Carrying a baby in a sling scarf

Sling scarves or stretchers are becoming increasingly popular due to the close contact between the baby and the mother and numerous other benefits. Learn more about these stretchers and how to use them.

Carrying a baby

sling marama 3Parents often ask themselves whether we are exaggerating in contact with babies, whether we will spoil them by carrying them, what is exaggerated, where is the limit? These questions are difficult to answer because all babies are different. There is no single recipe, their contact needs are different. However, in the initial months, while still breastfeeding, this close contact can be very desirable, especially skin-to-skin contact. The baby hears your heartbeat, smells it (it is important not to wear strong perfumes and creams that can irritate the baby’s skin) and it calms it down. Sling scarves have proven to be very suitable for this, and there are more and more of them on our market.

Why is a scarf good?

It is especially recommended for premature babies, because, in a way, you create conditions for them as if they are still in the womb. In addition, your hands are free, you can be with your baby and do everyday chores. Sling scarves allow even discreet breastfeeding in public (Breastfeeding in public – for and against).

sling marama 2Although some believe that carrying a baby too often is wrong, because this contact makes the baby too dependent on the parents, others point out that it is desirable because the baby cries less, which is stressful for both her and the mother, and they have better contact with parents and they feel warm and safe.

Some experts believe that the baby learns better in this way, because it absorbs things around him more easily, because he is directly involved in events.

And dads can carry babies this way, and it’s good as an exercise, as long as you know how to choose a quality scarf and pay attention to posture.

The position of the baby in the scarf is more natural, and it is very adaptable, and it is light and does not take up much space. Your back will not hurt, because the weight is evenly distributed.

This scarf / carrier has become popular also because it is cheaper than all other carriers and strollers, and more and more moms who accept it are proof that it should at least be considered as an option. In addition, even physiatrists recommend a sling scarf before a kangaroo litter.

Sve or sling much

sling marama 1A sling scarf is a piece of fabric, usually with two plastic rings, that is wrapped around your body, from one shoulder to the opposite hip. (Although they can be without rings, with rolling on both shoulders). This way you get a unique carrier, which the baby cannot outgrow, because it is very adaptable. There is the possibility of adjusting for a multitude of positions – cradled, semi-lying, upright, for breastfeeding,…

They are made of different materials, but, of course, the best ones are natural, airy, so that the baby would not be too hot. The fabric must be firm to maintain the correct position of the baby’s back. It is advisable to buy a scarf from verified manufacturers, with rings that have been tested for loads, in order to avoid cracking. It is also recommended that the part that goes along with the baby’s back be strengthened.

How to wear a sling scarf

For many mothers, this scarf is still a stranger and an insecure terrain. Many are afraid that their baby will slip out of their arms or that they will not be able to master proper wearing, the use of a sling scarf and that they will have back pain. Of course, all this is possible if you use a sling scarf incorrectly.

A sling scarf must not restrain you. It is important that it is well placed on the shoulder and that your hands are free, that the scarf does not restrain you. The scarf should follow the shape of the shoulders so that you do not have back pain.

See also one video on how to carry a baby in a sling scarf in an upright position:

Of course, you should also keep in mind that you do not need to abuse scarves or stretchers. Use them to transport the baby, for a walk, to take her to places where you cannot approach the stroller, but the baby must be in other positions as well, not just enclosed in a scarf cocoon. It must be in positions that stimulate its development and activity.

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