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There is a Proper Way to Wear Your Baby

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    Lightbulb There is a Proper Way to Wear Your Baby

    Did you know using the wrong type of carrier in the wrong way can harm your child's spine? Did you know that placing your child on his/her back in a pram/stroller can harm his/her head? Did you know that putting your child in a "cage" (infant carrier, infant seat) for long periods of time can be socially counterproductive? I didn't know a lot of these things when I was a new parent so I made some mistakes. This article is very good at summing them up and giving some useful tips.
    “Many women have described their experiences of childbirth as being associated with a
    spiritual uplifting, the power of which they have never previously been aware …
    To such a woman childbirth is a monument of joy within her memory.
    She turns to it in thought to seek again an ecstasy which passed too soon.”

    ~ Grantly Dick-Read (Childbirth Without Fear)

    Mother of Two
    JMW, boy, born November 29, 2007, 9:43 pm, USA
    MJW, girl, born March 17, 2011, 4:14 pm, HK

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    Isn't that article written by a manufacturer of a type of baby carrier, the use of which they surprisely come to advocate?

    It doesn't look like a dispassionate examination of the potential issues, more looking for evidence to support the conclusion we should all go and buy their product.

    There are a number of things that jump out straight away - I would think most young babies spend a lot more time sleeping (on their back) in cots than they do out and about in strollers. If this really was a big issue then keeping your baby sleeping in cots for 10+ hours a day would be far more "destructive" than a couple of hours in a stroller.

    I am instinctively wary of articles like this that

    1. Make serious sounding claims that don't gel with my perception of reality (didn't anyone notice all the deformed, spatially unbalanced, slow learning "stroller" babies?)
    2. Are written by someone with a clear profit motive
    3. Are written by someone with no or unspecified credentials

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    3) Her credentials == owner of Sleepy Wrap, a manufacturer of stretchy wraparound carrier

    Best way to get sales : write a nice long boogie-man article, parents go nuts trying to protect their little ones from the latest scare.

    If you want to further increase sales : after the boogie-man article, write a few more touting your own product with all kinds of pseudo benefits:
    http://icpa4kids.org/Wellness-Articl...he-Senses.html

    *smile*

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    I think I'll skip the article... using anything in the wrong way can always be dangerous... sometime it is a matter of common sense.

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    I agree with Gataloca. But I will say we used the Sleepywrap and it was great. However, not so great once it starts getting hot here in HK. We love it especially the first few months with baby because it feels so secure for baby and parent and that you don't need different sizes for each parent...it's one big piece of fabric. We moved onto the Ergo once baby got bigger and heavier.

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    the article is a complete sales pitch. just look at the references and you see that there is not much of scientific backing for most of the claims (apart from generic points that most baby carriers cover anyway).

    i am sure it's a good product, the article is not.

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    I don't use the sleepywrap but these issues have been examined on other sites--the article was useful because it combines a lot of issues into one article. You should look at the footnotes because the article makes use of research--not just marketing of it's own product. One of the issues is the "dangling leg" thing (which I see every day on the street in HK) can hurt your baby's hip and back development. I have a close friend who is a chiropractor and for that reason he also dissuades people from using those type of baby carriers. I think before you discount it as a "total salespitch" you'd better check out the reference page. Anyway, a seated position is much healthier for your baby's spine than the "feet dangling" position. And there is definitely evidence pointing to baby wearing as healthier for your baby's head than having it up against a firm surface all day long. My son's head was a beautiful round shape at birth but because of negligent overuse of his carseat it flattened in the back. My daughter had the same head shape at birth and has mostly been worn with very little use of a stroller or carseat and her head has no shape change. This has been my experience.
    “Many women have described their experiences of childbirth as being associated with a
    spiritual uplifting, the power of which they have never previously been aware …
    To such a woman childbirth is a monument of joy within her memory.
    She turns to it in thought to seek again an ecstasy which passed too soon.”

    ~ Grantly Dick-Read (Childbirth Without Fear)

    Mother of Two
    JMW, boy, born November 29, 2007, 9:43 pm, USA
    MJW, girl, born March 17, 2011, 4:14 pm, HK

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    Here is the reference page listed if any of you care to take a browse.

    References

    Archer, J. (1992). Ethology and Human Development. Rowman.

    Blois, M. (2005). Babywearing. Pharmasoft Publishing.

    Bonnet, E.. (1998 ). In Points made during discussions regarding the carrying of Infants and small children, Published in Krankengymnastik 50 Jg (1998) No.8

    Crisholm, J, & . (1983). Navajo Infancy: An Ethological Study of Child Development. Aldine Transaction.

    Field, T.(2003). Touch. First MIT Press.

    Heller, S. (1997). The Vital Touch: How Intimate Contact With Your Baby Leads To Happier, Healthier Development. Holt Paperbacks.

    International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Baby Wearing: Suggestions for Carrying your Baby. http://www.icpa4kids.org/research/ch...bywearing.html

    Kirkilionis, E. (2002). Carrying an Infant: More than the Possibility of Child Transport. Kosel.

    Le Veau, B.. (1984, Dec). Developmental Biomechanics: Effect of Forces on the Growth, Development, and Maintenance of the Human. Physical Therapy. http://www.physicaltherapyjournal.co...act/64/12/1874

    Montagu, A. (1986). Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin. Harper Paperbacks.

    Morningstar. (2005). Reflex Control of the Spine and Posture: A Review of the Literature from a Chiropractic Perspective.

    Chiropractic & Osteopathy. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16091134

    Newman, P. H. THE ETIOLOGY OF SPONDYLOLISTHESIS. Journal of Bone Joint Surgery. 45(1963), 35-59.www.jbjs.org.uk/cgi/content/abstract/45-B/1/39

    ROWE, Y. (1987). ESSENTIAL SKELETAL RADIOLOGY. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins.

    Schon, R. (2007). Natural Parenting-Back to Basics in Infant Care. 5(1), 102-183. from Evolutionary Psychology from http://www.epjournal.net/filestore/ep05102183.pdf

    Short, M. (1996). The Effects of Swaddling versus Standard Positioning in Very Low Birth Weight Infants. Neonatal Network. 15(4).from http://www.cebp.nl/vault_public/filesystem/?ID=2156

    Van Slewen et al,. (2007, Oct). Swaddling: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics. 120(4), 1097-1106.from

    http://pediatrics.aappublications.or...ll/120/4/e1097

    Wong, L. C. (2004, Jun). Rehabilitation of a patient with a rare multi-level isthmic spondylolisthesis: a case report. 142-151. The Journal of the

    Canadian Chiropractic Organization from http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/art...?artid=1840041

    Zeedyk, S.. (2008). What’s Life in a Baby Buggy Like? The Impact of Buggy Orientation on Parent-Infant Interaction and Infant Stress.

    University of Dundee/National Literary Trust, Nov. 21, 2008). from http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/talk...y_research.pdf
    I have no product to defend here because I don't use this product at all but these issues were first mentioned elsewhere in a PDF pamphlet a friend sent to me here which is from this website. Similar issues discussed. Not sure if this website has "an agenda" but I'm guessing it doesn't.
    “Many women have described their experiences of childbirth as being associated with a
    spiritual uplifting, the power of which they have never previously been aware …
    To such a woman childbirth is a monument of joy within her memory.
    She turns to it in thought to seek again an ecstasy which passed too soon.”

    ~ Grantly Dick-Read (Childbirth Without Fear)

    Mother of Two
    JMW, boy, born November 29, 2007, 9:43 pm, USA
    MJW, girl, born March 17, 2011, 4:14 pm, HK

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