Common Babywearing Myths: EXPOSED!
Myth: I can’t use a carrier because I have a bad back.
Try several different carriers before you write them off altogether. Because many types of baby carriers balance baby’s weight over both shoulders, and even onto the hips, many parents, even those with bad backs, find they can comfortably wear their babies.
Myth: If I wear my baby, he will get spoiled and will not learn to be independent.
On the contrary, many babies who are worn in slings feel more confident. Knowing that mom or dad is always willing to hold him when he needs it allows many babies to more confidently explore their world independently. Also, read this blog post for more information about spoiling your baby.
Myth: I’m afraid I’ll hurt my baby. My baby looks squished or uncomfortable. Can my baby breathe in there?
Many parents worry about squishing their baby in a sling. Remember that your baby has been “squished” inside the womb for a long time, and has grown accustomed to being in a small space. However, it is always a good idea to keep an eye on your baby. Make sure they have adequate airflow, that their face isn’t buried in a sling or covered by fabric, and that they are breathing easily. For more information, see Proper Infant Positioning.
Please keep an eye on your baby, especially tiny newborns.
Myth: Using a carrier is too complicated!
Not at all! As with anything, it takes some practice and experience to become completely comfortable. Many websites offer instructions on wearing your sling. If you find the instructions to be confusing or prefer personal demonstrations, don’t hesitate to find resources local to you for hands-on support. You might also check YouTube and the podcast listings at ITunes for free videos of babywearing demonstrations.
Myth: I tried a sling once and my baby hated it – or I hated it.
Just like any new experience, sometimes babies (and parents) need to try a sling several times before it is comfortable. Try several different carrying positions – or even several different carriers – before making a final decision.
Myth: I received a soft carrier as a gift, and found it to be too complicated or uncomfortable.
A soft front carrier like a Snugli can be a great tool for parents, but more traditional fabric carriers do have several advantages. They are much more portable, less bulky, more adjustable, easier to breastfeed in, and have a longer useful life – parents are often able to carry their toddler well into their third year. Additionally, more traditional slings support baby’s developing spine and hips by keeping them at an angle from the body, rather than dangling straight down.