1. When can I start babywearing?
You can carry your newborn right from birth as long as your baby weighs at least 7 or 8 lbs. There are several types of products that can meet your needs, but it is important that the following criteria be respected:
The M shape ergonomic position.
The knees should be higher than the pelvis when the baby is in the baby carrier. This involves that the pelvis be slightly tilted and that the back's natural curve be respected.
At a weight of less than 8 lbs., it is recommended that you consult a health care professional and babywearing instructor. They will be able to recommend the appropriate products for you. Generally, in these cases, skin-to-skin products and baby carrier sweatshirts are the most appropriate solutions. However, it is necessary to seek medical advice to best meet your child's needs.
2. What is maximum weight that can be supported?
The maximum weight supported by our baby carrier is 20,2 kg (45 lbs.). This corresponds to the 95th percentile of the medium weight of a 4-year-old child.
3. Do you offer multiple sizes of baby carriers?
We offer two types of baby carriers.
We offer a pouch wrap adapted for 0-6 month old babies. It combines the easy installation of a preformed model, while retaining the benefits of a ring adjustment such as a sling, and the ventral positioning of a wrap.
The pouch wrap is adapted to support the small size of newborns and respects the suggested three positions to ensure their safety during babywearing.
The second version, called the preformed pouch, is for children from 6 months to 4 years old. This pouch has a pre-moulded memory foam seat, adjustable in width, and an apron adjustable in height. This pouch attaches to the front or the back of the harness. This solution allows you to carry two children at the same time (one in the front and one in the back).
4. How do I install my Ü Baby carrier?
5. How can I ensure that my child is in an optimal position?
Ergonomic babywearing implies a respect of the child's physiognomy and physiology. It ensures a comfortable and safe position for the baby, while adequately distributing the weight of the baby on the wearer's shoulders and hips. So, according to wearer’s needs and preferences, it adapts to the development of the baby while ensuring his or her well-being.
Above all, it is a matter of comfort and respect for your baby's development. The physiological position is therefore the best position to adopt, but not the only valid one.
Flexion position of the newborn (8 lbs. and over)
Babywearing implies the respect of certain principles relating to ergonomical and physiological babywearing. However, when it comes to newborns, it is necessary to be extra careful because a young baby's development does not allow him or her to be carried in all positions or in all baby carriers.
When it comes to babywearing, a newborn is considered to be a child of 0 to 6 months, born at term (38 weeks or more) and generally in good health.
The newborn's position
To carry a newborn baby, it is important to observe the natural position, which the baby adopts when he or she is in our arms. It is frequent to hear about the squatting straddle position (previously called the 'frog leg position') because the baby usually folds his legs in front of him, spreading them slightly, without them protruding the hips.
It is therefore imperative to reproduce the natural spacing that the baby adopts (when you hold him or her against you without a baby carrier), regardless of his or her age or the type of baby carrier, until the baby's physiological development allows him or her to further spread his or her hips.
6. Can we install our child on our back and facing our body, in a backpack-like position?
Yes, our baby carrier allows you to carry both front and rear. In both cases, your child must face you. Carrying in the back is not recommended until baby has independent control of the sitting position, usually around 8-10 months of age. It is possible to use the front and rear pouches simultaneously, using the wrap pouch in the ventral position and the preformed pouch on the back. This solution may be useful if you have twins or a second child at an early age.
7. Why doesn't your baby carrier allow the child to be in a forward-facing position?
Many carriers offer a front facing feature. Because of the inclusive nature of our baby carrier model, we have chosen to exclude this option. Many babies with special needs do not meet the criteria for this practice to be safe for them.
Also, reducing the time of babywearing in this position will be advantageous for your comfort, since weight distribution is different and usually causes discomfort and tension for the wearer.
8. Can babywearing cause my child to have hip problems?
As the Pavlik Harness, used in the treatment of hip dysplasia, places the child in a position identical to the recommended optimal position, people tend to assume that carrying the child in a position contrary to the latter would constitute a risk. But in fact, the only thing the medical community actually agrees on is that in the case of a child ALREDY SUFFERING from a hip problem, wearing a position similar to treatment could facilitate the healing process. From a clinical point of view, babywearing supports hip development as long as safety rules are met and the pelvic is tilted. Thus, the opening of the hips should not be forced by a seat that is too wide, a poorly adjusted baby carrier, or one that is too big, but should rather respect the natural ergonomic position.
9. Is it possible to breastfeed while babywearing?
Although breastfeeding and babywearing seem to offer a winning combination, it is important to know that this practice carries significant risks if it is not practiced properly. Breastfeeding obviously does not involve any risks, neither for the baby nor for the mom! But when combined with babywearing, breastfeeding can involve risks. The main risk of combining babywearing and breastfeeding is the risk of suffocation: As the baby finds itself in a position where his or her face is compressed on the mother's breast, there is a risk that his or her airways could be blocked and that oxygen could thus not reach the brain. It is a mistake to think that a suffocating child will indicate his discomfort, which is very rarely the case. This is even less probable when the child does not have enough strength to reposition his head by himself (a skill that most children only acquire around 4 months). In addition, as the carrier aims to offer additional support to the child, it also tends to support the head and neck in a particular position, which will be difficult for a baby to get out of. Since the baby must be positioned lower for breastfeeding, the risk of positional asphyxia also remains. This is why it is imperative to reposition your baby to kiss height as soon as he or she has finished drinking. It is also for this reason that the cradle position is to be avoided (when breastfeeding or not!), even if it might seem appropriate.
10. Is babywearing recommended in cold weather?
In winter, babywearing is a great way to carry your baby during an outside walk. Make sure to clear his airways and to always have access to his face (kiss height). Outdoor babywearing is a highly recommended practice. Several accessories allow you to carry your child in cold weather. There are polar baby carrier sweatshirts, baby carrier coats, coat extensions and covers for baby carriers.
However, you must avoid carrying your child in long pyjamas (footed) so as not to compress his lower limbs and thus compromise his blood circulation.