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Babywearing : Getting to know types of Carriers

Disclaimer : All pictures in this chat
was obtained from Google Image
& this note is courtesy of
Get Your Hands Back (http://www.getyourhandsback.co.uk)

Babywearing Definition from Wikipedia:-

Babywearing is the practice of wearing or carrying a baby or child in a sling or other form of carrier. Babywearing is far from new and has been practised for centuries around the world. In the industrialized world, babywearing has gained popularity in recent decades, partly under influence of advocates of attachment parenting; however, not all parents who babywear consider themselves attachment parents. Babywearing is a form of baby transport.


Types of Carriers:-

1. Ring Sling

A ring sling consists of a length of fabric with two rings at one end. The fabric is threaded through the rings to create a loop, and then placed over the wears head and one arm, so that it sits across the body from shoulder to opposite hip. The size of the sling can be adjusted to make a perfect fit for both carrier and baby, giving excellent support and comfort.

Ring slings can be used to carry baby lying down, as in a hammock, sitting facing in or out (in a “froggy” position, with legs crossed inside the fabric of the sling), or on the carrier’s hip. They are suitable from birth, and will usually last until baby is too heavy for your comfort. As they are a one-shouldered carrier, they can cause some discomfort when used with older, heavier babies or toddlers, or for prolonged periods.

2. Pouch

This is very similar to the ring sling, but the pouch sling is a fixed size, and it is very important to take accurate measurements prior to ordering a pouch sling so as to ensure a perfect fit (not usually a sling that mummy and daddy can share). Baby can be worn in the same positions as in a ring sling – lying down, on the hip or upright. There are no buckles or rings to fasten – it’s a case of pop it on and off you go! They are very convenient and usually fold up very small, so are fabulous for taking with you on shopping trips.

3. Mei Tai & Soft Structured Carrier

A mei tai is made from a square panel of fabric with straps are the top and bottom. The bottom straps go around the wearer’s waist and the top ones go over the shoulders, crossing on the back and being tied around the waist (either front, or crossing over again and going back round to the back). With a mei tai, the weight is taken through the hips, and distributed over both shoulders, so it tends to be more comfortable for older or heavier babies and toddlers. They can be used to carry babies on the front, back or hip, and due to the long straps, and lack of buckles, one size fits most. As with wraps and slings, mei tais carry baby in a natural seated position, which is best for their delicate spine and hip development, and also for their comfort.

If the tying sounds a bit fiddly for you, there are now some hybrid slings, known as Soft Structured Carriers, which are like mei tais but with buckles instead of long straps. These are a little easier to put on for a novice, but have the disadvantage of needing to be adjusted for different people. They are often not quite as supportive, or comfortable as some of the mei tais, so are less suitable for younger babies.

Mei Tai

Soft Structured Carrier (SSC)

4. Wraps

Wrap-around slings come in two varieties – stretchy and woven. They are both the same design, which is basically a long length of fabric. This is used to wrap around both you and baby, so as to fasten you together. The simplicity means that they can be used in a great many positions, with one size fitting all. It is generally accepted that woven are longer lasting, and the stretchy wraps can sag once baby becomes heavier. However, woven wraps can take a little more practice to perfect the tying, and stretchy wraps are considered a better option for novice wearers. They both work in a similar way to the mei tai, distributing the baby’s weight through the wearer’s hips and back, with the shoulders being used for support. They can look very daunting to the first time user.


5
. Baby Carrier

The structured carrier is probably what most new mums automatically think of when they think of a baby carrier. They are more structured than the other types, and therefore les flexible. They fasten using buckles, so need to be adjusted if you intend to share the babywearing, and can be a little fiddly to put on, particularly if they incorporate a harness which the baby sits in. Some of the newer styles can be worn in multiple positions, but most tend to be front-carry only, although baby can be carried facing outwards when they are a little older.

This type of carrier tends not to be as comfortable as other types, either for the wearer or the baby, due to the positioning of the baby – the baby can have a tendency to be supported through the spine, rather than the legs, putting undue pressure on the spine. In addition, many parents find this type becomes uncomfortable once their baby becomes slightly heavier, and puts strain on the wearer’s back, due to the way the weight is distributed.

Imagine yourself dangling with support & pressuring your crotch rather you being hold in sitting position. Other carriers than this type allowing baby & toddler in sitting position which is more natural & comfortable.

Note : Babywearer Moms (even Dads) will say ‘No’ to this type of carriers.

In retrospect, other Babywearing chat I’ve posted earlier as follows:-

I’m Wearing My Baby

Babywearing = Keeping your baby happy

+ Getting on with your life


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October 8, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Babywearing, Hanz's Notes, Natural Parenting | 13 Comments

Babywearing = Keeping your baby happy + Getting on with your life

:: An excerpt courtesy of TheBabyWearer.com ::

Babywearing’s great for you:

  • Cook dinner during the “arsenic hour” and soothe your baby at the same time
    Do the gardening, chores, socialise, even dance, while providing a stimulating learning environment for your baby
  • Breastfeed hands-free while on the phone or shopping
  • Keep your baby close and happy while playing with your toddler
  • Get some exercise (walking) while your baby sleeps
  • No need to lug around an awkward, heavy carseat, or battle getting a stroller into your car, onto a bus or up stairs.

It’s also great for your baby:

  • Babies cry less. Research has shown that babies who are carried cry (on average) 43% less overall and 54% less during the evening hours (1). In cultures where babies are carried almost continuously, babies cry much less than those in non-carrying cultures (2-6).
  • Good for baby’s mental development. Babies spend more time in a “quiet, alert state” when carried – the ideal state for learning. Their senses are stimulated while being carried (yet there is a place to retreat too). When carried, your baby sees the world from where you do, instead of the ceiling above his crib or people’s knees from a stroller. And the extra stimulation benefits brain development.
  • Good for baby’s emotional development. Babies are quickly able to develop a sense of security and trust when they are carried. They are more likely to be securely attached to their care-giver/s (7) and often become independent at an earlier age (8).
  • Good for baby’s physical development. By being so close to your body’s rhythms, your newborn “gets in rhythm” much more quickly. Your heartbeat, breathing, voice and warmth are all familiar. Research has shown how this helps newborns (especially premature babies) to adapt to life outside the womb (9).
  • Good for babies whose mums are depressed. Babies who are not held need more verbal interaction and eye contact, just to be reassured that you’re there. Carrying your baby is a great way to connect with her (and provide stimulation too) without the “burden” of having to interact (10). Of course your baby is “right there” to enjoy whenever you feel like snuggling, kissing or talking.

June 11, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Babywearing, Natural Parenting, Worth-read Articles | 5 Comments

A Chaostic Incident Ended Up With Newly Found Friend


I have a knack of whatever to do with ‘Lion’ for baby Hambali’s stuff. I’ll chat more what ‘Lion’ stuff I’ve gotten so far for baby Hambali soon.

Look at me wearing baby Hambali in that Ring Sling. The first thing I noticed when I curiously browsed the owner’s (seller’s) blog selling Ring Sling, was it’s print. Yup! You are right! It’s a ‘Lion’ print. It’s all padded, shorter tail & at a very reasonable price. I did’nt manage to put up my order immediately since that particular print was out of stock. But, I did informed the owner, lovely Ms Fenny of my desire acquiring it. I think about one month after that, Ms Fenny surprised me with the good news. They had the last batch of the Lion print out for grab & they would no longer producing the Lion print. Lucky me that I’ve informed her earlier!!

After order placed & shipping done, I’ve waited eagerly for my parcel. 3 days…4 days…hemmm…funny, by personal record the longest day I have to wait the arrival of my local online purchase is 3 days. We called each other & checked the status & supposedly I shall receiving it already as the status in Poslaju Tracking claimed it has been shipped. Over the weekend, I’ve got to know from Ms Fenny that “SOMEBODY’ had accepted the parcel a day after it was delivered. Meaning that ‘SOMEBODY” has been holding my thing for more than a week!! We were unable to obtain the ‘SOMEBODY’s name immediately so off Ms Fenny & yours truly has made an arrangement to meet at the Subang Jaya Post Office, the post office that Ms Fenny had sent the parcel.

There, we lodge a complaint officially by filling up the standard form & we’ve being informed worse come to worst, if they were unable to claim whereabout of my parcel, they will pay a compassionate (gantirugi) amount by the same value of the Ring Sling. But, to claim for the reimbursement, Ms Fenny has to wait for about a month! Pity her!

Ms Fenny is a very nice mother of 3. Out of her concerned for having this kind of mishap (fortunate one, though) & according to her, she wanted to do something, she brought another Ring Sling of the similar print to give it to me. She insisted if in case I’m unable to get my parcel, that one is automatically belongs to me. Graciously I’ve accepted her offer with an anticipation of wearing baby Hambali the minute I’ve fetched him from his Nursery on that particular day.

Just a bit about Miss Fenny…actually she is among my Facebook friends & I’ve been admiring her writings for the past years. If you used to read Mother & Baby magazine around year 2004 to 2006, & if I’m not mistaken, Ms Fenny had a column about Milestone on Toddler & later she & Rachel Goodchild (another writer based in Australia) did some vis-a-vis via emails about their pregnancy progressed & their interactions featured in the aforementioned magazine. All in all, she was a regular writer for Mother & Baby magazine. I did asked on that day I met her, why she stop writing & now venturing into Ring Sling business? She said, all her babies has grown up & she left with no baby story to write about. LOL. Oh, how time flies coz the cute toddler that I saw last time, every single month in the mag now has grown to a very pretty young lady. Wink!

Back to the original story. Exactly after two days we lodged the complaint, my original parcel arrived safe & sound! What actually happened was due to a mistaken address by the sender & just happened the sender is an old man (kesian dia). Glad that he was able to rectify his mistake but one thing I could not tolerate is the attitude of the “SOMEBODY”. We found the “SOMEBODY” is a man from another company or shop in the same row with my office. How could he do such a thing? All my details was there & if he’s too ‘lazy’ to walk to my place to send the wrongly sent parcel, he can just called me so I could pick it up myself, isn’t it? I just don’t understand why some people has the ‘heart’ to do this kind of thing.

Anyway, as I’ve ended up with 2 same slings, instead of returning the one that Ms Fenny ‘gave’ it to me, I’ve decided to keep it as well.

Well, I’m feeling genorous & feels like giving one of the Ring Sling to my Chit-Chatters. Besides, I want to keep on promoting the benefits of wearing your baby & unless you try it, you will never discover the beauty of it!

Anyone fancy having this as a gift? He, he…condition applies…wait for my next chat… 😛


June 10, 2009 Posted by | Babywearing, Hanz's Feelings | 8 Comments

I’m wearing my baby

Never had the urge & thrill with Son No.1 though I did purchased a piece of Ring Sling (MomsInMind) from The Baby Loft waaaayyy back in 2004. Hanafi never like being wear or something wrong with the technique. I admitted I did struggled with the RS even till date.

Now, with Son No. 2, wiser me, I suppose, getting the ‘hang of it’ & love it. Besides, blamed it to the fact that I hang too much in the Babywearing Forum & making friends with them, could not resist the temptation.


That is Soft Structured Carrier by Littlepods. Groovy, huh? Getting this is like hitting a jackpot because dear hubby also are into it. With the former RS, duh, he never bothered!

Pssstt…I’m thinking of adding pouch, Scootababy & many RS nowadays looks so yummy…but ah, well I think I still need to learn with RS. How about Mei Tai, hemmm…he, he, err…back to priorities…I think I still need more CDs…so carriers should be later, but Scootababy…err…
ah, what the heck..

P/S – Please pardon my absent-minded & ramblings nonsense. Blame it to the fact that I’m getting cozy with my new Chatterbox. By the way, what do you think?


April 28, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Babywearing, Hanz is up to..., Natural Parenting | 14 Comments