Babywearing is no lesser than a blessing and one of the things that never gets old. Having your baby snuggled up on your chest, being able to kiss, respond to their needs immediately, while you run your daily errands isn’t something your tire off.
Having the baby in a carrier means that you can kiss that sweet head, and of course, the baby is happy too that he can smell and feel you. But, there are times when people comment on you wearing your baby. While not all comments are wrong, some people come to you to tell you how much they loved carrying their baby when they were little or just to say how happy your baby looks snuggled up to you in the carrier. And sometimes you get negative comments from friends, relatives and strangers.
Have you heard any of these questions?
Oh! Doesn’t your back hurt?
No! Baby carriers will distribute the weight if the baby across your entire torso and hips. Carriers are available in different sizes and fits that are suitable for various body sizes. Choosing the right carrier and wearing it right will prevent back pain.
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You’ll spoil her if you carry her all the time
You cannot spoil a baby at all! One can never spoil a baby by loving and comforting them. Research demonstrates that the babies who are worn are the happiest and the calmest babies. Babies will have their needs met immediately when worn and grow up to be more independent as toddlers, children, and adults.
She’ll never learn to walk if you carry her.
Proper limb usage depends on the natural growth of the baby. There is nothing wrong with using a baby carrier. Baby carriers are designed ergonomically. A baby who is carried will hold the neck sooner, roll over sooner, and walk sooner. My daughter now stands with support at 6.5 months, and I carry her most of the time.
Can your baby breathe in there?
I was asked this question by a concerned relative when my little one was sleeping on my chest. I know that the lady meant well, however, if the safe babywearing practices are known to you (upright, airways clear, chin off the chest, and kissable head), you will be very much aware of the baby’s movements and breathing.
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That looks complicated, Pram/Stroller is easier
Once you get the technique of wearing the baby right, it is the easiest. While prams won’t get you hands-free, babywearing does.
We didn’t have these things when our kids were little
Mothers and caregivers have been using a piece of cloth to carry their babies since the dawn of humanity. Have you heard of Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi? She wore her child on the back and fought a war. So, babywearing isn’t something new, but it has been modernised.
Your baby didn’t like the carrier that you have tried, so they don’t want to be worn
Just because you’ve had a bad experience with one carrier, it doesn’t mean that your baby does not like babywearing. Babies take time to adjust to it. Click here to read some tips to follow if your baby isn’t a fan of babywearing.
Carriers would be so hot!
It depends on the material and design of the carrier you choose. If you are in a hot climate, select the carrier that is lighter, like linen. Dress yourself and the baby accordingly.
Won’t their hips hurt?
Ergonomic carriers are designed to carry the babies in their natural M position, seated knee-to-knee. This does not cause harm to the baby’s hip.
My baby can walk, he doesn’t need to be carried
Little legs get tired quickly, they venture into the areas that are not kid-friendly, and sometimes the outside world is overwhelming. Just because the baby has started walking, it does not mean that the child doesn’t need your cuddles anymore. Carriers are designed for toddlers as well, so, when they are tired they come handy.
Babywearing is awesome. Any parent and child can benefit from it, and if anyone tells you otherwise, they probably haven’t enjoyed babywearing,
Until next time,
Stay hooked and happy babywearing.