3 TIPS TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT BABY CARRIER
Some of the benefits of carrying a baby instead of using a pram are really obvious: you would have your hands free to carry bags or to help your elder children. You would be able to go up and down stairs or walk through a crowded market road. You would be really close to your baby, feeling his every little movement and breath.
Other benefits are more specific and not everyone can imagine them.
Having your baby close to you helps his brain development.
When wearing your baby you activate almost all of his senses: he hears and feels your voice and heartbeat, he perceives your movements and develops vestibular sense. He can observe your facial expressions from the perfect distance for a baby (20-25 cm). He can smell your perfume. Last but not least skin to skin contact helps producing stress-reducing hormones and calms both mother and baby.
Carrying your baby also helps his body development.
Using an ergonomic carrier and especially wraps helps preventing hip dysplasia (thanks to the spread squat position the baby assumes). It also gives a better support to the spine respecting the natural C-shape of babies spines during all the steps of their development.
Knowing all of this you can imagine how important it is to choose the right carrier for you and your baby!
How can you recognise an ergonomic carrier? What makes a carrier a good one?
Here 3 simple tips to find it out!
1 – TIGHTNESS: can you size/tight your carrier?
To better support the spine of your little baby a good carrier must allow you to adjust the tightness of the panel supporting his back. The baby should be really close to you! You can try this: put your hand between your belly and the baby’s belly: if you can do it easily then the carrier is not tight enough!
The carrier is also supposed to be soft to respect the shape of your baby’s spine during all his development.
Having your baby tightly wrapped on you reduces the perceived weight of the baby and makes the carrier more comfortable for you as well.
2 – SIZED SEAT: can it support my baby’s legs?
A real ergonomic position for a baby is the one he would naturally assume while lying on his mum’s chest. If you try it you would see that he would pull his knees higher than his bum as a “little frog”. Such “M” shape position is really important for his development. In this position the hip bones are perfectly fitted into their sockets helping the cartilages growing in the correct way.
A good carrier supports the babies legs from knee to knee preserving the M position and leaving the lower parts of the legs free to move.
3 – HEAD SUPPORT: can it support my baby’s neck?
The most important thing to check while you are carrying your baby is that the air ways are always free! You would probably assume mouth and nose are the most important parts of airways but actually the throat is, especially for newborns.
Therefore a good carrier has to support the baby’s neck so that his head is always straight and not floppy. Never carry a baby in the cradle position! When baby’s chin reaches his chest his airways close and he can hardly breath. Always use an upright position and have your baby close with his head well supported and his face in view at all times.
Wrap a Hug is specialized in long woven wraps because they are the only carrier you can safely and happily use from the first day after birth (even before! They can be used to help support the bump in the last weeks of pregnancy!) to whenever you and your child feel like.
The optimal position for your baby changes with his physical developments. As they don’t have any structured part woven wraps can perfectly fit any age of your baby. For the same reason they fit every type of body shape, form the tiny mum to the tall dad 😀
If you have any doubts or questions about woven wraps or if you like to receive information about our workshops and classes please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.