Newborn to 3 months – this time has often been referred to as the 4th Trimester of Pregnancy. It makes sense that your baby is gradually adjusting from the secure warm environment of the womb, where they were so closely linked to their mother, hearing her heartbeat, moving with the rhythms of her day and the sound of her voice.
Positioning: In the first 4 weeks your baby will be naturally positioned with a curved back and their little legs tucked up in front. Gradually your babies muscle begin to enable them to stretch into a more natural sitting position
Baby wearing with a close wrap such as: a Stretchy or Woven Baby Wrap – such as the Hug-a-bub, Boba, Ergobaby Wrap or Caboo Carrier Wrap or
Baby wearing with a Soft Structured carrier which has an infant support such as the Ergobaby Carriers (Infant Insert is a separate product) or carriers with an inbuilt infant seat such as in the lillebaby, Manduca and Boba creates a snug custom hands free fit to keep your baby close.
These carrying solutions position your baby in the upright position which enables you to view them at all times, ensure their airways are clear and also provides helpful supports for their digestive system.
This closeness and positioning is calming for both you and your baby.
The first 9 months: After 9 months in the womb – little human beings have approx. 9 months of dependency outside the womb. Your little one is fully reliant on you for most of their mobility to carry and move them from place to place. So it is a wonderful idea to use an ergonomic carrying solution. In the first 9 months your baby is gaining greater body and response control to develop – Sitting, Standing, Crawling, and preparing for Walking.
Walking Age plus – As your little one develops their independence in walking – they are still gaining confidence and learning about the world around them. Little ones should be encouraged to be active as they gain mastery over their muscles and bodies. But there is still a huge need for little ones to be scooped up into their parents arms for cuddle and snuggle time. Little legs still get tired, little ones still need their naps and what better place to discover new places out and about in the close secure arms of their parents – a baby carrying solution is still ideal.
|DEVELOPMENT STAGE||APPROX AGE:||DEVELOPMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS|
|Newborn to pre-sitting stage||Newborn to 5 MONTHS||Your little one is so small and fully dependent on you.It is vital to ensure that they are positioned ergonomically to support their core body and to always provide excellent neck and head support. This is a transition time from the womb. Most babies prefer to be cocooned securely for physical and emotional support. Not yet able to developmentally spread their legs as required for a sitting position it is best to position your baby with their legs still bent towards the front of them in what is referred to as the “froggy leg” position. (newborn to approx. 1 month)
Baby Wraps are very popular for use for this stage.
Baby Carriers that provide excellent neck and head support at this stage are recommended.
Soft structured carriers such as Ergobaby have a separate product called the Infant Insert which provides the additional support for your baby in this stage and raises them higher in the carrier. Manduca, Lillebaby and Boba have an inbuilt baby seat within their carrier product which enables you to raise up your baby in the carrier and enable you to provide adjustable and secure support. Both these styles enable the child to be raised up in the carrier to the “Visible and Kissable Position.”
|Sits independently (development of neck and head control)Crawling
|5 MONTHS to 18 MONTHS||In this phase your little one is gaining strength and is able to independently hold up his neck and head for a period of time. They begin to explore and move around. They still require daytime sleeps and like to be kept close to parents. This is a time of great learning and curiosity and modelling and taking cues from their parents. Baby Wraps and Ergonomic Baby Carriers which support to the child when awake and asleep in the carrier. Optimal Carriers position the child in the “M” sitting position with the child’s weight distributed through their buttocks with their knees positioned slightly higher than their hip joint.|
|Active Mastery of Key Physical Skills. Toddler to Young Child||18 MONTH to 3 YEARS||The child is gaining greater mastery over their body in the environment. This is the time to encourage active play and movement. Soft Structured or Structured carriers are excellent for enabling an active life of exploring and learning together. Toddler Carriers will cater for the larger growing child for out and about. Structured Framed carriers are also a consideration for this age group.|
|Young Child. Increasing in Independence in Daily Activities.||3 YEARS PLUS||While your child is increasing in independent physical skills most still need a daytime rest – and continue to love physical closeness, cuddles and together time that is provided by special time out and about with a baby carrier. The toddler carriers cater for the larger taller growing child providing a deeper length in the main body of the carrier. The Structured Framed carriers are also excellent option –especially for hiking and out and about.|