For hundreds of thousands of years, humans have been trying to figure out ways to avoid carrying their infants so that they could do the laundry and cook lunch. And so, for most of human history, our infants have been swaddled, slung, carried, grasped, hugged, and otherwise attached to our bodies for a significant portion of their early development. There is evidence that carrying your baby confers beneficial physiological and psychological effects – to both child and parent.
Benefits of carrying your baby
• Baby is soothed by parent’s movements, closeness and heartbeat.
• Wearer (male or female) can maintain visual contact with the baby at all times for extra-reassurance in those first formative months.
• Bonding is increased between parent and child.
• Baby is better stimulated having a greater awareness and interaction with the world around them.
• Reduced bouts of crying and so less stress for parent and child.
• Keeps parent’s hands free for other day to day tasks.
• Ideal for use skin-to-skin contact, keeping baby warm and establishing breastfeeding.
Correct positioning explained
• Babies are born with a c-shaped spine called the total kyphosis (normal convex curvature of the spine). The spine takes about one year to straighten; it is really important during this time when baby is carried that the spine is fully supported in this natural position and no excess pressure is placed on one particular place.
• Baby should be carried in the correct physiological position “frog legged position” i.e their bottom is lower than their knees. There should be at least a 90 degree angle at the knee .This is important for baby’s developing hips as it reduces the weight and strain placed on them. This position can be achieved by spreading the wide fabric all the way to the back of baby’s knees.