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Come usare la Fascia portabebè per neonati

10/01/2019

La fascia portabebè Tricot Slen Babylonia in cotone biologico è ideale per tutti i bambini, anche i neonati perchè è possibile utilizzarla in diversi modi rispettando la corretta posizione del bambino fin dai primi giorni.

Puoi vedere due video che fanno vedere sia come indossare la fascia, sia come posizionare il bambino appen anato (neonato).

Prima di tutto consigliamo di guardare questo video di Babylonia che mostra come indossare la fascia:

Clicca qui per vedere come indossare la fascia portabebè Tricot Slen

Secondo, dopo aver visto il primo video, ecco come sistemare la fascia e posizionare il neonato nei primissimi mesi dalla nasciata:

Clicca qui per vedere il video su come indossare Tricot Slen Babylonia con i neonati

Consigli di utilizzo e FAQ (Domande frequenti):

  1. Piacerà al bambino essere avvolto nella fascia?
  2. Will I spoil my baby and make him dependent on me?
  3. Will my baby be able to breathe tucked into a baby wrap?
  4. Will my baby be too hot or too cold in a baby wrap?
  5. Can I carry my baby facing forward
  6. Is it safe to carry my baby in the cradle hold?
  7. Is it possible to back carry with the Tricot-Slen?
  8. Does a baby wrap help reflux?
  9. Can I breastfeed my baby in the wrap?
  10. How do I know if my baby is in the correct position?

 

Piacerà al bambino essere avvolto nella fascia?

Babies crave close human contact. Once they are used to being carried, you will instinctively reach for your wrap whenever your baby is restless, can’t fall asleep, or just needs a reassuring presence.

Some babies need a little adaptation time to a new position in the baby wrap, especially on your back.

Sometimes babies are unhappy in a sling because they feel insecure. This is often the result of not adjusting the sling tightly enough. Follow the instructions carefully to make sure you wear your baby high and tight.

We recommend trying a new position when your baby is relaxed, just after eating or ready to fall asleep. Walk around after placing your baby in the sling for the first time or when trying a new position. This will distract him while he gets used to a new way of being carried.

Most importantly, TRUST YOUR BABY. If your baby is uncomfortable, too tight, too hot, etc, he will let you know. If baby is asleep or happily observing the world, he is just fine. Carrying your baby close means you can often instinctively read his body language well before he starts to cry or tells you something is wrong.

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Will I spoil my baby and make him dependent on me?

Imagine the scenario that you are thirsty. Sometimes you are given a glass of water and sometimes you are not. Your thirst is not quenched. You are forced to wait until the next time someone else decides you can have a glass of water. You become increasingly nervous and frustrated. You begin to constantly ask for water, even when you are not thirsty, because you are not sure that when you will be thirsty, you will be given any water. You become insecure when you do not have water available. You are so preoccupied with having enough water that you are unable to think about anything else.

Now imagine the opposite scenario. You are thirsty. You are immediately given water, however much you need to quench your thirst. You are satisfied and can go on about whatever you were doing without worrying. You are reassured because the water is in abundant supply and you can have it whenever you need it. You feel secure in this knowledge and the physical presence of the water is not always necessary. You are worry free and can put your energy into other activities.

Now imagine these two scenarios with your baby and their need for close physical contact and reassurance. You decide.

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Will my baby be able to breathe tucked into a baby wrap?

Tucked snuggly into the sling, your baby is still able to move. If baby is uncomfortable in any way, he can turn his head or wiggle his body in protest. Either he will shift and rectify the situation, or you can help adjust him to a more comfortable position. Held close to you, your baby will synchronize their breathing to your heartbeat and the rise and fall of your chest, which stabilizes their respiration.

Always make sure that baby’s chin is not tucked into his chest. Also make sure the fabric is not covering baby’s face or nose and that baby’s face is turned away from the wearer’s body.

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Will my baby be too hot or too cold in a baby wrap?

Newborn babies are not capable of regulating their body temperature. The adult’s body will stabilize the baby’s body temperature when holding them close. Dress yourself and your baby accordingly and pay attention to the temperature of your baby (you may be warm whereas your baby may be cold). Remember that your body heat will be considered one layer and the sling itself is a second. In cold weather, your coat covering both of you is a third layer. Make sure that your baby (head, hands, feet) is well protected from the sun and/or the cold.

 

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Can I carry my baby facing forward?

Many people are wondering if it is safe to carry your baby in the forward facing position, looking out at the world. Carrying your baby in the forward facing position (FF) is possible and it is also done by many parents using both wraps and buckle carriers. However, Babylonia discourages this style of babywearing because it is ergonomically not a correct position and baby can get over stimulated. In the FF position he is not able to turn away from the stimulation, put his head to rest and fall asleep when it becomes overwhelming. 
With Babylonia’s BB-SLING you can carry your baby on your hip in an easy, safe and ergonomic way for both you and your baby. With the BB-TAI back carrying is very easy and it is also great for a front or hip carry. 

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Why is the facing forward position discouraged?

The FF position is not an ergonomically sound position. It is a tiring and stressful position for your child because she is not in the recommended M-position with knees higher than her bottom and her back in the natural “C” curve. With a wrap you can create the ergonomic M position in the FF position but this is difficult and more stressful and less ergonomic for your baby than a position in which your baby is facing you. With a wrap you can still support your baby from knee to knee in the FF position whereas in a baby pouch there is only limited support and baby’s legs are dangling down. In this position baby’s back is not curved anymore but arched. For you as a parent, this inverted position is heavier because your baby is farther from your body. 

In the FF position your baby is forced to look out at the world. He gets lots of stimuli but is not able to turn into you and fall asleep if it is too much. When you carry your baby facing you (whether in front, on your hip or on your back) your baby can see you, which makes him feel safe and secure. He learns to explore the world from a safe and quiet place. If you think ‘my child is curious and wants to see everything’ try wearing your baby on your hip or back. Your baby can see everything but can turn into you and close their eyes when tired. 

This video shows more information on the face forward position.            

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The FF position used to be taught in Babylonia’s user manual. Did I carry my baby the wrong way?

The FF position has been popular for a long time and is still promoted by classic baby carrier brands. We have known for over 10 years that it is better to carry your baby facing you, but chose to show FF to prevent people from not buying a wrap and choosing another, less ergonomic, baby carrier. Once people had a Babylonia wrap, we got the chance to show them how to carry baby in an ergonomic FF position. We were also able to explain why it’s best to use other positions and showed alternatives for curious babies. If you’ve carried your baby FF in a Babylonia wrap we would like to reassure you that this is much better than in a pouch or classic baby carrier.

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My baby is curious and likes to see everything; she doesn’t want to be carried facing me…

We understand you want to show your baby the world and a wrap is ideal for this! From your hip and back your baby is able to explore the world but also able to fall asleep if there are too many stimuli. The amount of stimuli a baby can handle depends on the baby and his mood. Some babies are over stimulated sooner than others but in general our advice stays the same: it is better to carry your curious baby on your hip or back than in the FF positon. 
 

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But when my baby is in a stroller, she is also sitting face forward?

There are indeed strollers in which your baby is facing forward instead of watching his mom or dad pushing the stroller. However, it is the same situation here. If your baby is facing you while lying in the stroller he is more relaxed and less stressed. This has recently been shown in a scientific study measuring heart rate and sleeping patterns. Furthermore a baby in a stroller is still able to close his eyes and fall asleep.

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Is it safe to carry my baby in the cradle hold?

Lately it has been advised to avoid carrying your baby in the cradle position. This concern around using the cradle hold is caused by some incidents with non-ergonomically designed “bag slings” and is unfortunate, as the cradle position can be very comfortable for newborn babies. Moreover, babies have been carried safely in this position in different parts of the world (e.g. South America) for centuries. Certain babies prefer being carried in the upright position while others prefer the cradle position. This will vary from one child to another and from one day to the next. 

Our advice is to start with the upright position. This can be used right from the start and is the safest, easiest position for beginners to learn. Baby’s legs are in the ergonomic M-position, which promotes a healthy hip development. Carrying your baby in the upright position also eases digestion, improves circulation and aids in relaxation, thereby reducing reflux and colic.

The cradle position is a more advanced position in which you have to pay extra attention to safety. If you carry your newborn baby in the cradle position you have to make sure you offer proper support, like you do when you carry your baby in your arms.


Also make sure:

  • Baby’s chin is up. If you give proper support of his back and neck, baby’s chin will not be on his chest and his airways will be free.
  • Carry your baby high enough (the general rule is ‘close enough to kiss’) and in the middle of your body. 
  • Make sure the fabric does not cover baby’s face. Baby’s face should always be visible without moving any fabric and her nose and mouth should be free.
  • Baby’s face is not turned into your body. Baby’s face should be visible!
  • Make sure that baby lies comfortably without any strain on his hips.

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Moreover, these tips also apply for carrying your baby in the upright position. Remember there is no better place to keep an eye on your baby and notice signals early than in baby wrap!

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Is it possible to back carry with the Tricot-Slen?

It is sometimes advised to not carry your baby on your back with a stretchy wrap. However, this does not apply to hybrid wraps like the Tricot-Slen. Babylonia’s Tricot-Slen is a strong wrap with very limited stretch, which makes it extremely comfortable and easy to use. Due to a unique knitting technique, the Tricot-Slen offers optimal comfort and perfect support. The fabric stretches in width and diagonally but hardly stretches lengthwise. The thing to remember when back carrying with the Tricot-Slen is to always make sure baby’s shoulders are covered by the wrap.

Although carrying a baby on your back is possible with the Tricot-Slen, we think that woven wraps like the BB-TAI and BB-SLEN are better for back carrying. Moreover those woven wraps also offer the perfect support for older children.

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Does a baby wrap help reflux?

Carrying your baby in the upright position eases digestion, improves circulation and aids in relaxation, thereby reducing reflux and colic muscles. You will notice that reflux that might be ‘stress related’ is greatly reduced if you regularly wear your baby.

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Can I breastfeed my baby in the wrap?

Breastfeeding in a wrap is discreet and easy. Do take your time for feeding, sit down and loosen the wrap so your baby can latch to your breast. Make sure your child is in the right position to be able to drink (not too high and not with his chin on his chest). Also make sure that your baby can breathe freely and that the sling does not cover his face.

If breastfeeding is proving difficult or milk flow is slow, carrying your baby in a wrap is ideal. The proximity of your baby stimulates the release of prolactin, the hormone that regulates milk production. With your baby so close, you are also able to pick up on early hunger cues, such as rooting, sucking and tongue movement, before baby becomes upset.

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How do I know if my baby is in the correct position?

In the upright position

It is very important that your child is in the recommended M-position. At all ages the baby carrier should support your child from knee to knee and the knees should be higher than the hips.

In the cradle position

If you wear your newborn baby in the cradle position make sure the baby carrier supports your baby well, just like carrying your baby in your arms. Also ensure that their chin is not resting on their chest and no fabric covers the face.

In general

Make sure you always carry your baby high enough. You should be able to give your baby a kiss on her head without bending over too much (kissing distance). Make sure the fabric doesn’t cover your baby’s face (baby’s nose and mouth should not be covered) and that your baby’s face isn’t positioned towards your body (baby’s face must be visible).

It is also important that the baby carrier feels comfortable and fits nicely, that you can spread open the shoulder straps over both shoulders and your entire back, and that the baby carrier feels tight enough.

Most importantly, trust your baby! If your baby is uncomfortable, too hot or the wrap is too tight, they will let you know. If baby is sleeping or quietly looking into the world, everything is fine. With your baby close against you, you will learn to understand their body language and anticipate before they start to cry or alert you that something is wrong. There is no better place to see how your baby is doing than when she is carried in a baby wrap! 

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