Why babies shouldn't always be in a car seat or stroller

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Why babies shouldn't always be in a car seat or stroller

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I think everybody knows that it is critically important that a baby rides safely in a car, in a car seat whenever that automobile is moving. But, what they might not know is when a baby is awake, it is probably best when not in the car to take the baby out of that seat. It’s really great that we have these seats that can come out of the car and pop into the little snap and go, so your baby can finish their nap. But once they are awake, it’s best to take them out and bring them up close to you, for a couple of reasons. One is that baby’s are having a lot more flat-head syndrome, because they are on their back so much. They have to be there for sleep. But when they are awake, it’s best to get them of their backs. But maybe even more importantly is that baby’s can’t learn their environment if they are in the hood. So those car seats have a hood over the baby and when you are running through the park with your baby, and he hears a dog bark, suddenly he turns his head to see the dog, but he can’t see the dog. After that repeated episode, he stops looking but on babies up here, he sees that dog. The dog goes “woof woof” pretty soon they baby looks at the dog and goes “woof, woo woo.” So he knows, he makes that connection. Kindergarten teachers are finding a day that these young children are coming into classrooms; don’t know how to follow finger point of eye gaze. And they believe it’s because they are spending too much time in the hood not making the connections. So learn how to wear your baby in a carrier, so they can be p here in the world, learning all about it.

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Corky Harvey, MS, RN, IBCLC

Certified Lactation Consultant

Corky Harvey is a co-founder of the Pump Station & Nurtury™ - the first new parent resource center of its kind. She is a registered nurse with a master's degree in maternal/newborn Nursing, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She teaches breastfeeding and baby care classes, facilitates the New Mother Breastfeeding Support Groups, and is a frequent guest lecturer. Corky has three grown children who were breastfed and she loves to claim that their intelligence is linked to this. Corky has two grandsons, Diego who nursed over two years, and 18-month-old Axel who is still breastfeeding. 

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