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19 August 2003

What about walking rings?

Walking rings are extremely dangerous. But if you insist on using one, here are a few essential safety precautions.

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Walking rings should never be used. It can cause “walking confusion” because different body movements are required for proper walking. A walking ring can also delay your baby’s ability to balance and to learn to fall – both are necessary for walking.

It can force your child to bear more weight on his legs than he should at this stage and it deprives him from exploring his environment with his hands.

Most importantly, walking rings are extremely dangerous. If you insist on using a walking ring, take the following safety measures into account:

  • Choose a wide wheel base for stability
  • The seat must be strong and non-detachable
  • A walking ring that folds must have a locking system to prevent it from accidentally folding or collapsing
  • The wheels should not lock sideways
  • Child’s weight must not exceed the manufacturers’ recommended maximum
  • Never carry the walking ring with your child in it
  • A child who cannot sit up without assistance must not use a walking ring
  • Use on a flat surface free from electrical cords, etc
 
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