When is it appropriate to carry on your back?
Age and development:
- Recommended age: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that babies can be carried on their backs when they have strong, consistent control of their head and neck, typically around 5-6 months (source: HealthyChildren.org ) . This should be considered as an indication, as each child, as we always say, is a universe unto himself and therefore each child will have his own body development times and skills.
- Development: Children should be able to sit without assistance, as indicated by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute guidelines, which defines the correct time to start carrying on the back.
- Visibility and Monitoring: The AAP emphasizes the importance of constantly monitoring the child in any carrying position, especially in back positions where the child is less visible. So pay attention to how you move and the surrounding reality, to prevent the baby from bumping into objects out of sight of the wearer.
- Proper use of baby carriers: Following the manufacturer's instructions and weight limits is critical to safety.
Mei Tai MHUG and the back position
- Design: Mei Tai MHUG is a traditional Asian inspired fanny pack, known for its versatility and simplicity. It features a rectangular body panel with four straps - two for the waist and two for the shoulders.
- Material: Made of soft and durable 100% cotton, providing comfort and support for both baby and wearer.
- Adjustability: The knot closure design allows for personalized fit adjustments, making it suitable for various body types and growing children.
Advantages of using Mei Tai MHUG to carry on your back
- Ergonomic Support: Provides excellent support for your child's spine and hips.
- Comfort and Ease of Use: Its design distributes weight evenly, reducing strain on the wearer's back and shoulders.
- Improved Mobility and Bonding: Facilitates the wearer's mobility while maintaining closeness and bonding with the child.
The back position, especially when using a Mei Tai MHUG, offers a safe and comfortable option for babywearing as your baby grows. It is essential to only move into this position when your baby is ready (see above) and to always follow the safety guidelines and baby carrier instructions. By doing so, you ensure a rewarding and safe babywearing experience.
Bibliography and Links
American Academy of Pediatrics - Baby-Wearing Guidelines:
- Article on the basics of baby-wearing, with a focus on safety and developmental aspects. HealthyChildren.org
American Academy of Pediatrics - Baby Carriers: Backpacks, Front Carriers and Slings:
- Detailed guidelines on the safe use of baby carriers, including important safety tips and considerations. HealthyChildren.org
"Let yourself be hugged! Babywearing: Benefits, Practical Guide and Instructions for Wearing Your Baby" by Licia Negri:
- This book offers comprehensive insights into the benefits and practical guidance on babywearing. It is recommended for wearers who wish to deepen their understanding of babywearing practices.
For more information and personalized advice, consult pediatricians or certified babywearing consultants. Each child has unique needs and developments, and what is ideal for one may differ for another. Stay updated with our blog for further insights on babywearing practices and advice!