As a Certified Postpartum Doula I highly recommend buying a baby carrier. It’s a MUST, a lifesaver! It’s very cosy and you will be able to kiss your baby's head too. Besides that it has a lot of advantages.
It’s a great way of soothing your baby. Have you seen partners carrying the baby around all day? With the baby carrier you have your hands free. Besides that, it’s good for bonding,
Your voice, smell, body heat, sound of your breathing and heart rate are familiar factors for your little one. They give the baby a comfort and a calming feeling. Moreover, carrying the baby promotes the motor development and the natural posture of your child. Rocking has a positive influence on the immature nervous system. Babies grow from being touched and carried. The brains of a newborn grow because the nerve cells connect and form synapse.
The more you carry the baby the more oxytocin becomes available between you and the baby. Oxytocin has a preventive effect on Postpartum depression.
Besides that you have your hands free to drink or eat something, folding the laundry or helping your other child.
When to use it:
Always but especially when;
What kind of baby carrier do you need?
There are many on the market. Look for a nice cotton one which is breathable and is washable. Some are for outside use too. Some you can use when babies are smaller already others when they are around 7-8 pounds.
Choose a system which adapts to the baby:
Newborns (the first six to eight weeks), the entire body and head must be well supported. Therefore it’s recommended to carry the baby horizontally.
Make sure your baby sits in the natural “frog position”. Legs are in the pocket of the fabric. Preferably choose a “soft” carrying system where you can easily adjust the carrying system to the baby and the parent. Picture 1.
When the baby begins stretching his legs, then carries him upright, legs are in an “M” position outside of the pocket of the fabric. Baby shouldn’t stretch its back too much. Picture 2.
There should be little weight on babies' back & shoulders. The best method is to divide the baby's weight. The broader the support the better. The carrying system can also best be adapted to the parents body. If you both want to use the system, make sure it can be easily adjusted according to the user.
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