Baby walkers send more than 14,000 children to the hospital every year. 34 babies have died since 1973 because of baby walkers, and even though the AAP has called for a ban on baby walkers, they're still a hot item. So, if you must use them, the AAP says be sure to keep the walker away from stairs, your pool or any part of the home that is not childproofed. As far as helping your child learn to walk sooner? The AAP says no. In fact, it says one study indicates babies on walkers tend to crawl and walk later, maybe because they'd rather use that than move around on their own.