We believe there’s a babywearing method for everyone, you just need to find one that works for you. Read on for our top tips on babywearing safely, comfortably and blissfully every time!
1. Close enough to kiss
Whatever style of wrap or carrier you choose, you need to make sure that your little one is close enough for you to kiss them. This means keeping them up high on your chest and making sure their back is supported by the carrier. If you notice that your baby is sagging or leaning away from you, you will need to adjust and tighten the carrier or wrap to bring them closer so they are sitting snug against your body.
2. Perfect positioning
For zero fuss and ultimate comfort, make sure your baby is positioned comfortably from the beginning. With the safest support in their wrap or carrier your newborn’s spine will make a cosy J shape. To help with healthy hip positioning, make sure your baby’s knees are tucked up higher than their bottoms and their thighs are supported. Young babies may keep their legs and feet tucked in close to their body; bigger babies will sit in a wider M position and their thighs may hug around your waist. Never force your baby’s legs wider than the position that is most natural for them; check how they naturally tuck up their legs when you hold them in your arms and match this comfy positioning when they sit in your carrier.
3. Hands-free for a happy Mummy
When you’re adjusting the size of your wrap or carrier, make sure it is tight enough to hold your child securely against you, without needing any support from your hands. You should be able to carry them hands-free in every position. This is one of the best benefits of babywearing! However, if you’re breastfeeding with your baby in the wrap or carrier, you’ll need to loosen your sling and so you’ll need to use one hand to support your baby during feeding.
4. Don’t get it twisted!
For comfortable carrying, make sure that the straps on your carrier or the bands on your wrap are untwisted so that they sit flat against your shoulders and back. This will make sure that the weight is evenly distributed so you can babywear comfortably for longer.
5. Mind the back
Keep an eye on your back and make sure that you take note of any discomfort – it may be a sign you need to adjust your babywearing position. Very often simply fitting your carrier higher on your body and tightening any looseness will make a big difference to any pressure in your back or shoulders. Shifting older babies from your front to your back can also help to change the weight distribution. Try experimenting with different carriers and different positions to find one that works for your unique body type.
6. Work with the weather
As the seasons change, your babywearing will too. When the weather gets warmer, pay attention to your baby’s temperature by checking their back or chest. It should be warm but not hot or clammy. Remember that your body acts like an extra layer of warmth for your baby. In the winter, it’s best to carry smaller babies close to your body, with your coat snuggling over the top of both of you together. If wearing your carrier over your coat, keep your baby wrapped up, especially if their legs and arms are out of the carrier. Fleece all-in-ones work better than a padded suit to keep your baby snug against your body and reduce excess bulky fabric.
7. Breathe deep
One of the most important steps for babywearing bliss is to keep calm. Your baby will sense if you’re nervous and might take longer to settle so if you’re trying babywearing for the first time, take lots of deep breaths and pause if you need to. There’s no rush. When you’ve got your final wrap position, remember to check that your baby’s face and airways are clear of fabric and their chin is off their chest. Now both of you can take a breath and relax.
Enjoy your hands-free and happy freedom!