I started wearing her around age 2. She was small for her age and only just starting to attempt walking at this point. We noticed she had a strong desire to explore. She wanted, so badly, to be a part of everything. She wanted to ROAM and EXPLORE. As a mom, I wanted to give her the world. Babywearing allowed me to carry here everywhere without her brain exhausting itself. Babywearing allowed us freedom. We could tour the world together and her brain could just relax and take in all the wonderful sites. Instead of her brain giving in to the seizures and confusion of sound and muscle fatigue that lead to fits and frustration she could ENJOY the world around her.
- Back carrying can be especially challenging with babies who have low tone, or hypotonia. These children don’t hold themselves upright as well as other babies might, and they have a tendency to slump into their carriers. Any carrier must offer quality support not only for the baby’s upper back and shoulders, but for the hips, lumbar, mid-back, and neck as well. With older children who like to have more access to their arms and hands, this can be increasingly challenging. Many parents of children with a hypotonia symptoms prefer a more structured carrier than a wrap, such as a mei tai or soft structured carrier.
- For parents with children who have Lines In you may want to consider tucking the lines into clothing and out pant legs to avoid entanglement.
- If wrapping, keeping one are free and the other tucked into the wrap can encourage support and maintained upright positioning.
- Make sure your child’s airway is in tact. For children with muscular issues this may require alternative body positioning.
- Make sure your child is comfortable. The hips and other joints are particular areas of concern as many children with spastic tone experience spasms that can cause discomfort. Narrow based carriers can be good for these children.
- Always watch your child for signs of discomfort but carry with love and confidence!