Considering one of our reversible strollers, like our Pliko Switch Compact, Uno, or Skate System? Here’s one more reason to. Research shows that these types of strollers, which allow you to position baby to face you, might actually be better for baby.
Researchers at the University of Dundee in Scotland studied the way that 2,700 families interact with their infants and toddlers when in strollers. They found that caregivers were more likely to speak to the child when he or she was riding in a rear-facing stroller, compared to a forward-facing stroller.
In a smaller controlled experiment, the researchers gave 20 mothers and infants ages 9 to 24 months a chance to use both types of strollers and recorded their conversations.
“Mothers talked to their children twice as much during the 15-minute [rear-facing] journey, and they also laughed more,” noted M. Suzanne Zeedyk, senior lecturer in developmental psychology. “The babies laughed more too.
“Of course, infants do not spend all their time in strollers. But anecdotal evidence suggests that babies can easily spend a couple of hours a day in them. And research tells us that children’s vocabulary development is governed almost entirely by the daily conversations parents have with them. When a stroller pusher can’t easily see the things that attract a baby’s attention, valuable opportunities for interaction can be missed.”
So what’s the takeaway? According to Zeedyk, parents needn’t feel worried, but instead curious.
“The core message of our findings is simple: Talk to your baby whenever you get the chance—and whichever direction your stroller faces.”
Peg Perego offers three reversible stroller options. Our Pliko Switch Compact has a reversible seat, our Uno has a reversible handlebar, and our Skate System has a modular seat that can be positioned forward- or rear-facing. Have questions? Let us know! Leave us a comment or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org admin (Erica) | Posted in 2011 Collection, 2011 Pliko Switch Compact, 2011 Skate System, 2011 Uno, Uncategorized | No Comments