Posts tagged ‘Nursing with Baby Wraps’

September 20th, 2011

Baby wraps: Different ways to use them

There is a reason that baby wraps are so long, it’s so adults of any size can use the wrap without worrying about adjustments to straps or getting the “right size”.  This also is great if one parent is shorter than the other so when the carrier is used by either parent there is not need for adjustments. You just tie the wrap on and go!

The CuddleWrap in one such wrap. It’s long but offers the same great hassle free one size fits most and there are no adjustments required.  With the cuddly wrap you have some great benefits that go along with it, like you can use the wrap as long as your still comfortable. Meaning, if your baby/toddler is 30 lbs and its still comfortable for you to hold your child in the wrap, then go for it. But please remember, if you feel strain in your back its probably not a good idea to continue using your baby wrap.

Ergonomically the wrap is wonderful. The way it distributes the weight when properly worn  helps so you don’t  feel a strain or pressure in one place on your back.  The baby will also have the support they need for their spine from the first time you use the wrap.

So here are the different ways you can use the cuddlywrap. Remember,  that as your using the cuddlywrap that you still be aware of your child and their needs. You should always be able to see their mouth and nose and insure that it is not pushed against you or the fabric. Also be sure that your baby’s chin is not pushed against his/her chest. One position may not work for your child and adjustments will want to be made.

Modified Cradle Position – This is a great hold for newborn/premature babies that need that extra support for their heads and body. When you use this hold instead of the classic hold you will make sure that your baby’s head is being support by the pocket near your shoulder but still has their face pointing towards you so you can see their mouth and nose. They should not be pressed against the inside of the fabric or against your body.

Classic Cuddle Position – Offering the same closeness as the modified cradle position but your babies head is not supported by the pocket unless they fall asleep. If your child falls asleep then you will want to use the side of the wrap that is closest to their head and gently pull it over their head to give them support while sleeping. Remember, that the wrap should only be pulled enough to support  their head but still keep their face visible and their mouth and nose clear.

The classic cuddle position is also great as your child gets older so they can still face you but turn some to see the world around them. Their arms can also be somewhat free for reaching things.

Facing out is always a fun thing for your baby or toddler. They can explore the world around them from your level and be safe. The facing out hold always their arms to be free to touch and feel things or tucked in if they are just content watching what your doing.

For breastfeeding mothers you will love to hear that your baby can be nursed in the cuddlywrap. This is going to be an easier process with babies that are more experienced with nursing but you can still nurse with newborns as well. Just be sure to be patient in the process and if you find it easier to hold your baby in the football or cross-cradle hold the you can keep the wrap on, gently remove your baby from the wrap and slide the wrap over without removing it. This will allow you to breastfeed and not have to untie and retie your wrap.

 

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