I have been reading baby articles like crazy since I am a soon to be mama and have found that being a new parent comes with so many choices. The beauty of having these choices is that they are just that, they are all your choices. My goal is to provide you with some information and to empower you to learn more, so that you can make the best decision for you, your family, and your baby. This blog will discuss the benefits of baby wearing, but in no way does it imply that if you don’t do it, if you didn’t do it, and if you haven’t done it yet that you are not a good parent or that you have done anything wrong.
A great resource for information is the Pathways Magazine that you can subscribe to or you can look at all past magazine articles at pathwaystofamilywellness.org. Also, I am also hosting monthly Pathways Connect Group meetings to connect moms, educate moms, and create group discussions about anything and everything involved with parenting.
Considerations for choosing a soft–body carrier:
(List provided by Jeanne Ohm, DC in her Pathways Article Baby Wearing in Issue #10 of Pathways Magazine)
- Does the carrier offer various carrying positions for the baby on the wearer? (Front, sides, back?)
- Does the carrier offer numerous positions for the baby: forward-facing, chest-facing, vertical, horizontal, legs folded, straight, or frog-like position? (A carrier with limited positions for the child will affect your baby’s postural development.)
- How long will the carrier accommodate the child’s growth and postural development? For several months, the entire first year, into the toddler years?
- Can the child be transferred from one wearer to another without disturbing the baby?
- How comfortably can a sleeping baby be laid down or removed from the carrier without waking?
- Can the baby be breastfed while being carried?
- Is the carrier easily cleaned?
- Does the carrier require the wearer to support the baby with one hand or does the wearer have both hands free?
- Can the baby be put into all carrying positions by the wearer alone, or is another person’s help necessary?
- Is the weight of the baby evenly distributed for the wearer’s comfort while using the carrier?
- Does the carrier cause repetitive stress and postural compensations to one area of the wearer’s spine?
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