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Babywearing is such a special way for you to connect and bond with your baby. As a postpartum doula, I have been wearing babies for years since there are so many benefits to babywearing. It also makes it much easier for me to do other tasks with my handsfree! The thing is, there are tons of ways for you to wear your baby. I know a lot of people struggle with wearing a newborn since new babies don’t have head or neck control just yet, so I thought I would show you how to wear your newborn in a wrap.
I do want to mention that babywearing schools all over the world teach different standards. Everyone has their own personal experience when it comes to babywearing, so you should do what works best for you and your baby. Of course, there are some standards that are universal and very important, such as keeping baby’s airway open and having baby’s butt lower than his knees (the ‘M’ position) if legs are out. But I’m not here to tell you what’s right and wrong when it comes to babywearing. I am sharing my experience and what works for me. There is no such thing as one perfect way to wear your baby or one perfect carrier to have. Hopefully this video below that I did on Facebook Live will help a few of you feel comfortable to get your wraps out and try!
Step 1: Find the Center
Find the middle of the wrap by looking for the tag or the logo. Fold your wrap in half longways.
Step 2: Create an ‘X’
Place the center of the wrap (where the tag is) on your navel and wrap the two ends around your back, crossing them behind you, and over your shoulders. This should create an ‘X’ shape on your back.
Step 3: Make Pockets
Once the two ends are over your shoulders and in front of you, make sure that there are “pockets” in the wrap facing towards you. This is where your baby can sit. (Watch the video to see what I am talking about!)
Step 4: Wrap It Up
Put the two ends under the horizontal material around your abdomen, which I call your “seatbelt.” Once under your “seatbelt,” cross the two ends behind your back again and tie them together in a knot. If you have a lot of extra material left, cross it back in front of you and tie the ends of the fabric in a knot in front of you. Now you are ready to get your baby!
Step 5: Froggy Style
Pick up your baby and place your baby on your dominant side. Get the material on the opposite side ready by opening “the pocket” to make sure there is material between you and your baby. Place your baby’s legs and bum inside that pocket–have your baby facing you. Baby’s feet should be in a froggy position or the fetal position, and baby’s knees should always be above his bottom. Pull that material under his feet and bottom and over his back for full coverage.
Step 6: Full Body Support
Place baby’s upper body onto the other side of your chest and shoulder and pull the other pocket open, placing baby inside. Pull the fabric over to cover his body. You want to make sure that the material of the wrap is pulled all the way up to baby’s back on both sides, providing full body support.
Step 7: Grab Your “Seatbelt”
Grab the horizontal material–your “seatbelt”–and pull that over your baby’s body to the neck of baby. You can even pull the material over baby’s head for more coverage. There you go! You are now wearing your newborn baby!
I will be doing more videos on how to wear your baby in slings and structured carriers and on how to wear your infant (3+ months) and your toddler. Stay tuned!