a photographic celebration of babywearing #CarryThem
When I agreed to write a post on “babywearing basics”, I honestly didn’t know what to write! Sometimes, when something…
Hey you. Yes, you, the helpful person in line behind me at the grocery store. I know it looks like…
I have been babywearing for over seven years now and truly can’t imagine parenting without wearing my little ones. In my babywearing journey, I have tried just about every style of carrier available and have even made a few of my own.
Wearing your baby has many benefits, for both parent and child. But babywearing is also hard work! As a core fitness specialist, I’ve noticed a blind spot in the questions I receive from mothers who want to tone up their tummies. They recognize that babywearing can be done while working out, but they don’t see babywearing as a workout. The reality from a biomechanical and physiological standpoint is that strapping your child to your body can either help or harm your whole body.
In this article, I use my expertise as a core fitness specialist to outline 5 great things to do and 5 not-so-great things to do when you are wearing your baby. Because while we are so careful to choose the best type of carrier for our babies’ needs, we also need to be thinking about how our babywearing methods will affect our alignment, our pelvic floors (PF), our feet, and our diastasi recti (DR, abdominal separations which most women have after giving birth).
We mums are so quick to lay ourselves down on the altar of what’s best for our babies. But if any baby-care method breaks us down to the point of widening our DR, worsening our prolapse and leaking issues, increasing our neck and back pain — and all of that contributes to self-worth issues and further self-neglect — then where does that leave us?
No mother wants to be the one to give up playing with her children in wild abandon because she’s in too much pain or is dealing with embarrassing issues. But we have regular threads in the Fit2B forum started by worn down mothers who wonder if their babywearing is connected to their diastasis and PF problems because, “I swear they get worse after I wear my baby all day.”
Yes, mama, there is a connection! And there is a solution that doesn’t involve giving up keeping your baby or toddler close. First let me spell out some things you can do to ensure your babywearing methods and carrier choice are helping you rather than hurting you. Then we’ll talk about five things you should avoid so you can prevent future problems.
“What’s your favorite baby carrier?”
The question makes me laugh.
Especially when followed with, “If you could only buy one baby carrier, which would you buy?”
It’s like asking a cook what their favorite kitchen appliance is.
Or asking a man to choose just one tool out of his entire toolbox.
But since you asked, here are the favorites from my babywearing stash.