Baby car seat may be safer than its parent
Baby car seats have long been touted as a safe alternative to sitting in a car seat, and they’ve become increasingly popular in recent years.
Now a new study suggests baby car seats may actually be safer for children than their parent.
In the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers found that when babies were placed in car seats with their parents, their brain activity was less likely to be disturbed by noise and vibration.
In contrast, when a parent placed their baby in a booster seat, the brain activity of babies in the booster seat was more likely to spike.
Researchers also found that babies in booster seats were more likely than babies in car seat seats to be distracted by other children or other stimuli.
The researchers also found the babies in boosters had fewer complaints about head injuries and were less likely than those in carseat to be diagnosed with asthma, allergies or obesity.
“There’s definitely a difference in the quality of the stimulation,” Dr. John O’Brien, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told CNN.
While car seats were designed for children, “there’s also a benefit in that the babies are exposed to more stimuli and more stimulation,” O’Connor said.
“In fact, some babies are more stimulated by the mother than the father.”
Researchers say that for adults, car seats are better than booster seats for their ability to reduce the risk of injury, but the researchers say it’s unclear whether those benefits outweigh the risks of baby car chairs.