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As you can tell by previous blogs, we're on a roll this week about walking and whether earlier is better. As an OT I'm often asked by parents if they should use a baby walker for their child. There's a great article from the NYTimes featuring pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene that I believe answers this question once and for all. In the article Dr. Greene refers to studies that show using a baby walker can delay both motor and cognitive development, as well as increases the risk of injury due to falls and/or entrapment issues, such as a child's finger getting caught in the frame hardware. If you need to keep your child contained in an area for safety reasons, you can substitute a portable playpen such as the Pack 'n Play options that are commercially available. What are your suggestions to keep the baby walker in the closet where it belongs? Let us know!