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Babywalkers: are they necessary? Information for parents

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Physiotherapists and other Health Professionals DO NOT recommend the use of babywalkers.

There are two main reasons for this:

  • Safety – even under supervision there are high numbers of accidents reported every year including: falling down stairs, head injuries, burns, scalds, and trapped arms / legs.
  • Delayed development – some studies have shown that babywalkers do not encourage development and may actually delay the achievement of standing and walking. Contrary to popular belief, they DO NOT teach a child to walk. They can cause a child to walk on their toes which may continue when they walk independently.
This parent information leaflet from the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists explains more.

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Last reviewed: 15 September 2021

Next review: 25 October 2024

Author(s): Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists

Approved By: RHC Paediatric Physiotherapy Department