Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach
University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach
Las Vegas, NV
Increasingly, infants in the post-industrialized west are being diagnosed with conditions such as plagiocephaly or torticollis – which are postural deformities that can be corrected with positioning behavior. While a handful of studies have cursorily explored infant carrying practices, here I provide the first comprehensive cross-cultural literature review that aims to make connections between infant transport style and the timing of infant development in the emergence of sitting, crawling, and walking .Such a synthesis is important, not only in terms of contributing to cross-cultural research, but also for parents in the cultural west to aid in the better understanding of how infant transport and securing devices used in post-industrial cultures (e.g. swings, strollers, car seats) can not only exacerbate postural deformities, but also how altering infant resting or sleeping positions can mitigate some of the symptoms of such conditions.
Cross cultural; Infant; Sling; Carrying; Posture; Development, milestone; Walking; Pre-walking; Parenting; Restraint; Torticollis; Plagiocephaly; Precocious; Motor delays
Biological and Physical Anthropology | Social and Cultural Anthropology
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Keep Calm and Carry On: Infant Carrying Practices and Motor Development.
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