While some parents conventionally carry their baby without any kind of support, other parents prefer to use slings and baby carriers to help them withstand longer minutes (or hours, if they’re up to it) of staying physically close to their precious little monster. If you’re one of the latter, it’s very important that you keep yourself informed about the fundamentals of baby carrying.
Below are some of the things you can do to help enhance the baby carrying experience not only for baby but for you, too. Of course, we’ve also included things you shouldn’t do while carrying your baby. Learn a thing or two, and feel free to share!
The Proper Way
Support your baby’s head. Newborn babies, up until they’re about a year old, are all bendy and floppy. Generally, they don’t have the strength to support the disproportionately large head lolling around on top of their gaunt bodies. The single most important rule of baby carrying is to always make sure the head is supported, until the baby gradually learns to it by himself.
Watch out for too much chin tucking. Your baby’s head can go too far forward, too. If that happens and the chin rests firmly against the chest, a baby’s oxygen supply may get cut off. Make sure you can slip a couple fingers between the chin and chest.
Keeping it tight. Maintaining a snug-fitting carrier will keep the baby closer to you and reduce strain on your body, but it will also keep the baby from slumping. A nice way to check if the carrier is snug enough is to press on the kid’s back. If the kid moves toward you, the carrier isn’t snug enough.
Maintaining line of sight. Make sure you can always see your baby. If the baby’s in the front, you shouldn’t have to brush aside any fabric to see him. If the baby’s on a back carrier, you should be able to look over your shoulder and see him. On that note, don’t cover your baby’s head in fabric.
Keeping a supported back. Don’t let a baby slump forward into C-shaped hyperflexion and don’t let the spine drift into hyper extension of the lower. Keep things supported (babies will naturally gravitate toward a slight C-shape).
The Improper Way
Dangling, straight legs. Babies aren’t meant to hang ramrod straight. The only reason a worn baby’s legs would be straight is if he were only held up by his crotch without any butt or hamstring support. According to the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, babies with dangling, straight legs are at risk of developing hip dysplasia.
Getting comfortable with bad form. Just like beginners to weight lifting can get away with poor form when they’re just lifting the bar, you can get away with inefficient carrying and wearing methods when your babies are just ten or fifteen pounds. Once that kid starts to hit the 20, 25 pound range, though, you will pay the price for improper form. You might stop carrying altogether when all you really need is a different carrier or a better method, and then your baby will suffer.
Using a wrap, sling, or carrier without knowing how. Some of the carriers are simple, but others take some instruction and know-how. This is your baby’s life we’re talking about; don’t create your own method of wrapping a baby without knowing what you’re doing.
Provide the best safety and comfort for your baby! Check out our product, the Funki Flamingo Premium Baby Carrier. It is designed to distribute the weight evenly throughout the wearer’s body to avoid physical discomfort.
Join our VIP mailing list to receive amazing promotions and freebies! To sign up, click this link: funkiflamingo.com/vip