Do I really need a stroller?
Our spines are not perfectly straight. Upon closer inspection you can see that the spine is shaped like an elongated letter S. This shape helps us to maintain balance and flexibility. Thanks to this shape we can walk or run for a long time, with no harm done to our spine.
However, we were not born with this shape of our spines. We have acquired it during the long course of our growth. When we are being born, our spine is rolled up and resembles the letter C. A Very young baby doesn’t have the strength or curvature of the spine necessary to keep the head up and straight. But little by little, overcoming the force of gravity, the baby lifts up its head, creating the first useful curvature: cervical lordosis. Later, when a child crawls, the second physiological curvature is being created: in the lumbar lordosis.
We can affect the development of our child’s spine in many ways. All decisions are ours: Should I use the stroller or carrier? Can I use the car seat as a stroller or rather hold my baby in my arms?
While modern Western parents cannot imagine rising a child without having a stroller, you need to remember that keeping the baby in a horizontal position for an extended period of time is not very beneficial to our little person. Lying on the back for a long time can cause inappropriate pressure onto child’s spine, causing “flattening” the natural “C”-shaped spine. It also applies pressure onto the back side of the head, neck and shoulders as well affect the hip joints’ development in a negative way.
Being in the stroller, your child remains lonely, with a limited ability to observe – you can see the stroller and its hood only. It is incomparable to the rich in elements world that your child could be seeing if instead laying in the stroller, was carried by an actively living parent.
Of course, let’s not overdo it. A Stroller is not an evil incarnate and sometimes is necessary. Furthermore, using a sling and stroller does not need to be mutually exclusive. The most important thing is to maintain the reasonable balance between both and be responding to the signals that our child sends us.
It would seem that the infant car seat, unlike a flat stroller, is well adapted to carrying children. It safeguards the natural C-shape of the spine, after all. The problem, however is that a car seat doesn’t allow the child to actually exercise natural curvatures of the body. Child remains in one fixed position, doesn’t exercise what leads to the weakening of the muscles.
You just have to think about whether or not to use the child car seat as a substitute for an infant stroller, for example, while in a shopping center.
Attention! There is absolutely no alternative to the child car seat while driving a car! The use of a child car seat is mandatory with no reservations. It is a necessary protective element of your child’s health and life.
A child held in the arms adapts to the movements of the wearer, so that mother and child function as a perfect pair of dancers. Together they create the rhythm - physical and mental. They move in unison.
DThe child carried in a vertical position can practice without interruption. His muscles work, adapting to the movements of the mother. When the mother stops or turns, the muscles work in a natural way to produce a counterattack to the movements of the wearer.
Even the best, most beautiful trolley will not provide heat, which the body of the mother gives, her sedative smell, different movements and sensitive reaction, which is so important for healthy child development, especially at this crucial time when the brain grows more than at any other period life. No toy can not be entertainment such as the facial expression we have.
A Baby carrier, which is called the vertical and the ones that give good support of the childs legs, are the proper development of the spine and hips. The newborn instinctively takes the correct position to wear. Its slightly angled legs are bent at an angle of approximately 100 degrees and spread over about 40 degrees. This position provides assistance in the development of the spine and prevents hip dysplasia.
A child in the position of frogs, which is heading to wear, naturally. When you raise a child up, it automatically tucks in its feet. When you cuddle them in this position, thereby protecting its belly and all major organs.
Wearing not only provides proper physical development of the spine and hips. It also supports intellectual and psychological development. Carried babies get a tremendous sense of security from us, which pays off later in life with good self-esteem, as well as a better contact with the group and better intellectual development.
Do not forget that a baby's natural need is to be hugged, rocked and protected by the mother. That self contact with the world, which is lying in a stroller or car seat, is what you need to gradually get used to.