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How to Position Young Babies in Baby Slings

Aug 27, 2008
Newborns have their preferred positions from reclining to tummy to tummy. Once a child has control of her head the parent can use baby slings or other types of carriers for some brand new positions for baby to try. The position that is adopted will depend on what is most comfortable for the mother or father and what is the personal preference for the baby. There are four general positions for the baby that can hold up his head.

1)The Snuggle Hold. Baby slings can be used to face the baby toward the baby wearer. You want the baby's legs to be around your waist. This gives the baby a huge feeling of security. In addition it is easy to switch out this position if the baby wishes to nurse or nap. The baby also has more visibility in this position and is able to better see what is going on around them with a simple twist of their head.

2)The Buddha Hold As baby's grow and become more attuned to their surroundings they want an easier view of what is going on in the world besides the Snuggle Hold. In this Buddha position using baby slings, the baby is facing out and is able to see events happening around them. Your child's legs might be crossed, or the legs can have the knees up or feet tucked. Because the infant's center of gravity is away from the baby wearer's body it might be a more fatiguing way to carry the baby. Make sure when the infant is in this position that the events going on around the child are not too overwhelming as this could upset the child.

3)The Sideway Carry or Kangaroo Carry This is similar to the Buddha carry using baby slings but instead, the baby is sitting sideways. The baby's legs will be stretched out with the baby's head at the higher end of the sling. With this position the baby can see very easily what is going on all around. However, if sights, sounds, or smells become too overwhelming the child is better able to hid its face by turning it toward the baby wearer's body.

4)The Back Carry is a position best used with an Asian style wrap or carrier. In this position the baby is up against the wearers back with the head toward the wearer's head. This leaves the front of the parent open for working, carrying groceries or riding a bike. This type of position should not be tried with baby slings.

For infants that can manipulate and hold up their heads there are new positions that give them a glimpse into the outside world when using baby slings. With the Buddha Hold, the child has a full view of happenings but is unable to turn away if something is overwhelming or frightening. The Sideway Carry gives the baby the advantage of a safety shield in the form of the baby wearer's body. Hence, the child can still enjoy the sights and sounds of the world around them but hide if things become a bit too overwhelming. Using baby slings can provide the child with a new way of interacting with his environment.
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