[:en]1. What is babywearing?
Babywearing is essentially carrying your baby in a carrier that provides structure and support so that you aren’t worn out and have your hands free, whilst keeping baby close and comforted. Babywearing is a traditional means of carrying babies in many cultures and is now coming back into vogue as more parents look for ways to keep their baby comfortably close.
2. What types of carriers are there?
There is a large range of carriers in the market. Popular ones include ring slings, stretchy wraps, woven wraps and soft structured carriers (SSCs).
3. Does my baby have to be a certain age to be worn?
Babies can (and should!) be worn from birth if you use the appropriate carriers for each stage. Wraps (woven and stretchy), ring slings, and correctly-sized Mei Tais are recommended for babies who do not have proper neck control and can’t sit up yet.
- be in a natural spread-squat position
- be in the natural c-shaped spine position
- have his neck supported with the head positioned naturally on the wearer’s chest
- have his hands under the chin
4. What carrier should I choose?
Your baby’s age should be the primary factor in determining how best to carry him. Other considerations include:
- Versatility or convenience?
- Material (depending on weather)
If possible, you should try out as many carriers as possible to learn what works best for you and our baby. Some parents find that they progress to different carriers at each stage or use a few types for various situations (e.g. duration of trip, co-wearing, breastfeeding on the go)
5. Which carriers are good for breastfeeding?
Most carriers are suitable; it’s all up to personal preference. Do note that babywearing and breastfeeding are two separate skills – you have to be comfortable with both before trying to combine them. It’s also worth practising in the comfort and privacy of your own home before trying to do so outside.
6. How can I safely babywear in hot/cold weather?
In hot weather, dress yourself and your baby lightly. Some SSCs have mesh panels to make them more airy. For ring slings and woven wraps especially, choose a lighter weight fabric (taking note that the strength and grip may not be as good as a thicker one) or use a carry with a single layer.
In cold weather, take care not to over-dress – remember that baby will be drawing body heat from you, so he may not need such thick clothes. If you’re doing a front carry, try wearing a large coat that can wrap around the baby as well. Don’t forget a hat and warm socks/shoes for the baby! Wraps made from thicker materials help, and multi-layer carries let you bundle up your baby for more warmth. If you spend a lot of time in a cold climate, it might be worth investing in a wool blend.
7. My baby likes to see the world; can I forward-face her?
Babies whose spines are still developing should not carried in a forward-facing position, as this position is not ergonomic and does not support their spines. If your baby has hip dysplasia, DO NOT use a forward-facing carry, as this will worsen the problem.
If your baby has finished spinal development (she should be walking steadily unaided, usually by around 12-18 months), then carrying her in a forward-facing position is safe. However, do consider the following issues first: Babies are naturally curious, so it’s common for them to be turning to look at the world. It’s important to remember, however, that even the most outgoing baby will also constantly look back to her caregivers for validation and security. A forward-facing position makes this hard for your baby, which could stress her out. It may also be overstimulating, though this depends on the individual baby. It’s also harder for you to see your baby’s face, and respond to her cues. And finally, a forward-facing carry – which isn’t ergonomic – will place strain on both you and your baby if worn over a long period of time.
If you do decide on front-carrying, try to limit it for short stretches of time to reduce the strain on yourself and your baby. Wanting to face forward is also often a temporary phase with babies, so do check regularly to see if your baby is ready to go back to a front inward-facing position.
8. Can I use a hipseat for my baby?
Hipseats can be safely used as a babywearing aid for older children who have completed their spinal development – the child should be walking steadily unaided (usually by around 12-18 months). However, hipseats are not recommended for babies and toddlers who cannot walk steadily yet, as they do not support your baby’s developing spine.
Hipseats can be safely used with older children. If you find that it’s comfortable for you, use it as long as you like! Some parents, however, may find that it causes strain to the wearer as it’s not an ergonomic design.
背巾的种类繁多。近来流行的有：有环背巾（Ring Sling)、无环弹性背巾(Stretchy wrap)、无环编织背巾(Woven Wrap)、软结构式背带(Soft-structured carrier)