Baby Walker: A Parent’s Dilemma


Published Date : Mar 29, 2016

The global baby walker market has been positively impacted by organized retail. The share of organized retail is increasing in the market owing to changes in government policies across nations and shift in consumer behaviour from traditional to modern retail channels. The growth in organized retail has facilitated the penetration of international brands and enhanced product visibility. All these factors are expected to result in higher spending on baby walkers.

Demand for Sit-In Baby Walkers is High Even Though Risk Factors are Many

The decreasing infant mortality rate worldwide has fuelled the growth of the global baby walker market, especially across the developing economies. However, the risk factors associated with sit-in walkers and a number of instances of product recalls have negatively impacted the market. Parents increasingly prefer private labels and used baby walkers. Interestingly, the sit-in walkers are more in demand due to their multi-functionality and added features such as washable seat, push handle, and entertainment centre. The increasing demand for eco-friendly baby walkers will define the future outlook of the market.

Are Baby Walkers Really Safe?

According to the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), baby walkers could lead to potential disasters. As a result, the organization is intending on banning the usage of baby walkers. Studies have pointed out that walkers do not help a toddler to walk. Babies using walkers have been found to walk slower compared to others. There have been several life-threatening instances involving the usage of baby walkers. Owing to the ill effects of baby walkers, the AAP has been appealing to the U.S. government to ban the usage of these walkers since 1995. In Canada, baby walkers have been banned since 2004.