The sling visibly facilitates the life of the “newly made” mother, in it the baby is always there and the hands are free, which allows you to do many more things. Many parents worry if the baby is dangerous for the newborn?
They also ask: “Which sling is best suited for newborns and young children?” We will try to solve it.
Types of slings
There are several basic types of slings: this is a sling on the rings, a scarf and a sling of May.
Sling on the rings
This is a strip of cloth, whose length is about 2 meters, and a width of 60-70 cm, on one end of which there is a pad under the shoulder and the rings, the other end of the cloth is tucked into rings to be able to adjust its length.
This harness is easy to put on and take off, it is very comfortable to use, especially at home. If the baby fell asleep, then you can quietly remove the sling from the rings without waking the baby.
In this sling, it is possible to change the position of the baby on the fly, without tying the sling (from lying down to sitting and vice versa). It is convenient to feed the baby.
In such a baby, the sling can be used both vertically and horizontally. The sling allows you to maintain the natural position of the spine and supports the head.
The ring harness is suitable for both newborns and babies.
Of the disadvantages, it can be observed: they use a sling in the rings of a shoulder (the shoulders can be changed), if the child is heavy enough, then the load becomes noticeable immediately.
When buying a harness on the rings, pay attention to the presence of the sides. For newborns and children in the first month of life, a sling with a bumper is recommended.
Also pay attention to the rings, it is better if they are made of metal. Wood and plastic can crack. The diameter of the ring depends on the type of tissue.
Therefore, for thick linen fabrics, rings with a diameter of 5 to 6 cm are suitable, for wafers – 6-7 cm for slippery fabrics – 5 cm. Rings with a diameter less than 5 cm are not recommended, as it is more difficult to adjust the sling.
When choosing a sling for a newborn, give preference to natural fabrics, it is better if it is 100% cotton.
One of the similar options is the sling tube. In appearance, it looks like a sling in the rings, but less convenient and practical. The sling-truba is badly regulated, it is difficult to remove it imperceptibly for the baby.
Therefore, be careful when buying.
It is not entirely suitable for a newborn. This sling looks like a kungurushka in appearance, but unlike her, in a May sling the child sits more physiologically (the sling fabric holds the baby’s hips). The padding of wide straps reduces the load on my mother’s shoulders.
A baby in this sling can be worn on the belly, on the back and on the thigh.
The sling of May is a square or rectangle of thick fabric, in the corners of which long straps are sewn.
This sling is best suited for children who can already sit.
From the disadvantages, it can be seen that it is not suitable to transport the child in a horizontal position, it is not suitable for newborns, the width of the straps is not regulated.
When buying, pay attention to the straps, they must be wide and placed with polyester filling, the fastening points of the upper straps should be reinforced with additional seams. The width of the fabric (square) can vary between 35-45 cm.
The younger the child, the width of the square should be smaller. Also pay attention to the fabric: in the May sling it should not be lengthened.
This sling is represented by a long strip of cloth (3 to 6 meters long and 45-70 cm wide). Sling-scarf can be worn on one or two shoulders. This sling is suitable for newborns.
When a sling scarf is worn, the load is distributed evenly over the shoulders, back and lower back of the mother. Ideal for carrying heavy children. You can use a baby in an upright position or in a horizontal position.
It allows you to uniformly support all parts of the spine, including the cervical. It is easy to adapt to any weight and age of the baby.
It allows you to properly position the joints of the baby’s hip.
There are small drawbacks: it requires skill to tie, it is difficult to tie the harness on the street, on the fly, it is not suitable for use at home (long, hot tie).
If you decide to buy this model, when you buy, pay attention to the fabric (ideally 95-100% cotton), the length of the scarf. The length is determined by its size and the arrangements in which it plans to take the child.
Many manufacturers produce scarves with universal slings with a length of 5-6 meters (the additional fabric simply wraps around the waist). If you choose the size, then the size is suitable for 4-4 meters in length, 4-4 meters, for 46-50 sizes, 4.5-5 meters, from 52 and up to 5-6 meters.
Sling-scarf can be made of knitted fabric or a special fabric for slings.
A little about the physiology of a newborn.
The spine of a newborn does not look like the spine of an adult, it resembles an arch, still has no curves and is not strong enough for the baby to hold the head. Therefore, when using any device to transport the newborn, it is necessary to make sure that it allows him to fix his head at the same level as the body, or that the mother can support him with one hand.
The curves of the column are formed gradually:
- From 5-6 weeks, the child begins to lift and keep the head in a prone position. At this time the formation of cervical lordosis begins.
- When the child begins to sit alone – the formation of the kyphosis of the chest
- The child begins to stand alone – lumbar lordosis is formed
- When a child begins to walk, a sacral kyphosis appears.
The physiological posture for a newborn child is the fetal position (arms and legs raised towards the body, legs are divorced in the hip joints).
Very comfortable newborn feels in the position “belly with belly”.
When we take a newborn baby in our arms, it is very important to provide support for the back and cervical spine, this also applies when we put the baby in the sling.
Joints of the newborn’s hip.
The joints of a newborn’s hip are not yet mature enough, they are very flexible and, to a large extent, are formed by cartilaginous tissue. And some babies may have different developmental pathologies of the hip joint (dysplasia, dislocation, subluxation).
One of the most effective methods of prevention and even treatment of the pathology of the hip joint is the wrapping and carrying of children with legs extended vertically.
Therefore, when you carry a baby in your arms or in a sling, you need to make sure that there is support for the hip joint, the baby’s legs are separated at a comfortable angle for the child and they are free from the knees (for a sufficient movement).
What slings are not suitable for newborns?
- Quick slings
- Sling Bags
They do not provide the necessary support to the spine and the correct position (position M) for the pelvis and legs of a newborn baby.
What else influences the choice of the sling?
- Mom’s health
- The purpose of the acquisition of the sling – for the home, for the street, for a long or short trip,
- Time of the year
- Clothing style
- How much are you willing to spend on the sling (your budget).
Any baby sling should provide support on the back of the head, on the back, pelvis and thighs.
If you are using a sling, position the child so that he can always see his face.
Remember that the sling should be convenient and comfortable for both you and your baby.