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Old 09-17-2018, 11:21 AM
 
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New study finds thousands of serious injuries each year.

For many parents, baby walkers are an aid to help their little ones scoot around before they can do it totally on their own. But the head of an American Academy of Pediatrics injuries committee tells NPR the walkers are "inherently dangerous objects that have no benefit whatsoever," and that he thinks they should be banned. Dr. Benjamin Hoffman's remarks represent a reinvigorated movement to stop the manufacture and sale of the wheeled walkers in the US, and that mission is backed by a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Baby Walkers Are Bad News for Babies: Study
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Old 09-17-2018, 01:27 PM
 
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I know of 2 babies that tumbled down the basement stairs in walkers.
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Old 09-17-2018, 01:29 PM
 
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I thought this was the word a long time ago, like 15 years ago.
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Old 09-17-2018, 01:46 PM
 
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I thought this was the word a long time ago, like 15 years ago.
I've never actually seen anyone with a baby walker, I didn't realize stores still sold them. I'm in my early 30s. I think my parents had one even my older sister was a baby, but by the time my younger brother was born, we no longer had one. None of my friends have walkers, and neither has anyone in my family with young kids. I've always heard they are dangerous, so I'm surprised this is still an issue.
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Old 09-17-2018, 01:50 PM
 
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I've never actually seen anyone with a baby walker, I didn't realize stores still sold them. I'm in my early 30s. I think my parents had one even my older sister was a baby, but by the time my younger brother was born, we no longer had one. None of my friends have walkers, and neither has anyone in my family with young kids. I've always heard they are dangerous, so I'm surprised this is still an issue.
Same here. Mine are teens, and I knew then not to get them a walker. We had a saucer that didn't mover, but they sat in it the same way. I was shocked when an older family member recently bought one for a new baby in the family. I didn't even know you could still get them.
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Old 09-17-2018, 01:59 PM
 
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We had them with my kids, who are now adults.

Those walkers were SUCH A JOY to the kids - suddenly, they were upright and mobile which thrilled them to death. Where they were fussy and unhappy and uncomfortable on the floor, they were happy as clams in the walker.

You DO have to be careful of stairs. Best idea is to never put them where they can tumble down even one stair.
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Old 09-17-2018, 02:06 PM
 
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This is not news.
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Old 09-17-2018, 02:10 PM
 
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I used them with my older kids when they were babies & never had any issues. Obviously didnít use them in a house with stairs, or used baby gates in the doorway to the room with stairs (never in the same room).

I quit using them in the mid-90ís but not due to that type of injury potential.

I actually quit using them because they can cause muscle aches & spasms in a babies legs; because the muscular/skeletal system of a baby not old enough to walk on their own isnít developed enough to handle that partial weight-bearing stress. Babies who were preemies are especially susceptible to this.

Itís like someone forcing you to hike a 14íer when you havenít trained for it.
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Old 09-17-2018, 02:18 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I thought this was the word a long time ago, like 15 years ago.
My oldest is 34; they were not recommended then.
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Old 09-17-2018, 05:33 PM
 
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I thought this was the word a long time ago, like 15 years ago.
Yeah I thought they banned them already.
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