Babywearing: How to Prevent Baby Carrier Back Pain
So you’re sold on all the benefits of wearing your baby, but how can you avoid straining your back when you’re carrying around a human bowling ball all day? Try these tips…
Baby wearing has a long list of benefits: it reduces crying, improves sleep, promotes learning and frees up mama’s hands to get other stuff done. (For more, read The Benefits of Babywearing).
But if you suffered from lower back pain during pregnancy, it may still feel tender and you could be wary of carrying around a 10-pound weight strapped to your chest for hours at a time. The last thing you need is to blow out your back when you have a newborn!
Below, we go over our top tips for new parents, including:
- How to prevent child wearing back pain
- Choosing the best baby carrier for back pain
- Treating bad back problems
7 Tips for Preventing Child Wearing Back Pain
While there aren’t any official guidelines regarding the maximum number of hours per day that you should wear your baby, you should scale it back as soon as you start to experience any discomfort. The following tips can also help to keep back pain at bay:
- When wearing your baby on your front, wear them as high as possible (so that you can kiss the top of their head). This will reduce the strain on your back.
- Tighten the carrier so that your baby is as close to your body as possible. A carrier that’s too loose will increase pressure on your lower back.
- If you’re using a soft structured carrier (SSC) like the Ergobaby, make sure to use the waistband and tighten it adequately over your hips to ensure you’re carrying your baby’s weight on your hips rather than on your back.
- Make sure the shoulder straps of your SSC are tightened sufficiently and evenly.
- When your child reaches approximately six months or 20 pounds, it’s time to switch to back wearing. Wearing a baby that’s too heavy on your front can cause lower back pain.
- Wearing your baby in a forward-facing position on your front can cause stress on your lower back and pelvic floor, leading to back pain, urinary incontinence and other issues. This is another reason to consider back wearing when your baby is old enough and can hold their head up on their own.
- If you have a history of back pain, you can still wear your baby. You’ll need to choose a carrier that distributes your baby’s weight evenly across your hips and shoulders. It’s also a good idea to see a physical therapist to get the green light to wear your baby and ensure that you’re doing it correctly.
Best Baby Carriers for Bad Back
Our top recommendations for the best baby carriers for back pain include:
- Ergobaby 360 All Positions Baby Carrier
- Ergobaby Omni 360 All-in-one Cool Air Mesh Baby Carrier
- Nuna Cudl Carrier
- Zarpar Bebe Bohemian Sands Snap Baby Carrier
- Babybjörn Baby Carrier One – Ergonomic Edition
The uniquely ergonomic, comfortable design of the Ergobaby Baby Carrier has since become the gold standard in baby-carrying. Each carrier is designed specifically so babies can sit in a natural seated position, to evenly distribute their weight between your hips and shoulders, providing maximum comfort for baby and parent!
Ergobaby’s all-in-one, newborn ready Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh has all the carry positions plus ultimate ventilation to keep you both cooler. Omni 360 grows with baby from week 1 to 48 months and offers a perfect fit for all parents.
Featuring adjustable shoulder straps and waist belt to evenly support your baby’s weight, along with an integrated infant booster and leg opening adjustment for smaller babies, the NUNA CUDL carrier is innovative, safe, and comfortable for both baby and carer.
Made with soft and breathable 100% linen, the Snap Baby Carrier features a simplified design, ergonomic shape, and provides optimum support and security for baby and carer. Perfectly lightweight, these carriers are the ultimate accessory for adventures.
The Baby Carrier One is equipped with a sturdy waist belt and padded, form-fitting shoulder straps to make it comfortable for carrying a growing child from newborn up to the age of three years. The waist belt allows you to support the child’s weight on your hips, and avoid back and shoulder discomfort.
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