Q&A with certified Babywearing Consultant and Educator, mumma of two and Kangatrainer – Hannah Schultz from Maternal Motion. We ask Hannah all the questions you want to know!
“Happy baby happy mumma to start with. Most babies like to be close to their care giver and being snuggled next to the wearers heart beat and breath is comforting for infants. Carrying a baby promotes the release of oxytocin the love hormone so often helps mums, dads and babies feel happy, loved and safe. You can do a great many things once you have your happy baby or sleepy baby strapped safely on your chest, hip or back, your hands free and your heart singing!”
**Will it hurt my back?**
“Depends on your carrier, assuming you have no pre-existing injuries or conditions, but it shouldn’t if you are wearing an ergonomic carrier, there are so many options that are great with back support options, two shoulder carries, padding, adjustable straps, and there are techniques to distribute the weight so even wearing toddlers can be comfy and safe.”
**There are too many options – how do I know which type of carrier to use?**
“So basically I could rabbit on for days about each type of babywearing option and their pros and cons so I will try and keep it quick!
Buckle carrier Quick, easy, generally adjustable, there are some great ones that can be used from newborn. Just make sure you get one that has baby in an ergonomic position!, many are big enough for toddlers.
Ring sling Perfect for newborns worn straight on your chest, even premmie babies with the support of a consultant, pretty quick to put on once you get the hang of correctly threading and tightening them. Make sure you get one with aluminum rings, so not plastic rings, and not a buckle instead of rings. Some fabrics are suitable for wearing toddlers on your hip.
Wrap These can be a bit more challenging to learn to use but 100% adjustable for the wearer and baby so most people find them incredibly comfy. Great for newborns, and all the way up too heavier babies and toddlers when wrapped correctly. Can be made from stretch fabric these are just for newborns, or a woven fabric. They are amazingly pretty, and there are so many fabrics and colour choices available. They also come in different lengths to suit all builds and all carrying preferences. What’s next … ahh
Mei tai A structured body panel tied with long straps, very adjustable for wearer, but tend to be baby sized or toddler sized, not one size fits all for your child. They are fairly easy to tie, not as quick as a buckle carrier, but a bit quicker and easier than a wrap for most people. Ok done!”
**What’s your personal favorite for babywearing?**
“This is such a hard question when the market is flooded with so many great products now, but if I was to only buy one product I’d probably get a woven wrap. It has no limits on adjust-ability, has the potential to get the most comfort, when wrapped correctly, has the biggest range of different carrying options, can be worn for all size babies and toddlers, and of course they are just so darn pretty!”
**Do these things come with instructions?**
“Some do and some don’t. If you’re a bit bamboozled and are a Toowoomba local, our group Babywearing Collective Toowoomba in Queensland meets monthly so we can help you there. I also offer skype consults if you are located elsewhere so once you have your wrap or carrier we can chat and I can help you get the hang of using it correctly, safely and comfortably.”
To contact Hannah or check out her blogs, active wear and kanga classes information visit www.maternalmotion.info