Legs in or legs out?
Legs in or legs out?
In some instruction manuals you will find that the legs of your newborn should be inside the wrap.
In this course however, you won’t find explanations on how to do this carry. But why?
Legs in isn’t generally recommended anymore by any babywearing school. However, there are situations where this method seems necessary.
Some newborns do not “open up” immediately after birth.
This means they are crawled together. If put on their backs, their legs will come high up on their belly and they will hold their legs crossed in height of their feet joints.
It is not recommended to force these babies to open their legs to fit into a baby carrier. So what to do?
The first recommendation for this was legs in in a stretchy wrap!
However, many parents struggle with this method and it is indeed not as easy as it looks like!
The weight of your baby’s body should never lay on its feet or legs but on its bump. So the bump needs to be positioned deeper in the wrap than the legs. And the wrap must be tight enough to support your baby well.
Because it is not so easy to achieve, especially for beginners, some other carrying styles are now recommended.
One is the kangaroo carry (with three layers for the stretchy wrap) where the legs of your newborn aren’t forced apart.
However, I am careful recommending it without knowing your situation and baby.
If there is no “cross of fabric” between baby’s legs (I explain this later during the course), there is a bit of a higher falling risk if you have a baby that is stretching its legs in the wrap.
If your baby stays curled all the time, this carry might be for you though. You are the professional for your baby and the best to know if this carry will function for you and is safe, or not.
The other one is a special version of the pocket wrap cross carry (pre-tied) for tiny newborns. Here it is necessary that the baby already opened up at least a little bit.
This carry is not introduced in this course.
Because the now recommended position for babies is the spread-squat-position (M-Position) and most babies already open up when the parents are ready to carry, I will focus on legs out in this course but am showing some more variations during the course that are giving babies comfort (quasi legs-in) and explaining the kangaroo for tiny newborns.