Soft, ѕwееt, ѕlееру, squishy. There’s nothing like nеwbоrn, аnd thе bеѕt place tо cuddle them іѕ right thеrе on уоur chest! Read on to find important information about wearing the newborns and how to choose the proper wrap or carrier?
Can I use a baby wrap or carrier for the newborn?
You can start with babywearing immediately after birth. Do not listen to people, telling that baby should be on the flatbed because muscles are not strong enough. Many experts confirm that rounded position in the cuddle is natural and safe and babywearing in a soft woven wrap or newborn carrier helps to curve the spine freely and supports the correct spine development. After you learn basic babywearing safety, you will not be afraid and you can enjoy the benefits of babywearing.
How to wear a newborn?
Before it was recommended to use horizontal position for newborns until 3 months. However, the latest research shows that it is not the best position for hip development. The most recommended position is vertical. Of course, you need to have the baby in the front on your chest. With wearing newborn always remember to support baby’s head and neck. Very popular and simple way to carry newborns is basic front wrар сrоѕѕ саrrу, also known as pocket wrap cross carry.
It is important to choose the proper wrap or carrier.
Best newborn baby wraps
Soft woven wraps are best suited for the newborns. It is important to choose the right weight and blend. Soft light-weight wraps are easy to use and tie. The weight should be 190-230 g/m2. The best fabrics for the newborns are cotton, bamboo, merino wool or silk. They are soft enough from the start and any breaking in period is not needed. Extra softness can be added with special weaving and post processes. Extra soft cotton wraps for newborns are offered by Fidella, Tula or Diva Milano. Wraps by Yaro, Little Frog or Didymos are also good. Yaro and Little Frog are great affordable options whereas Didymos offers high quality with limited editions.
Wraps made with Bamboo fabric are a great option for smaller babies and for summer days. It has an excellent cooling effect, but it cannot bear heavier weight as 100% cotton wraps. So the wearing period will be shorter. Wraps with linen or hemp fabric can also be used for newborns, but they are more suitable for experienced parents. It is not the best option for beginners as they need some breaking in period to be soft enough for newborns.
Stretchy wrap – the easiest wrap for newborn
The easiest way to learn to wrap a newborn is to use a stretchy wrap. They are very soft and extra moldable. If you have problems with woven wraps, the elastic wrap can help you to learn. But you can use this wrap only for small babies, as they cannot bear much weight. Recommendations by the manufacturers are between 5-10 kg. It can be perfect for the preterm infants, but with the growing weight, you will soon feel the discomfort, the wrap will not be firm, you will need to tighten it more often, and you will feel the weight on your shoulders.
Best baby carriers for newborns
If you are not confident enough to start with woven wraps or if you want something more practical and faster to use – you can choose the newborn carriers. Some of them need newborn inserts, but others are made in newborn sizes and insert is not required. The best options for newborns are definitely Fidella Fusion, Storchenwiege, and Kokadi baby carriers. All are wrap conversions, so the fabric is very soft and moldable.
With integrated infant insert, Manduca carriers are very popular amongst new moms. You can also opt for Ergobaby or Tula Standard carriers, which sell infant insert separately. Tula has also come up with a new type of “Tula Fee to Grow” carriers, which can be used from the birth without any insert.
You have many options to choose from to carry your newborn, just pick the one that suits you the best. It is not important to go for the best option out there but it is important to wear your baby. And remember, the best time to start is as soon as possible.