It is fascinating to think about the history of baby transport.
For hundreds of thousand of years, the human species carried their babies in their arms — because there was no other choice.
Babies could hear that person’s heartbeat, feel their body warmth, adjust their posture to the stride of walking.
That’s not the way we tend to carry babies today, of course.
We have devised technological solutions to that problem. We carry our babies in prams, buggies, strollers, pushchairs, travel systems. Whatever we call these technological devices, their function is to help us get our babies from Point A to Point B.
We need them in a world of cars and cities and long distances to be travelled. Interestingly, we don’t normally think of prams as shaping babies’ brains or physiology.
But when we begin to understand what the science of connection is telling us, we begin to realise that has to be one outcome of prams. The science says that every experience a baby has builds neural connections.
This means, then, that the regularity of stroller rides will undoubtedly be shaping brain development — especially if stroller design interferes in any way with a baby’s confidence in their sense of connection to the person pushing.
So it begins to seem that the direction a buggy faces — away or toward the pusher — could really matter, especially for very young babies.
This is an example of one of the many considerations that arises for parents, childcare professionals, and stroller manufacturers alike, when we bring the science of connection to baby transport.
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