Infant helmets: Cotton wool parenting?

Playing leads to banged heads and head injuries: I'm on you know!

Playing leads to minor banged heads: I’m one you know – and this is all the headgear I need at a playground…

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How much is too much protection when it comes to your kids?

I remember not long after my little boy was born seeing an article on a helmet for infants – to protect their heads when falling from their own height. It is called a ThudGuard.

I was mildly surprised to see that its still being sold…

But perhaps its just me, and the fact I have spawned a Stuntboy who is just naturally well co-ordinated. Though I was rather puzzled to read on the site that after initial use indoors it is ideal to use outside as it:

“may help by offering extra head protection at play parks or any other, “less than child friendly surroundings”"

Erm – sorry. Parks are made for kids, and the point of them is so that kids can explore, and develop their co-ordination under the watchful eye of their parents.

At least that’s what I did with Stuntboy and Chatterbox.

Does a product like this mean we are less likely to pay attention to our kids, and let the product protect them? Or is the product there to prey on the minds of parents who are worried about their child in an increasingly safety conscious world?

Head injuries can be serious, but surely the odd bump and bruise on the way to learning to walk is part and parcel of the journey? I spent a lot of time watching my two like a hawk making sure we avoided head injuries; like the classic falling into the corner of the coffee table….

Both of them fell as they learnt to take those first steps, but I did my best to avoid the helicopter parenting hover; a dance I have been keen to step out of ever since. Recent studies even suggest that such intrusive parenting can cause children to find it harder to build social relationships, and even make them more likely to develop depression because they don’t have enough autonomy from their parents.

What do you all think? I would be interested to hear what your thoughts? Do they have their place? Or are they just synonymous with a society that’s moving towards over-protecting its kids?

A society that perhaps sees danger in just growing up…


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