In today’s world, we have a variety of accessories for our babies such as floor seats, car seats, strollers, swings, and more. While these are a great tool, all of the time spent in these baby containers adds up! When in a positioning device such as the ones listed above, little ones are limited in the motor development that results from stretching, wiggling, turning, reaching, and otherwise moving. These limitation can lead to Container Baby Syndrome.
Container Syndrome is a term used to describe the lack of skill in infants who are not allowed ample movement opportunities. Excessive time in these containers can lead to structural, movement, and behavioral challenges as a result.
At Huntey’s Clubhouse, we structure our days around learning based play. Our teachers are conscious of the limited use of baby containers and the importance of activities, even for the littlest children, to wiggle around and explore. Here is a fantastic article from The OT Toolbox that explains what Container Baby Syndrome is and how it can inhibit a child’s development.