The best ergonomics for both of you
Is this type of carrier safe for the development of my baby’s spine?
The basis of good posture begins with the pelvis. If this is well supported, the baby’s spine and neck will fall into a natural curve and the pelvis will support the weight. To ensure the correct position, baby’s knees should be higher than their bum, in a fetal position, with hips and legs properly supported. The baby’s back should be rounded with head resting on your body. This is the ideal position for the development of healthy hip joints. The baby does not hang or rest his weight on his coccyx, but comfortably rests against the wearer.
If the baby is in an upright position, it is recommended that the legs do not dangle or hang in mid-air. This puts strain on the baby’s spine and the baby will tend to arch backwards creating a bad position for his neck too.
The fetal tuck is the most natural position for a young baby. Not only is this position good for correct spinal and hip development, it allows baby to rest and use energy to develop other strengths.
Does my baby’s head need to be supported?
If your baby’s pelvis is supported correctly as explained above, then their neck will follow a natural curve and their head will rest on your chest. Baby is free to lift their head when curious to look around and the neck muscles will strengthen quickly. There is no need for a head support, unless you are bending over or baby is sleeping.
How long can I safely carry my baby each day?
There are no limits. A baby well positioned in a wrap can be carried as long as he and the wearer desire. Remember that babies around the world are carried throughout the entire day as the wearer continues about his or her daily tasks and activities.
Is this good for my own back?
If you have back problems, you should always consult with your doctor before using any baby carrier. However, using a sling or wrap is probably one of the best ways to prevent back strain because the fabric carries the weight and not your arms and back as when you are simply holding your baby in your arms. Carry your baby each day and progressively extend the carrying time to allow your back muscles a chance to strengthen along with the baby’s weight gain.
For the most optimal weight distribution, tie on the wrap as evenly as possible. Make sure the straps aren’t twisted, spread open the fabric wide over your shoulders, make sure the fabric is not resting on your neck and that the fabric crosses in the middle of your back.