Many parents think walkers will help their children learn to walk. But they don't. In fact, walkers can actually delay when a child starts to walk. Also, baby walkers send thousands of children to hospitals every year. Here is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about why baby walkers are not safe and what you can do.

Most walker injuries happen while adults are watching. Parents or caregivers simply cannot respond quickly enough. A child in a walker can move more than 3 feet in 1 second! Baby walkers are never safe to use, even with an adult close by.

Note: Since 1997, baby walkers are made so they can’t fit through most doors, or they have brakes to stop them at the edge of a step. However, some may still have wheels, so children can still move fast and reach higher. The AAP has called for a...

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