General Use Questions
What age can I start carrying my baby?
The benefits of carrying premature babies – or kangaroo care – is well documented. A baby (full term or premature) can be placed in any Babylonia baby carrier just after birth, creating a ‘womb with a view’.
There are no problems starting later as well. Your back will strengthen as you carry your baby and their weight gain will go mostly unnoticed.
Until what age can I carry my child?
A baby can be carried as long as he or she wants. Even an older child will find a safe refuge in a baby carrier when tired with the stimulations of the outside world.
You'll find out yourself that you may change your carrier as your child gets older. For example, the TRI-COTTI and TRICOT-SLEN are ideal to carry newborn babies on your front. With the BB-SLEN you can carry your baby from birth until toddler and even beyond. Once your child can walk the BB-SLING is really useful. There is no more comfortable and easy baby carrier for the hip position and it’s easy to take your toddler in and out without having to re-tie. With the BB-TAI you can also carry older kids on your back.
How long can I safely carry my baby per day?
There are no limits. A baby who is well positioned in a sling 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 with daily tasks and activities.
Do pay attention that your baby is carried in the correct position and that both shoulder straps are spread wide open over your back and shoulders. If your child is in the ergonomic M-Position, with his knees higher that his bottom and his back nicely rounded, a healthy development of the hips is ensured. Do not carry the baby too low. Keep your baby within kissing distance; you should be able to kiss the baby’s head easily without bending over.
Will my baby like being in a carrier?
Babies crave close human contact. Once they are used to being carried, you will instinctively reach for your carrier whenever your baby is restless, can’t fall asleep, or just needs a reassuring presence.
Some babies need a little time to warm up to a new position in the carrier, especially on your back.
Sometimes babies are unhappy in a carrier because they feel insecure. This is often the result of not adjusting the carrier tightly enough. Follow the instructions carefully to make sure you wear your baby high and tight.
We recommend trying a new position when your baby is relaxed, just after eating or ready to fall asleep. Walk around after placing your baby in the carrier for the first time or when trying a new position. This will distract him while he gets used to a new way of being carried.
Most importantly, TRUST YOUR BABY. If your baby is uncomfortable, too tight, too hot, etc, he will let you know. If baby is asleep or happily observing the world, he is just fine. Carrying your baby close means you can often instinctively read her body language well before she starts to cry or tells you something is wrong.
Will I spoil my baby and make him dependent on me?
Imagine the scenario that you are thirsty. Sometimes you are given a glass of water and sometimes you are not. Your thirst is not quenched. You are forced to wait until the next time someone else decides you can have a glass of water. You become increasingly nervous and frustrated. You begin to constantly ask for water, even when you are not thirsty, because you are not sure that when you will be thirsty, you will be given any water. You become insecure when you do not have water available. You are so preoccupied with having enough water that you are unable to think about anything else.
Now imagine the opposite scenario. You are thirsty. You are immediately given water, however much you need to quench your thirst. You are satisfied and can go on about whatever you were doing without worrying. You are reassured because the water is in abundant supply and you can have it whenever you need it. You feel secure in this knowledge and the physical presence of the water is not always necessary. You are worry free and can put your energy into other activities.
Now imagine these two scenarios with your baby and their need for close physical contact and reassurance. You decide.
Will my baby be able to breathe tucked into a carrier?
Tucked snuggly into the carrier, your baby is still able to move. If baby is uncomfortable in any way, he can turn his head or wiggle his body in protest. Either he will shift and rectify the situation, or you can help adjust him to a more comfortable position. Held close to you, your baby will synchronize their breathing to your heartbeat and the rise and fall of your chest, which stabilizes their respiration.
Always make sure that baby’s chin is not tucked into his chest and that fabric is not covering baby’s face and that baby's face is not pushed into the wearer's body.
Will my baby be too hot or too cold in a carrier?
Newborn babies are not capable of regulating their body temperature. The adult’s body will stabilize the baby’s body temperature when holding them close. Dress yourself and your baby accordingly and pay attention to the temperature of your baby (you may be warm whereas your baby may be cold). Remember that your body heat will be considered one layer and the sling itself is a second. In cold weather, your coat covering both of you is a third layer. Make sure that your baby (head, hands, feet) is well protected from the sun and/or the cold.
Can I carry my baby facing forward?
Carrying yourbaby facing forward is possible with carriers and is done by many parents, but it is not an ergonomically sound posture. It is tiring and stressful for your child because your child is not in the recommended M-position. Moreover, when your baby is facing forward, she cannot turn away and fall asleep when she is tired or overstimulated. For you as a parent, this inverted position is heavier. If you think ‘my child is curious and wants to see everything’ then wear baby on your hip. From your hip, baby can see everything but can also close her eyes and turn towards you when tired or overstimulated. When carried on the hip, your baby can see and feel you, which comforts her if she is startled. Babylonia's BB-SLING enables you to carry your baby on your hip in a very simple and ergonomic manner and your hipbone gives extra support. With Babylonia's BB-TAI, back carrying is very simple and you can also use it to carry baby on your front or hip.
Does a baby wrap help reflux?
Carrying your baby in the upright position eases digestion, improves circulation and aids in relaxation, thereby reducing reflux and colic muscles. You will notice that reflux that might be ‘stress related’ is greatly reduced if you regularly wear your baby.
Are baby carriers expensive? Isn’t it just a piece of fabric?
In order to carry your baby safely and comfortably, the fabric should offer proper support. Fabrics used specifically for baby wearing are knitted or woven in a special way in order to always give the best support.
In our opinion, if you think a knitted Tricot-Slen or a woven BB-SLEN is too expensive, you can use a standard piece of fabric. But in normal woven fabrics you will notice the absence of the special diagonal stretch as the fabric uncomfortably "rubs" baby's legs and your shoulders. It will also be difficult to tie the fabric beautifully and pull it tight properly. Therefore it provides less support and makes your baby feel heavier.
If you buy a piece of jersey knit fabric you should be even more careful. Ensure that the fabric does not stretch too much. The special knitting technique of the Tricot-Slen has been continuously optimized over the years and is very different from loose-knit fabric that is commercially available.
If you also consider the amount of fabric needed to make a wrap, generally 5 yards, the price difference will probably not be that much.