Babywearing is often recommended to new mums as a way to free up their hands & still be close with their baby. But there is a bit of a learning curve, so if you’ve tried babywearing and felt overwhelmed, or couldn’t get comfortable, here are some tips that might help.

1. Adjust your baby carrier

The first thing to do is quick and easy: check that you are actually using your baby carrier correctly, and that it’s the right kind of carrier for you.

If you can’t find any local babywearing groups, video demos are a good alternative. Make sure you actually practice while you are watching the videos (with a doll until you feel more confident).

Some good video demos on YouTube

Once you feel confident that you’re using your baby carrier correctly, the next thing to adjust is your…self.

woman carrying baby on her back with rain cover

Photo by Jens Johnsson on Unsplash

2. Adjust yourself

The way you stand and walk affects your comfort while carrying your baby.

Maybe you tend to lean forward with the weight of your body over your toes. Maybe you jut your chin up and forward, or tuck your pelvis. Maybe you slump your shoulders.

You might have gotten away with these habits prior to giving birth, but add a heavy load – your baby – and you may start to experience chronic pain in your neck, shoulders, and back.

You can make some really simple little adjustments to your posture while carrying your baby. Not only will you reduce your discomfort in the moment, but you may lower your risk of long-term health problems associated with poor posture.

Helpful links for adjusting your posture:

Have a look at the Gokhale Method, a a system of healthy posture and movement to help restore your structural integrity. There are only two teachers of this method in Australia and we are very lucky that one of them lives in Canberra: Tegan Kahn. She offers a free introductory workshop, so go and check it out. I found it so helpful that I’m taking the Foundations Course with Tegan now – it’s really transformative, and I’d recommend it to anyone, but especially to mothers!

Katy Bowman at Nutritious Movement is another fantastic resource – she is a biomechanist who blends a scientific approach with straight talk about sensible, whole-life movement solutions. This podcast episode, Babies and Movement, is especially relevant.

And finally…

In part 2 of this blog post, I’ll share the third thing you can try if babywearing isn’t working for you. It’s simple, effective, and time-tested, and yet many people feel huge resistance towards this solution. What could it be? 🙂