Baby walkers

This advice is designed to provide basic guidance to consumers. It is not a complete or authoritative statement of the law.

General advice

Child safety experts do not recommend the use of baby walkers. This is because young children can suffer head injuries and other serious injuries such as fractures when the baby walker tips over or from falling down steps or stairs.

They can cause delays in learning to walk when young children frequently use baby walkers for periods of over 15 minutes at a time.


If you do decide to buy ensure that: 

  • the baby walker complies with EN 1273: 2005
  • your child fits properly in the baby walker
  • there are no sharp points / edges or places that can trap fingers
Safe use
  • Always supervise your child in a baby walker
  • Only use on flat, even and safe surfaces
  • Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Install safety barriers in the house to prevent falls down stairs and access to dangerous places e.g. the kitchen and fireplaces
  • Do not leave your child in a baby walker for more than 15 minutes at a time