Additionally, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported there were eight child deaths associated with baby walkers from 2004 to 2008. Three of those deaths occurred when children in walkers tumbled into swimming pools or spa tubs.
Smith says parents often seem shocked by how quickly a child in a walker can get into a dangerous situation.
“I have commonly heard the words from parents who brought their child to the emergency department after an injury in a baby walker, ‘Doctor, I was standing right there, but she moved so fast that I did not have time to stop her.’ These are good parents, who were carefully supervising their children and using the baby walker as intended,” he said. “Their only error was that they believed the myth that baby walkers are safe to use.”
He recommends parents not buy a baby walker for their child, and if they have one they should remove the wheels and dispose of it.
“There are safer alternatives that young children enjoy,” Smith said, “such as stationary activity centers that spin, rock, and bounce, but do not have wheels that give young children dangerous mobility. And good old fashioned belly time, where a child is placed on their belly on the floor and allowed to learn to gradually push themselves up, then crawl, and eventually walk.”