Do you know the advantages, both for the parent and for the newborn, of using the baby sling? Here are benefits and models.
Among the first purchases that future mothers and future fathers are thinking of, there is the one related to the trio. That combination of stroller, carrycot and carrycot which, although useful, is almost always extremely bulky in the face of very limited use over time. While it is undeniable that it may be a necessary purchase in some cases, in many others, more and more mothers find that, for the baby's first months, the purchase and use of a baby sling is more suitable.
Below, we will discover the characteristics, differences and benefits of the sling, but it must be said already, that their use is no longer limited to the style of the parent (in the past, and still is in small centers, sling and baby carrier are relegated to people with the most alternative style) or cost, even if undoubtedly the best baby sling will never reach the price of a trio.
If until a few years ago mothers (not to mention fathers) who went around with swaddling clothes were rare, today it is an increasingly widespread phenomenon. Not surprisingly, on the internet it is very easy to find videos of common mothers and fathers which, depending on the model and the age of the child, show how to wear them, how to choose them, and how to position the child safely.
Yes, some categories of people have doubts about their safety and the comfort of the baby first and then the child.
- The practical advantages of the headband
- Baby sling: Here are the benefits for the baby
- When to start using the baby sling
- How to choose the right model
The practical advantages of the headband
Why should a mom and dad choose a headband and not a threesome? Simple! First of all, there are many practical aspects that motivate its use more and more. In favor of the baby sling there are practical aspects, such as being able to move much more easily, especially in large cities, without fearing architectural barriers that may hinder the walk. Parents know something about it, who, with a stroller in tow, have to take a lot of public transport, they test how much it can be very complicated because of the escalators, the disused elevators in the subways, the differences in height to get on and off the tram, just to give examples. Let us then think of the case of a single parent who has to leave the house with several small children, two or three are enough to make the undertaking impossible: in this case the baby sling can only be the only choice.
Finally, the use of the sling allows the parent to be able to do something else as well, in addition to carrying the baby, thanks to the free hands, a not insignificant factor both inside and outside the home. In fact, during the very first months of life, the use of the baby sling is recommended even at home, in this way the child's rest is reconciled with any domestic activities that may be necessary.
Finally, the use of a baby sling also allows the parent not to give up some types of sports which, new mothers know, you may need not so much to get back in shape on a physical level, but precisely on a psychological level, thanks to the company of other mothers. With the baby sling you can practice yoga, pilates, obviously trekking. By now you can easily find groups that organize courses suitable for mothers, and why not also for fathers, with a sling in tow!
In short, having your hands free allows you to do many more things and even take a few minutes for yourself, as far as possible!
Baby sling: Here are the benefits for the baby
The first advantage for the newborn carried in the sling is undoubtedly that of not having to separate from the mother. Whether he is at home or away, he is always ready to be breastfed, but, above all, it will be easier for him to sleep, remaining in contact with the parent. We remember that the newborn, until recently, was perpetually cradled in the mother's belly, he was used to sleep, when the mother moved, walked. Thanks to the use of the sling, the baby does not stop being cradled and can doze off, reliving that feeling.
According to some, the baby sling would also avoid the famous colic that some babies suffer during the first months of life. The upright position, in fact, and the continuous movement, could be useful to prevent colicles, unlike the supine position typical of a carrycot or cradle. The same logic is behind the use of the sling in case of reflux: in cases where the baby suffers from it, the parent is advised to keep him upright as much as possible, which can only happen with a baby sling.
When to start using the baby sling
There are many baby slings on the market, and, as is the case with the choice of strollers, you may have many doubts about which one to buy but, even more, about when to start using them. It must be said that there are also courses, in some hospitals and clinics, which can be useful to shed some light on the different models, their use and to understand which model is right for us.
As for when to start using the baby sling, we can rest assured: in general, there is no minimum age. What changes over the months is the position of the baby but, right away, the baby can be placed in the sling. During the first months, both for an anatomical and a psychological issue (which, if we think about it, also applies to strollers facing the mother) it is recommended to insert the baby with the belly facing the parent's body.
How to choose the right model
As we said, the models on the market are many, wanting to make a distinction, among the most commonly used ones, we could distinguish two main macro categories: fabric bands and baby carriers.
If we want to use the sling from birth, the right models are those that allow an excellent containment of the newborn and this happens with the long and rigid straps. The latter allows you to carry the newborn in multiple positions: in front, next to and behind the adult.
Easy on, unisex adjustable baby sling – Multi-purpose baby carrier suitable for up to 10kg – Baby sling – Black – Registered Design KBC®
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If, on the other hand, we prefer to wait a few months before using it, the option is the short band and the ring band if, on the one hand it is easier and more intuitive to wear, on the other these types are not able to completely wrap the baby, so you have to wait for the baby to be able to hold his head on his own. Furthermore, the ring type is not suitable for long journeys.
Uamita Baby Sling in Linen 80% and 20% i in Organic Cotton. Hard-wearing, cool and breathable rigid fabric. Practical and Safe for Mom, Cool and Comfortable for Baby (Gray)
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The baby carriers, which are more structured, allow you to position the baby in front of or behind the adult but are not always suitable from the first months of life, due to anatomical reasons.
Ergonomic Baby Carrier, Baby Carrier with Multiposition Seat, with Headrest and Hood, Lightweight Breathable Pure Cotton, Ideal for Babies and Babies from 0-36 Months (Under 25kg) Dark Blue
36,99 EUR Buy on Amazon Viedouce Ergonomic Baby Carrier with Seat / Lightweight and Breathable Pure Cotton / Multiposition: Back, Ventral, Adjustable to Newborn and Child from 3 to 48 Month (3.5 to 20 Kg)
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Finally, the Mei Tai are increasingly popular: a cross between baby sling and baby carrier. There are also various models of this and, despite its appearance, its use is not immediately intuitive. Some models, in fact, are sold with a DVD that shows how to wear the headband and how to position the child, based on age.
MHUG Ergonomic and patented Mei Tai baby carrier – Made in Italy (Limelight variant, 100% very soft certified cotton, two-tone lime and gray).
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Fabric bands as well as baby carriers have, as we have seen, many advantages, but their use may not be for everyone. The advice is to borrow someone, insert a doll inside, and try to move with it. In this way we will understand, before buying it, what we consider most comfortable, able to guarantee us greater comfort and a sense of security.
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