Carried Away Spring 2015 - Page 2

Keep your baby close and keep your baby safe. When you’re wearing a sling or carrier, don’t forget the T.I.C.K.S. TIGHT IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS 6 SUPPORTED BACK IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES – you should always be able to see your baby’s face by simply glancing down. The fabric of a sling or carrier should not close around them so you have to open it to check on them. In a cradle position your baby should face upwards not be turned in towards your body. 14 30 Babywearing: A Physio’s Perspective Risks vs Rules KEEP CHIN OFF THE CHEST – a baby should never be curled so their chin is forced onto their chest as this can restrict their breathing. Ensure there is always a space of at least a finger width under your baby’s chin. Welcome to carried away From the Editor, Cat Timms… cultural appropriation Handwovens CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS – your baby’s head should be as close to your chin as is comfortable. By tipping your head forward you should be able to kiss your baby on the head or forehead. Image by Capturing Adventures Photography Dads who Babywear KEEP CHIN OFF THE CHEST TIGHT – slings and carriers should be tight enough to hug your baby close to you as this will be most comfortable for you both. Any slack/loose fabric will allow your baby to slump down in the carrier which can hinder their breathing and pull on your back. CONTENTS The T.I.C.K.S. Rule for Safe Babywearing With mixed emotions, I present you with my 5th and final edition of Carried Away. From an excellent local newsletter by Karen Teale to a national glossy online mag (with the help of master graphic designer Delphie of See Creative, thank you Delphie!) that raises funds for BWWA and promotes, educates and normalises babywearing, it’s been a wonderful year at the helm. I would also like to thank all the businesses who have supported this project by donating carriers, services and buying ads. Your support allows us to run 8, huge, carrier libraries statewide and spread the babywearing love to more families. This edition sees me pour out everything I have learnt about handwovens over the last two years; local father of a newborn Piers talks to us about babywearing with a few other local dads (Happy Fathers Day for Sunday, guys!). My wonderful friend, talented Aboriginal artist and blogger Liz Close graces us with a thought provoking article about cultural appropriation, thank you for your candor, Liz. Our physio Steph talks you through posture for babywearing and Renae explains what those manufacturer recommendations really mean. Bri shows up how to slipknot and a hip carry, and so much more. 10 18 Another amazing resource for the babywearing community; all digital editions will continue to be publicly available via the BWWA website. Congratulations to the whole CA team and thank you for supporting my vision. That’s a wrap, guys; we did it! Keep wearing all the babies, and toddlers, and kids, Love, Cat xxx Columns + Stories The Stepkowski Solution....................17 All Wrapped Up......................................21 My Babywearing Journey...................22 SUPPORTED BACK – in an upright carry a baby should be held comfortably close to the wearer so their back is supported in its natural position and their tummy and chest are against you. If a sling is too loose they can slump which can partially close their airway. (This can be tested by placing a hand on your baby’s back and pressing gently - they should not uncurl or move closer to you.) A baby in a cradle carry in a pouch or ring sling should be positioned carefully with their bottom in the deepest part so the sling does not fold them in half pressing their chin to their chest. Behind the chair, from the Chair......25 Wrap Wrangling.....................................26 Cover image donated by Capturing Adventures 3