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Comfortable Positions for Your Newborn Using Baby Slings

Aug 19, 2008
There are several ways to wear a baby. The position you choose to place you baby in using baby slings is up to both you and your child. You might find one position more comfortable than another or learn that you child prefers one position over another. In addition, a position can facilitate a desired action. Nursing calls for one position, napping another and burping still another hold can be affected.

For newborns there are 4 basic positions that can be adopted using baby slings or the rebozo:

1)Lying down in front of you

Baby slings can be used to set your newborn in a semi-reclining position. You can choose the Cradle Carry that puts the baby's head closest to your carrying shoulder. This is a great position for the napping infant. Or, if it is feeding time, you can try the Nursing Hold with the newborn positioned in the opposite direction with his head away from your carrying shoulder to facilitate feeding. In addition baby slings will shelter the nursing child providing some privacy.

2)Newborn Snuggle Hold

Baby slings are used in this position to set the baby facing you. In this position the child has the knees up or the feet tucked. The sling keeps the child's back and head well supported and helps prevent slouching. It is a good position for bonding between parent and newborn.

3)Burp Position

In this style of hold 2 baby slings are used to carry the baby up on the shoulder. Gentle pressure is put on the stomach and helps to prevent acid from escaping back up the baby's esophagus. To affect this position using baby slings they should be worn on opposite shoulders with the rings on your hip. You want to be sure both slings are tight.

4)The Reclining Back Carry

Women of many cultures will wear a baby on their back. This enables the mother to work by leaving the frontal area and hands free. If needed, as in nursing time, the baby can be swung around to face the mother. This method of carry is not recommended for baby slings. Instead use the rebozo.

With these four positions to choose from the first three work very will with the typical baby slings. The burp position is probably a good hold to adopt after baby is fed. It is a natural way to promote burping. The lying down hold is best for nap time or nursing as the baby sling will shelter the nursing infant. The snuggle hold is great for bonding time with the newborn as it promotes tummy to tummy contact between the baby wearer and the baby. This is a great bonding position for fathers to try out. The back carry is very rare in the modern world as it is used primarily for working mothers. However if you choose to try this type of baby wearing opt for the rebozo instead of baby slings.
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