The baby selfie may be a recent trend, but a photo booth at your favorite baby spa may not be the best option.
A study published in The Journal of Clinical Psychology found that the most popular selfie booth was one that used a baby as a “focus point.”
Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco and the University at Buffalo surveyed more than 1,000 adults and children who were participating in a group selfie booth.
They found that 70 percent of participants were interested in having their babies taken in the booth, but just 17 percent wanted their photos to be taken with their babies.
The research also found that only one-third of participants wanted to have the babies’ faces blurred.
The study was conducted to find out why so many people are opting to take a baby photo at the spa rather than a baby pool or playroom.
The study’s authors say that parents want their children to feel at ease and safe, and that’s why a baby is considered a focal point for them.
“Parents want their babies to feel comfortable and safe and they want their photos taken with them, not their own faces,” said study co-author Lauren Moll, a PhD candidate in psychology at the University in Buffalo.
The authors say parents want to take their children on a “safe, fun, and meaningful” experience that’s “in keeping with their culture.”
“There’s no such thing as a perfect selfie,” said Moll.
“But there are ways to be mindful of how you present your baby with their parents.”
The researchers say they hope that this study will spark conversations about the importance of having baby selfies.
“When parents take a picture of their baby in a selfie booth, the images are often taken with a focus on the baby’s face,” said co-lead author Lauren Mott, a doctoral candidate in communication studies at UC San Francisco.
“This can cause the baby to look more vulnerable and vulnerable to be harmed.”
If you’re concerned about your baby’s safety, the study suggests that parents should try to get the baby into a safety zone with a child safety harness.
They also suggest that parents consider placing a child in a separate area of the spa.
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