OK, we are visiting the US from Europe where our peds are pretty obsessive about the importance of babies lying flat on their backs, limiting time in carseats and bouncy seats (I swear my ped said no more than 15 minutes, but I told her that was not going to happen) and bumbos and walkers are considered bad for development.
I don't take everything 100% to heart (if my kid falls asleep in a carseat, I don't wake him up), but he does, even at 5 months spend most of his time lying on his back or stomach on the floor on a blanket.
In the states all of our friends have offered us exersaucers, walkers and other gadgets that come with a ton of flashy things and noise makers. I've turned them all down not so much because of development concerns, but because I find them noisy and I don't want my kid to get too used to all the gadgets that we don't have at home (Our bouncy seat has nothing that lights up or makes noise)
My question: Why is this stuff so common here in the US? Is it because it is considered good to teach your kids about the lighting stuff? Is it to have a place to put your kid down (this is the main appeal factor for me), have you been advised by doctors not to use it?
I'm not judging, I realize that American kids and Scandinavian kids tend to figure out how to sit and stand with and without the stuff. Just curious.