We are still seeing so many babies in baby carriers with their legs dangling straight down and in the most awkward positions. It's so important to ensure our bubs are in the right position in these carriers.
Here are some essential points to remember when baby wearing to ensure the comfort and safety of your baby and child.
1. Hips and legs position
Legs need to be in an M position ensuring the knees are higher than the hips. If the legs are not supported in this manner and are dangling straight down as we see sometimes, this places too much/all their weight into their hips which can cause significant problems and also this places their spine into an incorrect position
The baby carrier, sling or wrap should be tight enough so that the baby is held snugly against your body. If it if is not tight enough, the baby will most likely slump and this can lead to poor posture, difficulty breathing and in extreme cases – death. Also a loose fitting carrier can cause strain on the wearers neck, shoulders and spine.
3. In View At All Times
This means that you should be able to see your baby’s face at all times when you look down. Their face should be uncovered and facing up when carried in the cradle position.
4. Close Enough To Kiss
Your baby should carried as high up as possible, and ideally you should be able to kiss their forehead or top of their head by tipping your head forwards.
5. Keep The Chin Off Their Chest
Baby’s body should never be curled up so that their chin touches their chest. Always make sure they one or two finger widths space between their chin and chest.
6. Supported Back
When in the cradle position the baby’s bottom should be positioned in the deepest part of the sling/pouch. This ensures the baby doesn’t fold over on themself which could lead to their chin touching their chest.
When upright in the carrier/wrap/sling baby should be in a natural seated position whilst being held quite close to the wearer. This can be tested by applying a bit of pressure to the baby’s back; the baby should not be able to move closer to you or uncurl.