Babywearing is a big industry...so this means that of course there are rubbish products. At best they are uncomfortable, at worst they are deadly. So before you wear your baby, be informed about what is considered a good option and which options are to be avoided.
Baby wearing is a great tool to have in your parenting kit. The freedom of going 'off road' and being hands-free, means you can multitask - or as Katy Bowman calls it, Stack Your Life. When choosing a carrier, keep in mind the following safety tips:
You will never regret a great sling/wrap/carrier...but get it wrong and you will wonder why other mums rave about it!
Baby does not belong in a BAG. Choose your carrier carefully, and join a babywearing group to be shown how to use a sling or wrap.
Baby should not be dangling, the knees higher than the bum, to create an M shape. Try to mimic how you would naturally hold your baby.
The straps should be comfortable and undamaged.
In the front carry position, the baby should be kissable!
Be informed on babywearing safely.
You may also find this article about baby wearing exercise useful.
This podcast interview with Katy Bowman is very insightful, as a biomechanic, she points out the difference between baby wearing and baby carrying. So before you get...carried away...with baby wearing, have a listen to the podcast and get a good understanding of the biomechanics.
Be Informed, trust your instinct and do what feels right for you and your baby.
Selected Articles by Catherine around the web:
bellabirth.wordpress.com | evolutionary parenting | pregnancy.com.au |
| birth without fear | newborn mothers | PBBMedia |