Are you carrying correctly?

Steph from Baby Carriers Downunder says, “Pain in the neck and shoulders may mean your baby is too low: is your baby in the “zone”? In a front carry, if you can kiss your baby merely by tilting your head slightly, the baby is high enough. Ideally a baby should be sitting just above or in line with your navel, although smaller babies need to be higher and larger children often need to be lower. In a back carry, very small babies need to be very high up, right at the nape of your neck. As a very rough rule-of-thumb with older babies (4 months+)/toddlers, start high and move downwards until you find a comfortable spot for you.  In the picture, the sleeping baby is only a few centimetres from the wearers’ chin. Aim for high and comfortable!

– Pain in the neck and shoulders can also be caused by the baby being too loosely held by the carrier allowing them to “lean” away from you. You should be able to fit a hand between you and your baby, but not much more than that. If this is the problem, your top straps in a buckle carrier or mei tai may be too loose or the top rail in your wrap may be too loose. Retightening will reduce a lot of the pain”.

Wraps are healthy, versatile and used all over the world

The Baby Wearing Institute are.. “parents and babywearing fanatics who have decades of experience”

They say, “Wraps seem to be the most versatile carriers on the market. They are individually adjustable and, with hands on instructions, learned quite quickly and correctly. If used properly, a wrap will always support your child in the correct healthy spread squatting position, regardless of being worn in front, back, or on your hip. Wraps are probably the most classic carrier that are used in many cultures around the world and come under many different names depending on the culture using them. Wraps are best used with upright carrying only!”

Go to: Baby Carriers 101 for more.

 

Ten reasons to wear your baby

Check out this article about why we should wear our babies.

The part that really resonates with me is what author, Laura Simeon says in a point about communication, “a large part of feeling confident as a parent is the ability to read our baby’s cues successfully. When we hold our baby close in a sling, we become finely attuned to his gestures and facial expressions.”

Read the rest of the article here on naturalchild.org.