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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?

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11 comments so far | Post a comment now
gemma November 21, 2008, 7:10 PM

theres always something isnt there, in a few years there will probably be another study saying the complete opposite lol

mary November 21, 2008, 7:45 PM

To some degree, this does make sense to me in that we are now finding that for a lot of kids, the change in how we are now pushing so much visual stimuli onto them, is affecting their vision development. Not their acuity, but their developmental vision…things like eye tracking, looking from near to far, etc. It would not surprise me if this stroller thing is true, because it really is in a long list of many “not normal” things that we are expecting kids to adjust to in this generation.

Anonymous November 21, 2008, 10:14 PM

Another lame study

Carrie November 22, 2008, 2:54 AM

As with most studies, there’s gotta be more to it than that! I think temperment plays a part in how babies handle strollers. Some won’t sit in a stroller no matter what, some want to face the parent, and some could care less. I always have a sling with my stroller just in case :)

Anonymous November 22, 2008, 7:44 AM

OR you could wear your baby in a carrier. Lots of hugs and kisses, less stuff to worry about and baby is happy.

babywearer November 22, 2008, 9:48 AM

Yes, but baby carriers cause back aches and headaches! (as per the motrin ad! ) lol there’s always something!

Anonymous November 22, 2008, 7:52 PM

Idiotic studies like this only stress out mothers!

Jennifer November 22, 2008, 11:30 PM

Give me a break! I know some kids that hate riding back words. I think they get motion sickness. This whole study is lame.

JoAnne November 23, 2008, 7:45 AM

Yet another study to make you feel like an unfit mother. Gee- thanks so much!

MplsMom December 11, 2008, 10:01 AM

The article doesn’t tell us how old the children were, how much time they were spending in a stroller, whether there were differences between the infants after they were taken out of the stroller, or, most importantly, how big an effect this appeared to have on children. Without this information, it’s not useful information.

MplsMom December 11, 2008, 10:12 AM

I also find it disheartening that the article doesn’t tell us where the study was published. This means we can’t just look it up to find out more details about the study and its findings. It also makes it difficult to determine whether the study is from a credible source.

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