More than 60 children were killed and 170 injured in play yards between November 2007 and December 2011, according to CPSC data. Furthermore, carried babies exercise their legs, arms, and bodies in response to the caregivers’ movements and also on their parents’ laps and during floor time.
“Carrying your baby(s) will wreck your back/knees/hips.”
Wrapsody baby carriers distribute your child’s weight across your entire torso and hips. Most mothers report that carrying a child in a wrap is far easier on their bodies than carrying a child in-arms.
“My baby will get bored if I don’t carry her facing outward.”
Each baby is different, but around the world, babies are carried facing in toward their parents’ bodies on the front, the back, or the hip. As baby grows and becomes more curious about the world, many parents will shift their baby to a back or hip carry to allow him to see more, and some parents turn their baby to face outward. The truth is, facing your baby away from you, with his back against your torso, puts more strain on his body and yours than other positions — less than ideal for both of you, though it certainly won’t hurt either of you to use this position for brief periods of time.
“Slings/wraps aren’t as safe as a front-pack carrier.”
There has been some media confusion as to what constitutes “safe” carriers. In truth, the statistics show that soft carriers, wraps, and slings, are safer than most other nursery products. As long as you do not cover your child’s face, your wrap allows you to easily supervise your baby, keeping him safe.
“I heard wraps are really complicated.”
Wraps are slightly less complicated than tying your shoelaces.
“You must need help to put him on your back.”
Many things take practice when you are a new parent! Just as you can learn to change your very squirmy older baby’s diaper, to correctly install a carseat, or to pack a diaper bag, you can learn to safely position your child over 3 months on your back independently.
“We didn’t have those things when my kids were little!”
Though not widely available in the Western world until recently, mothers and fathers have been using pieces of cloth and other found items to carry their babies since the dawn of humanity. Learn more about early babywearing in this blog article.
If you search the web, you will find a great deal of discussion about optimal position for newborns, particularly as it relates to babies with hip dysplasia. However, there is no evidence that carrying baby in a “sub-optimal” position such as facing forward or with his legs straight will actually injure your child. To learn more about “optimal positioning,” click here.
“You’ll spoil her if you carry her all the time!”
Research has clearly demonstrated that babies who are carried have a strong attachment to their caregiver. Babies who have their needs met in infancy grow up to be more independent as toddlers, children, and adults than their less-attached peers. Also, babies who are carried have their needs met quickly and readily, reducing crying by more than 50%. Click here to learn more about how reducing crying does the OPPOSITE of spoiling babies.
There is absolutely no evidence that this common misconception is true — and many anthropologists, physical therapists, and child specialists have shared anecdotal evidence that actually, the opposite is true — a baby who is frequently carried will hold his head up sooner, roll over sooner, walk sooner than peers.
“Strollers teach independence.”
Children become independent as they grow old enough to stay safe without aid of a caregiver. The more they trust that their needs will be met, the more independent they become.
“Your baby can’t breathe in there!”
Babies are so fragile, especially in their first three months of life! A baby carried snug and upright against his mother or father’s chest, with his face free of fabric, can breathe as well as any baby carried in arms. And when your baby is snuggled against your heart, you will immediately notice if her breathing is labored or if she is grunting with each breath, allowing you to reposition her immediately.
“I can’t carry my baby anymore because he’s a year old.”
Although older children do sometimes walk, they still need to be carried frequently. Older babies and children benefit tremendously from babywearing snuggles, and they especially enjoy seeing the world from adult height rather than the knee-height view that strollers provide. Here are ten great places to wear your toddler or preschooler.
“Your baby won’t get enough “tummy time” if you carry her!”
“Tummy time” is a fairly new concept introduced in the last 10-15 years in response to the “Back to Sleep” campaign, which significantly reduced SIDS rates. Babies who spend too much time in containers or on their back a) don’t adequately develop their neck and trunk muscles and b) often suffer from torticollis or plagiocephaly (tight muscles or deformation of the skull). Babies who are carried in sling-style carriers are constantly using their trunk and neck muscles in response to adult caregivers’ movements, are frequently repositioned and therefore at much lower risk of torticollis, and do not have the constant pressure on any part of their skull, reducing the risk of plagiocephaly.
“Carriers would be so hot!”
There are many kinds of carriers available on the market. Wrapsody has focused on creating carriers that are lightweight and will not add bulky layers when you carry your baby. To stay comfortable, you only need to dress yourself and your child in one less lightweight layer than you’d normally use — on very hot days, you may prefer to wear a tank top and dress your child in a lightweight onesie. However, using a carrier to hold your baby means your child is not pressed against your arms, leaving more surface area on your skin to keep you cool.