Research Indicates Position of Baby In Stroller Matters

You may have spent big bucks on that super-duper stroller for your baby, but now there's a twist.

New British research claims that if the baby is facing outward rather than toward you, they can be "stressed." Tim barton from London’s, I-TV Reports.

It might look like quite an interesting view of the world for a baby or toddler, but according to a new report use a push chair which has your child facing away from you, and you could be doing him or her long-term psychological harm.

When the child faces towards you, it reassures them because they can see you. It also means that you can communicate with each other. Research indicates it is better for their development.

"We know that the more you talk to you baby, the more the better your baby's vocabulary development,” said Dr. Susan Zeedyk, Dundee University. “We know the more you talk to your baby, it impacts on brain development and brains are developing between birth and three faster than they ever will again in life."

According to the research almost two-thirds of parents use buggies that push the child forwards.

These parents were half as likely to talk to their babies as those who are facing them. Their children also had higher heart rates and were less likely to go to sleep.

But what do parents think of the findings?

"It's nice huh? To have them looking at you, but I don't think it makes that much difference. They can see more if they're facing that way, can't they?"

“He likes to point at things and know what's going on, whereas if he's facing you, he wants to get out and be held."

"You can spin this one around and even do both, so, but, we prefer it like this and you know he's all right too."

More than $2,700 parent-infant pairs were observed across Britain, and a smaller study was done in Dundee. The research was by Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk from Dundee University, in collaboration with the National Literacy Trust.


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