Errol Street Chiropractic Centre Family Wellness care


Baby Wearing

When I was a new mum (nearly 20 years ago), I found that my babies loved being close to me, they loved to be carried. However, I couldn't get much done that way, so I found a baby carrier where my baby was facing me and I could see his face. I enjoyed having my babies close and I enjoyed the fact that I have my arms free to do a few things, like preparing for a meal. We see apes doing the same thing. It is natural for out babies to want to do the same. When we go to pick up little ones you will notice that they get themselves into that position - knees apart and hips rotated outwards, reading to be carried. 
The baby is more settled with a parents warmth, hearing and feeling their heart beat and smelling them (pheromone) - it is innate to a baby's development and will help with their sense of security and helping them longterm with  psychological and social development. The contact with the parent stimulates their proprioception and hence their neurodevelopment. If the parent is moving, we know that it is not only soothing for the baby, but stimulates a centre in the brain called the vestibular system, aiding their further neurological development. 

The College of Chiropractic Neurodevelopmental Paediatrics recommends the following:

'A well- designed and correctly fitted baby carrier will have the baby facing the mother and supported from knee to knee (dangling legs may increase the risks of hip dysplasia). The baby should be well supported and worn high on the parent, ensuring that the airways remain open and that the head does not flop around. The following are the guidelines that should be followed to ensure that the baby is both safe, that development is maximised and that risks are avoided. ''TICK'

In view at all times
Close enough to kiss
Keep chin off the chest 
Supported back

One of the carriers that the Chiropractic Association of Australia recommends is Ergobaby.
Just make sure if you choose another brand that it does tick the 'TICK' guidelines above.

Happy baby wearing.
Posted on: 31st May, 2015
Categories: children
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