Hi there! I'm new to the baby wearing experience, but love, love, love my Moby. So does my six, almost seven-week old. But I have a question about leg position for a baby his age.
I've been doing the newborn hug hold, where the legs are tucked in froggy-style. But I'm concerned that at 6 weeks, when he's apparently no longer considered a newborn, he's too old for this position, and that I may be compromising his hips. I saw that the Kangaroo hold allows for both legs-in and legs-out, but since I use the Moby mainly to get nice long naps out of him while we both sit in a glider, I actually prefer the legs-in position.
Is the legs-in position safe for him at his age? And if it is safe, at what age is it no longer healthy?
Actually the correct positioning for legs in should be very similar to correct ideal positioning when legs out. When froggied there shouldn't be any weight on their ankles and feet. Both are fine for hips since they're so similar. Keep in mind is that as he gets older it won't be possible to be feet in, but there shouldn't be this big difference in where his legs and feet are. If his legs are dangling really low when feet out, then tighten the Moby more and work on getting a better seat. Ideally butt should be lower than the knees and the carrier fabric should be supporting from knee to knee to keep this position.
One nice thing about the Moby is that with what they call the hug hold, once the baby is seated correctly in the crosses legs out you can adjust the horizontal pass (can think of the proper name for this right now lol, but where the Moby tag is) to cover the legs if the baby wants legs to be covered.
With his legs in, his knees are definitely higher than his butt, and the wrap supports his butt. I'll check to see about the weight on his ankles and feet--thank you for that bit of information. I'm just wondering if his knees are being pushed up too high and if his pelvis is too widely splayed. I'll try the legs out position and see how it works with him napping on me; if the positions are indeed very similar, there shouldn't be a problem, I suppose.
I don't think it's possible to get his knees too high. If they were too high, it would be hurting him and he'd let you know.
I've heard of others being concerned about newborn legs being spread apart too much, but I think in the majority of cases it's a non issue. We had to get an ultrasound of DS's hips (he was breech most of the pregnancy) and even after BWing (he was always legs out because he hated legs in whenever I tried it) there were zero issues.
So today he is in the kangaroo hold, legs out, and I'm liking it a lot. I quickly put him in the newborn carry again, legs in, to check out exactly how his legs went, and the wrap definitely supported his butt, his knees were higher than his bum and his legs were splayed. No weight was on his ankles or feet. However, his feet were somewhat crossed in front of him, not to the sides. I've never come across any information about where his feet should be while in the newborn hold, and, of course, they're always hidden in pictures and videos, so I couldn't mimic what they were doing. Should I be concerned about where his feet were?
I have seen people put babies with their ankles crossed, but the current practice and what is being taught is to not do this but rather have them to the sides because it is better for the hips. It should be very similar to a legs out positioning.