We’re moving house!

The West Yorkshire Sling Library is moving!

Anyone who has been into the library recently will know of our plans to move – they are finally coming to fruition and the Sling Library will be moving house on Friday, July 26th, all being well.

What does this mean for the library services?

We are trying to continue library services as seamlessly as possible during the changeover. Thankfully the new address is merely around the corner from the original one – a 2-3 minute walk – so visiting the new library will not require a major detour. The new residents of the original address are relatives, so luckily we have no problem attaching a redirect sign or accommodating simple returns to the old address should that be required.

The free drop-in session of Wednesday, July 24th will take place at 19 Cote Lane, Farsley, Leeds, LS28 5ED as usual (though with extra boxes!)– 10-3pm.

The Sling Social of Friday, July 26th will take place as usual – yes, this is the very day of our move, so I may look a little harassed, but please bear with me! Pudsey Wellbeing Centre, first floor, 12-2.30pm. We are now in school holidays – older children are more than welcome to come along to all library sessions.

The free drop-in session of Wednesday, July 31st and onward will take place at the NEW ADDRESS, which will follow as soon as it is ours to share. The good news is we will have more space, and much easier parking. The less good is that we have a lot we would like to change at our new property, so we hope visitors can bear with us whilst the works are done. Priority will be given to the space we use for the library to ensure it is workable but we cannot promise to be baby-proof. Again, older children are welcome.

Please check back here or on the Facebook page for address details and directions before you travel to any of our services in the next few weeks.

In the long term, we hope re-jig the library services to make them more easily accessible for all – any feedback on this would be appreciated.  We hope to create a special library space which should work better for everyone. This will be a project for 2014 once we have settled in to our new home.

The library will be off-line and unavailable very briefly for the weekend following the 26th. Please bear with us for enquiries made during that time, we will get back to you as soon as we can.

If you have any questions or problems regarding the move or your rental or return, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me on 0113 2100855 – the sling hotline phone number will remain the same!

Carrying on Holiday

One of the primary functions of the sling library is to enable people to rent carriers to take on holiday. It’s a great opportunity for people who do not normally use carriers to get out and about in some amazing locations without the research and outlay of carrier purchase. As a result, the library carriers are seasoned travellers, and many have been all over the world carrying their precious cargo.

Mother of two on the beach

The advantages to taking a carrier on holiday will depend on the type of holiday you’re taking, but whether you’re hiking up mountains and through forests, eating out in European cities well into the evening, popping to the portaloos at a campsite or festival, taking long beach walks or mounting narrow castle turrets or historical monuments, a sling or carrier can help you get the most from your experience.

So, what are the considerations when selecting a carrier for your holiday? What do you need for travel? And what do you need to know once you get there?

– Packing your carrier

Pack size might not matter so much if you’re driving to a holiday cottage, but if you’re camping or taking a flight, it can be an important consideration. Weight is important, for baggage allowance, but also if you choose to take a carrier along with you in a beach or changing bag. One of the lightest carriers in the library is the Boba Air, which weighs under 300g, and folds down to pencilcase size, and one of the smallest is a pouch, which can fit into a back pocket if necessary. Whatever you choose, be sure to check how best to fold a carrier away – whether it is a wrap, pouch, ring sling, mei tai or buckle carrier, there is often a knack to getting it folded down small and neat that your sling library should be able to show you. Some carriers come with small clips which allow them to attach to a belt or backpack, or come with their own storage bags, but a simple canvas shopping bag for storage is a useful accessory. Wraps can do double duty as blankets, pillows, sunshades, and picnic blankets, if space is at a premium.

Beach

– Carrying when travelling

It’s important to consider how your carrier will work for you on a long journey. If you’re taking a train or a plane, and plan to carry during periods of the journey, it is important to choose a carrier that will be comfortable for you in a seated position and easy to use in a confined space – preferably with no knots or buckles behind you, and with a soft or unstructured waistband. Some carriers have built in storage pockets and accessories ideal for travelling, for example the Beco Soleil accessory pack includes a bag which attaches to the panel of the carrier, and the Boba 3G has several small pockets, and a clever shoulder strap which you can use to snap the strap of your bag into place, should it tend to drop from your shoulder. Airport security varies on requiring babies to be taken from carriers for checking, so be prepared for this on the day. You might consider whether you prefer a carrier without metal components such as zips or rings.

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For travel by car, or coach, frequent stops at service stations make a carrier easy to drop baby in and out of essential. Any carrier can be quick to use once you get the hang of it, but some of the quickest are ring slings and pouches, small enough to pop into a handbag then support your little one on your front or hip as you nip in to the facilities.

Beach

– Carrying in all weathers

We all hope for good holiday weather, of course we don’t always get it. The library has a selection of carriers suited to different weather conditions. You might consider a cool Calin Bleu gauze wrap or a linen ring sling. Carrying on the back tends to be cooler than the front, so how about an all cotton or solarweave Connecta? It is easier to keep tabs on your baby’s temperature when they are close to you sharing the same environment, and your body can even help to cool theirs, although carrying in very hot periods can sometimes be a sticky experience. Hats with long ties or fastenings under the chin are useful for sun protection, and many are available to buy from library supporters, such as this lovely selection which are in the sale at Love to be Natural, or for the hat-avoider, a big floppy hat for the adult can shade you both effectively. Sun cream can be important for you and your baby over six months, pay special attention to area such as your shoulders and your baby’s legs after you remove a carrier as sometimes having straps resting on your shoulders for long periods can remove some of the cream from those areas. Treat carrying a bit like swimming and reapply where necessary, and of course make sure you and your baby keep well hydrated.

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Of course, not all holidays are sunny ones, or hot! For travelling to colder climates, the library has wool wraps and carriers lined with sherpa fleece to keep your little ones warm and cosy wherever you are going, as well as a selection of carrying coat accessories such as the Hoppediz carrying cover and Pentelka carrying fleeces. An umbrella can be useful if you’re facing British weather, for a sunshade one moment and downpour protection the next! Even the hottest places can get very chilly after dark, and snuggling up to your baby whilst out in the evening is a lovely way to keep warm when the sun goes down.

Get up and go!


– Trips and activities with your baby

Whether you’re jetting off to tropical climates, or enojying good old wellies on the beach weather right here in the UK, taking a carrier along can help you to enjoy more activities and access more places than you think. As a general rule, if you need to have protective clothing to attempt your activity, it’s not a great idea with a baby on board, but airports, stations, rough terrain, sandy beaches, historical monuments and tourist attractions are often more easily accessed with your child using a carrier, and it certainly helps if you’re aiming to travel light.

Up high

– Have a wonderful time!

The West Yorkshire Sling Library offers a 2-week rental option ideal for holidaying, for a cost of only £3 per week. If you’re not local, take a look at the UK Sling Library Network for a library near you, and contact them for pricing and options. If you’re taking a library carrier away with you, we always welcome a holiday snap of you and the carrier in some famous location, or a holiday story of how it helped you make the most of your time away. Even if you’re not heading off and away this year, your carrier can be useful for day trips, staycations and anywhere else you care to use it. Have a wonderful summer, whatever the weather and wherever you are going, and enjoy!

Marrakech

LIBRARY CLOSED TO 3/6/13

This is a reminder that WYSL is closed for the week, until June 3rd.

THE LIBRARY IS CLOSED THIS WEDNESDAY 29/5/13

THE SLING SOCIAL OF 31/5/13 will take place without the library, as a baby group/sling meet. Some members of Leeds Sling Meet will be helping out. Do feel free to drop in and say hello, but rentals, returns, swaps and library services will not be available.

If you have a question about a carrier than you have out on loan, or an enquiry about the library, a message service is available through 0113 2100855, or you can use the Contact Us page, and I will get back to you when the library re-opens. All carrier rental terms have been extended for free to cover the closure.

Our next drop-in session will take place on June 5th, 10-3pm, and our next Sling Social will run as usual on June 14th 12-2.30pm.

I do apologise if this causes you any inconvenience. Have a wonderful half-term.

 

New to the library!

We have had several carriers come in recently to be added to the library Boba Aircatalogue.

Boba Air

In anticipation of good weather, we have added a Boba Air to the Calin Bleu gauze wrap. The Boba Air is a tiny, ultra light weight soft structured carrier for children 15-45lb.

Perfect for travelling, it is compact, no bigger than a small pencilcase, folds away inside itself and weighs just over 300g. Just clip it on your bag or waistband and use it when needed. Ingenious!

 

Ergo Sport

Another lightweight soft structured carrier is on the way in the form of the Ergo Sport – to add to the Original and Performance lines we already have. The Ergo Sport is an airy carrier with a back vent to keep parent and baby cool. From 4-5 months up to 45lb, the Ergo Sport features all the comfort and user friendliness of an Original Ergo with a slightly different, more extendable fit and detachable hood.

Marsupi Plus

 

 

 

We have recently seen some parents who struggle with knots and buckles in the library, for many reasons, and my research led me to the Marsupi Plus. Made by the manufacturer of the Manduca, the Marsupi Plus is a mei tai like carrier which fastens solely with velcro, allowing for ease of use for everyone. Just smooth – and go. Suitable for use from birth and tested to 45lb, the hood is fastened with poppers.

 

Girasol MysolTo add to the mei tai collection, by popular demand, the library thanks Love to be Natural for helping us to add a Girasol Mysol. This clever design and beautiful fabric is fully adjustable and reversible – two carriers in one. With width and height adjustments, and useful sleep hood, the Girasol Mysol wrap conversion mei tai fits from newborn to around 2 years, front or back.

 

 

 

 

Caboo DXThe Caboo carrier by Close Parent is always a popularClose Caboo Red choice in the library, and to reflect that we have just added our fifth example. This one is bright red, and a lovely choice for a small baby carried on the front. Soft and easy to use, the Caboo from Close Parent is a wonderful starter carrier.

The Caboo has also started to make the Caboo DX, a more structured version of the stretchy Caboo. Fastening with buckles and doing away with the long fabric ties, the Caboo DX works similarly but gives a different look and feel for your small baby.

 

 

Manduca

This carrier has been part of the collection awhile now but went straight out on rental the day it arrived, and has barely touched base since! Another example of the ever-popular Manduca for the library, this one in classic black. Suitable from birth to 46lb, the Manduca is a clever carrier with adjustable straps, hidden sleep hood, lengthening body, and internal seat for new babies.

 

 

 

 

Watch this space for more new carrier news!

Carrying Older Children

You might not think you need to read this because your baby is still small, or because your older child is so huge you can’t possibly imagine carrying them, but read it anyway, it is about you. The baby will grow, and that big kid of yours you struggle to lift still needs you. We carry our children throughout our lives, literally, then figuratively – we carry their cares, their worries, we carry them as responsibility, out of love. They are the roots that keep us upright yet burden our shoulders, they are the constants that are always there but will one day leave.

I am often greeted with surprise or mild horror when I let library users know the weight or age limits of the carrier they have chosen. It is hard to imagine, when your baby is small, how big they will become, and how you will feel about them when they do. It is hard to Aged 5imagine being comfortable carrying larger weights. And for some, it is hard to step outside the situation and separate the two words in the term ‘baby carrier’ – to be carried does not mean you are a baby. To carry an older child is not to infantilise them, or to pander. Yes, for sure they can walk by then. For definite, they should stand on their own two feet. They will. And they do. But carrying an older child has less and less to do with the actual transportation of the child and more and more to do with the relationship between you.

Children do not become so overnight. It may seem like the blink of an eye but each day they grow a tiny bit more, and if you carry them each day, each week, each month, you absorb the changes with your own strength. Pick up someone else’s toddler when you have a new-born and they seem huge, heavy and clumsy. Pick up someone else’s toddler when yours is at school and they seem compact, tiny and cuddly. There is no magical age where everybody stops picking up their child, it’s a gradual process that will change for each parent-child pairing depending on many factors. And there is certainly no arbitrary cut off point for hugs.

With a much older child, most of the time using a carrier is merely giving them a hug, a need that hopefully nobody would deny. Is it necessary to use a carrier? Of course not. Is it sometimes nice? If it works for you, it can be lovely. Using a carrier for physical contact with an older child is different to just giving them a cuddle. The carrier holds them, tight, close, enveloping them in a way nothing else can. And there is no pressure, no expectation, being carried is passive, they do not have to do anything, they do not have to cuddle back, there is no time to pull away. For a moment they can merely Aged 6sit, be still, be close, and not worry that you will just pop off to do something else or be somewhere else. For a moment, they have you, all to themselves. And that is why it is valuable.

I carry my children when they are newborn and need to be close to my body, I carry them when they are babies and I show them new things and places, I insist they go up as tantrumming toddlers in need of a nap, and I give them lifts as a pre-schooler when their legs are all run out. And now, on those very few occasions, when my biggest girl asks to go into a carrier, I will say yes. Sometimes it is a laugh and a joke, to try something new, but sometimes it is her last retreat when all the world thinks that because she is 4ft tall she is 4/5ths of an adult.

Do not worry that if you carry your child when younger they will somehow ‘expect’ it when they are older, this does not follow. Do not worry that carrying your child and fulfilling their need for touch will spoil them. Carrying is merely a tool for parenthood that you can employ at any of these stages, if you so choose – or not. There is no right, no wrong, whether you carry for a day, a year, or as long as you both please.

It is unlikely that an older child will want to be carried for very long. It is unlikely that they will want to be carried purely for transportation purposes. It is even unlikely to happen very often. But when it does, it will not spoil them, or lose them the use of their legs, it will not break your back or make them a baby. It will hold them close then let them go, just as we are designed to do.

Get a free week of rental with the WYSL May holiday

The West Yorkshire Sling Library will be closed for eight days from 26/5/13 to 3/6/13. All phone advice and doorstep swaps will stop during this time, and the Drop-in Session scheduled for Wednesday 29th May will not take place.

I’m sorry if this is awkward. But it’s definitely good news for those of you wishing to take carrier rentals this month – as usual when we close, there will be FREE extensions on the rentals to cover the closure.

If you take a carrier on a 4 week rental between April 28th and May 5th inclusive it will be due back June 5th – up to 10 days extra, for free.

If you take a carrier on a 2 week rental between May 12th and May 19th inclusive it will be due back June 5th – up to 10 days extra, for free.

The Sling Social of May 31st is still scheduled to take place as a sling meet without the library services, we will let you know if that changes.

If you have any questions about the closure please call or email!

Gratuitous sling picture of the library’s new Himmel mei tai, for decoration:

Himmel Mei Tai

 

New to the Library!

The latest addition to serve the carrying needs of West Yorkshire!

A Calin Bleu gauze wrap -super lightweight yet supportive, thin and airy. Ideal for the summer months, wonderful for holidays, folds up extra small and weighs a tiny amount. Just stuff it in your suitcase!

Calin Bleu

The library’s Calin Bleu is ‘Summer Lavender’ an impressively subtle, neutral shade that looks wonderful in the sunshine.

Kindly donated by Calin Bleu baby slings who will also offer a BONUS code to all library users who wish to go on to buy from them. Please ask for details.

Sling Socials – the library is growing and changing!

We have great and exciting news!

  • The sling library is offering new sessions, a new venue – more space, more time, more parking – and more tea and cake!

We are now lucky enough to be able to use a lovely room at Pudsey Wellbeing Centre for ‘Sling Library Socials’. All the usual library services – advice, rentals, returns, try-ons, sling chat – with the added benefits of space for little ones to run about, a play zone, free refreshments, sling chatter and peer to peer support. So you can come along for library services, carrying advice, to meet other parents and babies for a play, a chat, or just a sit down and a cup of tea! The Wellbeing Centre is central, next to the bus station, leisure centre and Pudsey Park, so great for a day out – or if you’re local, a great place for a baby pit stop if you’re out and about. The Centre itself has a great child friendly cafe on the ground floor – Cafe Lux – serving hot drinks, smoothies, homemade cakes and a range of sandwiches and cooked meals. The Centre is part of the Robin Lane Medical Centre and also runs a baby group (Tuesday 1-4pm) and breastfeeding group (Monday 9.30-11am) as well as being base for midwifery services, eye clinic, and all kinds of other community interest activities.

Pudsey Wellbeng Centre - our new venue.
Pudsey Wellbeng Centre – our new venue.

The Socials will offer a second opportunity for carrier rentals and returns, giving an alternate time and venue for those who cannot make the Wednesday drop-in session, and hopefully providing a fun event for library regulars and new visitors alike. We will provide tea, coffee and biscuits (but all cake donations will be gratefully received).

The first Library Social will run this coming Friday, 19th April 2013 from 12 – 2.30pm on the First Floor of Pudsey Wellbeing Centre, Robin Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, LS28 7DE.

Do you have a carrier due back this Wednesday 17th April?  You now have a two-day free extension to give you the choice of coming along Wednesday as usual or coming to see us in our new home on Friday 19th April.

The aim is to run the socials fortnightly to begin with, and see how the library adjusts to this new format. The Social sessions will not replace drop-in Wednesdays initially until the new pattern is established, and we get some feedback on the new services. ALL details of drop in sessions or socials will be posted here on the blog and on the library Facebook page before the event.

  • Further Changes

Now that library services are expanding, we are exploring ways to offer the best service possible to the most people in the times we have available. This will mean changes to pricing structures, open times and drop in services, which will be gradually implemented over April and May. These are being trialled and carefully thought out but we welcome any feedback on drop in sessions, rental services or private appointments – please feel free to get in touch.

From Thursday 18th April 2013, a new pricing system will be used. This will only affect new rentals and not renewals or swaps. Full details are below. As before, at drop in or social sessions, all advice and help is free.

Rental services – £6 for two weeks. £10 for four weeks. Rental fees cover the cost of carrier purchase, insurance, laundering, depreciation, storage and transportation.

New, improved, longer private consultations. £20 per 80 minute session. Why 80 minutes? Because, having done hundreds of 60 minute appointments, we have learned that that’s how long it takes! This is a cheaper hourly rate than the previous structure and each consultation includes one two-week rental.

Consultation package prices will remain the same with some small tweaks to improve the content. Please see the page for further details. All packages already purchased remain the same as printed on the voucher.

  • And to celebrate, some New Carriers (of course)

Over the next few days, I will be very happy to welcome some fabulous new slings and carriers to the new improved West Yorkshire Sling Library – and with even more to come! Pictures will follow as they land.

A beautiful Himmel Mei Tai and a funky Ellaroo Mei Tai. Another of the versatile Boba 3G buckle carriers in ‘tweet’ – for Easter! The Close Parent Caboo DX, a structured carrier from the makers of the Close Caboo. And the star of the show, the brand-new Beco Soleil, not yet available to buy in Europe, coming to join us for our unique sneak-preview courtesy of our generous supporters at Slumber-Roo.

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Easter Opening at the library

The West Yorkshire Sling Library will be open as usual over the Easter Holidays.

We will run drop-in sessions on Weds 27th March, Weds 3rd April, Weds 10th April as usual, 10-3pm. Please feel free to pop by for anything sling and carrier related.

I would ask that any doorstep swaps and non-urgent calls are postponed until after the Bank Holiday weekend.

It may well be that during the holidays there are more children about than normal at library sessions – older children are more than welcome, provided we can all fit in! There is a small park within a couple of hundred yards which is a good option to keep children busy if there is likely to be a small wait in the library.

We are in the process of arranging an alternative venue for the library drop in sessions, which will have much more space, parking and hopefully be much more accessible and sociable for everyone. When I know more I will shout it from the rooftops!

NOSY Syndrome – letting carried babies see the world

Carrying acrobatics

This is a question we address again and again in the library – the tendency of some babies to want to grow eyes in the backs of their heads! Most common between 3-6 months, but can manifest anytime, it’s not confined to carried babies, and it can be constant. Any time you want your baby to feed, nuzzle down, or turn away from stimuli to settle them, they’re craning backwards, upside down and

Baby craning backwards
Baby craning backwards

sideways, wanting to know just what is going on! It is so very common to encounter issues with this that I’ve given it a name – NOSY (Not Only Seeing You) Syndrome.NOSY babies have generally just discovered that there is a world out there behind them, and they would very much like to be a part of it. It is often a factor in ‘turning babies around’ – whether in pushchairs, carrying in arms, or in carriers to assume a Front Facing Out position. But is this the best solution?It is important to consider exactly what your baby wants to see and why they want to see it. The constant that gives the baby the confidence and security to explore the world is you. Your NOSY baby needs to observe the world safely from that constant in the same way that they will later explore it without going too far from your side. Comedian Reid Faylor was joking when he said ‘I think Peekaboo is the cruelest game we play with children. This is because babies lack what is known as ‘object permanence’. So when when you close their eyes, they don’t know you still exist as a mother. The game should really be called it ‘Orphan; Not Orphan”. It’s a joke. But does it have some basis in truth?  Object permanence – the idea that something can still exist even when you can’t see it – this only develops between 8-12 months, with prime time for NOSY syndrome being 3-6 months. These young NOSY babies can literally lose sight of reality when faced away from a caregiver.

No-one is suggesting you stop playing peekaboo, or stop ‘turning babies around’ – for some NOSY babies it can be a decent short term option, when handled well, with understanding. But I suggest some other options, to allow your NOSY carried baby to see their world – and the axis on which it spins – you.

Setting the mood

NOSY baby
NOSY baby

Some babies will only display signs of NOSY syndrome at certain times of day, or in certain situations – such as when they are sleepy, during the evenings, or when you put them in a carrier in a certain way – tucked in, for example, or with their arms in front of their faces. Experiment with times and methods, if you can, and bear in mind that babies object to most things – car seats, nappy changes, cuddles – now and again. Try not to dismiss your carrier out of hand. Keep calm and try again another day.

Upper body freedom

Many of the carriers we have in the library allow for height adjustment, especially wraps and mei tais. Giving babies a little more upper body freedom than they have been used to as a new baby with no head control is often all that is needed to stop the NOSY baby fidgets.

Carrying babies on the hip

Ring Sling on the hip
Ring Sling on the hip

Carrying babies on the hip is arguably the most natural position we assume. NOSY syndrome often co-incides with a baby establishing enough upper body strength and head control to be naturally carried on the hip when in arms. It seems natural that we support this position in a carrier as well. Many two shoulder carriers can be adapted to carry on the hip, babies can be

wrapped on the hip and there are many hip carry specialist carriers, from ring slings and pouches to structured hip carriers such as the Scootababy and Ellaroo Mei Hip. Babies carried in the hip can see not only you, but in front and behind – the ultimate for a happy NOSY baby. Importantly, if they need to turn away from the big, wonderful world, they can turn into your body and nuzzle down.

Carrying babies on the backPeeking from the back.

Carrying NOSY babies high on the back has many of the hip carry benefits. Up high and close to you, they can turn in and away or look up and out, forward facing in the truest sense but secure in your continued presence. Back carrying works best with smaller babies when they can be carried high, as in wraps or mei tais, and peek over your shoulder at everything you do. Carrying on the back sometimes takes practice and should only be attempted when you feel happy with the process.

Why not just ‘turn them around’?

You can do, of course, and with some babies, this is all that will suffice, temporarily. Perhaps your baby is one of these. If you feel that is so, and you have tried the other carrying positions above, let’s explore the guidelines around ‘back to front’ or ‘FFO – front facing out’ positioning.

Let’s imagine ourselves in the baby’s place. Firstly, it’s easy for us to imagine that we will feel more comfortable with a seated position, weight spread across buttocks and thighs, than we would sitting on a narrow seat supported only by the crotch – let’s compare a bucket seat to a bar stool. So in outward facing our baby we should be aiming for a similar position to when they face in, legs supported at at least a 90 degree angle from the torso. Some buckle carriers now offer this type of positioning, and in many other carriers it can be achieved with awareness of the issue and a supplementary hand if needed.

One of the arguments against facing out is that it flattens the infant spine, the tightening mechanism of the carrier pushing the baby into a prone position with the spine in an artificial S shape rather than the infant curve. We recommend being aware about over-tightening the carrier, to use the position for limited periods, and use carriers designed for this carrying position.

We know that overstimulation, an inability to turn away from the outside world, out of sight of a care giver, can be an issue for some babies when using FFO positioning. Buried deep in most carrier instruction manual you will find recommendations to use this carrying position for shorter periods of time than you might expect – some say ten minutes, fifteen minutes, twenty minutes. Some suggest building up to the longer periods of time as baby grows. So when trying your carrier, check how easy it is to switch your carrier between inward and outward facing. Too difficult a switch, and you can end up not using one or the other at all. Monitor your baby, and make the switch if they are finding the position over stimulating or becoming tired. Always use inward facing positioning for sleeping children.

Age Range

The most common suggested age range for outward facing positioning is between 5-12 months of age. Some carriers suggest waiting for six months before using the position, or suggest developmental milestones such as sitting or sturdy head control. We know outward facing carrying requires a greater degree of upper body control for the child, so it’s important to follow the guidelines on lower age limits. Facing out very early or when sleeping can be a risk to airways, so it is extremely important to use it age appropriately. The upper age limit is usually for the sake of the parent. Carrying outward facing is a significantly increased weight loading to carrying inward facing as the child is further from your centre of gravity, no longer wrapped around you. They often feel and look taller when facing out, and can reach more things too, making it a less practical option for many scenarios as they grow. We know you want to share experiences with your baby, and the happy truth about the alternatives to facing out mentioned in this article is that they can all be used throughout toddlerhood, offering long term ergonomic carrying on the front, back and hip even when your facing out days are done.

Correct leg position, facing inward.
Correct leg position, facing inward

There are issues, it is important to note, but once you are aware of these it is your choice to make. There are carriers which will support you in any position that you choose.

This Too Shall Pass

NOSY babies don’t always remain so, the majority will move on from the NOSY stage really quite quickly, although it can seem a long time when you can’t feed or carry your baby without the crazy craning! It is very likely that when this stage passes your baby will be happily carried on the front, or back, or hip. When the exploration stage begins, your baby’s NOSY tendencies can be fulfilled as they get down on the floor and exercise their own independence – often, when it is time to come back to you, to feed, sleep, travel or be close, the NOSY baby is more than ready to hunker down and snuggle in – to have a break from being a big clever baby, and go back to being a tucked-in snuggle bug. NOSY syndrome is a hurdle to be overcome, not an end to facing inward or baby carrying itself.

Seek help

If you still have trouble with your NOSY baby, seek help from your local sling library or carrying resource. Here in West Yorkshire we provide carrying support to hundreds of families each month – click our venues to see where we are this week or send us a message using the contact us page.

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With thanks to Sling Guide – The Baby Carrying Resource – By Parents for Parents – http://www.slingguide.co.uk