Why Narrow based carrier (NBC) is not an ergonomic carrier

Baby expects to be close to his or her mother’s body since birth, carrying allows the baby to have everything it needs, its mother’s warmth, the feeling of safety and security, and many other impulses, that are needed for the right development of the brain and its entire being. In its mother’s arms, everything feels just right.

Mommies and Daddies now have a wide selection of baby carrying devices, the popular ones are carriers, wraps, and ring slings. If you want the carrying be practical and also safe, it is important to choose ergonomic carriers, to ensure that the baby is in a healthy position while being carried. When it comes to wraps, it is also very important to keep an eye on the right ergonomic position of the baby in it. In order to wear the baby safely it is important to choose ergonomic carriers to ensure that the baby maintains its correct posture. However, there are carriers available on the market which do not support or maintain baby’s correct posture, these carriers are called Narrow based carriers (NBC)

Why is NBC not suitable?

Many people who do not have experience with baby carrying have a tendency to go for NBC carriers, this was especially the case in the in past when these type of carriers were just launched. Fortunately, nowadays more and more people prefer ergonomic carriers as Narrow based carriers do not meet the basic principles of ergonomic carrying.

So what are the principles of proper baby carrying?

  1. The baby must sit in the so-called “M” position. If you move from one knee to another, across the buttocks, you should literally “draw” the letter M. During ergonomic carrying, the baby is facing and leaning on the parent.
  2. The carrier or the wrap has to reach the baby’s knees. If it only extends up to the thighs, the legs are not properly supported, resulting in an non-ergonomic position.
  3. It is very important for the baby in a carrier or in a wrap to have a slightly rounded back, which is the best position for baby’s spine. Such slight rounding simulates the position in which the baby was placed in the uterus. It is therefore completely natural.
  4. If the baby can’t hold its head yet, it is important that it is properly supported. Carriers are equipped with a hood, which can be rolled to support the head effectively. It can also act as a “pillow” if the baby falls asleep. In the case of wraps, you can roll a small towel or the actual wrap so it supports the head. However, it is better if the baby can simply lean on the parent while sleeping.
  5. Choosing an appropriate size is also very important. If you prefer to carry your baby in a wrap, you do not have to worry about choosing a size because the wrap does not have a backrest. However, the wrap’s carrying capacity is important, which is based on the weight and the type of cloth used to make the wrap. You can put the baby in a position you need, and make the wrap perfectly fit your size and the size of the baby. On the other hand not all carriers are suitable for babies from birth. For infants and small babies, please select a Baby size carrier, you can choose the Toddler size for bigger children. Some models are designed for newborns only with a newborn insert (Manduca, Ergobaby Original, Ergobaby Organic, Tula), Fidella and Storchenwiege, carriers can be used without it.

After reading these principles, it’s clear at the first glance that NBCs do not meet them. The baby does not face the parent in NBC. This basic fact that makes the NBCs non-ergonomic. Why?

  • The baby’s legs are freely hanging, which does not allow the hip joints to develop properly.
  • By facing away from the parent’s body the baby is inhibited from having a rounded back.
  • The weight of the baby is not evenly distributed because the baby basically hangs on its genitals and its head pushes on the spine that is still developing. The spine is not fixed by the carrier, therefore, it deflects to the side and hence it can be damaged.
  • The baby is exposed to psychological overload because of the enormous number of motions from the surroundings, which are perceived by all its senses.
  • The baby cannot rest the head when it wants to sleep because it is facing away from the parent.
  • The carrier also has an unhealthy effect on the person who carries, as the weight of the child is not evenly distributed, so the shoulders are mainly burdened and it can also cause backache.
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How to prepare for babywearing in autumn and winter

Summer is over and days have started to be a bit cooler. Warmer clothes are needed for babywearing outdoors. How to dress comfortably and protect your baby from cold and the wind? Babywearing hoodie, jacket or a coat is the way to go.

Autumn

In autumn, the weather keeps changing frequently, it can be rainy, windy, and sunny in the same day. It is handy to have a babywearing hoodie or a jacket, which you can easily unzip or take off. You don’t need to handle the baby in a wrap or a carrier. When you are using babywearing hoodie or jacket, the baby doesn’t need any special warm clothes. Just add another layer to what you usually wear at home. You will need warmer clothes only for head, neck, hands, and feet. Functional merino wool outfit can be useful for both of you. It will help to regulate your body temperature.

In autumn you can choose warm fleece hoodie or softshell jacket for babywearing which will protect you from rain and the wind. Combination of both – fleece hoodie and softshell jacket can be used for really cold autumn days and even for winter.

If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, babywearing cover is an excellent choice, it can also be used by fathers and other relatives. Babywearing cover adds an extra layer of warmth to your baby and protects him/her from the wind. Also, wraps with higher surface weight or wool blend can help to keep baby warm.

Winter

For cold winter days, you will appreciate the warmth of a winter babywearing coat. During winter it is important to keep baby warm and to be close enough to check if he/she isn’t feeling too hot.

It is not easy to wrap the baby or to put in a carrier with the winter clothes on. However, if you wear a winter babywearing coat, you will just need one more layer of clothes than what you usually wear at home.

Warm winter clothes are necessary just to cover the head, neck, hands, and the feet. As a second layer of clothing for the baby, you can use wool or fleece clothes. Another advantage of wearing a babywearing coat is that, you don’t need to adjust the baby in a wrap when you want to take off or put on the coat.

You can choose lightweight quilted coat or more elegant wool coat or a combination of fleece hoodie and softshell jacket for a sporty outfit. Many babywearing coats can be used not only for front carrying but also for back-carrying, without babywearing insert as a normal coat. Some of them also come with pregnancy insert.

In our e-shop, you can find different types of babywearing clothes made from high-quality materials, manufactured in Europe like fleece hoodies, softshell jackets, warm winter coats. Sporty to elegant, in different designs and brands, the choice is yours. Just find your style and enjoy babywearing even in cold weather.

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Babywearing newborns

Soft, ѕwееt, ѕlееру, squishy. There’s nothing like nеwbоrn, аnd thе bеѕt place tо cuddle them іѕ right thеrе on уоur chest! Read on to find important information about wearing the newborns and how to choose the proper wrap or carrier?

Can I use a baby wrap or carrier for the newborn?

You can start with babywearing immediately after birth. Do not listen to people, telling that baby should be on the flatbed because muscles are not strong enough. Many experts confirm that rounded position in the cuddle is natural and safe and babywearing in a soft woven wrap or newborn carrier helps to curve the spine freely and supports the correct spine development. After you learn basic babywearing safety, you will not be afraid and you can enjoy the benefits of babywearing.

How to wear a newborn?

Before it was recommended to use horizontal position for newborns until 3 months. However, the latest research shows that it is not the best position for hip development. The most recommended position is vertical. Of course, you need to have the baby in the front on your chest. With wearing newborn always remember to support baby’s head and neck. Very popular and simple way to carry newborns is basic front wrар сrоѕѕ саrrу, also known aspocket wrap cross carry.
It is important to choose the proper wrap or carrier.

Best newborn baby wraps

Soft woven wraps are best suited for the newborns. It is important to choose the right weight and blend. Soft light-weight wraps are easy to use and tie. The weight should be 190-230 g/m2. The best fabrics for the newborns are cotton, bamboo, merino wool or silk. They are soft enough from the start and any breaking in period is not needed. Extra softness can be added with special weaving and post processes. Extra soft cotton wraps for newborns are offered by Fidella, Tula or Diva Milano. Wraps by Yaro, Little Frog or Didymos are also good. Yaro and Little Frog are great affordable options whereas Didymos offers high quality with limited editions.

Wraps made with Bamboo fabric are a great option for smaller babies and for summer days. It has an excellent cooling effect, but it cannot bear heavier weight as 100% cotton wraps. So the wearing period will be shorter. Wraps with linen or hemp fabric can also be used for newborns, but they are more suitable for experienced parents. It is not the best option for beginners as they need some breaking in period to be soft enough for newborns.

Best newborn baby wraps

Soft woven wraps are best suited for the newborns. It is important to choose the right weight and blend. Soft light-weight wraps are easy to use and tie. The weight should be 190-230 g/m2. The best fabrics for the newborns are cotton, bamboo, merino wool or silk. They are soft enough from the start and any breaking in period is not needed. Extra softness can be added with special weaving and post processes. Extra soft cotton wraps for newborns are offered by Fidella, Tula or Diva Milano. Wraps by Yaro, Little Frog or Didymos are also good. Yaro and Little Frog are great affordable options whereas Didymos offers high quality with limited editions.

Wraps made with Bamboo fabric are a great option for smaller babies and for summer days. It has an excellent cooling effect, but it cannot bear heavier weight as 100% cotton wraps. So the wearing period will be shorter. Wraps with linen or hemp fabric can also be used for newborns, but they are more suitable for experienced parents. It is not the best option for beginners as they need some breaking in period to be soft enough for newborns.

Stretchy wrap – the easiest wrap for newborn

The easiest way to learn to wrap a newborn is to use a stretchy wrap. They are very soft and extra moldable. If you have problems with woven wraps, the elastic wrap can help you to learn. But you can use this wrap only for small babies, as they cannot bear much weight. Recommendations by the manufacturers are between 5-10 kg. It can be perfect for the preterm infants, but with the growing weight, you will soon feel the discomfort, the wrap will not be firm, you will need to tighten it more often, and you will feel the weight on your shoulders.

Baby carriers for newborns

If you are not confident enough to start with woven wraps or if you want something more practical and faster to use – you can choose the newborn carriers. Some of them need newborn inserts, but others are made in newborn sizes and insert is not required. The best options for newborns are definitely Fidella Fushion, Storchenwiege, and Kokadi baby carriers. All are wrap conversions, so the fabric is very soft and moldable.

With integrated infant insert, Manduca carriers are very popular amongst new moms. You can also opt for Ergobaby or Tula Standard carriers, which sell infant insert separately. Tula has also come up with a new type of “Tula Fee to Grow” carriers, which can be used from the birth without any insert.

You have many options to choose from to carry your newborn, just pick the one that suits you the best. It is not important to go for the best option out there but it is important to wear your baby. And remember, the best time to start is as soon as possible.

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The 7 Benefits of Babywearing

Babywearing may sound to some of us as a modern fad, but actually it is very natural and proven by centuries. Throughout all history mums were wearing their children and in many cultures they still do. Our modern world in the last decades turned away from babywearing and started to use prams. But is it really a step forward to not wear our children at all? Do modern mums really have easier and happier time with their babies? Many American and European parents are nowdays returning to the old practice of babywearing because of its many benefits.

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Learn babywearing safety

Babywearing has many benefits, it is natural and safe. Wrapping replaces your arms and is even safer as a wrapped baby cannot be dropped. But as with any other baby product or activity, it is important to follow basic safety rules. But don’t be afraid, the most of them are common sense and using a sling comes naturally. There are some specifications with different types of carriers and with different aged babies, but the following guidelines can be applied generally.

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