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Which way the buggy faces influences child development

Recent research from the University of Dundee, presented at The British Psychological Society Annual Conference (Scottish Branch) on Saturday, reveals that babies, who are pushed in buggies which face the mother, rather than face away towards the outside environment, are less stressed. Not only does having a buggy facing the mother reduce infant stress levels but it also increased parent child interactions; parents in this condition were twice as likely to speak to their child. The researchers also found that babies in the ?facing mother? condition were more likely to laugh and were more self-aware. The findings are the first of this kind and have implications for language and brain development.
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