More to worry about: Could stroller choice affect your baby’s language development?

Monday, March 02, 2009

A recent British study suggests that babies who face forward in their stroller are much less likely to talk, laugh, and interact with their parents. It’s just that kind of interaction that stimulates brain development. Liz Attenborough, who manages the Talk to Your Baby campaign at Britain’s National Literacy Trust, joins John to explain.

Read the New York Times op-ed piece on this discussion, One Ride Forward, Two Steps Back by M. Suzanne Zeedyk.

"Let's look at it from the child's point of view. The child would so much prefer to be looking into someone's eyes, because that's where they get their stimulating start from."
— Liz Attenborough on the difficulty of communicating to your baby when using a front-facing stroller

Guests:

Liz Attenborough

Comments [1]

Vicki Madden

This article highlights something I thought about a lot when my sons were babies (they are now 8 and 16). I carried them frequently in Baby Bjorns, slings, hip carriers, etc, and I always had their faces facing me. I felt that the sense of security and connection with me as their mother was most important in those early years; I knew that the mother's gaze was crucial for emotional development. Several years ago, I started to notice parents of brand new babies carrying them facing out. When I asked, they said it was for stimulation. Though I held my tongue, I thought it was sad to think a baby would rather have a huge panorama of random images than gaze on the face of mother or father.

Mar. 02 2009 08:38 AM

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