Sunday, November 16, 2008

Babyearing and back pain...

So, there's a lot of buzz going around the blogosphere today. It's all about a new ad put out by Motrin. Basically, it says that babywearing causes back pain, and moms only do it to look like 'official' moms. I don't want to get into it too much, but I do want to ask some advice.

I think I know the correct way to use the ring sling. I keep Bria nice and high, in a position that I would normally hold her in. The rings are in corsage position. The rails are nice and snug. Yet, this morning, after wearing Bria for about 1/2 hour, I could hardly lift my arm!

What could I be doing wrong? Is there a better carrier out there for me? I'd appreciate any advice you can give me :)

9 comments:

sheplaysaccordian123.blogspot.com said...

I certainly don't know anything about babycarrying, slings, etc., however, I would assume that once you're baby gets to be of a certain weight, no matter how good your sling is, you would experience some sort of back, arm/shoulder pain. Just a thought.

Carole Hiebert said...

I have a feeling they'll be feeling the heat pretty soon and will pull the ad!

Stam House said...

I started using my Ergo when our little monkey started to be to heavy for me to carry her in other sling!

here is a link about pros and con of each carrier http://www.pittsburghbabywearers.com/types.htm

Hope it help!

Drea said...

awe i can see her wubbanub peaking thru in that pic.. so sweet. im blogging my thoughts tmorrow morning :-)

ONTARIO THIESSENS said...

I think I agree with Sheila's comment. I tried babywearing a bit when our kids were babies ... of course all I had then was the basic typical carrier, nothing like your amazing collection, Stacey (which is wonderful btw)! My baby carrier probably wasn't the greatest. I just used it for going out and "transporting" when we were living on the ship but it didn't take long before I felt strain on my back. I couldn't take it for very long ... even once our babies were a few months old they got to be too heavy for me to carry that way. At every opportunity I would let them be free and not carry them if I didn't have to. After awhile it wasn't comfortable for them either. I certainly loved the concept though of keeping that close bond between mother and baby. Well I guess that was there as well with breastfeeding. Anyway ... they just grow up too fast that's all I have to say. Independence comes and then you are done for :(
~Brenda

Felicia Eis said...

I always found that the ring carriers were harder on my back and I have not used mine since Sammy was about two months old. The carrier that I found that works for me is the moby wraps. I love those as all of the weight is distributed evenly on your hips and shoulders.

Melissa said...

Is the sling evenly distributed over your shoulder? If it's more on your arm than above your shoulder, you can wind up sore. (You don't want it riding up on your neck or anything, just sort of evenly over your shoulder.) Or if your little one recently had a growth spurt, your arm/shoulder/back muscles might just be trying to catch up!

It's usually easier to spot trouble in person, so if you have a ring sling expert around, go see them. :)

Freckle Face Photography said...

I've used 3 different kids of carriers and hands down the best one for babywearing and reducing back pain is the cuddly wrap. It's challenging to put on the first few times but once you've got it it's quick, light and you can wear your baby for hours!!
Here's the link!
http://peapodcreations.ca

Andrea said...

Good question! I wear Emily in the sling more now too, and it doesn't hurt my shoulder, but I do get a weird kink in my back from it...I find that the carriers that go over both shoulders work the best though and give me know back pain or pain anywhere...so like a wrap, or an Ergo (although I know they're expensive!! The only reason I have one is cuz I won it...). Does Bria like any of the carriers that you have that go over both your shoulders?