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BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 21 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:612

Delay development, cause injuries, and we should consider banning them

  1. Brent Taylor (, professor of community child health
  1. Royal Free and University College Medical School, London NW3 2PF

    Letters p 657

    Babywalkers (infant walkers, wheeled seats that allow infants to move around with their feet on the floor) are widely used, by 50% or more of infants.1 A recent short report in the BMJ showed that babywalkers delayed acquisition of crawling, standing alone, and walking alone.2 A brisk correspondence followed, with many respondents picking faults with the study, some supporting continued parental choice, and others welcoming this additional evidence that babywalkers are dangerous (see also p 657).3

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    Previous reports have suggested that development is affected adversely by babywalkers.2 w1-w3 Along with that in the BMJ, these were observational or questionnaire based studies …

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