A sling is a sling used to carry a baby. There are several varieties of this sling - ring sling, sling scarf, pocket sling, may sling and onbuhimo (Japanese version).
When a young mother decides to wear her baby in a sling, she immediately faces problems of misunderstanding on the part of others. Immediately, out of nowhere, opponents of babywearing appear, who very categorically relate to the topic of health and the life of a child in general. Of course, no mother would risk these questions.
In addition, it is worth mentioning the not entirely loyal attitude towards slings on the part of others, as well as always doubting relatives who are easily capable of upsetting the peace of mind. It will still be rational to listen to both opponents of babywearing and supporters so that doubting parents can still form an independent point of view and understand whether it is worth carrying a child like that and how it is better to do it then.
Skillful implementation of the recommendations can give maximum pleasure from the sling for both the child and the mother. We will debunk the main myths and misconceptions about this method of transferring babies.
The baby in the sling may suffocate. In the United States in the spring of 2010, a tragic incident occurred - while my mother was carelessly walking around the shops, a child suffocated in her sling. This led to the withdrawal from the sale of a fairly large batch of sling bags. This incident affected only one type of slings, however, it showed what a violation of safety rules is fraught with. It may seem that carrying a child in a bag, its location there is not much different from the position in a sling with rings (hereinafter SSK) and in a sling-scarf (hereinafter SS). In any of these slings, the baby can be placed in a horizontal cradle position. Only here in the bag the child is still in an unnatural position - his chin is pressed against his chest. In addition, such slings are often made of artificial materials (fleece or polyester), which in themselves complicate ventilation inside the carrier, overheating the baby. But the SSH and SSK, in contrast to the bag, have a different device. Although there, the child can be laid horizontally. They usually use natural "breathing" fabrics, and the baby is in a more physiological position. If the position of the child in the sling bag is not regulated in any way, then in the SSK and SSh it is possible to adjust the position. For example, you can adjust the fabric so that your neck and upper back are in the same plane. This can be done by tightening the rings or parts of the web. Thus, there is the possibility of realizing almost any position of the child, he will be as if hugged, but not with his hands, but with a cloth. For the safety of the sling, you just need to choose the right design and skillfully use it. Taking into account the fact that a newbie mom still does not know how to properly use a sling, special attention should be paid to its design. In the case of a sling bag, it is just the same unsuccessful, in it the child lies along the fabric, and not across, as in other options. At the end of the bed, the material is gathered into a narrow strap, lifting the entire sling by it, the mother automatically raises the baby's head, bending it to the chest. In a bag, even a light doll bends almost in half, let alone a baby. If we talk about other types of slings, for example, a backpack or a may-sling, then there is no danger of suffocation in them at all - the child is initially positioned vertically and air is available to him. In general, you should not neglect the elementary safety rules, in relation to newborns this is especially critical. So, sometimes it is necessary to check whether the baby is comfortable, whether air flows to him without interference and whether the fabric is correctly positioned. Carelessness can lead to tragedy, not only in the case of a sling. The kid can get heatstroke, fall out of the chair, roll off the table ...
Sling is harmful to the developing musculoskeletal system of the child. Surgeons recommend carrying the child so that his legs are spread apart in different directions, for example on the hip, like an Indian woman. This will avoid hip dysplasia. Doctors do not see anything wrong with sling, noting only that up to 4-5 months one should not abuse the vertical position, which creates additional stress on the spine. Curiously, some windings in a sling-scarf (a cross under or over a pocket) still allow you to avoid stress on the back, spreading the baby's legs in different directions. This is achieved by imitation of wearing on hands, since the fabric tightly hugs the baby, pressing him to the mother. Pediatricians see another plus in slings: this type of wearing allows the child to develop his vestibular apparatus more quickly, which will allow him to better balance in the future and fall less during subsequent attempts to sit down and get up.
A sling is also harmful to the health of the mother herself. If a woman has health problems, then before starting to wear a sling, you still need to consult a doctor. But for a healthy mother, there are no restrictions in this regard. On the contrary, many women claimed that after giving birth, they got in shape faster if they carried their baby in a sling. When wearing a baby in a sling, from the moment of birth, the load on the muscles grows evenly as it grows. There is even a link between babywearing and fitness. So, in New York since 2006, there have been popular dance classes for moms using a sling.
In a sling, the baby becomes capricious and tame. In fact, there is a huge amount of literature about the psychological balance that a child gets when it is carried. This applies to both newborns, who are just getting used to new living conditions and, moreover, cry less while in their arms, and to young researchers who are already starting to walk. Children over the age of one year, regardless of whether they are accustomed to a stroller or a baby sling, are often overexcited from their new experiences and ask for their mother's arms to rest. From the point of view of physical activity, it is easier for a mother to accept a baby in a sling, rather than just holding it in her arms.
Slings for the most part are rather uncomfortable. After the birth of the child, it turns out that for the mother, the usual previous occupations have become a luxury. It is now unthinkable to sit quietly in the morning with a cup of tea or coffee, browsing newspapers or news on the Internet. Cleaning becomes problematic, and much less time is spent on cooking. After all, the baby constantly requires care and attention, and in the first months and regular breastfeeding. At such moments, a mild annoying factor can cause you to lose your temper, it seems that the combination of a mysterious sling and a baby will add additional problems. In fact, everything is exactly the opposite. Mom frees her hands, now she can slowly cook or work at the computer. The child, on the other hand, is constantly near his mother, not feeling abandoned and less capricious. And the procedure for feeding a child in a sling requires additional efforts - the baby is already in a position that is comfortable for everyone, furthermore stimulating lactation by contact with the mother's body. This fact is especially noted by breastfeeding specialists. In cases where the mother and the baby are out of the house, it is so easy to feed the baby in a sling unnoticed by others and soothe. For such cases, a sling scarf is used, the tail of the SSK is also able to hide the child from prying eyes.
Winding a sling is very difficult. This statement applies primarily to sling scarves. Usually, the very thought of having to wrap a cloth 4-5 meters long terrifies young mothers. But there is nothing complicated in these windings, manufacturers also supply their goods with detailed instructions, where the pictures show how to perform the necessary manipulations. In addition, there are video instructions on the Internet, and slingo consultants will always help. And with the experience of movement, they will already become more confident, the sling will dress much faster.
The stroller is much easier to use than a sling. You fully begin to feel all the "charms" of the sling when it is not the first child, but the already grown up baby requires attention no less. If the child plays on his own, then his younger brother or sister may well sleep in the stroller. But if the baby requires his mother to participate in his active games, the same catch-ups, then you can't run around with a stroller. The stroller restricts freedom of movement, you cannot approach different places where the older child will pull with it, but he is so interested in so much! And not every store can be entered with a stroller. Of course, there are conditions when you can do without a sling. But is the elevator so comfortable and wide in your house? Or maybe there are many accessible and pleasant walking places around you? Do you have the opportunity to take an older child with a nanny or grandmother?
The baby will soon grow out of the sling. It turns out that a sling scarf can withstand a child weighing 20 kilograms, and some backpacks can withstand 40 kilograms. Usually, the rejection of fabric slings does not occur until the child reaches the age of two. However, parents say that even at the age of three, a sling can be useful when a tired child asks for his arms.
The price for a sling is too high because it is just a piece of fabric. If the sling is sewn correctly, then it cannot be called simply fabric. It stretches here diagonally, while not stretching or sagging under the weight of its valuable cargo. It is quite difficult to find such fabric in a regular store, and the price for such quality is appropriate, no less than that of a sling scarf. And the manufacturer of the sling still, taking care of its name, gives a guarantee that the fabric will serve for a long time and will not deteriorate from carrying a child. Today the market is full of slings of various prices and for every taste. Those who want to buy a really high-quality sling, but do not have the funds for this, can be advised to contact specialized forums, where the sale of used sling is a common occurrence. Usually, used slings are not much inferior in quality to new ones, and sometimes even surpass them. So, some slings-scarves after several washings and posting only become softer. The sling, moreover, does not determine the style of the mother's clothes, on the contrary, she herself chooses the texture and color that best suits her wardrobe. This item goes well with both a dress and a skirt. However, you should not use unstable high-heeled shoes, because this, coupled with carrying a child, is rather unsafe.
Lovers of slings form almost a sect. No one will prohibit taking the child out of the sling until school age, or persuading him to wind up the sling scarf if you don’t want to. One thing is true, baby moms are a kind of club. Carrying a baby in a sling brings together modern and confident women who know how to take care of a baby and are focused on an active lifestyle. Slingomama can be seen in a coffee shop, shopping or entertainment center, at an exhibition or even a social event. And many celebrities use the sling with success, just remember the actresses Kate Hudson, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, singer Madonna, models Highty Klum and Cindy Crawford. Slingomas are free in their movement, they can easily get together for a joint pastime. In many countries, there are specialized sites for communication of such women, where, among other things, they plan their future meetings. It can be said that the freedom given to women by a sling allows them to communicate more freely, which led to the birth of this myth.