My name is Puck, and I am the Founder of Gooru, Inc. To families from Boston to Bethlehem to Beverly Hills, I hope you are staying well during this COVID-19 mess. Given the state of the world, it’s as important as ever to ensure babies and young children are safely getting out for walks and seeing the world around them. I’d like to tell you a little bit about how I came up with the Gooru Stroller Mirror, and how I used it with my two children, Lawson and Ilsa.
Like parents everywhere, I wanted to provide the best opportunities for my kids, even if I wasn’t always available for them directly. When I studied child brain development, I read over and over how nothing matters more to a child’s later predicted intelligence than eye-to-eye communication during the first three years of life. My family values intelligence, so when I was around my babies, I did my best to engage.
When the babies could sit up on their own, we transferred them from a backward-facing stroller to a forward-facing stroller. Initially, I tried many methods to communicate with them in the forward-facing stroller: I’d yell, strenuously peek around the side, peer through the transparent canopy (at the back of their head), all with little connection, much awkwardness, and no eye-to-eye contact. When I sought to buy a Stroller Mirror and realized no Stroller Mirrors were available for sale, I started prototyping. I wanted a stylish mirror that went on and off easily, stayed in place during runs, and had the perfect convex to enable face-to-face parent/child communication during stroller time.
As my children grew, and my prototypes improved, we walked and talked more – they were a captive audience, after all, as was I. On our walks, we worked on the ASL alphabet, played “I Spy,” and counted objects around all around us. We would look at each other as we walked and viewed the world. They loved the attention and showed me with smiles, engagement, and more eye contact.
When the babies grew old enough to sing, I’d run to their tunes. The more they sang, the faster I’d go. They’d laugh when I pretended to huff and puff. When they stopped singing, something my youngest rarely did, I slowed down, and a conversation would begin anew.
We were genuinely connecting and exploring the world together – not stroller driver and passenger – but connected parent and child, face-to-face, happily adventuring!
Stroller time should be bonding time, exploring time, and development time all rolled into one. With the Gooru Stroller Mirror attached to your baby’s stroller, you’ll be more connected with them than ever, and accelerating their intelligence with little to no effort. I wish for all stroller-age families to be able to experience that.
Understanding the Adolescent Brain 0-3
A child’s brain undergoes an amazing period of development from birth to three—producing more than a million neural connections each second.
The Power of Communication:
New York Times – 1997
“New studies are showing that spoken language has an astonishing impact on an infant’s brain development. In fact, some researchers say the number of words an infant hears each day is the single most important predictor of later intelligence, school success and social competence.”
The Power of Eye Contact 2018:
As predicted, infants made a greater effort to communicate, making more ‘vocalizations’, when the adult made direct eye contact – and individual infants who made longer vocalizations also had higher brainwave synchrony with the adult.
Dr. Victoria Leong, Cambridge University Researcher
“It might be the case that eye contact between infants and caregivers stimulates communicative development and language development.” Notably, video eye contact has similar results. We’ve seen that the Gooru Stroller Mirror has the same result.