Why your newborn needs a lie-flat buggy

Whether it’s a fully reclining seat, a carrycot or a pram body that attaches to the buggy chassis, it’s important your young baby lies flat

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It is essential that your newborn baby lie flat in a buggy for his or her overall healthy development.

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There are buggies on the market that don’t have 180-degree lie-flat seats and these are generally labelled as being suitable only from 3 months or from 6 months. This is because it is recognised that in order to aid their development a newborn ought to lie flat.

If your baby is scrunched up then his or her breathing can be compromised. As your baby’s lungs are last to develop in the womb, it’s vital that the lungs get all the help they can after your baby’s born. Lying flat promotes lung development and also assists your baby’s breathing.

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A lie-flat position is also essential for your baby’s spinal development because it will aid spine growth and in time strengthen muscle tone. Your baby’s neck control will be helped by this support too. Lying flat will enable your baby to soon explore his or her own hands and feet and then even reach out. Lastly, it will encourage your baby to follow movement with his or her eyes and, if facing you, help the bonding process.

Many buggies that don’t have fully reclinable seats can have a carrycot attached to the chassis, so your baby can lie in a flat position until old enough to use the buggy’s seat. This is how these buggies can be labelled as suitable from birth.

It’s worth knowing that European and British buggy standards differ. For example, a buggy that might be labelled as suitable from birth in the UK could be labelled in Spain as suitable from 6months. Some feel the British system is of an old standard and in need of updating.

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