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My hubby wonders if it is ok to toss baby up in the air, "fly" him around, turn him upside down, etc.? I think it is fine. . . unless he has just eaten. Let me know.

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Kara - posted on 01/03/2010

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All the play sounds good with the exception of tossing baby in the air. This can cause brain injuries. If you google "tossing baby in the air", you will see that it is quite dangerous. Otherwise, it all sounds good. Anytime that dads spend with their babies seems pretty great to me.

Rene - posted on 01/01/2010

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it is wonderfull that daddy wants playtime with baby. but be very carefull not to shake him around to much as the brain is still very new, tender and loose in the skull, i have heard recently of a mum that shook her baby a tad to hard and the child turned blind. when the child is around 18 months old then the baby should be fine to be a bit more rough with.

Andra - posted on 12/30/2009

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My hubby and I have a 6 month old (Stella). She LOVES to rough house, too. We hold her upside down by her hips, and we gently "toss" her in the air (our hands are never really off of her body). She giggles every time we do it. We have been turning her upside down since she was about 3 months and she loves that too.

Olivia - posted on 12/30/2009

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i agree. my son [6 and a half months] will throw himself backwards to be upsidedown! he loves it. and as with the other moms as long as it's not vigorous and TOO rough i'm sure it's fine. and as for the whole right after he eats...we learned that one the hard way! lol

Kim - posted on 12/30/2009

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It is fine. My little girl loves the roughhousing. As a pediatric nurse, I am okay with a little roughhousing as long as it is not to vigorous and Jazmine still enjoys it.

Rachael - posted on 12/30/2009

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As long as he can hold his head up (which I'm sure, by now, he's a pro at, lol), that's fine! My hubby and I do it all the time, unless he's just eaten, too. When throwing him in the air, though, we angle him so that his head doesn't jolt and not high in the air. He loves it!

Erin - posted on 12/30/2009

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"flying" with him and turning him all which ways is fine. Do not throw them up in the air. It's very dangerous, and upon landing in your arms their head jolts very abruptly which could cause problems.

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My dr has seen me walk around holding my son upside down. He was only about 3 months at the time lol. I said oops... i'm gonna get in trouble and he goes NO! He loves it!!!! Obviously don't do it for long periods of time but if it makes baby happy and doesn't hurt him, do it!

Leah - posted on 12/29/2009

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My husband does it to our baby girl all the time.She is 6 and a half months old and she loves it.She giggles with delight.She seems to be ok & happy so I think it must be ok ,although I still cringe when he does it!!lol

Elanor - posted on 12/29/2009

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That is all fine my baby loves it! When we went to the osteopath when he was a few weeks old, she held him upside down by the ankles. They certainly wouldn't do that if it was harmful.

Kate - posted on 12/28/2009

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My baby loves 'roughhousing,' and I agree with the last poster: as long as it's not vigorously shaking, a little bouncing is fine and can be great fun for them. Just be sure to hold him by his core, and not his limbs. Have fun!

Romina - posted on 12/27/2009

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Me and my husband bounce my baby around, and play airplane with him, and it seems fine. I think so long as you don't vigorously shake them, a little bouncing should be OK. I figure since they are old enough for a jumper or a bouncer (which causes a little shaking lol) they should be fine.

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