Modern Ergonomic Babywearing Benefits : Snugbug

Modern Ergonomic Babywearing Benefits

This is a story of a typical women who is expecting a child- Abundant sleep (yes as per the concept of relativity), eating whatever and whenever she desires, lots and lots of shopping, catching up with friends, movies, maternity shoots, super supportive family members…… and then the day arrives when the much awaited baby pops out!! A moment of joy- absolutely! But what happens to the mother? Lack of rest, lack of sleep, constant pressure of ‘feeding right – feeding enough’, recovering physically, too many things to sort out which none of the pre natal classes taught her! And this is the phase when babywearing could become the best friend of the mother/ primary caregivers! Lets learn more how-

 

Babywearing Basics

Modern Ergonomic Babywearing Benefits : Snugbug

Babywearing (BW) is keeping the baby close you, with the help of the modern BW carriers. Here you will come across two terms- ergonomic carriers/ non-ergonomic carriers. Ergonomic carriers are those, which support the natural posture of the baby– it mimics the way baby is seated when help in hand (here the knees are slightly higher than the bum forming a M shape).

The non-ergonomic carriers are typically narrow based carriers that do not provide a knee to knee fabric coverage thus not forming the ‘M’ shape.

Image Credit : Soul Slings

When to start Babywearing?

While its strongly recommended to know and learn about babywearing before the baby arrives, but, its never too late to start!

Start Early: Meet an educator before you deliver, know what options are available, learn how to wear, make a choice. You can babywear right from day 1!

Starting late: No issues, its never too late to start. Again, know the suitable options, try to attend a babywearing meet, seek help from an educator may be rent and try out the carriers and make a choice.

 

Babywearing Benefits

Modern Ergonomic Babywearing Benefits : Snugbug

No I won’t give a textbook answer here! Ill tell you some practical instances which will give you an idea about how liberating it is when you babywear! And yes this is a non exhaustive list!

  • Workout with your baby– BW and go for walks, you get a much needed break and the baby gets some fresh air too! All this as you burn those calories along..
  • Feed and burp– Yes no more gluing to that sofa for long hours. All ergonomic carriers support discreet breastfeeding and the upright posture facilitates burping. So here you go- a well fed, satisfied baby with minimal colic issues
  • BW helps babies to sleep well and longer too! Woah what more can a mother ask for 😉
  • Babies pick up communication skills really fast as they are silently observing you and learning. You would observe a considerable drop in the stranger anxiety too
  • No more bulky strollers and juggling luggage, BW is an awesome tool for travels
  • Fight that PPD– If you are not confined to one place, you have a satisfied baby, wont you come out of PPD faster?
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 Deciding factors to choose the right carrier

When you start your babywearing journey, there are two main decisions to make- 1. Type of carrier 2. Brand. To drill down to this level you need this basic information handy:

  • Baby’s weight
  • Number of months
  • Milestone reached
  • Fabric preference (All Indian brands use cotton/ cotton blends in making the carriers)
  • Budget

 

Babywearing Popular Carrier Types

People across the globe have been BW since ages and one can get the references in tribal pictures, northeastern states of India, Jhansi ki Rani even! Modern BW simply translates these into the needs of the parents today! Below are the types of carriers readily available in the BW space:

  1. WrapsBabywearing Benefits

    • There are two types in wraps- Stretchy/ hybrid wraps, Regular wraps (without stretch). The stretchy/ hybrid wraps are very much suitable for new borns and can be pre-tied (hence very easy to use)
    • Distribute weight evenly on the wearer.
    • Suitable right from newborn stage, these are nothing but long pieces of cloth- imagine a sari.
    • Suitable as long as the caregiver and kid are comfortable– no age bar as such (The Stretchy wraps do come with a weight limit and vary from brand to brand)
    • Extremely versatile – You can front, hip and back and *front facing out carry in these (It is not recommended to baby carry in the stretchy wraps due to risk of falling)
    • Wraps have a greater learning curve
    • Indian makers of Babywearing Wraps – Soulslings, Cookiie Pie Co, Anmol, Almitra Tattva, Cuddle n Care, Little Wings sell wraps.
      Image Credit : Anmol

 

  1. Meh Dai (MD)Babywearing Benefits

    • These are a midway between a wrap and a Soft Structured Carrier, where you get a body panel and waist, shoulder straps to tie
    • Distribute weight evenly on the wearer
    • Suitable right from new born stage (Check for manufacturer recommendations here however most of the brand’s MD can be used from new born stage)
    • Suitable as long as the caregiver and kid are comfortable- no age bar as such
    • Extremely versatile – You can front, hip, back and front *facing out carry in these
    • MD have a medium learning curve
    • Indian makers of Babywearing Mei Dai- Soulslings, Kol Kol, Dulaar, Almitra Tattva and Cuddle n Care sell MD

*Front Facing Out carry: Is recommended for babies between 4-6m only once they have a good head and torso control. The baby should be well supported at the pelvic and should be in a sitting posture. Having said that, the wearer needs to keep a close watch for any signs of over stimulation.

Image Credit :KolKol

 

  1. Soft Structured Carriers (SSC)Babywearing Benefits

    • These are full buckle carriers where you get a body panel and waist, shoulder belts to buckle up and adjust
    • Distribute weight evenly on the wearer
    • Each brand has a specific minimum weight limit for using the SSC eg few brands have a 5.5 kg mim weight, few have 7kg. Few brands also offer infant inserts/ have specific design to wear babies from new born stage. However, I wouldn’t list SSC as a best fit carrier for new borns
    • Typically standard size SSC are suitable till 18/20 kg and from an experience point of view fit a child till 2/2.5 yrs of age comfortably. Few brands also make Toddler SSC for kids above 12 kg crossing height of ~85 cm
    • SSC can be used for front and back carry. Few brands also offer a hip carry and front facing out option
    • SSC have a lowest learning curve
    • Indian makers of Babywearing SSC – Soulslings, Kol Kol, Anmol, Cookiie Pie Co, EasyFeel sell SSC that are safety tested and go through rigorous testing process. Brands like Cuddle n Care, Klingaru are few of them who sell ergonomic yet not safety tested SSCs in India
Image Credit : Soul Slings
  1. Ring Slings (RS)Modern Ergonomic Babywearing Benefits : Snugbug

    • This the most compact carriers which comprise of two safety tested rings and a cloth. Also the easiest to nurse in!
    • Do not distribute weight evenly on the wearer- hence good for shorter spans
    • Suitable right from new born stage
    • Suitable as till 15 kg
    • Used for front, hip carry and *front facing out carry (Back carry is possible but comes with a lot of practice)
    • RS have a medium learning curve
    • Indian makers of Babywearing Ring Slings- Soul sings, Kol Kol, Dulaar, Almitra Tattva, Cookie, EasyFeel, LittleWings, Anmol and Cuddle n Care sell MD and also Maaeri.
Image Credit : Cookie Pie
  1. Onbuhimo Modern Ergonomic Babywearing Benefits : Snugbug

    • A carrier famous for its high back carries. These are similar to SSC but come without a waist belt
    • Do not distribute weight evenly on the wearer- hence good for shorter spans
    • Typically suited for toddlers (Check manufacturer’s weight recommendations)
    • Suitable as long as the wearer and the child are comfortable.
    • Used mainly for back carriers, one can also front carry.
    • These come with a medium learning curve.
    • Indian makers of Babywearing OnBuhimo – Soul sings sell safety tested Onbuhimos, Cuddle n Care sells ergonomic yet not safety tested Onbuhimos
Image Credit : Soul Slings

The Myth Burster

If you/ the people close to you and the baby have not come across this concept of BW, its very natural for you to have lot of questions (out of fear!).. Yes yes I hear you !!!

So this will surely bring a smile onto your face and help you kickstart your BW journey sooner-

  • No babies don’t become clingy because of BW! Whether you opt to BW or not, babies need love and care, touch a feeling of security and familiarity till the age of 2 in general. So please don’t blame BW if you kid wants to be held.. Infact studies have derived babies that are worn for longer periods become independent pretty early (Yes and I can tell you this out of my own experience!)
  • BW does not in any way hamper the milestones of a baby.
  • BW is not ‘tying a baby’. Babies sit in there comfortably and happily. Parents need to simply follow the cues- set the baby free when it wants to, keep the baby close when the baby wants to be held- simple!

 

SnugBug

Snugbub was formed in March 2016 totally out of my love and passion for babywearing. Being a mother of twins, one being ELBW at 1.1 kg, we knew the road uphill is going to be rocky. But BW helped us sail through smoothly, which not just made it possible to take care of our kids in a nuclear set up but also let us pursue our passion and enjoy life as a family. I quit my job and decided to dedicate my time and efforts in the babywearing space, to spread awareness and provide a helping hand to as many as possible.

At Snugbub, we provide home visits where parents can try out carriers in their own comfort zone (primarily in Bangalore, also in Pune and Kolhapur at times), help them choose the right carrier, run a multibrand carrier library where we rent carriers across India, help parents from other cities over audio/ video calls and conduct monthly free BW activities.

 

Modern Ergonomic Babywearing Benefits : Snugbug

Guest Post 

Prachi Pendurkar

Me and my husband are both Chartered Accountants by profession and delivered twins in Jan 2015. Our son was born with a birth weight of  1.1 kg, and that’s when our search around babywearing began. A year of blissful babywearing and we could see noticeable development in him and this is when I was determined to take babywearing to as many as possible! I quit my job anf came into life- Snugbub, with the intention of spreading awareness about safe and ergonomic babywearing! First of its kind in India! And yes this is how I got a tag of a mompreneur! In the month of November 2016, got certified as a babywearing educator, one of the first babywearing educators in India. 

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Please reach out to Prachi on any queries on Babywearing. She will personally assist and help you.Her Number is 9620162128.

 

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  1. your posts are very interactive Richa, the visuals make it very interesting to read, I loved the ring-sling, if ever get the chance to have a 2nd one will try that 😉
    Lovely post with loads of information 🙂

  2. I’m a fan of baby wearing too. I used to carry karma around in a Baby Bjorn and it was perfect for errand runs, going to a friend’s place etc. Specially when I took buses and MRT in Singapore… no folding or opening stroller required. 👍

  3. Nice comprehensive post for reference. Would share it with some of my new-mom friends. I have used a few of these carriers for my kids.

  4. i loved the post. such a thorough guide to deciding baby wearing. i just wished i read this before. i have a meh dai mail today. i just hope i have made a right choice.

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