A container baby is a newborn baby or young infant who is placed in a container, such as a car seat, stroller, swing, and bouncy chair to name a few - a definitive convenience for parents. CBS is a collection of movement disorders, behavior affliction, and other problems that are the result of the infant spending too much time in a contained space. In essence, a baby is restricted from executing their natural movements such as wiggling, kicking their arms and legs, and trying to lift up their head.
For the most part, modern gear marketed to facilitate parents offer a felicitous break from holding baby, in order to cook, clean, shower and quite often, simply take a breath. However, experts are disclosing that parents relying on conducive places to keep their babies safe may actually be doing more harm than good. These conditions can cause movement, cognitive, and social interaction problems, and may even precipitate deformity.
Global News reports that according to Lori Grisez, a pediatric clinical specialist and developmental therapist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio explains that contained babies may experience plagiocephaly - flat spots on the head or torticollis - tightness in the neck from keeping the head turned or tilted. In 2013, A Calgary study confirmed 46.6 percent of babies were victims of plagiocephaly. The findings are critical.
Grisez explains they want babies crawling and exploring their environments. Movement is key - babies not given the opportunity to strengthen their muscles, practice and learn to roll over and get up will suffer developmentally. Helping babies with tummy time will intensify and boost their development.
Today’s infants are on average 2 months delayed in terms of motor milestones. It’s imperative that parents focus their intentions into letting infants traverse the floor. The main function during the first year of life is exploration and gaining the ability to come up against gravity. By giving them shortcuts and having them stand or try to sit before they should, is directly affecting their brain development. The impact is adverse.
Equipment can place inappropriate stress on developing bones and joints - placing infants at risk for other injuries. Fundamentally, babies who use containers may actually take longer to develop skills such as sitting, standing and walking.
Additionally, for little ones already at risk for developmental delays due to prematurity, Down syndrome, or other medical concerns, overuse of equipment can result in even greater impact and delays for the baby.
Container baby syndrome has been on the rise since the 1990s when doctors began recommending babies be put to sleep lying on their backs not their tummies to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Granting infants the time to play on their back, side, stomach and visually explore, touch and move develops their brain, integrates their sensory experiences and builds muscle strength. Practices that have extraordinary effects on behavior, perception, and learning.