This is a guest post from our resident babywearing expert, Laura McCarthy,. Enjoy!
The internet is a difficult place for new parents. Social media use encourages photo sharing, then opens us up to criticism from a very wide audience. Just in the past few months, several photos have surfaced of parents proudly wearing their young babies in various carriers. The inevitable comments about these photos were spread far and wide, many pointing out flaws. As a babywearing teacher looking at the pictures, I recognize some babywearing technique that can be improved upon. I also see the photos as an opportunity to discuss the importance of babywearing education and support.
Making mistakes is how we humans learn virtually everything, and babywearing is no exception. In a babywearing class, families can make mistakes in the presence of an understanding and trained teacher. This trained babywearing educator will demonstrate proper technique with a variety of carriers, and give lots of opportunity for families to practice and improve. When they leave, the families will be armed with quality information and have the confidence that comes with practice. They will also have a trusted source of information and support when future questions arise, now that they know their local babywearing educator.
Laura, the class was wonderful! So helpful. I was a bit of an anxious babywearer before you gave us concrete skills and tips. I went right out and got a ring sling and now I’m wearing my little one all the time. Thank you! – Julie F.
We can prevent the barrage of internet criticism with quality education, support and practice. Talking to a babywearing group leader, taking a babywearing class or purchasing a private consultation can prevent many babywearing mistakes from happening in the first place. Baby will be safer, caregivers will have peace of mind and the images spread on the internet will show more and more families babywearing safely and comfortably.