Non-ergonomic carriers, still want to use one?

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:


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!


11 thoughts on “Non-ergonomic carriers, still want to use one?

  1. I think their diapers provide a lot of cushioning. They also don’t have 100+ Lbs crushing their crotch. They are happy because they *aren’t* in pain. But do I think the ergonomics matter long term? yes!!!

    • I actually thought about the diaper thing.. they do provide cushioning especially cloth diapers, but after a while I think they can still be uncomfortable. Although, it really depends on the mom and baby (as it always does) my baby and I were never comfortable in our NBC. When she was a tiny newborn-3 month old she didn’t mind it as much (I think) but as she grew older an ergonomic carrier was the best choice for us. Thanks for commenting!!

    • i believe that its all about proportions. her pain proportion was equal to her body size. and the pain is significant enough, any amount of pain is too much, and the same goes for a baby, their pain to their proportions. and why subject them to any amount of pain at all when a proven option is better!?

  2. An adult and child just can’t be compared. Babies put themselves into positions everyday that would be horribly uncomfortable for an adult. If you look at pictures of older children rear-facing in car seats they look very uncomfortable but all experts say the same thing, it isn’t uncomfortable for them because a baby and toddlers body is so different from an adults. I’d also be interested to see if you would post some of the research showing carriers to be bad. Not opinion pieces, but actual scientific evidence that they cause issues. I’ve looked for awhile now and have found nothing showing NBCs to be detrimental to babies.

  3. I see a big difference between the leg positioning of you hanging on the door and the leg positioning of the baby in the Bjorn. Also, baby bodies are proportioned and weighted very differently than adult bodies. And finally, suspending yourself from fabric on the door does not provide any back, neck, or head support to distribute the weight.

    Do you have any evidence to back up your theory that babies are in pain but not crying out because their need for comfort is greater? I know that my son cries in his woven wrap when he gets over-heated, even though he has a great need for comfort.

    You mention scientific evidence about non-ergonomic carriers. What links do you have to this evidence?

    • Hii, just wanted to clarify that the person in the picture is not me, I translated the article from a Spanish blog. I had shared it with a few people in English babywearing sites and some asked me if I could translated so I did and wanted to know what everybody thought about it.

      Unfortunately I don’t have any scientific evidence. I have read about hip dysplasia and that wearing a narrow based carrier is bad for the baby’s hip if he/she has previous hip dysplasia problems (it makes it worse) some other mamas in these comments shared some great links.

      Thank you for commenting I love reading all the comments 🙂

  4. Anyone interested in knowing more about why ergonomic baby carriers are important should read up on spine development and support and most importantly hip development and dysplasia. See They explain why this matters so much and how forward facing carriers are not as safe as ergo baby carriers or similar ones that keep hips open and knees in a high frog position. No opinions, just health information. Hope this helps! Wish this blog list had discussed this, as pain or discomfort of forward facing carriers is not the main issue here–spine and hip health are the real concern.

  5. If a baby were in pain, they would let you know despite being close to you. Also, most people don’t keep their babies in a carrier enough to cause any damage. Seriously people are rediculous!

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