I was reading an article on celebs who had babies this year, and noticed that nearly every picture of a baby-wearing celeb looked like this:
Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought these carriers weren't designed to be used this way. I'm sure I remember reading that somewhere. . .
Anyway, what do you think?
I was planning on starting a thread about forward facing carries! It's a great topic for discussion! While not "wrong" per say, they're not exactly ideal for small babies because they can't turn away from everything going on around them and can become easily overwhelmed. Also, a lot of carriers are not able to properly support a baby in this position. And for the parents doing the wearing? Having the baby facing out puts more strain on your back and shoulders making it uncomfortable quickly!
I personally don't like those types of carriers (some babywearers call them "crotch danglers"). I have ran across one case online done by a pediatrician (I SO wish I could find it right now!!) where a baby boy DID have a problem with his private parts due to being worn in one of these type carriers on a daily basis. I am happy that there are easy to find carriers in stores (and hey babywearing is babywearing, right? ), but they tend to turn people off of babywearing because they assume every carrier is going to be as uncomfortable for them and the baby as these are.
There is a time when most babies seem to "hate" being parent facing, usually sometime during 2-4 months old. Babies are interested in the world around them, but they don't have enough control (nor are they tall enough! lol) to see out the carrier when facing the parent. I remember that time period well! I would place Adien in a ring sling with his legs folded facing out (or if he'd let me facing off to the side) for about 10-15 minutes and then I'd turn him back around to face me.
For example, these pics were taken the same night at the bowling alley. (sorry they're bad old iPhone pics lol)
Aiden was tummy to tummy in a ring sling first, but got fussy so I turned him like he is in the first photo. Then 15 minutes later I handed him over to DH (doesn't he look happy?! ) who refuses to try a ring sling, so put him in a mei tai.
And yes, not uncommon for me to take a couple of carriers out with me!
I was one of the parents! I had a Bjorn and my daughter loved to be forward facing. The carrier is even advertised to be used that way so I did not know any better. I never carried her that way for longer than about 30 minutes at the advice of her Chiro though. I knew that having her in that position for too long would not be good. However, I had never heard anything else negative about it. So, in there defense, I know there are probably many parents who are simply proud to be BWing.
I have been doing a lot more reading this time around and I plan to avoid the Bjorn. I even talked my sister out of buying one the other day and talked to my pregnant friend today about considering returning the one she registered for. I think Bjorns are so mainstream and many people do not really get into the "culture" (for lack of a better term) of BWing. That's why it's important for those who are educated to kindly pass along any helpful info that have. I hope to be a source of information to those around me!
I'm really happy that there is easy to find BWing choices like the Bjorn to help spread BWing (any BWing is better than none at all above else!) but at the same time it irritates me. I know they get uncomfortable for the baby and parent quickly leading parents who don't know to do more research into thinking that BWing is short lived and just going to be uncomfortable. I've had quite a few people come up to me and tell me that I must have a back of steel to be able to wear such a big baby (and this was starting when he was just 6 months too!).
There's nothing saying that it's absolutely wrong to be forward facing, but current BWing thought (and what's taught at Babywearing School from what I've read) is that it should be avoided. A lot of BWers (including me!) love to wear for naps too, which you just can't do with those carriers. At least not well.
Kayla, I think part of the blessing in disguise with those carriers is that they do get uncomfortable after a short period of time. I also think that just because we see a celebrity (or anyone else) wearing a baby this way doesn't mean they are worn that way constantly. They might just do that for a quick run to the Starbucks or something for all we know. It concerns me a little that there are so many photos of so many celebs wearing forward facing in that style carrier. Some people just want to be like a celeb and will imitate them. I just wish more people would do proper research, and not just in the baby-wearing arena either!