I recently attended a webinar by Eildh Venning, a qualified baby wearing expert hosted by PCSA. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It reminded me why so many women still choose to baby wear and all the amazing benefits but most importantly it reminded me about the importance of safety around baby wearing.
A good carrier should feel like you are holding your baby in the upright position, allowing you to see and sense your baby at all times. Close enough to kiss your little one, feeling their breathing and ensuring their chin is off their chest but still allowing you to move around and get things done. Hands free!
Some Baby wearing benefits:
- Improved attachment between both mom and baby
- Skin to skin benefits (Temperature and heart rate regulation)
- Better and longer sleep for baby
- Stimulates milk production for mom
- Happy baby=Less crying=Happy parents
There are so many different carriers on the market, expensive ones, cheaper options, traditional carriers and second hand carriers. The best carrier is the one that works for you. It must be comfortable and safe for you and your baby.
Getting started and getting the basics right
Just remember TICKS
T (The carrier must fit nice and Tight)
I (Your baby must be In view at all times)
C (Your baby must be Close enough to kiss)
K (Keep your babies chin up and away from their chest)
S (Baby and mom’s back is Supported)
Now how to achieve this:
My checklist in practice (thanks to my recent webinar with qualified babywearing expert Eildh Venning hosted by PCSA).
We always look for safely first and check our TICKS and then we check for :
- The waist strap (Must be horizontal and not sloping down)
- Cross strap at the back (Must be crossing at the mid-back and not by your neck
- Looking if the carrier provides a DEEP seat in a DEEP squat position
- Pelvic tuck (The pelvic tuck encourages the baby to sit in a position that creates a “J shape” (from the side) or an “M shape” (from the front) in a carrier. This position is more comfortable and helps preserve open airways. The aim is to raise the knees up, allowing the bottom to settle downwards into the classic “M shape”.
- Knee-Knee (Making sure the carrier you are using supports your child across the full width of both thighs, from one knee to the other, reaching into the knee pit. This ensures a comfortable and safe seat for your child’s hips)
- Babies hand up (Better for soothing and exploring with their hands)
- Feet out (To ensure good circulation and that clothing is not restricting the feet/ankles or toes
- Check parents posture ( You must feel comfortable wearing your baby and pain free, otherwise it’s not worth it. It might mean your carrier is not fitted properly or is not the right carrier for you and your baby)
If you have any questions around baby wearing or need help with making sure you are wearing your carrier correctly, please feel free to pop into practice and I can help you with your carrier.
Dr Anneke Lees,
Enjoy those baby snuggles