It’s something we all do with our kids but doing it for too long will harm your baby’s brain…
Oh no. It turns out that YET AGAIN I am unknowingly damaging my children.
Yet another thing for us to analyse and over-think has come to light. You see, new research has shown that leaving your kids in their pram for too long can damage them.
I write this just in between dropping one child at pre-school and before I go to drop another off at school. My third who’s nearly three has been in her pram for about half-an hour already this morning and is about to be plonked into it for another half-an hour any minute now.
A neuro-psychologist in the UK has warned parents that putting young children in prams or baby seats for too long and too often could be hampering their speech and physical skills.
Sally Goddard Blythe has told a conference that “Infants need opportunity for free movement and exploration, whether that is tummy time, cuddling or rough play.”
Those of us who push our children in a forward-facing pram come under even more wrath – for she says that knock-on effects are said to harm performance at school and persist for life.
(Life.. gosh that’s pretty bad huh..)
She said that parents (and I think she means mothers here really doesn’t she?) are not interacting with their kids if they are lettingtheir children face the front.
‘That is not happening if a child is in a forward-facing buggy and her mum is using her smartphone.’
(Oh no, I did that this morning too!!)
You might think I sound glib, but here’s the thing. I don’t doubt this expert's qualifications. I don’t doubt her medical expertise or her research methods.
She’s probably right. She’s possibly got all the evidence in the world to back up her theories.