So for the past two days I have seen a very informative (and some what comical) post about non-ergonomic carriers and why they are not good for your baby. The post is from a Spanish site called Maramayu. I shared this post in a babywearing page on facebook and even though the pictures speak from themselves, I thought it would be great to translate it. So here it is:
Translated from this Spanish post: http://www.maramayu.es/2014/09/09/porteo-no-ergonomico-todavia-te-quedan-dudas/
NOTE: THIS IS NOT ME IN THE IMAGES OR WRITING THE POST =)
Although the scientific evidence is there for anyone that wants to do a quick internet search, I still see a lot of people babywearing in non-ergonomic devices or carriers.
Large childcare companies, instead of renovating, they just “innovate” their baby carriers, but with out changing even a little the structure that makes these carriers NOT ergonomic.
There is a simple way to see if a carrier is ergonomic or not. If the baby’s legs are dangling instead of in a M position (or frog position), it is not ergonomic. And to make you believe that this position is not ergonomic, but it is in fact harmful to the body, all you have to do is a little experiment.
The one in the photo is me, and I can tell you that I have personally felt the same way a baby feels being carried in something like this while doing this experiment. I understand that because of my size and proportion it might not be exactly the same sensation, it might be slightly dimmer, but if the baby would only feel 10% of the intensity I felt… poor baby!
And the feeling you have when you are facing the world, including having her back arched as in C, must be very unpleasant . It is not OK to force them to have its head straight, without support in the front head.
So then, why are there so many happy babies in those carriers? Why are they not crying of pain? Why don’t they show signs of discomfort? Why do some even sleep in them? You may ask … My theory is that their need for contact exceeds their sense of pain. Because even though these carriers are not advisable in the physiological sense , they give something that is most important for babies: being in close contact with your mom and/or dad.
There are many good ergonomic carriers in the market, do some research and pick the best one for your and your baby!