Today is the start of European Babywearing Week and today's topic is prematurity. So, can you carry premature babies with low birth weight?
Simple answer is yes, but...
✨Its not as simple as just buying a sling and following the instructions. All slings come with a minimum weight limit for a reason. Also all instructions are aimed at full term age and weight babies, so it's not that easy.
🌼Premature babies are usually still very curled up,
🌼They have lower muscle tone and may be slightly more 'floppy',
🌼They have a higher risk of slumping if not supported.
🌼 They have little or no head control so need full support to keep airways open.
🌼 They may have complex medical needs or have tubes attached.
👍🏻But, as a trained and insured consultant, I can support you to carry safely and securely. Consultants can work outside the weight limits on slings to be able to support you and baby.
I can show you different ways to use a sling that will safely support baby even at a low weight.
So yes, you can carry a preemie, there's just a bit more to it.
Have you carried a teeny wee one? Need help to do so? Get in touch if you need support.