If you’re tired of hearing from your parents about how you rolled around the backseat of your mom’s station wagon, untethered, and you turned out fine, you’ll like this. A new study finds that many grandparents don’t know about the latest safety guidelines for children. Here are the stats:
- 74% say a walker is a good devise to help babies learn to walk. (AAP urges caregivers to get rid of them because of safety concerns)
- 49% say it’s okay to have bumpers, stuffed animals and blankets in cribs. (AAP prefers a “naked crib.
- 33% of grandparents said that the best sleep position for a baby. (Correct answer: on the back, says the American Academy of Pediatrics)
- 24.5% say a 9-month-old, 22-pound child should face forward. (AAP says kids should stay rear-facing until age 2.
Silly grandmas and grandpas! Things aren’t the way they used to be! Surely, today’s parents are so much more civilized than the grandparental generation.
Ah, but wait a sec. Most of these guidelines have changed even since my kids were babies in the late nineties. For instance:
- We had a walker. It looked like a primary-colored car. Did it occur to me that maybe it could get ahead of my toddler while he lands face-down on the floor? Yeah. But one of my babies also crawled backwards and under the couch and disappeared, while I panicked, wondering where the heck my baby went. He was just here! The AAP never warned me about high-set couches and commando babies.
- We had bumpers and a blanket in their cribs. They had the “classic” Winnie the Pooh on them. Very cute baby shower gift.
- Back when my teens were babies, the AAP said it was okay for us to turn our car seats to face forward when the kids hit 20 pounds and a year.
Also, the study involved just 49 grandparent caregivers who completed a 15-question survey. It wasn’t peer reviewed, either.
So before you ban the grand ‘rents from the house, consider how fast safety guidelines change — and sometimes change back. Share the latest studies with the grandparents, and ask them to honor your rules, no matter how ridiculous they sound because you know, you turned out fine.