You can bring a baby carrier with you to the hospital and start using it from day one. Newborn babies prefer to feel the closeness of the parent, therefore, a baby carrier will come in handy. Most baby carriers are made for carrying babies from newborn and up to 2-3 years of age. Baby carriers usually have different settings according to the baby’s age. Make sure to read the user manual and that the carrier is both made for and set to a newborn position. Always also check the weight recommendation for the baby carrier. Make sure your baby’s weight is within the weight recommendation for the baby carrier.
What is important when using a baby carrier for a newborn?
Inside the womb, the baby can hear the mother’s heartbeat and the rhythm of the mother when walking or moving. That’s why so many babies love being carried in a baby carrier. The closeness of the parent, feeling the heartbeat and the rhythm while the parent is moving is familiar and soothing.
Newborns and babies up to 4-6 months should only be carried facing towards the parent (inward facing). With a good head, neck and hip support. Often referred to as an ergonomic position. A baby carrier that creates a frog-legged m-position and has a soft panel that allows a c-shaped back and good neck and head support during the first 4-6 months.
What to think of when using a baby carrier for a newborn baby:
- Frog legged m-position that supports the thighs from knee to knee is important during the first 4-6 months while the baby’s hips are still growing. In this position, the forces on the hip joint are minimal. The legs are spread, supported and it puts the hip in a more stable position.
- Soft Panel that allows a c-curved back. The c-shape position, also known as fetal-tuck position, allows your baby to maintain primary curve alignment, reducing the pressure on the spine and hips. It’s the most calming position for a newborn baby, conserves energy and allows for better regulation of body temperature.
- Supported head and neck are very important during the first few months before the baby is stable in the upper body. A newborn baby doesn’t have the muscle strength to hold up her head and needs a full head and neck support. When carrying in a baby carrier, the general rule is that the support should be up to the baby’s ears and not cover the head. This is important to make sure you can keep an eye on the baby and that the baby’s airway is always free.
- Inward facing – a newborn baby should always be carried towards the parent. Facing inwards, the child can rest on the parent’s chest. The head can and should be supported by the baby carrier and the body of the adult carrying. A newborn baby who is still getting used to the life outside the womb is not ready to be carried forward facing as it can cause over stimulation.
Najell’s baby carriers are made to fit for your newborn baby as well as grow with your baby. This allows you to have one baby carrier from newborn up to 3 years. Read more about Najell’s baby carriers here.
There are many benefits to carrying your baby. Research has shown that children who are carried are happier. If that alone isn’t a reason enough, you can read more about the benefits of babywearing here!