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When is it safe to roughhouse with my baby?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Never

If you intend to be rough with a baby please don't have any.
When a kid is old enough to tell you you are hurting them you might push the play a bit, but babies die every year because parents don't understand how frail their systems are.

In brief: Never

If you intend to be rough with a baby please don't have any.
When a kid is old enough to tell you you are hurting them you might push the play a bit, but babies die every year because parents don't understand how frail their systems are.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Besides being dangerous, a toddler will learn that it's ok to be physically aggressive, but not when it's ok and when it's not.
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends on "rough"

Depends on your definition of "roughhousing".
Babies need physical activity to develop nerve-muscle control/connections. Engaging with them is safe levels of play that challenges them is good. But, care should always be taken that you aren't exposing them to undue stresses or strains for which their immature systems aren't yet ready. If they fuss, back off immediately. Avoid jarring li'l brains!

In brief: Depends on "rough"

Depends on your definition of "roughhousing".
Babies need physical activity to develop nerve-muscle control/connections. Engaging with them is safe levels of play that challenges them is good. But, care should always be taken that you aren't exposing them to undue stresses or strains for which their immature systems aren't yet ready. If they fuss, back off immediately. Avoid jarring li'l brains!
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Dr. Gregg Alexander
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