We've all seen people toss a baby around like a sack of flour. Dads seem to be particularly fond of...
We've all seen people toss a baby around like a sack of flour. Dads seem to be particularly fond of this sort of baby play and babies seem to like it as well but there is a safety factor to consider. flying babyPersonally I can't stand to see babies tossed about -- but I have a weak stomach for adventures like that. If a baby under two years of age is tossed, thrown into the air, or bounced very vigorously it can hurt him. It can even cause shaken baby syndrome -- usually know as a condition that occurs from an angry parent shaking a baby but it can also happen during playtime. Your baby's head is really heavy in comparison to the rest of his little body and his tiny neck cannot support vigorous movements. Now, I've almost never seen a baby who didn't love being tossed up like a beanbag; but don't do it. There are other ways to have fun. Subtle bouncing on your knee is mostly safe if you hold him in a way that supports his neck. A better idea is the flying game (another game dads like). Hold your baby tightly and glide him through the air -- just be sure to be careful with any flipping movements. Does your baby like movement games?

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