18 Sep Baby Carrying
Anyone who is involved in caring for babies and little children knows how often you have to pick them up. It happens for many reasons, to move them, to comfort them, holding them to put them to sleep and just because they want to be picked up and have your attention. Have you ever wondered how many times a day you would pick up a baby or little child?
If you are their primary carer, it could be as much as 20 – 30 times. Multiply that by the child’s weight and consider how you lift them and where you carry them on your body … that is a considerable work-out! Most of us “plonk “ the child on our hip or hold them to one side, leaving the other hand free to multi-task ……especially if you are a busy Mum!
Often when I assess parents or even grandparents, they are often shocked to see the tilt or twist in their own pelvis and spine and while there are many causes we often don’t give a thought to how carrying children can make an accumulative impact on our posture!
So what is to be done? Apart from getting our spines adjusted, do we avoid picking the little darlings up … or have handles installed somewhere on their little bodies? Mmmmmm…., probably not!
I often suggest that people try to carry front on, i.e. don’t favour a side and hold them facing you or away from you. There is merit in taking turns as to which side you use and if you are breast or bottle feeding a baby it is very important to change sides (for the baby) not just favour one side.Demostration of Pelvic rotation on x-ray
For older children, another way is sitting down first and asking them to crawl onto your lap, slowing down to give them the attention they are seeking.
At times we are so busy trying to multi-task that we can make ourselves inefficient and are better just doing one thing at a time … take it from me as a mother of three now! Another option is to consider a baby carrier.
There are many out there in the marketplace and if you are selecting one you need to take both the child’s posture and your posture and spinal health into consideration. A product I came across recently is called “Ergo-carrier” and it s the baby carrier that I most often recommend, though not the cheapest on the market, as with many things you get what you pay for.
The multi award-winning Ergobaby is designed to hold and cradle your baby just the way you do, with your baby’s legs well supported in a natural sitting position. The carrier distributes your baby’s weight evenly across your hips and shoulders so you can enjoy being close to your baby while having your hands free. The Chiropractor Association of Australia aso endorses this product.
Here is the link to Ergobaby – www.ergobaby.com.au