About two thirds of parents in the world carry their children on their bodies. After the pram was increasingly used in the 19th century, this tradition declined. In the western industrial nations, however, since the 1970s there has been an increase in the use of slings. The advantages of carrying the baby on the body are, among other things, that the child feels safe due to the physical closeness and can be taken along to many activities without having to disregard it. What should be taken into account when using a baby carrier or sling is then discussed in detail.
When can I put my baby in the gurney?
Usually there are manufacturer’s specifications which indicate from what age the baby can use the stretcher. Carrying the baby in a baby carrier is not possible with some baby carriers until the third or fourth month of life. In principle, however, it is possible to carry the baby in a sling or stretcher immediately after birth.
The important thing here is the correct position and stability of the head. There is a newborn insert for many stretchers, which compensates for the baby’s small size. However, a sling is recommended after birth, as the baby sits more securely in it. The sling also provides sufficient support for the baby’s head and neck. Here, the baby should be tied on the stomach facing the mother.
Newborn insert – how do I attach it?
Some neonatal inserts have two flaps on each side with which they can be attached to the risers. First the neonatal insert must be inserted into the stretcher, then the tabs are attached to the straps. Some of the seat reducer and the newborn insert are already integrated into the stretcher and only need to be folded out.
Usually a push-button system is used to attach the seat reducer. Many inserts also have an adjustable head and neck support, which should be adjusted to the size of the baby. Then the newborn insert would have to fit tightly and the baby can be placed inside. The exact instructions for attaching the neonatal inserts are usually included in the instructions for use of the baby carrier.
Can my baby breathe, especially when he’s very small?
Some parents are concerned that the baby will not be able to breathe when transported in a baby carrier or sling. In particular, because the baby’s face is so close to the mother’s body, there is concern that breathing may be impeded. However, medical studies have shown that the baby is always supplied with sufficient air and oxygen, even when carried in a baby sling or baby carrier.
The age of the baby does not play a major role here, as the newborn insert will bring the baby to the correct height and position. In principle, however, care should still be taken to ensure that the baby’s nose or mouth is not covered with the mother’s clothing or fabric. You should also be particularly careful if the baby has a cold and therefore generally gets less air. As a rule, two fingers should always fit between the baby’s chin and the mother’s breast.