Celebrity baby-wearing

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Celebrity baby-wearing

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?

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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.

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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! ROFL

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Yes, DD refused to be carried parent-facing until she was about a year old, but to deal with that, we did the "buddha position" ring sling thing too. I was concerned about what I'd read regarding how bad "crotch danglers" are for the babies.

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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!

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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.

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I've been seeing that photo on facebook a lot! Very cool.

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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!

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I'm guilty of baby dangling in my Moby. DD wanted to face out around 3 months and it was so easy to turn her around in the Moby. It was much less comfortable though so it didn't last long.

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I did that too--we could only manage it for about ten minutes at a time, though.

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I did that with the Moby a few times. Mostly in church because I couldn't move around a whole lot (my child is a motion junkie), so facing out kept him quiet for an extra 10-15 minutes. And definitely not as comfortable!! You do what you have to do as a parent. Next kid I'll probably do a high back carry in a mei tai when they want to face force. Just won't work when sitting down. Blum 3

I think the big reason behind current baby wearing thought of parent face only is how many parents have one of those carriers that Anna posted pictures of and only ever face their baby out. I know I've seen a kid hanging by their crotch REALLY low (no where near the "close enough to kiss") and kid was facing forward. This was at the Riverwalk Mall in San Antonio. Ran across them 2 hours later and the baby was still there in the same position crying her head off. How the heck the mom found that comfortable I have no idea!

I found this interesting post over at PAXbaby: http://paxbaby.com/tag/front-facing-out/
I never thought about doing craft with DS like this! Though I did face DS out in a ring sling (like I did in the bowling picture) when we were out to eat and he wasn't interested in food yet.

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Found a link today from a UK site. Gotta be world rounded! Wink
http://www.slingguide.co.uk/frontcarries.php

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And look another link thanks to momW from the International Hip Dysplasia Institute: http://www.hipdysplasia.org/Developmental-Dysplasia-Of-The-Hip/Prevention/Baby-Carriers-Seats-and-Other-Equipment/Default.aspx

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Here's a link that has 14 different celebs using Ergos! When I first saw the title of this thread, I thought for sure it was going to be about Ergos, because I feel like most of the pics I've seen of celebrity baby-wearing is done in Ergos!

http://coolspotters.com/baby-products/ergo-baby-carrier

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Awesome! It's great seeing celebs using the same well loved carriers we all use. Great for spreading the BWing idea to others too! Smile