BABYWEARING - PARENTING ON HANDS FREE MODE

Ever have one of those days where your baby just wants to be on you the whole day? Who am I kidding, sometimes that is every day!

(Which is totally normal behavior, as they are need-driven and know they need to stay close to you to survive)

How do you get anything done and keep your baby happy? How do you choose between your crying baby and doing the dishes?

Babywearing!

Before purchasing a carrier, you and your baby can also visit a "Carrier Library" in your area to try out different carriers to decide what is most comfortable for you and your baby.

Babywearing enables you to keep your baby on you, where they are most happy. You will have your hands free to complete your daily tasks and you can also carry your baby on you, while out and about in shopping centers or on excursions. You can even breastfeed while having your baby in a carrier!

When buying a carrier, it is important to buy an ergonomic one that will prevent hip dysplasia. The base/seat of the carrier should be wide enough to support your baby's bottom, as well as their thighs. The base thus extends to their knee joint, meaning the weight is evenly distributed and not on the hip joint. They sit with their legs spread, often called the "M"/Froggy position.

This is also one of the issues Doctors have with a walking ring, where the seat only cover's the child's groin area and the legs are left hanging with unnatural force on the hip joints, rather than sitting in a wide base with the legs spread.

Some popular types of carriers are:

  • Ring Slings
  • Woven Wraps
  • Pouch Slings
  • Stretchy Wraps
  • Mei Tais
  • Soft Structured Carriers
  • No Stretch Wraps

For a complete list of all SA baby carriers, as well as their supplier contact details, you can join the Facebook Group; NINO Babywearing South Africa and check their files section.
Here is a link to their page where you can also post pictures of your baby in their carrier to ask if the fit is right: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ninosa/

Before purchasing a carrier, you and your baby can also visit a "Carrier Library" in your area to try out different carriers to decide what is most comfortable for you and your baby. The above group will be able to guide you to the carrier library in your area.

When my baby was born, we got a NooNooPie Stretchy Wrap to carry her on us and she really loved it. It goes from Newborn to 10kg and is really comfortable. You can watch YouTube Videos to teach you how to wrap it.

Safe Babywearing:

https://babywearinginternational.org/what-is-babywearing/safety/

NooNooPie Website and Info:

http://www.noonoopie.co.za/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1qYY80wI1c&index=7&list=PLjw8esC3-gxcwqoj2YzZFfsU_JZu3apc1

How to wrap the NooNooPie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntKMS0bIg7g&index=3&list=PLjw8esC3-gxcwqoj2YzZFfsU_JZu3apc1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnY9CkxvVYU&index=4&list=PLjw8esC3-gxcwqoj2YzZFfsU_JZu3apc1