Questions from inquisitive carrying parents arrive in our mailbox almost every day. Probably the most common question is about the perfect sling length. But there are also various questions about carrying it. Baby carrier or sling? Carrying advice - yes or no? When can I carry my baby and what clothes are suitable? We have summarized the most frequently asked questions briefly and clearly for you below.
What does the term "carrying" mean?
The term " carrier " was coined by the biologist Bernhard Hassenstein (1970). With the word he refers to evolutionary biological behavioral characteristics of human babies. As babies, we humans are physiologically born prematurely and depend on the closeness and security of caregivers. The fact that we (want to) be carried instinctively right from the start is shown, for example, in the gripping reflex and in the fact that babies' little legs are automatically bent when we are lifted. Also known as spread squat (ASH) pose.
When can I carry my baby in a sling?The sling is suitable for carrying your baby from birth. The binding method and winding technique are particularly important.
These swaddling techniques are suitable for newborns:
- Wrap cross carry
- cradle (restricted)
In addition to the tightly woven slings, elastic slings are also suitable for newborns and premature babies. However, you have to tie elastic baby slings more precisely and that is a bit difficult, especially for parents who have not had any experience before. In addition, they wear out quite quickly and are more suitable for the little ones than for the larger and heavier babies. You can find more information about the different weave types here .
Can the sling harm my baby?
No, it can't if you tie it carefully. If you are still unsure, we recommend that you seek a babywearing consultation. Many midwives are babywearing consultants and will be happy to support you. Please consider that babies like to suck on the sling and sow on the fabric. It is therefore absolutely important to choose slings that are free of harmful substances! Our Mama Nuka slings are 100% free of harmful substances, are produced fairly and sustainably and are dyed exclusively with plants. Learn more about Mama Nuka's innovation .
Is it true that babywearing strengthens the parent-child bond?
Babies get used to their safe environment throughout pregnancy. Characterized by warmth, tightness and familiar sounds. Carrying in a sling creates this form of closeness and security. Our babies can see, smell, feel us and thus develop trust in their environment. The parents' perspective should not be ignored. In the sling we carry our babies close to our hearts. Our happiness hormone oxytocin is released - the bond between parents and child is strengthened.
Does carrying it have a positive effect on spinal development?
Carrying also has ergonomic advantages. In the womb, the baby is in a similar position to the first few months in a sling: the back is round and the little legs are slightly drawn in. In technical terms, the little legs are referred to as the spread-squat position (ASH). The ASH promotes the healthy development of your baby's hips - a correct binding method is of course particularly important for this. Your baby's spine only stretches in the first few years of life. The sling gives the spine stability and helps it to adapt without the sling stretching out.
Is carrying bad for my back?
Carrying your baby can strengthen your back. The advantage is that your muscles slowly adapt to the growth of your baby. A sporty program is also possible in a sling. There are even extra postnatal exercise programs designed for mother and baby.
Baby sling or baby carrier – which carrying system is right for me?
The advantage of the sling is that your baby can be carried in the sling right from the start. You can also vary between different carrying techniques with a sling. You can carry your baby on your front, on your back or on your hip. A hand-woven cloth adapts perfectly to your baby's body without stretching out and can therefore be used for the entire carrying time. In addition, your sling can be used in many other ways, such as a hammock for your baby, sun protection, blanket, scarf and much more.
Is wearing suitable for everyday use?
And how! Carrying can even make everyday life easier. A sling gives you flexibility. You have both hands free and at the same time you are so close to your baby that you give him security and his needs can be communicated as quickly as possible. Whether indoors or outdoors - a sling is a great support in everyday life. It is easily packed, gives you mobility and frees you from daily movement barriers on the go.
Does my baby get enough air in the sling?
The sling should always be tied so tightly that it supports your baby's neck and head well. To be sure that the baby is getting enough air, you should always make sure that your baby does not sag. The face must not be covered with fabric. It is also advisable to ensure that the baby's chin and chest do not touch.
Which length suits me?
If parents want to wear different heights and clothing sizes, it helps to think that the length fits both. Important criteria for the length of your sling are body size, clothing size, but also the desired tying technique and the age of the child. The standard size for a cloth is 4.60m. However, the length of the cloth is also very individual. A babywearing consultation can help here or you can send us a short email to email@example.com and we will try to answer your individual questions and find the ideal size for you.
What clothes should I wear?
Parents are often unsure whether the baby is dressed too cold or too warm. In the sling, you can quickly check whether your baby's body temperature is right at the neck. Carrying in a sling also offers advantages here: on cold days, your baby is warmed by your body heat. On warm days, your sweat protects your baby from overheating. Read More
Why is babywearing advice helpful?
It is important to choose the right binding technique so that your baby sits in the correct position in the sling. We recommend that you have a helpful exchange with a babywearing consultant. In a consultation you will learn how best to tie your baby in, you can try out different slings (lengths) and ask individual questions.
We will be happy to help you find the right binding method for you and your baby - and to learn it. In a 60-minute babywearing consultation , our babywearing consultant Stefanie explains how to do it via video call or live in your living room. It is important for you and your baby that you feel safe and comfortable when carrying it.
Mama Nuka is the first sling that is purely plant-based and does not contain a drop of chemicals! Find out more about Mama Nuka here:
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