the floor with something they can pull up on, like a couch or a caregiver.”Dr Claire McCarthy MD
Product Safety Australia recommend the following if you do choose to use a baby walker:
Be aware of the risks of using baby walkers, and consider not using one at all.
In this video paediatric nurse and founder of CPR Kids Sarah Hunstead steps you through the prevention, recognition and response to choking in babies and children. Essential knowledge for every family that you don’t want to miss.
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