How Should I wear my baby?

 

Front, back or hip carry?


Front carry is comfortable up to the weight of 5-7 kgs. With a heavier child, it becomes tiring since the muscles of your waist have to compensate the weight pulling you ahead. Hip carry can be used for bigger babies as well, but after a longer period it could be tiring, too. The fast growing of your baby can make it uneasy to use your hands freely, and you can support the health of your spine if back carry is becoming a habit after a time, as well. In a rucksack carry with a woven wrap you can even wear a newborn, and you can use Lili-Tai or full buckle carrier safely with a baby who is able to hold his/her upper body stabile.
When the babies reach the development stage when they can focus farther (between about 3-6 months after birth), they start to show interest in the world surronding them. Some of the babies are letting you know it with obvious movements: leaning from the carrier, trying to push him/herself farther your body, to see more. As one of the fundamental thesis of helthy babywearing is never wear them facing forward - what is to say their chest is always contacts the body of their carrier person - this is the point when it's worth to switch the babywearing position. Hip carry and back carry can give them enough space to explore the world, as well as they meet the everyday movements in those natural direction, which can help their psychical and physical development.

 

Avoid front-facing carry!


There are more reasons for this recommendation. The first and most important is that front facing position might hurt the baby’s spine, and it is not good for the hip development either, since it forces their spine to an unnatural curve. Secondly, babies gain knowledge about the world through their parents in the beginning (they percept their gestures, their heartbeat and their vibes), and so they need a direct contact with the person who carries them. If we keep the baby in a front-facing position, it might be tiring for him, and what is more, he has no possibility to turn back and find protection on the breast of his parent.


Kangaroo?


Although it has been already proved many times that front-facing carry risks the anatomical and mental development of the baby, manufacturers still do not want to hear about it. Do not be misled by the fact that many people carries their babies this way, unfortunately it takes a long time to change public mind. And there is another important difference between kangaroos and convenient carriers. The inflexible fabrication of a kangaroo can't follow the baby's body to support it, and his/her weight centres on the inguinal part of the body, which is also not healthy.


The anatomically correct position


A convenient baby carrier can support the baby's body depending on his/her physical development, so it holds their upper body, supports from knee to knee, even stabilizing the baby's head if necessary (the stretchy wrap, the woven wrap, the ring sling, the mei tai, and the full buckle carrier is capable of these).
The more small is our baby, the more recommended to reach the physiological position. We can achieve this position - even suitable for newborns - with stretchy wrap, woven wrap and ring sling. While carrying our baby be sure their thighs are in mild straddle, their knees are in line with their belly button. Pay attention that the legs are paralell with each other, the thighs with the feet as well, to ensure their joints are relaxed. The fabric of the wrap or sling adjusted strand by strand is not just supporting this position, but our movement gives a little bit of massage to their little body. Their high positioned legs are subserve the good digestation, help end tummy ache, the rythm of our movements are positively affect the developing of their nervous system.


Baby carriers with waist belt


In these carriers - like Lili-Tai and full buckle carrier - the thighs of the worn baby's are running horizontally with the waistbelt, supporting their legs from knee to knee in straddle position. Both of these carriers are adjustable in width to fit your baby in different stages of growth, check up on the right size every now and then. If you can put one of your finger between the edge of the carrier's panel and your baby's knee, it's time to adjust it wider.


The correct thechnique


Whichever baby carrier you choose, it's important to get to know it, to be sure you can use it with the appropriate adjustment, and find the best babywearing solution to your lifestyle. The baby carrier's manual shows how to use it step by step, this knowledge completed with a few video tutorials gives you a basis to learn to use your carrier. If you feel unsure it's worth to attend a babywearing course, or ask for a personal meet with a babywearing consultant who can teach you how to use our baby carrier step by step.
We offer basic babywearing consultation weekly in our Budapest based store, where qualified babywearing consultants can help you personalize your carrier and find & clear up the small mistakes while babywearing.