Questions and answers on Baby Wearing
Question 1: I have a bad back. Can I still use a baby sling or baby carrier?
Answer: For people who are prone to back problems, you should choose a baby sling with a thicker material like the Moms In Mind Cotton Sateen slings which can help distribute the weight more evenly on the shoulder and across your torso.
If your baby is above 5 months old, has good neck control and can sit unassisted, we will recommend that you switch to using a good structured baby carrier like the Patapum Baby or Toddler Carriers or the Ellaroo Mei Hip or Mei Tai Carriers. Such soft structured baby carriers are good especially for people with back problems as they distribute the weight onto your hips and on both shoulders more effectively. By distributing some of baby's weight onto your hips, it brings the centre of gravity as low as possible on your body, thus reducing the strain on your shoulders and back.
If you do have serious problems with your back and any amount of lifting the baby is painful, do listen to your body and give yourself a break. You may also wish to consult a qualified professional such as a chiropractor to treat your back before you do any lifting of your baby.
Question 2: Can I use the same baby sling or baby carrier with my partner?
Answer: It depends. Some baby carriers in the market have different sizes as they are non-adjustable. However, the Moms in Mind Baby Slings comes in free size and can fit most people. Adjustment can be done by tightening the sling or loosening it. The Patapum Baby Carriers and Patapum Toddler Carriers will fit most people as it comes with an adjustable waist belt and shoulder straps.
Question 3: I prefer to push my baby in a stroller. Do I still need a baby sling or baby carrier?
Answer: Most people find that even with a stroller, a baby will constantly need to be carried when he or she cries. Especially for young babies, they yearn to be carried often and will not sit or lay down quietly in the stroller for long periods of time. Parents of older babies who have started walking also find that it is cumbersome to bring around strollers as their babies will not want to sit in the strollers for most of the journey. In such situations, it will be more comfortable having a baby sling or a baby carrier when the child wants to be carried or simply for quick pick-me-ups.
Question 4: I prefer to have my baby front-facing as it is visually more stimulating. What will you suggest?
Answer: It is true that the sights in a front-facing baby carrier will definitely be more visually stimulating. However, you may wish to note that front-facing carriers generally hangs your baby by the crotch, putting a lot of pressure on the groin. If you wish your baby to see the front view, you can always put your baby in a back carry position using the Patapum Baby Carrier or Toddler Carrier, as soon as he or she is more than 5 months and has good neck support and can sit unassisted. You may wish to check out our list of key considerations when selecting a baby carrier for more information.
Question 5: What if my baby doesn't like to be put in a baby sling or baby carrier?
Answer: The baby slings and baby carriers we carry are made for comfortable wearing for both the wearer and the baby. A newborn will feel most comfortable if put in a baby sling, as the "cocoon" mimics the mothers' womb. In fact, it has been known that babies who are carried often in such a manner usually thrives.
However, some older babies who are being introduced to a baby sling or baby carrier for the first time may resist simply because they are not used to it. Some parents who had a little problem wearing their babies soon realize that a baby's initial resistance is usually due to the fact that the wearer is not yet proficient with the baby sling or baby carrier, not because of the baby carrier itself. The baby carriers and baby slings we carry are a breeze to use, with just a little practice.
Question 6: Will my baby be warm if I carry him or her?
All babies naturally love to be carried. The only difference is the way we are used to carrying them. Cotton and cotton blend materials are generally comfortable for baby, it keeps them warm and close to you without being hot. All our baby slings
and baby carriers
are made of breathable cotton or cotton blends except for our TaylorMade Water Mesh Baby Sling
, which is made of 100% polyester athletic mesh fabric - just so that they can be used even in the water.
Question 7: What are the benefits of carrying my baby?
Answer: Good question! Carrying your baby not only helps parent & child bonding, it also helps prevent colic. Research has also shown that babies who are carried tend to cry less often and feel more confident as they grow up. This is simply because they have frequently been hugged by the persons they love most which gives them a sense of security. The purpose of a good baby carrier is to give you the ability to carry your baby when he or she needs to be carried.
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Question 8: Will my baby get so used to it he or she needs to be carried all the time?
Answer: Some parents are afraid to carry their babies because they are afraid their babies get “stucked” to them. Let us assure you that this is not the case. Those of us who have worn our babies when they were little generally find that our children outgrow the carrying phase when the time comes. This is simply because we have given them the carrying they need and being close to them for their first months of life. They also learn to trust that we will be there if they need us and therefore are confident to venture forth when they are ready. Babywearing is not about carrying your baby all the time, it is about carrying them when they needed to be carried.
If you do a simple comparison between babies that are carried often and babies who are used to being placed in strollers. A quick look in the streets and you are likely to see that babies who have been used to being put in a stroller tend to want to sit in a stroller at older ages, compared to the number of children who had been carried and are still being carried at the same age.