Carrying your baby
Learning to carry your baby
- You can carry your child from birth up until around 3 years of age by choosing the carrying methods suitable for his or her age.
- Favour the physiological position for carrying him, in particular during the first few months: your baby should be able to rest on his buttocks with his legs apart and raised in what is called a "frog" position. His back should be bent and not straight, and his head should rest on your chest.
- For long periods, always carry your baby against your abdomen, facing you, or on your back. The position looking out onto the world allows him to look at everything but it does not respect the curve of his back and should be reserved for short periods only.
- With a wrap or physiological baby carrier adapted to the age of your child you should be able to carry him for many hours without any pain. If you get backache, your wrap is no doubt tied incorrectly or your baby carrier is not adjusted correctly: ask for someone's help in helping you to adjust it properly.
- If the explicative diagrams included with your baby carrier or wrap seem insufficient, then do not hesitate to take part in a baby carrying initiation workshop: these are now available throughout France. These sessions will enable you to try different carrying methods (often available in situ) and to learn how to perfectly master the one that suits you best. You will learn, in particular, the different ways in which you can tie your wrap.
- Do not get discouraged if you cannot get the hang of it immediately: baby carrying requires a few days to a few weeks of practice for you and your baby to get used to and become perfectly at ease with, in particular if your baby is already quite big when you begin. If he pouts when being carried for the first few times, try again every day for a few minutes: you will see that he will soon begin to enjoy it and you can thus start to prolong the sessions.