How to hack your narrow-based carrier – safely.

There are a lot of narrow-based carriers in the world and a lot of babies being carried with their legs dangling. While they’re often perfectly happy, they make some baby wearers clutch their pearls and utter the words “CROTCH DANGLER!” in shocked tones. Chelsea and 2yo Small   Good news, pearl-clutchers: No, you won’t kill your child in a narrow-based carrier. No, you won’t ruin your child’s hips in a narrow-based carrier. (You may exacerbate ALREADY existing hip dysplasia, or strengthen a predisposition toward such a condition. It’s just not optimal.) No, it’s not great to have them facing forward (we can chat here about kyphosis, asphyxiation, over-stimulation and dangling weight) but it’s also not very comfortable once they’re more than a few kilos, so you probably won’t be doing much of that. No, you can’t carry your child forever in them. You’ll probably start to lose interest around the 9-10 kilo mark. Again, this may be absolutely fine: it’s all about your child’s needs and your lifestyle. BUT they’re not BAD carriers. They hold baby tight and upright. If you’re diligent you can get baby nearly close enough to kiss. Facing baby inward, they keep an infant safe and close. Add a scarf and they’re even ergonomic. You are wearing your baby safely and your sanity may stretch a little further. Here’s the point: If you have such a carrier, use it. Get a scarf and use it while you save a few bucks every week for the day baby is too heavy and you need a different carrier. how to hack a narrow-based carrier BEHOLD! Pics of myself and Small. The body of the carrier is nearly at it’s maximum height. She is a little under the 12kg/25lbs weight limit and almost two years old. You can see that in the carrier her feet reach nearly to my knees, so I don’t think our chances of walking around the block are great. She’s a bit panicky about being held like this and complains, so I pull her knees up so they’re a little higher than my bottom. This lets her spine curve a little and she can relax into me. With a khanga (you can use a pashmina, a sarong, whatever you can tie around you) I spread the fabric beneath her thighs and support her knee to knee, then tie in the small of my back. This helps lift her weight back toward my core and take some of the drag out of my shoulders. Done. Not as comfortable as a ring sling, or a wrap, but totally manageable. Definitely better than a carrier sitting in the bottom of a cupboard while I drag her round on my hip.  Now, just don’t drink a hot beverage while wearing your child…

Author: Chelsea

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