In what position is it best to carry my baby?
Practiced for millennia, the portage of children is a very popular practice these days for the effects it gives to the child carried and his relationship with his parents.
Currently, it is not only the mom who wears but the dad too is part of this trend. At Chimpäroo, we are working to develop our baby carriers to meet all needs and we support parents to be more confident in this practice. Still, new parents often still have this little fear when carrying their baby for the first time.
Below are different carrying positions, their particularities as well asomparison between each position ...
Carry on the stomach
Placing the baby on the tummy is reassuring with the newborn and offers a reassuring closeness to him. The response and change of position is easier for breastfeeding and comes in handy with frequent feedings. Eye contact is comforting and safer for the first 3 months.
However, carrying on the stomach is more cumbersome. Body movements are limited by the presence of the baby. Lifting objects is more difficult and you always have to work with the arms extended and out of the way which makes the wearer more awkward. It is difficult to bend over, always ensure that the baby's head is well supported.
Carrying on the stomach will become more and more difficult as the baby grows, will take up more space and whose movements will be more and more important. When the baby wants to grab everything and moves a lot, you will prefer to move to the hip or even better to the back ...
Carry on the hip
Carrying on the hip is a good compromise for carriers who do not feel comfortable with the positions on the back when the baby starts to always want to turn forward or starts to be a little tall to be placed in front.
It is a natural carry and which comes to seek the advantage of the proximity of the gaze and the hugs ... and greater freedom of movement than carrying on the stomach. All hip positions, on the other hand, cause asymmetric weighting, and are therefore less comfortable for longer periods.
Wearing on the hip with an adjustable ring scarf is the most practical and simple, in addition to being very comfortable. But all the slings, Mei Tai and Chimpäroo structured baby carriers also allow this position.
Carry on the back
For maximum freedom of movement and optimal comfort, the fan of babywearing will choose to carry it on the back. The musculature and structure of the vertebral column can support a more important dorsal load than ventral or lateral. A load of up to 35-40 lbs, which is the average weight of a young child of 3-4 years old, can be carried by the majority of people without exceptional physical shape.
It is certain that the activities performed with a child on the back and the intensity will vary from one individual to another depending on the physical condition but with a minimum of practice and with the increase of the frequency, the portage on the back is practically accessible to everyone. The moment to start carrying on the back is specific to everyone. For a first baby, the average is around 6 months before the parent feels comfortable settling in and giving up eye contact for more melee listening.
The mirror or shop windows are often essential tools at the beginning to reassure the parent about the baby's position and his well-being. Less hot in summer especially with the shoulders open like African style.
When you wear on your stomach, you can place the baby in 3 different positions.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
Crouching - belly to belly
The position squatting or physiological is the most ergonomic for the baby and approaches the fetal position (legs raised and apart, rounded back). It provides good support for the spine, a good distribution of weight in the legs and not in the genitals.
The legs should be between 70 and 120 degrees apart and the pelvis tilted forward so that the knees are higher than the buttocks and the soles of the feet are facing back. The baby should be well supported under the legs.
We must deploy the fabric from the top of the ears to below the knees. Otherwise, it will be suspended by the crotch, which could cause discomfort and even serious injury. The benefits on the development of the musculature of the neck, back and legs, vestibular system or balance as well as the facilitation of digestion are well known in this position.
It allows beautiful periods of awakening and stimulation for the baby.
Cradle - breastfeeding position
This is a position that we do only with scarves and let's say it, with care. This position is no longer recommended by most organizations that promote babywearing as a safety measure. The cradle can turn out to be verys convenient for breastfeeding. Babies clinging to breasts will easily find the source without mom constantly sitting.
In the cradle, the position of the baby corresponds to the position of the Madonna for breastfeeding. The baby is in this case lying in the sling with his legs glued together. It can be placed with its head higher to observe its surroundings while awake. Be careful though, this position may be less secure since the baby is often badly placed.
Always make sure that his neck is not too rounded and that his head does not fall towards his chest, blocking his airways. If your baby has hip defects, consult your doctor before placing him in this position. It is not recommended in this case to place the child with the legs together.
It is rather advisable to place it in position squatting, and especially on the hip, which allows the ideal separation of the baby's legs. Also, if the baby is suffering from esophageal reflux, it will be safer to put the baby in the physiological position even for breastfeeding. In addition, many babies do not tolerate the cradle outside of breastfeeding or sleep periods and prefer to be placed upright to participate more actively in the environment.
* Always pay particular attention to the position of the head so that it does not suffer from suffocation. You should still be able to slide one or two fingers between their chin and chest to make sure their airways are clear.
Facing the world
As soon as the baby shows the need to see more vigorously ahead, he can occasionally be turned to face the world. The position facing the world can be interesting for a short time, but it has many disadvantages that we recommend limiting its use. at periods of 20-30 minutes.
Whether the baby's legs are folded inside the carrier or they are out on either side, check that circulation is good and that they remain comfortably seated. The legs inside should be able to move after a while, and the legs inside may become dangling if the baby is moving a lot and moving around. Check the position often.
There is also a lot of talk about the hyperstimulation that comes from facing the unknown without the possibility of meditating. This could cause some babies to increase crying at the end of the day and increase stress. Also, the baby's weight is much more forward in this position, with his pelvis facing outwards rather than towards you. It is heavier to carry. This position is therefore less comfortable both for the baby and for the wearer ...