Study Finds Away-Facing Strollers May Stress Out Babies

Posted on November 21, 2008

A new British study has found that babies riding in forward-facing (or away-facing) strollers could become "emotionally impoverished" because they have no face-to-face contact with the parent who is pushing them.

If the study is correct then babies may be happier in strollers where the infant faces the parent. The study involved 3,000 parent-infant pairs with the parent pushing the infant for one mile. Half the time the parent was facing the infant and half the time the infant was not. The study found that parents using strollers with the infant facing them also spoke to their baby more frequently.

It's a surprising study because technically a parent is not very far away from their child at all in either type of stroller. CNN's article has a quote from developmental psychologist Suzanne Zeedyk who led the study. She says, "Our data suggests that for many babies today, life in a buggy is emotionally impoverished and possibly stressful."

Try a search for "parent facing strollers" if you are looking for the type of stroller this latest study says less stressful for infants. Some strollers are also reversible so the baby can be facing either way.
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