Infant Seats The ideal infant seat will bounce and sway just like you do, helping to soothe and calm your little one when your hands are full or you need to get something done nearby. Browse our carefully chosen collection of infant seats any time of the day or night for ideas, information and baby care solutions; arrange for delivery direct to your door with a click of the mouse. Compare and consider an infant to toddler rocker, musical baby seats, automatic rocker/sleeper seats, baby seats with interactive mobiles and activity bars, newborn seats, floor seats for infants, infant sleeper seats, vibrating seats and more. An infant chair or baby seat offers comfort and support; activity seats can help to keep baby engaged, amused and safe. Use a baby floor seat to help your little one nap comfortably and safely while you rest or work nearby; a baby vibrating chair can help to soothe a fussy baby and make it easy for your little one to drift off to sleep.
How Is It Diagnosed? Parents may be the first to notice that the baby’s skull is becoming flattened on the back or on 1 side. They may also notice that the baby keeps the head tilted to 1 side because of muscle tightness. If you see these problems, contact a physical therapist immediately! Your physical therapist will conduct a thorough evaluation that includes taking the baby's health history. Your physical therapist also will ask you detailed questions about how the baby is handled and the baby's activity level each day, and gently test for signs and symptoms of common CBS problems, such as: Flat head syndrome. The back or the side of the head is abnormally flat. Torticollis. The baby has difficulty turning the head to 1 side, or keeping the neck and head straight due to muscle tightness on 1 side of the neck. Delayed muscle development. The baby may not be able to roll, sit up, crawl, or lift the head or reach out with the arms when on the tummy in a way expected for the baby’s age. Sensory problems. The baby shows a delay in the development of vision or hearing skills. The baby may have depth perception problems, and problems tracking moving objects with the eyes. Delayed cognitive development. The baby may have delayed development of certain thinking and language skills. Facial asymmetry. The sides of the baby's face may appear unequal as a result of the skull deformity and flatness. Your physical therapist may collaborate with a physician or other health care provider to make a final diagnosis. Further tests may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis, and to rule out other problems. If your physician notices signs of CBS before you do, the physician may refer your baby to a pediatric physical therapist for evaluation and treatment. Back to Top
To many parents, a vibrating baby seat, sometimes called a bouncer or bouncy seat, is a lifesaver. The chair is designed for young babies who can't sit unassisted and provides some hands-free time for the parents. The vibration mechanism built into the chair can be soothing to some infants, calming the colicky baby or lulling an overtired little one to sleep. Baby equipment can always pose dangers if it's not used correctly or if it's broken. Understand the potential dangers of a vibrating baby seat to keep your child safe.
Can this Injury or Condition be Prevented? Container Baby Syndrome is 100% preventable. Expectant or new parents are strongly encouraged to follow these guidelines, and contact a physical therapist to learn specific preventive skills. You can protect your baby from developing CBS from day one! Parents can prevent CBS from ever developing by: Limiting the baby’s time in containers, such as car seats and strollers, to only when the baby is actually being transported somewhere. Increasing the time the baby lies on the tummy when awake (with adult supervision). Holding the baby in their arms or a sling for short periods, instead of leaving the baby in a container. Allowing the baby to play freely in a playpen. Allowing the baby to frequently play on the floor on a blanket (with adult supervision). Back to Top
Vibrating baby seats employ batteries as their electrical source. Batteries that are not securely confined to the battery compartment of the chair can pose a choking threat to babies. Denver's ABC television news affiliate reported in 2009 that a toddler hemorrhaged to death after swallowing a game battery. The battery in question was a small, circular, button-sized device. Most vibrating infant seats use larger double-A batteries, which may be too big for the child to swallow; however, dangers of unsecured batteries remain. Acid can leak out of the batteries and cause chemical burns to the child's mouth and esophagus.
Knowledge. Your physical therapist will educate you about the causes of CBS, and teach you healthier ways to position, feed, and provide safe nap and play times for your baby. You'll learn how to safely place your baby on the tummy (eg, on the floor or in a playpen) after every feeding, nap, diaper change, and whenever the baby is awake and alert. Holding the baby for feedings rather than feeding the baby in a carrier or stroller allows the baby to look around, improving neck and eye movement. A playpen is a good way to allow the baby to be active and safe while giving the parent some time to get chores done, without confining the baby to a container. Changing the position of toys and mobiles in the crib encourages babies to turn their heads in different directions.
These forms of baby support and transportation are used to keep the baby safe from accidents, allow parents to more easily transport the baby, and give the baby play time. However, this equipment also acts as a container, immobilizing the baby in 1 position on the baby’s back. Spending a lot of time lying on the back in the container allows little to no movement of the baby's neck, spine, or body.
The vibrations of a baby bouncy seat can increase the risk of the chair tipping over, leading to injury to the child. For this reason, vibrating seats should always be placed on the floor, not on a raised surface like a bed or table. ConsumerReports.org also stresses the importance of keeping the seat on a hard, flat surface, because a young baby can suffocate on the padding of a bed or chair if the bouncy seat gets knocked over.
Real Life Experiences Sarah’s parents adored her and did everything their family and friends said would protect her from injury. Her parents regularly used the car seat that friends had given them as a gift. Sarah’s mom appreciated that Sarah easily fell asleep in her car seat while in the car, and she found it easy to keep Sarah in the car seat when she carried her into the house, and even feed her a bottle while still in the car seat. Sarah’s parents felt like their infant was safe in the car seat, and Sarah seemed content and comfortable. Sarah's grandmother commented on what a quiet baby Sarah was. Sometimes Sarah’s parents let her stay in the car seat at night because taking her out might lead to crying, and more time settling down for the night. Sarah did not like to be on her tummy and would cry when placed there. Sarah’s mom was sure that the most important thing was for Sarah to be comfortable and happy in her first few months of life. Two months after her birth, during a well-baby check, Sarah’s physician noticed that her head was flattened on the back. He also noted that Sarah could not hold her head up as well as a typical 2-month-old baby should, and that she protested vigorously whenever she was placed on her tummy. He noticed that she could not lift her head up when she was on her tummy. Her eyes didn't follow his finger when he moved it in front of them. The physician recognized that Sarah was showing signs of container baby syndrome. The physician referred Sarah to a pediatric physical therapist who tested Sarah further. She asked her parents how many hours a day Sarah was in her car seat, how many hours a day she had tummy time or floor time, how many hours she was held in someone’s arms or in a body sling, and what position she slept in. Her physical therapist noted that Sarah's head appeared flat in the back, and that she couldn't lift her head or chest off the floor when on her tummy. Sarah also didn’t kick her legs or reach with her arms as much as a typical infant her age. Her physical therapist confirmed a diagnosis of container baby syndrome. Sarah's physical therapist designed a program of specific activities to help encourage Sarah to strengthen her muscles and gain the ability to move better. She also taught Sarah's parents how to increase her floor time and tummy time, and to hold her in their arms more—all in order to give Sarah a chance to practice and improve her movement skills. Sarah's parents learned she should be on her tummy at least 3 hours a day when awake, be carried upright in a sling or her parent's arms, and be allowed to play in a playpen. Her physical therapist helped her parents understand that repositioning Sarah out of a container was the most important step in allowing her flat skull to correct itself. Sarah's physical therapist treated her twice a week for 8 weeks, using gentle exercises and hands-on therapy, by which time Sarah could lift her head for 20 seconds at a time while on her tummy, and could roll from her tummy to her back. Toys and games helped Sarah enjoy her new positions. As she gained strength in her muscles, and learned to use her eyes better, she started to play more. The back of her head began to be more rounded and less flat. By 4 months of age, Sarah was able to roll, follow objects with her eyes, reach with her arms, and hold up her head much better. Overall, she was a much more active, interactive, and happy baby! Back to Top