Your little one is starting to get the urge to wander. Keep them safe as they start to gain independence by choosing a baby walker that follows these important regulations.
- TIP: Keep walkers on flat and level surfaces.
- Step 1: Make sure there are no sharp edges or small parts that can come off.
- Step 2: Send in the manufacterer's registration card to receive recall notices. Inspect the walker on a regular basis to keep your child safe.
- FACT: In 1997 the walker industry voluntarily adopted new safety standards which, a study found, helped contribute to a decline in injuries of about 75 percent
- Step 3: Choose a stable base with wheels at least 50 millimeters wide.
- Step 4: Look for a walker with a gripping mechanism or automatic braking system. These walkers stop automatically when your little one reaches the edge of a step.
- Step 5: Pick a walker that complies with mandatory safety standards. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) posts the standards on their web site.
- TIP: Do not purchase a walker if a safety label is not clearly displayed on the product.
- Step 6: Follow the manufacturer's minimum and maximum weight and age limits.
- Step 7: Choose a walker that does not fit through a standard door.
- : Never leave your child unattended in a baby walker.