Baby Wearing

Lets Go Baby!

With brighter days and milder weather upon us (fingers crossed it lasts!) taking baby out in a carrier is a lovely alternative to taking the pram or stroller, and at the same time stretching your legs and getting plenty fresh air. Wearing your baby in a carrier or sling is a wonderful way to keep baby close, and let Mum or Dad be hands free and mobile. There are so many benefits for baby; helps aid digestion, reduces colic and reflux symptoms by keeping baby in the upright position and reduces the risk of plagiocephaly (flat head). It’s also amazing what a dose of the outdoors can do for tired parents!

 

My Babywearing Experience

My experience of babywearing started when I was in the hospital after having baby number 2, my son Max.  While I had everything else organised for his arrival one thing I didn’t consider was a carrier. So from my hospital bed I bought the Juno carrier online, and it was there waiting for us when we got home from the hospital. It really was the ideal solution to splitting time between my toddler and newborn and all the chaos that goes with it! Aside from being easy to use and really comfortable to wear, it comes with a newborn insert so Max was snuggled in when he was a only few days old. The reason I love the carrier so much was that I was hands free to look after my toddler Mila, while keeping my newborn close and content. It is also so convenient to breastfeed baby in the carrier. So the carrier was my lifeline!

 

Comfort and Safety

The Bella Baby range of carriers are ergonomic and offer “healthy hip” positioning when used correctly. It is really important to understand the correct hip and leg position while baby is in the sling or carrier; the ideal position is the spread squat or M position where babies legs are supported from knee to knee, little thighs are spread, the hips bent so the knees are slightly higher than the bum. Learn more about maintaining baby’s healthy hip positioning while babywearing from the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.

 

You may also enjoy visiting the following wonderful organizations for more information

Babywearing Ireland

Babywearing International

UK Sling Consortium

 

Always remember, You’ve got this!

Aoife x

About the author, Aoife