Container Baby Syndrome

What is Container Baby Syndrome? More and more experts are weighing in with concerns about how much time babies spend in “containers” such as car seats, bouncers, Rock and Plays and even slings and now it even has a name--“container baby syndrome”.

We have long taught that tummy time is super important for babies' growth and development and we are glad to see more information being shared about the dangers of too much time spent on these devices.

The following article about "Container Baby Syndrome" is from is worth a read and more importantly, worth a share with parents and caregivers of newborns and infants.

As a parent or caretaker of an infant, you are undoubtedly aware of the numerous equipment options available for babies. Swings, bouncy seats and car seats are just a few of the products available and advertised to help babies and families. Extended time throughout the day in any or multiple of these items may lead to issues currently referred to as “Container Baby Syndrome.”

An infant container is any device that limits movement of a baby and includes

  • Infant carriers such as slings and packs
  • Nursing pillows or cushions
  • Floor seats, car seats and high chairs
  • Jumpers or walkers
  • Infant swings

Time in a container can quickly add up throughout the day if a child rides in a car seat, falls asleep in a swing, sits in a high chair then stands in a baby walker or other such equipment. Switching from one container to the next reduces the amount of time and ability for a baby to kick, turn their head side-to-side, wiggle and move as a baby is supposed to do in order to develop the needed strength and coordination to learn new skills such as rolling over, sitting up, crawling and walking.

While many of these products make parents feel the baby is working on these skills by standing in an activity center or sitting in a floor seat, containers actually prevent children from sitting or standing in correct alignment and result in an inability to activate important muscles. Equipment can hinder the development of skills and place inappropriate stress on developing bones and joints - placing the child at risk for other injuries.

Continue reading for more information on Container Baby Syndrome.

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