What Kind of Stroller is Best?
The baby buggies of the past, where the baby faced the mother, were definitely more mother-baby friendly than most contemporary designs. The latest neuro-scientific studies show that, in the first year of life, ongoing eye-to-eye contact with the mother is essential to the baby’s developing brain and sense of secure attachment. According to Dr. Allan Schore of UCLA, the mother’s face is the “hidden biological regulator” of the infant. If you choose a stroller that faces the child looking out then he/she is missing valuable opportunities for connection. If you can, look for a stroller design that enhances loving connection.
Update: An article in the March 2, 2009 New York Times discussed research that showed slower language development in babies who were in forward-facing strollers.