Research regarding the use of infant car seats and best practice guidance is a relatively new concept for experts and mums alike.
BabyBWell recognises the importance of Infant Car Seats. Infant Car Seats save lives and should always be used when your baby is travelling by car. The safest car seat for your little one is the one that fits him or her properly and is installed correctly. BabyBWell’s focus is on how parents use an infant Car Seat rather than the correct fitting and installation of infant car seats. This is because this type of information is already readily available to parents. If you are interested in finding out more about how to fit and install your infant car seat please visit Good Egg In-Car Child Safety Initiative. http://www.goodeggcarsafety.com/scotland/
When your baby is placed in their car seat they are, for use of a better phrase, snuggled up.
Oxygen Desaturation occurs when your lungs don’t quite work to their maximum capacity and has become widely recognised as a high risk for premature infants while restrained in infant car seats. With links to brain development and behaviour, it has steadily gained more awareness over recent years.
Taking regular breaks to lift and reposition your baby in their seat will reduce the likelihood of Oxygen Desaturation, keeping your baby comfortable and you at ease.
Keeping your baby on its back with their head against an infant car seat for prolonged periods of time increases the likelihood of developing Flat Head Syndrome.
A baby’s head is soft and still forming in the early stages. The less pressure applied to the back of the head, the better. The occasional lift and reposition throughout long stints in the car seat will decrease the likelihood of developing this fairly common, time-corrected syndrome.
A stretch helps you straighten up and get comfortable. Yet babies placed in infant car seats have little room for movement and flexibility.
Research by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association shows that prolonged time in an infant car seat can “restrict postural options” and result in poor spinal alignment.
Ensuring you give you baby regular time and opportunity to have this wiggle and stretch will naturally help the spine centre and align itself.
Explore, Play & Refine
Your baby needs to constantly explore environments, use muscles and refine motor skills.
Containing your baby for unnecessary long periods of time limits this activity that can lead to muscle weakness and delayed gross motor skills. In the first year, physical literacy refers to your baby developing basic motor skills. Every twist, bend and kick is progress.
This refinement takes practice so your baby needs ample room, time and opportunity to develop. In the long term it means that your child eventually develops a wide variety of fundamental movement skills that will promote an active, healthy lifestyle.
As your baby gets older, the physical skills they learn later will be built on the ones they mastered in their first year.
Want to know more about the research, effects and benefits of our ‘90 Minute Maximum Rule’? Here are a few links for those interested in exploring further.