I've always wondered if your baby can get Shaking Baby Syndrome when you play with them too hard?

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Rebecca - posted on 05/12/2010

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I'm pretty sure they can. After a year you can kind of "rough" up a bit but before that i would be terrified to do anything to harm them. My daughter gets to bounce on my legs but i don't swing her around or anything like that. Remember we also have to be careful of the neck in general so any sudden movements can harm the neck muscles, this is why they are rear facing in car seats as long as possible because the neck muscles and i think people should be careful when playing as well.

Good question for sure. It'll be interesting to see the replies.

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Mandie - posted on 05/12/2010

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The short answer is YES! It doesn't matter if you're doing it out of anger or excitement, jolting their heads around too hard is what causes it.

Katharine - posted on 05/12/2010

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I think you have to play with your children whatever is age appropriate...newborns you have to fully support...hold their heads and what not...where as an older baby who can hold their heads up you can play a LITTLE rougher with...as long as you don't let their little heads and necks move violently I wouldn't be too concerned. Its common sense though I think...

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