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    Default Beyond Bonding: The Power of Positioning in Babywearing

    Link to blog post: http://naturalparentsnetwork.com/bey...g-babywearing/

    Lots of great info there. My favorites:
    1) Make optimal carrier choices (not every carrier out on the market is inherently safe)
    2) It's okay to be legs out from birth (for years froggied was recommended)

    Did you learn anything new? What was your favorite part?

    (Do note that she is a babywearing educator, so her job is to promote the BEST of BWing practices.)

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    "What we now know is that it is not safe to carry a baby in the cradle position because it is simply too challenging to ensure that the baby’s airway is unobstructed."
    It's funny, because I never could get comfortable with DD in the ring sling in a cradle position.... I always ended up in the chest to chest position, her head tucked right up into my neck/chin.
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    That's why I added the note that she promotes only the best BWing practices. Basically, BWing educators are to share the best and most foolproof for good BWing. The average American (who they're trying to reach) doesn't check airways often and can't hear the difference between sleeping baby sounds and the sounds that babies make when their airway is blocked (it sounds kinda like snoring - I'll have to find videos when I'm not in the middle of moving).
    I know some babies WANT the cradle position (like Leigh's LO). Is it the best practice? No. But can it be done safely when the parent is educated? Yes.

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    Found this: http://www.babywearingschool.com/Pos...phyxiation.pdf

    I know I've seen some videos before as part of education. Basically parents thought it was cute sounds the baby was making, when it was really positional asphyxiation.

    I'm going to link the pdf in our stickied thread too.

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    Thanks for the links!
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    Quote Originally Posted by alwayssmile View Post
    I know some babies WANT the cradle position (like Leigh's LO). Is it the best practice? No. But can it be done safely when the parent is educated? Yes.
    Yes, I was going to mention that. My DD would not be carried any other way when she was small, but I worked *really* hard to find a way to carry her safely in cradle position. I was always extremely aware of her positioning and continuously monitoring her in there. This was all made even more complicated by the fact that she was actually born with tracheomalacia, which is basically soft cartilage in her airway causing that labored breathing/snoring sound all the time, no matter what her position. (It was pretty scary for a while there--she grew out of it by about 9 months) But it was worth it to make it work, for us, because it was the only way I could BW. I actually found it most comfortable and safe for both of us to semi-support her with my left arm unless it was really needed, which is why I always found it much more natural to wear her "backward" from the traditional cradle carry so that my right (dominant) arm was the one that was totally free.
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    I started to put this in another thread but then thought it might be most appropriate here.

    Here's a pic of how I used to wear DD as an infant, because she insisted on being carried in a cradle position only. You can see that I *could* let go of her head if I needed to use both hands, but generally I kept my left arm there just in case/to give her some extra support/because it was comfy) But her head is in a good position--not chin to chest--and I can see her face, even though I can't kiss it, and the rings are in corsage position, not twisted, etc. Those are the main things I kept an eye on.)

    -Leigh-
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    She just wanted to stay near the boobs.

    http://www.thebabywearer.com/article...ositioning.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by alwayssmile View Post
    She just wanted to stay near the boobs.


    Well, it DID make nursing in the sling pretty easy, that's for sure!
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