TORONTO — The federal government has imposed an immediate ban on the sale, resale, advertisement and importation of baby walkers, becoming the first country to do so. The ban, long called for by child safety advocates, was announced Wednesday by Health Minister Pierre Pettigrew.

'Canadians must know about the dangers posed to infants through the use of baby walkers,' Pettigrew said in a statement. 'It is the safety of our children that is of the most vital importance.'

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Do you think other nations should follow Canada`s example and ban infant walkers?
TORONTO — The federal government has imposed an immediate ban on the sale, resale, advertisement and importation of baby walkers, becoming the first country to do so. The ban, long called for by child safety advocates, was announced Wednesday by Health Minister Pierre Pettigrew.

`Canadians must know about the dangers posed to infants through the use of baby walkers,` Pettigrew said in a statement. `It is the safety of our children that is of the most vital importance.`

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18 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 4/12/04 - 10:34:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
no, how stupid. practically everyone had one of those when they were babies.
18 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 4/12/04 - 10:37:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
OK, then Canadians - what are the dangers posed to infants through the use of baby walkers?

18 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 4/13/04 - 8:32:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
The dangers are that even when attended, babies fall down the stairs.

They also have the ability to go just about anywhere to get within reach of hazardous things.

Something as simple a getting close to a dining table, they could pull the table cloth and spill a hot coffee on themselves.

There are too many things that can go wrong and it's hard for a parent identify what each of these things would be.

18 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 4/13/04 - 8:49:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. Banning them is stupid. I guess we should all live in bubbles. Everything is unsafe.

The dangers wouldn't be there, if you watched your child.

18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 5/8/04 - 12:09:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
nope. maybe the parents should be more responsible by watching the kid, or put gates in front of the stairs so they can't fall down them, or not put their hot cup of coffee on the edge of a table. it's common sense.
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 5/8/04 - 12:14:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
Carter, a crawling baby can do every one of the things you mentioned.

Perhaps banning careless idiots from having babies would be more appropriate.

Lindsey has pretty much summed up my thoughts on this one. Well stated.

18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 5/8/04 - 12:29:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, maybe have stricter qualifications on the designs of the walkers, but not ban them. I've seen baby walkers made with a wider base so that the baby can't reach beyond the width of the base. And besides, a toddler can fall down the stairs without a walker, and a crawling baby could pull a tablecloth off the table.
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 5/8/04 - 12:39:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
There must be serious risks for such a ban to occur. People don't make up laws like that on a whim.
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 5/8/04 - 12:40:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
Mandi: A crawling baby is less likely to be able to reach the table cloth from the floor, and they're much more likely to injure themselves if the fall down the stairs in a walker.
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 5/8/04 - 1:10:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
I fell down the stairs in my walker. My mom said it wasnt pretty. I still dont think thats any reason to ban walkers though. Keep little gates up or put a huge chair infront of the stairs to protect the kid from the stairs anyway, walker or no walker.
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 5/8/04 - 6:16:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
Probably the Canadian kids get a snoot full of beer and crash the things into everything.
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 5/9/04 - 12:56:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, those things are dangerous. My brother fell down the stairs when he was a baby and was in one. They even came out with similar items that had a round base that the baby could rock but supposedly not move. That's not true because my cousin had one for her daughter and Jessi could get it to move across the room when she was in it.
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 5/20/04 - 6:34:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
You have to have certain safety precauctions anyway when a baby starts crawling and especially walking
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 5/20/04 - 6:36:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
My sister was almost killed in one seriously.. so I think it would be a great idea.
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 5/21/04 - 3:01:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
If infants in walkers are having more accidents than crawling infants, the walkers should be modified or banned.
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 5/21/04 - 3:06:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Does anyone else think maybe if the parents WATCHED THE KIDS that these accidents may be prevented?
18 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 6/3/04 - 12:26:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
When babies are ready to walk they will walk -unaided. We are in such a hurry to see our children walk, talk, read, etc. It's truly pathetic. Let's let babies be babies and kids be kids.
18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/18/04 - 9:32:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
yes they can be dangerous especially if you have stairs.
18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/18/04 - 9:38:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
I REPEAT.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE KIDS!!!!

HOW HARD A CONCEPT IS THAT TO UNDERSTAND???!!!

18 yrs ago - Monday 9/6/04 - 3:40:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
So that's why Canada has such low death rates!
18 yrs ago - Friday 10/1/04 - 8:58:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, my son loved his walker. I have a novel concept for people WATCH YOUR KIDS. There are alot of dangerous things for babys, but as long as you watch them they will be fine. It's not that hard. Besides to many laws to protect stupid people is BAD. Next somebody will be saying we should outlaw hairdryers because they can shock you. Stupid stupid people...
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 11/4/04 - 5:47:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, they're dangerous and I don't understand why people would want to use them.
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 11/29/04 - 3:35:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with brett on this one. You should keep your eye on a child all the time. Does that mean they are going to ban baths because a baby can drown in 2" of water. Thats Canada for you, just one more stupid law.
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 11/29/04 - 3:41:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's impossible to keep your eyes on a baby 100% of the time. With a walker, a baby can move much quicker than if it's crawling, so even looking away for just a moment can be dangerous.
17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 12/22/04 - 10:21:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
I had one when I was little but you hear so many bad things about them now. Probably not a bad idea to just go ahead and take them off the market.

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