Baby walker

A baby walker is a device that can be used by infants who cannot walk on their own to move from one place to another. Most commonly, it has a base made of hard plastic sitting on top of wheels and a suspended fabric seat with two leg holes. A baby walker often has toys attached to the top to entertain the baby. It is designed for a child between 4 and 16 months.

Many parents believe that such walkers teach a child to walk faster, however, studies suggest that it is not true, and they may actually delay walking. [Do baby walkers delay onset of walking in young children? PMID 12447120] The devices have also led to many injuries. [Baby Walker Injuries PMID 7088607] [The infant walker: A previously unrecognized health hazard. Am J Dis Child 1982 PMID 7064944] [Baby Walker Injuries PMID 16494707] [How safe are childcare products, toys, and playground equipment? A Swedish analysis of mild brain injuries at home and during leisure time 1998-199. PMID 12861912] In fact, CPSC, American Academy of Pediatrics [cite web |last=American Academy of Pediatrics|title=Injuries Associated With Infant Walkers |url=http://aappolicy7.aappublications.org/content/full/pediatrics:108/3/790 |format=web reprint |accessdate=2008-03-23] and other organizations have issued warnings to discourage parents from using baby walkers.Baby walkers have been banned in Canada. [cite web |title=Ban on Walkers |url=http://www.sickkids.ca/SKCForMedia/section.asp?s=Media+Releases&sID=11445&ss=2004&ssID=11646&sss=Ban |accessdate=2008-03-23]

See also

*Baby stroller

References


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  • baby-walker — aby walker n. a framework on small wheels or casters designed to support small children while they are learning to walk, and usually having a fabric support that permits the child to sit. Called also {walker} and {go cart}. Syn: walker, go cart… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • baby walker — baby .walker n a small frame on wheels that a baby uses to support itself while it is learning to walk …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Baby walker — A device that allows a baby to move about in a half seated, half upright position. A walker may paradoxically delay a baby in development. The baby using a walker tends to be slow in reaching motor milestones such as sitting up, crawling, and… …   Medical dictionary

  • baby-walker — noun an enclosing framework on casters or wheels; helps babies learn to walk • Syn: ↑walker, ↑go cart • Derivationally related forms: ↑walk (for: ↑walker) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • baby walker — noun : walker …   Useful english dictionary

  • baby walker — noun a device in which a baby sits in a harness within a wheeled frame that supports it whilst walking …   Wiktionary

  • baby walker — noun Brit. a wheeled frame in which a baby is suspended in a harness and can move itself about with its feet …   English new terms dictionary

  • baby walker — noun (C) a frame on wheels that is used to support a baby while it is learning to walk …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • baby walker — /ˈbeɪbi wɔkə/ (say baybee wawkuh) noun a light frame usually on four wheels in which a baby is supported while learning to walk …   Australian English dictionary

  • walker — baby walker aby walker n. a framework on small wheels or casters designed to support small children while they are learning to walk, and usually having a fabric support that permits the child to sit. Called also {walker} and {go cart}. Syn:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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