Babies have a body structure that is still vulnerable to injury. Therefore, you really need to pay attention to how to carry the right baby so that the child avoids injuries such as hip dysplasia. If done properly, carrying a baby has many benefits such as winning a fussy child, helping to reduce the risk of a woman experiencing postpartum depression, and also adding closeness to the bond between children and parents. In order not to be mistaken, consider the following review on how to hold the right baby.
How to carry a baby with a sling
Here are various ways to properly carry a baby with a sling:
Carrying in front
Carrying a baby in front is usually done when the baby enters the age of 4-6 months or when the neck and head start to erect and are strong. It is advisable to hold the baby in front with the baby facing you. Following are the steps:
- Use a baby carrier in your body and first loosen the cords if needed.
- After that, lift the baby and put it in a sling. If it is difficult, ask for help from a partner to put the baby in it with the position facing the chest or towards the outside.
- Then, position the baby's feet so that the legs open to form the letter M (see picture). This position makes the burden between the baby's hip and thigh joint not too heavy and the thigh does not hang too much downward.
- Make sure the baby's face is still visible from above and not covered by the clothes of the person holding it so that the baby has difficulty breathing. The baby's face must be visible and located on the top edge of the sling.
- Adjust the hole under the sling where the baby's leg is not too loose or even too tight.
- Check the condition of the baby periodically and make sure he is not in a curved, side height and chin position and his face is not too attached to the fabric or chest.
holding in the back
The way to hold a baby behind is actually similar to carrying it in front. It's just that you need to be more careful. The reason is, you cannot keep an eye on what the baby is doing when held behind. In addition, you also need to ask for help from others to raise the baby into a sling to avoid injury. Then, make sure the baby is close to your back. Tighten the sling but give space so the baby feels comfortable.
Important principles in carrying a baby
To get a safe way of carrying, you need to fulfill the principles known as TICKS, namely:
- Tight = tight, the baby feels hugged by you so that you and your baby feel comfortable
- Invisible = You can always see the baby's face.
- Close enough to kiss = The baby's head is close to you so that it is easily kissed when picked up.
- Keep chin off the chest = the baby's chin does not bend toward the chest, so it does not interfere with breathing
- Support back = the sling used can support the baby's back.
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