I probably shouldn't find this funny, but I do.
I was browsing Amazon the other day and came across a product that seemed too good to be true. It's called the "Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleeper" and it's kind of like a hammock for babies. It's super portable and just folds up, and it keeps the baby reclined so he sleeps like a rock. Every mom's dream, right? It's even got 4.5 stars -- with 587 people giving it all 5 stars.
My finger started itching to buy it. Finally I'd be able to put the baby down without worrying that his older brothers were going to step all over him in their crazy cavorting. Finally, I'd get a moment of freedom to do the dishes or mop my [really nasty] floor, all while the baby slept peacefully within arm's reach. Maybe he could even sleep in it at night and he'd wake up less often! Yes, visions of sugarplums began to dance in my head.
Then, out of curiosity, I decided to look at the 1-star reviews (there were only 32 of them).
Every single 1-star review that I read told the same sad story: They all talked about how perfectly dreamy the product was at first. Their baby was sleeping through the night and never cried and was happy for hours in the thing... until two months later when they realized that their baby had a HORRIFIC FLAT SPOT ON HER HEAD, and often an acute case of torticollis.
Months of physical therapy and lots of $$ to try and fix what could have been prevented in the first place, had they known. And sometimes the consequences are irreversible.
I just find it funny that there is no substitute for being held by your mama. We try every shortcut, every other thing we can think of, and they all have consequences. Put your baby on his tummy, he has an increased risk of SIDS. Put your baby on his back, and he gets a flat head. Put your baby in a swing, in a bouncer, in a carseat, in a hammock, and he develops torticollis.
Or... you could hold your baby. All day long. I guess there's something to be said for the cultures where people strap their babies on their backs and then go out to work in the field.
It's just so dang inconvenient! I am counting the hours until Lincoln has enough neck strength to sit in his Bumbo.
Anyway, let this be a reminder: Don't put your baby in any kind of a seat or bed that encourages her to put pressure on any one part of her head for too long. If your baby starts turning her head more frequently in one direction than the other, encourage her to get equal time looking the other way. Otherwise, your baby just might have to sport this stylin' number:
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