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Babywearing - Newborn Introduction

Babywearing - Newborn Introduction

For thousands of years, in cultures across the world, parents have worn their babies in slings (and other types of carriers like todays front packs or soft structured).

Western 'civilisation' has been slow to catch onto babywearing, but in recent times there has been a huge increase in the range of wonderful slings and carriers available locally.

The key things to using a sling successfully are finding it easy to put on, the carrier is comfortable and having the confidence that your baby is secure. If these 3 things aren't right, you are not likely to enjoy babywearing or find it a successful way to calm your baby.

There are a range of ways you can use a carrier or sling and many situations you will find babywearing useful!


Why use a carrier or sling?

  • The movement in a sling is just like being inside the womb, so it is a very simple way to sooth and calm an upset newborn.

  • Carrying your baby in a carrier or sling is much easier on your shoulders, back and arms than carrying a baby in your arms.

  • Carrying your baby 'hands-free' in a sling enables you to get on with your day.

  • Carriers mean your baby is snuggled up close to you, which you will both enjoy lots more than facing away from you in a pushchair.

  • Babywearing is a simple way to help foster firm attachment with your baby, which helps babies brain development, confidence and contentment.


When would I use a carrier with my newborn?

 

  • Helping a newborn fall asleep

  • Calming a newborn crying

  • Coping with the witching hour or an overtired baby in the evening

  • Carrying a newborn close to you rather than in a pushchair.

  • Carrying your baby 'hands-free'- as you get on with jobs about the house or being out and about.

  • Anywhere you can't use a buggy, such as steps, airports, buses or crowded places.

  • Keeping your baby close to you and avoiding other people touching your baby.

  • Keeping your newborn safe from an over-zealous sibling.

  • Hands-free playing with other siblings or at home, Playcentre etc.


Choosing a carrier or sling:

There is a slightly dizzying array of slings available now, and it can be hard to work out what is best for you and your baby.

Here's our tips for choosing:

  1. Choose 100% natural fabric for your carrier, or a high performance mesh carrier for hot conditions.

  2. Choose an established brand, known for their quality and product testing. Avoid 'fakes' from sites like AliExpress which may be dangerously made and not tested for quality safe fabric or manufacturing standards.

  3. Choose a carrier or sling you love the look of! If you are going to use it every day and get great value for money, buy one you love.

  4. Consider how much learning you want to do. Some carriers are simple to use and require little learning to be a confident user. Others like a woven wrap have a simple to learn technique but lots of other techniques you can learn for older children.

  5. Do you need pockets or other features?

  6. Who will be wearing the carrier? Some are tied each time and can be worn by any size adult. Other structured carriers are a better fit on some shapes and sizes, and will need the straps adjusted each time a different adult uses it.

  7. Budget! There is a wide range of prices, ask us if you need a recommendation within a specific budget


Our Top 4 buckle carriers for new babies

Buckle carriers are one of our favourite options for carrying newborn babies, it's not just about the wraps. Louise shares top tips and quick tutorials on how to fit your baby for our 4 best and most popular buckle carriers at The Sleep Store. Babywearing is easy with these incredibly popular, easy to use, versatile baby carriers from Boba and Beco. One of these carriers will usually work well for many of our customers. Which one will be your baby carrier?


Anything else I need to know?

  • Be aware of the weight of your baby! While a carrier is far easier than carrying your baby in your arms, you still need to take care of your back. Build up your time carrying gradually so your core muscles adapt.

  • Make sure you have the right size!

  • Get confident using your carrieror sling before you try hands-free. Also practising at home to build up confidence before you tackle putting baby into your carrier in the mall carpark!

  • As your baby gets past the newborn stage, we recommend having some day sleeps are in their bed rather than carrying baby for all naps. Babies can become very reliant on the movement and cuddles that babywearing provides if you use this as your only settling technique!

  • For our general baby carrying safety tips and advice click here and refer to the manufacturer's instructions.