A new study stays forward-facing strollers may emotionally harm kids.
Buying a stroller can be super stressful ... so many to choose from and they're not cheap. Now there's another reason to be stressed: A new study says pushing babies in forward-pointing strollers puts undue emotional strain on babies.
Researchers in Scotland have found that facing a mom while being pushed in a stroller gives babies positive reassurance and calms them. According to the study, which included 3,000 parents and babies, infants in forward-pointing strollers are less likely to laugh and otherwise interact with their parents. And that translates to stress.
Researcher Suzanne Zeedyk explains, "Our data suggests that for many babies today, life in a buggy is emotionally impoverished and possibly stressful. Stressed babies grow into anxious adults."
On the flip side, isn't a baby going to get bored looking at her mom's face 24/7? Wouldn't pointing them out to the world give them plenty of healthy visual stimulus? Just sayin'.
But if this study is correct, should we all be trading in our Gracos for an old-fashioned pram?