In collaboration with Ergobaby
Carry your baby and halve the period of crying!
The birthing process is a huge change for the new-born baby. To simulate the safe environment in the belly, the best thing you can do is to keep your baby close to you, as often as you can. Research shows that a baby that is carried a lot cries half (!!!) as much.
The first few months after the birth could be compared to a fourth trimester, during which your baby continues to develop their brain and nervous system at a rapid pace. If that’s not enough, your new-born baby also has to get used to the new life outside of your uterus. Your baby has transitioned from being carried and rocked to the sound of the mother’s heart to an entirely new world where they are expected to be more independent. No wonder your baby wants to be close to you during this phase.
By being close, the love hormone oxytocin is produced and released in both of you, which reduces stress and helps the body relax, which is a great soother for an unsettled baby. This will reinforce your connection, slow down the heart rate and the feeling of love between you will grow stronger. Research shows that babies cry up to 51% (!!) less when they are carried and rocked regularly.
To be able to carry a lot, and have two hands free for other things, it’s a good idea to invest in an ergonomic baby carrier. A baby carrier from Ergobaby distributes the baby’s weight evenly across your hips for minimum stress on your back. The carry positions can be adjusted to the child’s development which allows you to use it for longer.
Keep this in mind when you are carrying a new-born baby!
Babies should sit in an M-shaped position where the knees are as high up, or higher, than the hips. If the baby is under 6 months, the back should have a slight C-shape so the baby’s pelvis is angled towards you; with Ergobaby’s adjustable carrier you easily find the right position. The baby is at a perfect height when you can kiss them on the head or forehead (so lovely!). Make sure that you can put two fingers between the baby’s chin and your chest, whilst ensuring good support for their head and neck.