A lot of people think babywearing is just for hippies (no offense intended!) – but we are here to tell you it’s not. In fact, it is one of the most convenient ways to get mobile with baby, and has the bonus of free cuddles!
We have chosen to talk about misconceptions, rather than myths, because the truth is they aren’t myths. Some of these issues can happen and do make babywearing very unpleasant. But the good news is that they can all be easily dealt with.
Babywearing will hurt my back
It’s important to ensure the sling or harness is correctly fitted, and you maintain your posture. If, however, you already have back problems, it is strongly recommended that you consultant a healthcare professional before deciding to wear your baby.
Babywearing is for hippies
Yeah, that’s what I thought too. Then I tried it. And I had to conclude that hippies are smart! Babywearing frees your hands and makes it much easier that using a pram to negotiate shopping aisles, rough pavements, narrow walkways and more.
Babywearing is too complicated
I blame television for this. When they show a person negotiating 10 metres of fabric to get their baby secure, it’s easy to get this impression. Thankfully most carriers are not like this - especially not if they have a safety standard attached - with the Close Caboo does!
Babywearing makes babies clingy
Every baby is different – some are clingy and unsettled, some aren’t. Babywearing has very little to do with it. The important thing is to not always rely on the same method - baby wearing – to settle an infant. Try a few different things - a walk in the pram, play time on the floor with your lying next to them, a different person (daddy or a grandparent) for cuddles.
Babywearing is dangerous
Lots of things are dangerous.There was a tragic story in the news a couple of years ago about a mother who was out jogging with her baby in a pram. She stopped to take a phone call and while her back was turned, the pram slipped down the river bank and into the river. By the time she realized what had happened, it was too late.
Like anything, it is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions in regards to safety. It is up to us as parents to learn the correct use of a wide range of products for babies - using a bumper in a cot, incorrectly securing a jolly jumper, or covering our child’s face with any part of the carrier.
Babywearing as a general rule is a safe and practical way to parent. It is important to be thoroughly familiar with the TICKS guidelines for safe babywearing and to familiarise ourselves with the exact application of a particular brand or style of carrier.
Babywearing is expensive
Everything about babies can be expensive if you let it. If you find and fall in love with one baby carrier though, it really only costs you from only $99.95 (wink, wink). Much cheaper than a decent pram –and more versatile too.
Babywearing is uncomfortable for baby
Sure, some babies don’t actually like babywearing – and they’ll let you know if that’s the case! But sometimes it just needs a slight adjustment and they’ll be happy again.
So as you can see, correct babywearing, using an approved carrier is not only convenient, but safe, practical, and great for baby.
See our range of Baby Carriers HERE.