Baby wearing is customary in many cultures around the world. Wraps, ties, slings and front packs are just a few examples of baby-wearing attire. These allow for comfortable, hands-free infant or baby carrying. Carriers are often worn therapeutically as well. I wore my colicky (refluxing) baby upright for the first three months of her life. It was the only way I could keep her comfortable and get anything done around the house!
Regardless of carrier type, an infant should have freedom to extend his neck and head. Bag-like slings do not allow for easy head extension. Upright carriers can be both easy and safe, but often need to be removed for breastfeeding. Oblong fabric wraps are designed for multiple positions, allowing most babies to ride safely (when positioned properly) and are great for discrete breastfeeding in public. Babies have been worn for thousands of years. It would be unfortunate if parents altogether stopped wearing their babies. So let’s learn to do it safely! I am thankful that the government and media have called attention to this problem. In fact, KMOV-TV did an interview with one of our pediatricians, Dr. Kelly Ross, who happens to be a good friend. In the interview, she explains more about the issue. Here’s the link if you are interested.