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Bringing the baby close is a wonderful experience that creates a feeling of protection and the beginning of a close relationship between children and parents. Being so close to the carrier (mother-father) transmits a lot of tranquility to babies, who feel safe and protected.
Carrying systems for babies, such as scarves or baby carriers, favor a good position for the baby. This position is known as the frog pose, which is achieved when we have the baby's bottom at the level of our navel and his head under our chin, without touching us.
- They cry less: babies who are carried are calmer and cry less.
- They sleep betterBabies who have been kangaroo care have been shown to gain weight faster and sleep better.
- They have better psychomotor development: the constant rocking generates better balance and better postural control in children, because their body adapts to our movement.
- Colic decreases. Carrying the baby in an upright position (belly to belly) greatly benefits his digestive system, which is still immature and facilitates the expulsion of gases.
- They are more sociable. The baby is integrated into everyday life, participating in what the adult does; in walks and talks.
This method of holding babies close to their parents' bodies is verypractical because it leaves us free hands to be able to do anything. The scarves and baby carriers distribute the weight very well on the back, so we will be comfortable and, at the same time, allow us to rest our arms.
1. Strengthen ties. Continuous contact favors a very special relationship between the baby and the mother, since the closeness of the newborn causes the secretion of a series of hormones, such as oxytocin and prolactin. In addition, it prevents postpartum depression, since direct contact increases the level of other hormones, such as endorphins.
2. Provides security. Carriers who carry their babies close to their bodies feel more secure and confident because they will be able to more quickly recognize the baby's signals and identify them (sleep, hunger, fatigue ...).
3. Benefits breastfeeding. Carrying the baby close causes the mother to secrete oxytocin, which favors the rise of milk and a good establishment of breastfeeding.
4. Tones your back muscles. The total weight of the child is supported by the baby carrier, and is distributed over our entire back. In this way, our body progressively adapts to the weight of the baby, which contributes to strengthening our muscles and having better postural control. With all this, we prevent possible back pain caused by holding children in our arms, since we use only one arm and we force incorrect postures for our back.
- Stimulates all of the child's senses
- Strengthens the relationship between parents and children
- Less burden on parents
- Increases freedom of movement for the family
- Supports the baby with all the security and confidence you need
The baby is carried like a bandage against the wearer's body.
The child's spine is straight and the child is upright. To maintain this correct posture, the baby will always look at the wearer, since if he looks out, we do not maintain a good back posture.
They must be flexed open at 90º. Favoring the frog position to surround the wearer. The knees should be higher than the baby's bottom.
If it is very baby and still does not hold it, we will have to raise the legs higher and use baby carriers that cover the head.
- Newly born (0-3 months): must be held up to the head, soft against the wearer's chest.
- Older babies (3-8 months): it will be attached to the neck
- Children (8 months and older): they will be subject to the shoulder.
We must bear in mind that we both have to be comfortable, both the baby and the carrier. There is no perfect baby carrier, you have to choose the one that keeps the baby in good posture (little frog) and that is comfortable for us.
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