Brakes on child psychomotricity: abuse of high chairs, chairs and devices

In order to have children under control, parents help us with numerous baby accessories that allow us to be calm when we want to do something we can not do with our baby. The most recurrent are the highchair, the stroller, and of course, electronic devices.

And there is nothing better for our peace of mind than having our children entertained with a tablet or subject in their stroller or chair to not stress too much putting washing machines, picking up the house, preparing some food or answering about urgent messages that we can not postpone.

However, avoid making abusive use of these baby accessories that allow us control of children is essential because they suppose a brake on the psychomotor skills of children.


Abuse of the high chair, stroller and devices

The high chair It is associated mainly with the moments of food for babies and children recently released their stage in Infantil. It is usually a good resource so that the child can remain there while the kitchen is being collected or other types of household chores are done.

It is not bad that the child knows how to spend some time sitting in the highchair and that we can even give him the opportunity to play, at the table, with stories or certain dolls that make him be entertained. But, once again, using it on a frequent basis for very long periods of time limits the development of the child at the motor level. It would have to be alternated with the same activities that we mentioned above.


There are other types of elements that can be used during this period and that from an educational and developmental point of view do not consider anything recommendable. They are resources that instead of favoring psychomotor development tend to limit it and even to develop certain physical postures that are not positive for the child. It is the case of the walkers, harnesses of subjection ...

The stroller. It is convenient that we have moments in which the child can move without using it as the only resource. The stroller is very useful to go out with our baby and imprescidible during almost the first year of life, but from the moment when the child begins to crawl and take their first steps, parents must have time and patience to download of the stroller.


Also tend to entertain with everything you find along the way. This, which for us can result in some unsettling moment, is very positive because they are discovering the world. As it is an activity that requires time, we can not carry it out very consistently, but we must try to find moments to propitiate it.

As we make it easier for them to walk on their own they will develop this facet more, they will carry it out with greater ease and thus we will be able to create the habit of walking independently and autonomously. After two years we will not need the chair as much if we think about the good development of the child and not so much in our comfort.

Television and digital devices. They represent the biggest brake on psychomotor skills in young children. At times, parents abuse the reassuring effects of these instruments that end up generating sedentary children who discard the movement. Beyond the physical consequences such as childhood obesity, the neurological development of children is being limited.

María Campo. NClic Director

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