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Baby Walkers: They Delay Development, Cause Injuries, and We Should Consider Banning Them

Thursday, 23 October 2008 14:53

Previous reports have suggested that development is affected adversely by babywalkers. Along with that in the BMJ, these were observational or questionnaire based studies and not randomised control trials. Some inconsistencies exist regarding which milestones were affected, probably reflecting comparatively low numbers of children in the studies, but overall evidence shows significant developmental delays associated with babywalkers. Anecdotal reports note adverse effects from the use of babywalkers in a child with cerebral palsy and even the development of cerebral palsy-like symptoms in apparently normal children. No published data are available that imply that development may have benefited, although this is a common reason why parents choose to use babywalkers.

Brent Taylor   BMJ 2002 (Sep 21);   325 (7365 ):   612