Babywalkers Guidance

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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. Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists
  • Delayed development – many studies have shown that babywalkers do not encourage development and often 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. 

 Leaflet produced by Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists