Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Why the Bjorn and Snugli are Bad for Baby
I see these types of carriers ALL THE TIME...I actually started wearing Kaelin in a Snugli because I didn't know there were any other options! I did have some qualms about how she was carried in the Snugli, though. It just didn't look like it was a comfortable ride with her legs dangling underneath each other. But, I put it out of my mind because she was only 6-7 pounds for the longest time.
When I learned about other kinds of babywearing, I got an Ergo Baby Carrier. I saw what a difference it made in her positioning...she no longer had all the weight distributed to her crotch area in an Ergo. She was sitting on her bum with her legs spread around me...which is actually a very NATURAL position to carry a baby in! It made so much sense to me. As adults we sit on our bums!
Snuglis and Bjorns also really aren't very supportive for the babywearer. They do not have supportive straps or distribute much of the weight to the wearer's waist like a Soft Structured Carrier or Mei Tai does.
If you want to read some more information about what kinds of spinal problems a Bjorn or Snugli type carrier can cause for a baby, read this article.