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Which way does your baby face when you push him in your stroller? I have a stroller that I can flip so that my baby can face me or face the world. She's chosen to face the world, which is fine with me because it's a whole lot more interesting than my face, which she sees all the time. But a new study says that I'm doing it all wrong.
According to a study of more than 2,700 parents and their babies, pushing your little one so it's facing outward in a baby stroller can be emotionally isolating for him. The research found:
1. Parents using face-to-face strollers were more than twice as likely to be talking to their child.
2. Babies heart rates fell in parent-facing strollers and they were more likely to fall asleep, which indicates they may be more stressed out when facing outward. (Hmm ... or maybe just not as bored?)
3. Mothers and infants laughed more when using face-to-face strollers.
The researchers emphasized that the study was small and needs more investigation, but said, "If babies are spending significant amounts of time in a baby buggy that undermines their ability to communicate with their parent, at an age when the brain is developing more than it will ever again, then this has to impact negatively on their development."
I'm not sure there are that many strollers on the market that are face-to-face or forward/backward adjustable, and those that are cost a lot. Like $800. Would you pay $800 for a stroller just so your baby can face you? Or will you stick with a cheaper stroller and just spend plenty of time talking to your baby at other times of the day?