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Infant Walkers


What's Out: Walkers with wheels

What's In: "ExerSaucers" or stationary activity seats without wheels

Why? Baby walkers have led to countless falls down the stairs, broken bones, head injuries, and other scary and sometimes fatal accidents over the years. Canada banned them in 2004, and the U.S. CPSC claimed in the 1990s that they are responsible for more injuries than any other baby product. Pediatricians say that in addition to being a safety hazard, walkers can delay crawling, walking, and even mental development in babies. Walkers are still sold in the U.S. but are far less popular these days as parents are opting for much safer stationary "ExerSaucer" activity seats without wheels.

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