The Instagram photo posted Friday shows the birthday girl, daughter of Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott, next to Kardashian’s youngest, Chicago, 1, in their matching pink walkers. “Happy Birthday to the sweetest baby girl Stormi!” Kardashian wrote. “We love you so much!!!” While the photo is certainly cuteness overload, many commenters are sharing their opinions about seeing the girls in “dangerous” walkers, which the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has long advised against using.
One of the first to point out that the Bright Starts Pretty in Pink Walk-A-Bout Baby Walkers is problematic was one commenter, who wrote, “Low key stresses me out how no one has said anything about walkers like these being extremely unsafe and recommended against by all pediatricians with a license to practice.”
Another chimed in, “Those things are super unsafe. They are banned in Canada.”
A commenter posted, “@kimkardashian currently we stop using this accessory in Europe because it may cause future damages in the way kids walk, it can also delay it and it’s dangerous in many ways. They suggest to use for example a baby hand push walker.”
There were many other similar ones, including one user’s, who wrote, “Remember the crawling stage is vital for development and keep use of chairs to a minimum. Happy birthday.”
There is certainly reason for concern. According to the AAP, in 1999, an estimated 8,800 children younger than 15 months were treated in hospital emergency departments in the U.S. for injuries associated with infant walkers. And there were 34 infant walker-related deaths were reported from 1973 through 1998. Most of the injuries occurred when they accidentally went down stairs. Further, “walkers do not help a child learn to walk” and “can delay normal motor and mental development,” the org said. A study last year supported the AAP’s call or a ban on them.
While some expressed worry, there were several commenters who noted that they had the “same walker as the Kardashians” and called it a “major fan moment.”
Friday marks the first birthday of Jenner’s first child with partner Travis Scott. The proud mama posted some super cute pix of the tot, who she called “my angel on earth. “
As well as a video of her fam:
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