Baby walkers have a frame mounted on wheels or castors that surrounds the infant and which the infant can hold on to. These products allow infants to stand up and move around on their feet while they are still at the crawling stage or learning to walk.
Children can suffer head injuries and other serious injuries such as fractures if the baby walker they’re in tips over or falls down stairs. Head injuries are the most frequent and serious injuries associated with baby walkers.
135 injury cases related to baby-walker were reported by public hospital emergency departments between 2000 and 2008 in Victoria alone
an average of 25 injury cases per year related to babywalkers were reported in Victoria alone before the mandatory standard for baby walkers was introduced in November 2002. Since the standard came into place, this number has dramatically dropped to 12.4 cases per year