Let’s face it. It’s impossible to keep an eye on kids 100% of the time and accidents happen in the blink of an eye. Of course, there are safety measures you can take to minimize these risks, but ultimately, the stats speak for themselves. Even with new devices that have special brakes, are too wide for doorways, and the appearance of “Activity-centers” sans wheels (don’t get me started on the demerits of those!), a whopping 1,402 children still injured themselves in 2014 due to the use of these devices. 
2. CONTAINER BABY SYNDROME
These days, when you look at baby registries, they all include what us therapists like to call containers. They are places you can put Baby in that they can’t wriggle out of. Some examples include: exersaucers, Bumbo chairs, car seats, high chairs, swing seats, and of course, baby walkers. Some of these are necessary (car seat, high chair). Most of the rest are not. The biggest misconception is that your baby is getting “exercise” in a baby walker. Currently, baby walkers are marketed for children aged 5 to 15 months. You know what the best exercise for a 5-15 month old is? Tummy time. Click here to get some tummy time tips!
Of course, kids want to be upright so they can see the world from a different vantage point. Of course, you want to be able to do some dishes or go to the bathroom while they are contained and unable to climb, fall, or otherwise move in an unsafe way (See point #1 above for refutal). I would instead recommend buying a Pack ‘n’ Play. Or if you want to go all out and spend $150, get a set of interlocking foam mats and a baby fence. This way your child is free to explore their environment safely and age appropriately.