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Locomotor Milestones and Baby Walkers: Cross Sectional Study

Thursday, 23 October 2008 14:55

Few guidelines promoting good health in children are available. Investigations into the development of standing and walking in infants who used babywalkers (wheeled seats that allow infants to move around with their feet on the floor) obtained conflicting results. Crouchman (64 infants) and Siegel and Burton (109 infants) found that the use of babywalkers was associated with delay in crawling

This study provides additional evidence that babywalkers are associated with delay in achieving normal locomotor milestones. Babywalkers are known to increase the risk of injuries in infancy. The use of babywalkers should be discouraged.

M Garrett, A M McElroy, A Staines   Locomotor milestones and babywalkers: cross sectional study   BMJ 2002 (Jun 22);   324 (7352):   1494