Car carriers, strollers, swings and bouncers the modern conveniences of busy mothers are now linked to causing developmental delays in our children. I never heard of container syndrome until today. The term was coined by researchers who discovered developmental delays in children who are in “containers” for a considerable amount of time.
These “containers” or modern conveniences put a considerable amount of pressure on the back of babies heads, which can cause flattened skull or in more severe cases development delays.
“When a baby is strapped in the container, his neck is immobilized, preventing him from using all the muscles needed to grow normally. This can delay crawling, walking, sitting or even speaking.”
A 2006 study found that 22 percent of babies who slept on their backs had some delays but at the same time has also reduced the incidence of SIDS b 50 percent. So what does that mean?
Try to limit or prevent the use of car carriers, strollers, swings and bouncers to 3 hours a day and allow your baby plenty of tummy time 2 hours at least.
I used all of the “containers” with both my kids so who knows how strong this research is. My daughter walked just shy of her 1st birthday and crawled at 6 months. My son held his head up almost since they day he was born, crawled at 5 months and is on his way to walking and he’s not even 8 months old. He never really liked the swing and hated the bouncer so we have stopped using both for him. And my daughter stopped using the swing once she was able to crawl.
Just to be on the safe side they suggest carrying your baby rather than haul them around in the car seat carrier. I never liked them myself; they were too bulky and got extremely heavy. So I found myself toting my son in baby carriers, baby wraps and slings. Wearing your baby is convenient for mom as it leaves your hands free and great for baby as it gives them a chance to look around and explore, building muscle tone.
Is this study enough for you to toss out the containers of modern parenting?