Going to the zoo is one of baby’s favorite activities! And baby-wearing is one of the easiest ways to carry your baby around. But have you ever been intimidated by baby-wearing? Maybe you don’t know how to set yourself up for success or aren’t sure if you’re wearing it correctly? Baby-wearing is kind of like wearing a backpack on your front – you need to make sure it is in the right place so you don’t hurt yourself.
First things first, you might need to experiment with a few different carriers to find the right one for you. A carrier for a tall person might not work for a short person! Or you might find you prefer something more structured versus some of the free-flowing scarf-like ones.
Next, you want to “Think Tall” while wearing your baby. This includes a few things to think about…
- Standing with your hips under your shoulders in a neutral posture, so that your butt is NOT tucked under you.
- Wearing baby as high as comfortable so that the weight of baby is not pulling you forward.
- Avoid pushing your belly into the baby and maintaining that same neutral posture (pretend a string is pulling you up from your head!).
(Remember this article: Postpartum posture for a refresher on your posture!)
And don’t forget to tighten those straps! Keeping baby high and tight on you helps your spine and baby’s spine. Make sure to keep some space between baby’s chin and chest so their airway is open and they can breathe. It is safest for baby to be facing you until they have appropriate head control.
Going to the zoo can be exhausting! Even if it’s very fun bonding with your baby this way, remember to give yourself some grace and acknowledge your limits. Baby-wearing can be tiring, especially if you are still getting back into activity postpartum (or in general), and take breaks if you can!
Give it a try! If you have questions about how to wear your baby or are having pain, don’t hesitate to give us a call today! Give us a call at 503-295-2585 to schedule an appointment so we can help you. We are experts in resolving postpartum pains and other pelvic symptoms, like incontinence, pelvic pain, painful sex, urinary urgency and frequency, and bladder pain.