The hands are free and the baby still close to the body. Since the invention of the baby carriage at the end of the 19th century, baby carriers have been almost forgotten in Europe. The trend has been going back for several years. Parents keep their freedom of movement and the child gets by the way the so important physical contact.
In principle, one distinguishes between two types of carrying aids: sling and ready-to-carry. Wraps are large-format, solid woven fabric panels that fix children from 0 to 4 years in a variety of variations on the body of the parents. Ready-to-wear aids are adjusted by means of adjustable straps, straps and buckles so that the child sits securely on the parents’ body. While the sling needs to have the right bind and good tightening technique, wearers must be careful to match the size and stature of the child and the wearer, and adjust variably.
The natural posture of the baby with rounded back, stunted and slightly spread legs is supported by good wearing aids and suitable binding. Safely bound and with a supported torso, the child does not have to spend any of its own holding energy and spinal development is promoted. A healthy squat-spreading posture supports hip maturation.
Especially when the baby is not yet free to sit, the support of the back and (if it sleeps) of the neck is enormously important. Reliably supported collapse is avoided and the airways remain free.
Why is it good to carry children?
Children who are born cry demonstrably less and also early childhood complaints such as flatulence are usually quickly relieved by the heat of body contact, posture and movement. Carrying aids take up little space and are practical both at home and on the road. You save the loading and unloading of the stroller, maneuvering in public transport and towing the baby car seat. In addition, you have both hands free and (usually) a happy child who spends his time being awake, sleeping, watching and enjoying, sitting close to you. Children love body contact and exercise – and are on par with it, safely protected by dad or mom.
To make wearing comfortable and healthy for all concerned, certain things should be considered. *
Is my child’s back well supported and can it round when the child is asleep?
Is my child well supported on the side and am I carrying it in an upright position?
Does my child stay close to my body when I lean forward or back?
Can my child’s head be supported if necessary, eg with the upper edge of the cloth or with a head / neck support?
Is the fabric under the buttocks or the bridge of the carrying aid enough for the child from the back of the knee to the back of the knee?
Are the child’s lower legs and feet free to move?
Are the legs of the child squatted and slightly spread apart?
Do I have both hands free? Can I move well?
Can I take an upright posture?
Is the tying / carrying aid comfortable even after a long wearing period?
The most popular and well-known method of carrying newborn babies is the upright position in front of the stomach , heart to heart with mom or dad. When the baby gets bigger and more curious (about 3 months old), it’s time to “move”. On the hip or on the back , the baby sees more, but can retire any time he wants.
Not recommended : To carry the baby with the view forward in front of the belly due to the attitude of the child and the wearer as well as the many impressions that act on the child. If the child is worn facing the wearer, they can decide for themselves when it has enough and just snuggle up and fall asleep.
Criteria for good slings / ringlets:
diagonal elastic weave (cross twill, diamond twill, jacquard)
double stitched edges
Colors and patterns that the (main) and fit to its clothing style
correct length for the selected way of binding, too long a cloth is impractical
Pollutant and artificial fiber-free tissue and saliva-resistant colors
Important: the right way to tie, correctly bound
Binding videos , experienced wearers or trained support consultants help with the practice of tying. Paper instructions are usually difficult to understand and inaccurate.
Tissue binding requires practice, but can be learned quite quickly and offers a variety of ways to carry the child. A sling is the only really growing support that you can use from birth to the end of the wearing time (and in addition as a hammock, swing or blanket). Depending on the situation, different types of bindings are available, which can be realized with cloths of different lengths. Most parents get along well with a cloth of 3,60m or 4,20m over the entire wearing time. However, towels are often sold for too long.
If you do not feel like tying cloth, you can wear it as comfortably with a carry-on carry-on, provided that it finds one that really suits the child and the wearer.
The basic principle of a finished carrier: back (bag) with straps and waist belt for tying or with buckles. By tightening the straps / straps of the straps, the child is brought to the body as tightly and tightly as possible.
For newborns and small babies carry straps with a backing made of baby carrier fabric, which clings to the body shape and supports safely, and in which the wearer is bound independently of the child to recommend.
Good to know: There is NO ready-to-wear aid, which is provided by Gr. 50 to Gr. 104 fits, even if manufacturers with indications such as “from 3 to 18 kilos” or “from 0 to 3 years usable” advertise. Thanks to adjustment options, good baby carriers will grow with you for at least a while, usually fitting them either in the 1st or 2nd and 3rd year of life.
Criteria for a good baby carrier:
Individually adaptable to the carrier and wearer
Support the squat-spreading attitude
matching bridge (fabric from popliteal to popliteal) without overstretching
Lower leg and knee free to move
comprehensive support of the rounded back, no flattening by back-mounted support
adjustable neck / headrest
comfortable even with prolonged use, good weight distribution
Wear possible in front of the stomach and on the back
Important: adjustable bridge, with growing back, adjustable neck / headrest.
A baby carrier should be extensively tested before buying with your own baby to avoid a bad buy.
The more buckles, the more practical?
No, not necessarily. Many buckles offer many adjustment options, but can also be annoying when Mom and Dad alternate with wearing them. A carrying aid with straps for tying does not have this problem and adapts itself by tightening each time new to child and wearer.