I don’t remember when was the first time I saw a baby carrier, but I do remember it was a front-facing carrier. Who doesn’t remember that terrible baby carrier from the movie The Hangover?!
I had seen so many carriers and I would cringe every time because it seemed like the baby wasn’t in a natural position. That was because all I had seen until then were the wrong baby carriers. They were not ergonomic nor did they respect the baby’s natural position – what we call “colgonas” in Spanish.
But oh boy, was I in on a pleasant surprise when I was introduced to the world of ergonomic baby carriers!
Our First Baby Carrier
It was my baby’s pediatrician who introduced us to this. He highly recommends baby-wearing and strollers aren’t allowed in the office (it’s not a small office, but he’s very popular here).
Afterwards, my husband and I started our research… and our search for the perfect baby carrier. My husband was actually the one who found it. It was this beautiful grey ring sling with owls (because, of course, I love owls).
That ring sling was my back saver, baby calmer, and breastfeeding cover… all in one!
So… why should you do it too?
Children who are carried cry less, establish a strong bond with their caretakers, and partake in the family’s everyday life. Babywearing helps a baby’s emotional and physical development. It is great for preterm babies who need Kangaroo Care (skin-to-skin contact), and it also facilitates breastfeeding.
Babywearing is great for everybody! Your baby will be happy because he/she is close to you, you’ll be happy because baby’s happy, and everyone else will be happy because they will most likely not have a crying baby interrupting.
Problems that may come from using the wrong baby carrier
Now, it is always important to choose the right baby carrier. Your baby’s legs must be in an M position, the back needs to be supported according to the baby’s development, and you need to be able to kiss your baby’s forehead.
Choosing the wrong carrier will expose you and your baby to many problems. The wrong baby carrier can cause suffocation, hip dysplasia, or knee problems for the baby. Problems the wrong baby carrier can pose to baby-wearers include back problems and loss of balance. I will talk about this more in depth in a future post.
You’ll need to learn first
There is a learning curve to it. Wraps and mei tais take longer to learn how to use, but even standard full buckle carriers need to be adjusted correctly to ensure the baby is in the proper position.
That is why the best way to learn is to get the help of a baby-wearing consultant, be that in person or online. Consultants have the knowledge and expertise to help you find the perfect baby carrier for your needs. However, you can also find videos online to learn from home.
Now, I know I don’t have to remind you but I will say it anyway. Your baby is not a guinea pig you can use for testing. My best advice is for you to use a doll or a teddy bear to practice first. But after learning, baby-wearing is a wonderful experience!
What about you, what do you think about baby-wearing? Have you tried it before? If so, how did it go? Have you heard about the different baby carriers available? What’s your favorite? I’d love to hear about your experience!
Until next time!