Welcome to our new series: Babywearing Ages and Stages. We’re working with Baby Carriers Downunder on this series. In it, we’ll take you through some of the ages and stages your little one will go through in your babywearing journey. We’ll let you know some of the problems that come up, which carriers work well and what to look out for.
First up is the premature baby. These little ones need touch, but they are also some of the most delicate babies to wear.
Baby Carriers Downunder talked about what works well for the premature baby and things to watch out for. We’ll talk about what brands you can use and how to get started.
What Brands Work for the Premature Baby?
Wraps: Didymos and Hoppediz (available from Didymos Australia and Slinghub respectively) both have extra-narrow wraps available for premature babies. They do need to be ordered specially. Alternatively, thin wraps work quite well with very small babies: wraps like Wrapsody Gauze from Karri Tree Lane or Vatanai (from Karri Tree Lane and Woven Wraps Australia) are very thin making wrapping around a very small baby easier.
Ring Slings: Most ring slings will work well for a premature baby. Maya Wrap, Sakura Bloom, Wrap-Conversion ring slings like girasol, BB-slen, neobulle and hoppediz are all suitable.
Make sure you remember the basics of babywearing safety, see our post here.
How Do I Get Started?
Congratulations, you’ve made it home- and now you want to wear your baby! Our best advice is: take it slow. You and your baby may have expected to still be pregnant at this stage. There’s a lot to parenting a premature baby: don’t feel as though you need to master babywearing right this week. You have a lot of babywearing in front of you and it’s OK to just get by with the basics right now.
If you have a ring sling, look here for a great place to start.
If you have a wrap, there’s many ways you can tie it, but a good place to start out with a premature baby is the Front Wrap Cross Carry with bunched passes. Look here for information.
Take a look at our downloadable pamphlet on wearing newborns for lots of great pictures and information on how to wear your newborn.
Finding likeminded parents is also a great way to get help. Come check out Babywearing Buy Sell Swap or Baby Carriers Downunder for help and support. You’ll be able to find a local sling group who can give you hands out support and advice.