Lots of parents are confident that baby walker helps their infants walk faster. However; Safety experts and health professionals like the American Academy of Paediatrics strongly discourage the use of baby walkers, because of the number of accidents and injuries they cause. On April 7, 2004, the sale of Baby Walkers was declared prohibited In Canada.
This ban also extends to modified and fairly used or second hand baby walkers, including those sold at a yard sales or second hand market. Consumers Product Safety Improvement (CPSIA) Act of 2008 changed the items that were allowed to be sold at such sales as owners of baby walkers may be fined thousands of dollars or sentenced to up to six months in jail.
What is a Baby WalkerBaby Walker is a device designed to aid mobility of infants who are learning how to walk. This device is specifically built for infants between ages 4 and 16 months of age learning to take their first step. Modern baby walkers have a base made of hard plastic sitting on top of wheels and a suspended fabric seat with two leg holes and toys attached to the top to entertain the baby.
Is My Baby Safe In A Baby Walker?
A baby in a baby walker moves faster than u can imagine. To avoid any accidental occurrences, Infants in a baby walker should not be left alone but be monitored closely.
Because of the number of accidents caused by baby walkers, in 1997 safety standards were introduced. Manufacturers started designing wider baby walkers with automatic brakes. These baby walkers don’t easily fit through most doors and the break automatically halts movement when a wheel drops lower than the other three. With these changes, baby walkers still pose major risks. That’s the main reason why you should keep close watch on your baby when he or she is in a walker.
An infant in a baby in a walker can stumble down the stairs or upon sharp objects. When an infant is in a baby walker, there is high possibility of getting burnt, at this point babies are extremely excited with their newly found device by speeding off and grabbing things you thought were safely kept beyond their reach for example reaching and touching a hot pot or kettle.
Conclusion: Things to Consider When Buying a Baby Walker
Baby in a walker could be tempted to reach poisons such as rat poison, kerosene, insecticide, pesticide powder etc. The regrets that come after wards especially when the injury leaves a scare on your baby you wouldn't want to live with.
Because of the increasing risk in baby walkers, the American Academy of Paediatrics’ (AAP) called for a ban on this type of gear.